Tuesday 19 March 2019

We went to Nazareth. Nazareth borders Syria and Lebanon.  The region there is Galilee.

Eastern and western Jerusalem are very different.  Eastern is old and western is built in the 20th century.

We are like the Apostles and like them we need to go back and show other people.

Mary was Joseph's wife to preserve her name.  Her parents promised her to God and they needed a righteous man to help to keep this promise.

Wed were crossing the border.  No Palestinian can cross it.  There were armed guards.  How do they recognize that there is no Palestinians with us?  They just do it by face.  They have no complaint about the driver because he is transporting tourists.

Eastern Jerusalem is a separate district.  Until recently it belonged to Jordan.  Here you are either Jewish or Christian.  They have very few Christians here.

Most of the Israelis saw Israel as for Jews only.  The Jewish solution for non-Jews is to convert them.  Not everybody will be a Jew, but you need to follow certain rules.

Formally religion is separated from the state, but religious laws are accepted as state law.  All restaurants are required to be kosher, but there is no Jewish law on hotels.

Both Arabs and Jews are descendants of Abraham.  They tried to live together for 100 years but they decided that it doesn't work.

We took a bathroom break at a store.  I was standing outside the bus and a bunch of children walked by and some of them greeted me.

At the church of the Annunciation I had a conversation with Elfilios.  He told me that the icons were made by two Romanian brothers.  In one you see Joseph holding Jesus on the way back from Egypt.  You do not see this in iconography.

In Cana under the Catholic church is the remains of the house and vessel where the water was turned into wine.  Some couples were leaving the church after they renewed the vows.

The Jews were captive twice, once for 400 years in Egypt and in Babylon for 70 years.  They were slaves but ended up in leadership position.

As we toured the area, we often ran into the same people.  On several occasions we ran into two girls from Germany.

In the hotel I met a group from Texas and on the elevator they pressed the wrong button and I got off on the wrong floor.  They felt really bad about this, but I thought that it was funny.  I also needed a  converter so that I could plug in my computer and cell phones and one of them had an extra one which he gave me.

In the evening we had a Meet and Greet.  I was given the opportunity to speak in English but I did so in Russian and Natallia told me the next day that she was surprised at how well I spoke Russian.
 

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On the way

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Old Jerusalem

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This is where they tried to throw Jesus off the cliff.

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Nazareth

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Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

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Dimitri submitted our names for prayers at Cana.

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Dimitri, Natasha, and Nicolai

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