Ten Moments in Israel by Leah De guzman
(1) Church of the Holy Sepulcher, this is the holiest site for Christians, as this is where Jesus was crucified, died and was buried. Profile photo taken at the ruins of the synagogue at Capernaum
What I loved most about Israel ?
“I loved Jerusalem the most, and discovering all the places that had the foundation of my Christian Faith — from historical places from the Old Testament, to actually being in Bethlehem (Jesus Birthplace), Nazareth & Sea of Galilee places (where Jesus grew up and did his preachings) to walking Via Dolorosa (the walk of death of Christ) to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (where Jesus was crucified, died and was buried, this is the holiest site for Christians). I felt an even deeper connection with God throughout this historical path. I also loved learning about the Jewish culture and beliefs – Passover and Shabat observance, the different kinds of Jews (Orthodox vs. the regular Jews), how they prayed by their Western Wall (the holiest site for Jews) and above all, my walk through the Yad Vashem (Jewish Holocaust Musuem) is a truly unforgettable and emotional one.”
Three Fave Things about my Israel Trip :
“My Holy Land Tour - Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee — tracing the life and death of Jesus Christ was such a powerful spiritual experience for me.”
“Yad Vashem (Jewish Holocaust Museum) – the museum outlined the plight of the Jews under the Nazi reign and it was truly the most emotional & poignant tour I have ever done.”
“Masada - this is a Unesco Heritage site and served as the last Jewish foothold in 73 AD when the Romans invaded the Jews. The story behind the attack and hiw the Jews chose to kill themselves (massive suicide) vs. falling in the hands of the Romans was indeed quite interesting.”
If I go back to Israel, what different thing will I do ?
“Seven full days there was too short, if I get to go back, I would spend more time chilling by the Dead Sea (we had a great time floating there and the Mudpack bath), chilling at Eilat Resort, and going to Petra, Jordan which I heard is also an amazing archaeological site, and perhaps move on to nearby Egypt to complete the story of the Bible for me.”
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