Archive for January, 2013


I hope your week has gone well and that you were able to accomplish everything you had hoped. Today we will be focusing on the master course stone under the Western Wall is huge. It is located under the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

This is a picture I took during our tour of this stone in Israel.


When Herod doubled the size of the Old Testament Temple Mount he expanded to the north, to the south and to the west. The walls along the west side were set on the bedrock. The west wall of the Temple Mount’s retaining wall is 1,591 feet long, making it the longest of the four Temple Mount walls. In 70 AD the Romans completely destroyed the Temple, the Temple Mount buildings, and most of the Temple Mount wall except for the lower portions that were buried in the rubble from the debris of the dismantled Temple precincts and walls above. Click here to read more and to view some amazing pictures.


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Hello Readers,

This week I am featuring several posts on the Chain of Generations Tour from our trip to Israel. This tour contains a lot of history of Israel along with its culture.

This is a picture of my husband, David, touching the names of fallen soldiers of the war of independence in 1948 –
this is the last exhibit on the Chain of Generations Tour.


In the nineteenth century, the most distinguished Jerusalem scholars were already trying to determine the precise measurements of the Western Wall and describe the methods used in its construction.
However, their information was incomplete, mainly because they were unable to discover the wall’s entire length. Nevertheless, British researchers Charles Wilson, in 1864 and Charles Warren, in 1867-1870, uncovered the northern extension of the Western Wall Prayer Plaza. The shafts that Charles Warren dug through Wilson’s Arch can still be seen today. Immediately after the Six Day War, the Ministry of Religious Affairs began the project of exposing the entire length of the Western Wall.
It was a difficult operation, which involved digging beneath residential neighborhoods that had been constructed on ancient structures from the Second Temple period and were built up against the Western Wall. Some residents used underground spaces as water holes or for sewage collection.  The excavations required close supervision by experts in the fields of structural engineering, securing subterranean tunnels, archeology, and of course, Jewish Law. Click here to read the rest of this interesting article and learn more.


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Chain of Generations Tour


My husband and I enjoy the Chain of Generations Tour under the Western Wall in Jerusalem.


We took this photo during the tour. If you ever get a chance to visit Israel, this tour is a must. It is very educational.

You can learn more about the tour from the link below.

A new permanent exhibit called “The Chain of Generations Center” has recently been opened near the Western Wall. Visitors will enjoy a moving experience that relates the fascinating story of the Jewish people throughout the generations. This story takes us through 3,500 years- from exile to statehood, from destruction to rebuilding, and from crisis to hope.
Guests to the center will find an unusual and enchanting fusion of many creative elements: music, sculpture, archeology and light effects that together create a masterpiece to delight all the senses. The visitor is more than a spectator; he becomes an active participant who delves deeply into the history of the Jewish nation. Click here to read the entire article.


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Travel to Israel

Hello Readers,

I trust your day has gone well and that you are enjoying the end of the week. I would like to share with you a photo I took on our trip to Israel. This picture is of the  official Jewish scribe, wrote the papyrus for our mezuzah. A mezuzah is hung on the doorpost of one’s home and contains the verses from Deuteronomy 6:4-9. To learn more about the history of the mezuzah and see pictures of mezuzah cases click here.


The scribe also writes on official Hebrew documents. He wrote on a painting we purchased from this shop. It was a fun cultural experience.



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Gloria Hotel, Jerusalem

Good Afternoon Readers,

When my husband and I visited Israel, we stayed in the Gloria Hotel in Jerusalem for part of our trip. I loved it. The courtyard was splendid. The architecture and decoration of the hotel still remains a fond memory of mine. Meals were sumptuous.

This is a picture that I took of the courtyard of the hotel.


The only tourist class hotel located within the old city walls, the Gloria Hotel offers comfortable accommodation in the historic heart of the Christian quarter of the old city. Located just inside the Jaffa Gate, overlooking the citadel, it is a few minutes’ walk from major religious, tourist, cultural and historical sites. Click here for more information.

This link also provides 67 pictures of the hotel and surrounding areas of the Old City. Click on the picture of the hotel to view the photos. I especially love the pictures of the Old City at night.  Click here to view.


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