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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!

David was at Ziklag (on the periphery of Philistine territory) when he heard about the death of Saul and Jonathan.  Scholars have been looking for Ziklag, for well over a century.  Has it finally been identified?  See photos. 

Is Ziklag to be located at Khirbet a-Ra'i near Lachish

Adapted from Bible Mapper by itsGila

Has Ziklag, David's Philistine base finally been identified?

4.   Ask Gila, "Where's the best place to propose on my Holy Land pilgrimage?"

Rainbow over the Mount of Beatitudes

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

The Mount of Beatitudes is under the left side of the rainbow

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.  Was the famed Balm of Gilead actually from a tropical plant in En Gedi?

Black desert cobra mentioned in Isaiah 11

Courtesy of Wikipedia Comomons

The Balm of Gilead from En Gedi was a popular antidote to snake bites
 -- could it have cured the coronavirus??

8. Herodion Updated: 2021.  During the pandemic in March 2021, when there were no tourists in the land, I returned to Herodion just after the loggia, the "royal box" was opened to the public.  The theater had been restored and the steps mentioned by Josephus Flavius which once led up to the Upper Palace have been reconstructed.

Podium of Herod's Tomb with a model based upon a similarity to Absalom's Tomb

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

Podium of Herod's Mausoleum with a model of the tomb based upon Absalom's tomb

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.  Cave of Adullam.  After over three decades of guiding, Gila finally found David's hiding place in the Cave of Adullam

The opening to the Cave of Adullam hidden by shadow

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

The opening to the Cave of Adullam, hidden in shadow

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.  When Gila visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in July 2020 there were no more than five worshippers offering silent prayers.  Orient yourself to this phenomenal church with Gila's photos.

Station Number 14 on the Via Dolorosa -- Jesus is laid in The Tomb

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

The sisters are facing the Aedicule which encloses the holy tomb, station #14

Latest posts

Herodion updated to March 2021.  Today you can ascend Herodion via the 2,000-year-old steps described by ancient historian Josephus Flavius.

Original stairs leading from the theater to the Upper Palace were exposed in 2011

What's the story with the ladder on the facade of the Holy Sepulcher Church?

The balcony is created by the cornice belonging to the Greek Orthodox

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

A ladder has been seen perched on the facade for nearly three centuries!

Born in Windsor Palace and buried on the Mount of Olives, the eccentric Princess Alice, mother-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II who became a Greek Orthodox nun, led an astonishing and improbable life.

Princess Alice's final resting place in the Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalena in Jerusalem

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

Princess Alice's final request was to be buried on the Mount of Olives

"Spooked in Samaria" is a chapter from Gila's book in progress, Holy Land Haunts: Four Decades of Spirited Guiding.  It describes the first dangerous dilemma Gila faced as a guide.

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


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