• Historic Sites,  Local Culture,  Notes

    Menorah and Medusa

    Chorazin- North of the Sea of Galilee What is the “seat of Moses”?  Who is Medusa?  Both were found in the synagogue in Chorazin. Chorazin is a city north of the Sea of Galilee.  Jesus visited this city and performed many mighty works, but none were recorded.  In fact, he said that if the same mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, the people in Tyre and Sidon would have repented. Chorazin is one of the 3 cities that he cursed because of their unbelief.  Matthew 11:21-22 The seat of Moses is where the priests would sit to show how important they were as they delivered their sermons.…

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    Tiberias Chapel

    Thursday morning we got up early to clean the Tiberias chapel and yard.  There is a paid gardener but there was still a lot of work to do and, actually, it felt great to be able to so some yard work.  We wanted the yard and chapel to look good because we had invited a  number of the local members to come for an evening meal and social.  The chapel was closed about 2 years ago because many of the members had moved near Haifa. Margaret fixed another one of her great dinners and it was enjoyable to just chat and enjoy each other company.   Another reason we wanted…

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    Directly South and up the hill from our small branch in Haifa is the Baha’i World Center.  It is spectacular!  The founder, Baha’u’llah (1817-1892) lived in Iran. He said that God would send another prophet like Jesus or Muhammad. He was banned from Iran and declared that he (the Bab) was the prophet. He moved his headquarter to Haifa and was imprisoned for about 10 years in Acre under Ottoman Palestine rule. Previous Next   Baha’u’llah taught the worth of all religions and the equality of all mankind. He taught that religion is progressively revealed over time by God through various prophets, including Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. The beautiful gardens…

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    Early Monday Morning

    Tanner figured it out. We got on line with Jennie and Tanner and the kids and chatted live over WhatsApp.  Of course, they were in their pajamas because it was 10:00 at night. And, we were in our pajamas because it was 7:00 in the morning.  After chatting, we decided to walk to the city while it was still cool. A far second best to talking to the family. Still, it was a fun morning.  https://lifferthsinjerusalem.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Horns.m4a https://lifferthsinjerusalem.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Clarinet.m4a Neil, made an offer that Margaret could not refuse https://lifferthsinjerusalem.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/priests.m4a

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    The Ark of the Covenant

     Beth-shemesh and Abu Ghosh   The Philistines go to battle against Israel and win.  Worse yet, they take the ark of the covenant back to Ashdod and place it in the house of Dagon, their god. Then, their troubles begin.  First, the statue of their god Dagon falls down. They set him and the next day he is knocked down again. This time they find Dagon with his head and hands cut off. Next, the Philistines are faced with a plaque of boils, then mice. After 7 months of this, they have had enough and ask the priests and diviners what to do. The priest said to put the ark…

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    Doing Their Best

    There is one over-riding challenge for members in Israel: Transportation!  Members want to attend church on the Sabbath but few have cars and the transportation system is shut down on the Sabbath.  This Wednesday and Thursday we drove to Nazareth, Tiberius, and Haifa to meet with members who are not able to attend church. Finding where they live is the first miracle.  Actually getting to their homes is the second miracle.  And the third miracle,  and by far the largest and most significant, is their lives of faith and hard work.   Jayson is helping to care for an elderly gentleman in Nazareth. Before moving to Israel, he was raised in…

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    Yad Vashem

        Next to the grave of Theodor Herzl is Yad Vashem, the holocaust history museum.   It is all incomprehensible how this could ever happen. How do we explain this?   We all feel the same, I know. One fourth were children.      The only light that shines on this is the many who tried to help.  Part of the museum is dedicated to the thousands who tried to protect the children, help families and others escape, or who simply did their best to oppose This statue is a tribute to all those who tried to help  in any way to change the unfolding events.      One of the…

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    Theodor Herzl

    Theodor Herzl (1860-1904).  Father of Israel. Founder of Zionism. “If you will it, it is not a dream, and if you do not will it, a dream it is and dream it will stay. The Jews who will it shall achieve their State. We shall live at last as free men on our own soil, and in our own homes peacefully die. The world will be liberated by our freedom, enriched by our wealth, and magnified by our greatness. Perhaps in five years, certainly in fifty, everyone will know it.” Herzl had a very different vision for Jews.  Instead of passively waiting for God to save them, he said they…

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    Music of Jerusalem

    Honestly , this is amazing: we discovered another one of Mark’s relatives, here in Jerusalem. She said she is a second niece twice removed.  Anyway, click on the button below and listen to the stunning music that we have come to expect from Mark and his family. https://lifferthsinjerusalem.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Hamekublim-Street.m4a This next clip is what keeps Margaret quickly moving from one stand to another. https://lifferthsinjerusalem.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Shchem-Road-2.m4a And, of course the beautiful Bar mitzvah. https://lifferthsinjerusalem.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Bar-mitzvah.m4a