February 14, 2015. Today was Shabbat so we took the day easy. The jet lag is still having some effects on us, but it’s getting better. We had a light breakfast at 10:00 then a 3 hour discussion, sharing, devotional and rejoicing time.
Here’s a random couple on the street. By the looks of it, they aren’t on happy terms.
Lunch in a nearby restaurant was excellent. We had more interesting conversation with scholarly friends living here in Jerusalem.
Yes, trees really do grow on top of 4 story apartments.
This picture was taken off a 4 story apartment building in West Jerusalem. By way of orientation, you are looking east over the Old City, which is mostly hidden by modern buildings here. The tower you see way in the distance is the crest of the Mount of Olives. The Temple Mount would be hidden behind the big skyscraper. Zooming in on the haze to the right of the Mount of Olives you can see the Mountains of Moab across the Dead Sea and Great Rift Valley. Moabite and Ammonite country is literally in sight of Jerusalem! Amazing! Amazing! This puts a whole new light on the stories of the Kings of Judah and Israel!
We were given the opportunity to sit at the feet of this brilliant scholar of the synoptic gospels. If you want to know more of his teachings, check out jerusalemperspective.com. It’s deep and stretching material but if you can follow, you will be blessed!
This was a typical Shabbat in Jerusalem. Tomorrow we go into the Negev Desert.