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“AND ALL ATE AND WERE FILLED AND THEY TOOK UP
WHAT WAS LEFT OVER OF THE BROKEN PIECES:
TWELVE BASKETS FULL"
MATTHEW 14:20

 

12 Most Popular Articles This Month

Here are the twelve most ogled and googled articles on my site this month. 
1.  Gates of the Old City.  A handy orientation to Jerusalem’s Old City includes the history, geography, archeology and legends about its nine gates.  A chart of the gate names in English, Hebrew and Arabic will help you navigate its ancient alleyways.

Map showing the nine gates to Jerusalem's Old City

 

2.  The ABCs of What to Bring on your Holy Land Visit  From batteries to "holy" dress to a questioning mind to your sense of humor.  Everything you need to make your pilgrimage a success without being overloaded with "stuff."

Sheep and goats in the Valley of Elah where David fought Goliath

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

You'll need enough digital memory to shoot these goats on your last day!

Bathsheba:  Was Queen Mother Bathsheba victim or victor??

Diagram of the City of David

City of David diagram

Bathsheba's roof was somewhere below David's palace

4.   Advice on how to clean a smelly shofar

Shofars from rams' horns

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

Basket filled with shofars or rams' horns

5.   Veronica.  According to a 14th century Via Dolorosa legend,Veronica wiped Jesus forehead with her handkerchief and his image stuck to the handkerchief.

Facade of Station Six where Veronica wiped Jesus' face with her handkerchief

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

Facade of Station Six where "Veronica wiped Jesus' face"

6.  Pool of Siloam.  About the 2005 discovery of the authentic Pool of Siloam where Jesus told a man born blind to go wash off his eyes.

Mid 19th century drawing of the Pool of Siloam

Remnant of 5th century church near the Pool of Siloam

mid-19th century drawing

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

Pool of Siloam called the Virgin's Fount

Wrong location of the Pool of Siloam

7.  Jerusalem's Ramparts.  See the sights of Jerusalem from the top of the ancient city wall and some precautions.... 

Gordon's Calvary

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

Gordon's Calvary as seen from the ramparts walkway

8.  Let's rejoice in Jerusalem where Jesus wept

View onto Jerusalem from Dominus Flevit where Jesus wept

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

View onto Jerusalem from Dominus Flevit on the Mount of Olives

9.  Handy Hebrew phrases. Ten Hebrew phrases which will help you connect with Israelis you will be meeting during your pilgrimage.  As a bonus, some colorful local colloquialisms.

Next Year in Jerusalem!

"Next year in Jerusalem!" | Ha Shana Ha Baa b'Yerushalayim

10.  Charles Warren.  The adventures of Captain Charles Warren who explored “underground” Jerusalem from 1867 to 1870.  His insights and discoveries are pertinent to Biblical research to this very day.

Warren's Excavations near Robinson's Arch in Jerusalem

Wilson and Warren, The Recovery of Jerusalem

Warren’s excavations near Robinson’s Arch 1867-1870

11.  Absalom was David's unrepentant rebellious son who according to folk tradition was buried in Jerusalem's Kidron Valley.  "Let's throw stones at Absalom's Tomb" separates myth from fact.

Orientation to the Old City | Nine Gates in Hebrew, English and Arabic

Let's splash through Hezekiah's Tunnel

Let's get inspired in St. Jerome's chapel

Cleopatra had her designs on Herod's lucrative properties

Temple Mount tour

Mary Magdalene -- first to witness Jesus' resurrection

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12.  Let's ascend the Cliff of the Scapegoat

Desert landscape seen from Jebbel Muntar

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

View of the Judean wilderness from the Cliff of the Scapegoat

Latest articles  
A Woman of Judea stands by the Arch of Titus in Rome.  During a visit to Rome in July, Gila shared the Judean narrative vis a vis the Roman Empire while standing next to the Arch of Titus in the Roman Forum.  If topic of the Judean nation versus the might of Rome interests you, then you may enjoy reading her spiel.

Victory over Judea procession detailed on the Arch of Titus

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

Detail on the Arch of Titus in Rome portraying the Victory over Judea procession

Let's rejoice in Jerusalem where Jesus wept.  "David was no crybaby.  He had courage, audacity and vision.  Yet, when he was in deep distress, he wasn't ashamed to shed tears.  When David fled Jerusalem in the wake of the revolt of his son Absalom, David ascended the Mount of Olives, weeping...." More

GILA YUDKIN TCHERNIKOVSKI 64A JERUSALEM ISRAEL
gila@itsgila.com


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