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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.  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"

Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist lived in the hill country of Judea in a village west of Jerusalem.  The meeting between a pregnant Elizabeth and her cousin Mary (Luke 1) is commemorated in the Church of the Visitation in in Ein Karem.

Map locating Elizabeth's home in the hill country of Judea

Adapted from Bible Mapper by itsGila

Elizabeth's home village was in the hill country of Judea

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. Let's tiptoe through the Valley of Gehenna explains why one particular valley in Jerusalem became designated as the valley leading to hell. 

Topography of the Ben Hinnom Valley

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

The Valley of Gehenna in relation to Mount Moriah and the Mount of Olives

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.  Gila relates what it was like to guide in January 2022 after a two-year break due to the covid pandemic in Gila on the Mic.

Photo: Julie Wise on tour with Gila Jan '22

Photo: Jim Love on tour with Gila Jan '22

Gila outside the Caesarea theater guiding her first group after a two-year break

Gila reading the Bible by the House of Simon the Tanner as the sun is setting

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.

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12.  Let's shout AMEN at Joshua's Altar on Mount Ebal.  Astonishing headlines about the retrieval of a “curse tablet” from a pile of earth turned over by excavators at Mount Ebal, the “mount of curses,” sent Gila scurrying back 22 years down memory lane to a day spent with the chief archeologist of the site, Adam Zertal. 

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

The walls of Joshua's altar were intact up to six feet (2 meters) in height

Most popular 2021/22 posts

Sir Flinders Petrie, the first biblical archeologist in Palestine was buried without his head in the Protestant Cemetery on Mount Zion.  Read about why he is so important and what happened to his head!

Mount Zion where archeologist Sir Flinders Petrie was buried in 1942

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

Mount Zion where the headless body of archeologist Sir Flinders Petrie
was buried in the Protestant Cemetery in 1942

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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