Jill here… Our guide is amazing! His name is Yossi Paz and he has figured out what these kids like and boy have we had some adventures! Last night after dinner, we loaded up the bus again for an evening tour of the lights of Jerusalem. We walked on top of the walls of Jerusalem and peeked in on a Rabbinical school where we saw Jewish boys sitting in a room full of books studying the Torah. They do that for 18 hours each day. We also were able to walk through the cemetery where all the Jews want to be buried. It houses Absalom’s tomb and Zachariah’s tomb. The archeologist working on that site was Yossi’s friend and he left a door open for us so we were able to climb up into one of the temple’s and take a picture. We felt very Indiana Jonesish.
Our first stop this morning was the Mount of Olives for a great view overlooking Jerusalem. We reflected on how Jesus wept when he looked out over the city. Our next stop was the Garden of Gethsemane. It is one of the few places that looks very similar to what it would have looked like when Jesus was there. We were able to go off alone for some quiet time before coming back to reflect. We also spent some time in the wilderness.