February 13, 2015
Blessed art thou, Oh Lord our God, King of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.
Almost all of us woke up at 2:00 and couldn’t sleep, so a few of us practiced our Hebrew lessons. Breakfast at 6:00 was ta’im (delicious). We are doing all our own cooking as a group, which isn’t a problem as my sisters are the best cooks on the block. Well… in all the world actually,in my ‘pinion.
For devotional we looked into the Hebrew word structure of the first verse of the Bible. Of all things we find the Kingdom of Heaven written in the first verse! This is pre-New Covenant! Check it out for yourself! Here we are singing thanks and praises for what Father showed us.
Next we head south along the western wall of the Old City toward Yaffa Gate. The Tower of David pokes the skyline. We went past the Yaffa Gate to the southern end of the city.
This is from Yaffa Gate looking south into the Hinnom Valley with Mt. Zion on the left and Watershed ridge on the right.
We sat in on a 4 hour Jerusalem Archaeology class taught by one of the best experts in Jerusalem. Lunch was also at the school.
The view from the school rooftop. This valley is called Gehenna in 1st century because it was the city dump. We crossed this valley walking west to the Patriarchal Highway that runs along Watershed Ridge. Watershed Ridge is where the water of the Judean Mountains divides and runs either East to the Dead Sea or West to the Coastal Plain. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob walked this ridge quite often in their lifetime.
This must be heaven because flowers are still blooming in February! In 40 degree weather.
This mighty man of God wasn’t as mighty as the angel that rolled the stone from Jesus’ tomb. But he tried his best!
The day was topped with a Shabbat dinner with excellent halla bread and delicious food from the Parashat Mishpatim(weekly Torah portion) and the kitchen! This concludes the day. Shabbat Shalom!!