Sunday, April 8, 2012

I is for Israel-Complex, Alluring, Memorable

 I took my second trip to Israel a short while ago.  My husband, who accompanied me, has been many times, as an archaeologist  excavating there some years ago.

What is it about the place that so allures?  The city of Jerusalem itself with its souk?  The Christian destinations, such as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre or the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem? Could it be the Galilee area where the Biblical sites, luscious scenery of the sea (a lake, really) or amazing fish, my favorite being the Peter Fish, are prepared perfectly? 

The Souk
Could it be the Golan Heights which produces wines, heady and rich? The mosques with their mysterious perfumed aura? The Wailing Wall, part of which was destroyed in 70 AD but is used every day by the Faithful for prayer and bat and bar mitzvahs?

The answer is, of course, all of it and so much more.  The country is a cacophony of people, sounds, sights, the likes of which one is hard pressed to forget.  Rather, it plays around in your head, urging me, at least, to return.

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Archaeological Site of Sepphoris
We have driven literally everywhere in a country that would fit into Florida eight times. It's been our good fortune to have visited most of the major archaeological sites, including the recently opened City of David in Jerusalem. 

Each time we return home invigorated, much the better for having gone.  It is our hope that another visit is in the offing in the future!

Western Wall of the Temple

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