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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.  I chose the number twelve to represent the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve apostles of Jesus, symbolizing all-encompassing and far-reaching.
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

About Mary.  Let's meet where Mary met Elizabeth "in the hill country of Judea."

Mary meeting Elizabeth in the courtyard of the Visitation Church in Ein Karem

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

Visitation Church in Jerusalem neighborhood of Ein Karem

3.  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!

4.  Herod's Final Journey, a spectacular -- and not to be missed -- exhibit at the Israel Museum recreates the sumptuous lifestyle of one of the richest men on earth
at the time of the birth of Jesus.

Ehud Netzer revealing colorful wall painting at Herodion's theater

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

The late Professor Netzer admiring a wall painting found at Herodion

5.   Sepphoris.  Did Jesus ever visit Sepphoris when he was a boy growing up in Nazareth?  Could he even have helped build the theater in Sepphoris??
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.  Size of the Valley of Armageddon.   Strategically significant Megiddo, overlooking the Jezreel Valley, plays an important role at the end of days when the good guys will ultimately triumph over the forces of evil.  The question here is about the dimensions of Armageddon (i.e. Mt. Megiddo), in the Jezreel Valley.
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 empathize with Paul in Caesarea's hippodrome

Cleopatra had her designs on Herod's lucrative properties

Temple Mount tour

Let's imagine the Passover from Pilate' Praetorium

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12.  Advice on how to clean a smelly shofar
 

How Kids Lived in Bible Days:  a book for kids and about kids -- ideal gift for kids and grandkids age 5 upwards!

   How Kids Lived in Bible Days

        Stories for and about kids:
  • Abraham and the Idols
  • Zira's first day at School
  • Be a Myrtle, not a Thorn!
  • David's Wild Ride
  • Abigail Finds a Spring
  • The Lost and Found Doll
  • Joshua's Journey to Jerusalem
  • The Lame Boy and the King
  • Lucky Lucian

 

 
Latest articles  
 
Let's reflect where Jesus addressed the crowds in Galilee.
 
Let's sing your favorite carol in Shepherds Fields outside Bethlehem
 

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


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