Friday, February 25, 2011

A Draining Day

On our next to last day we had a draining experience.  We visited the Israeli museum first.  That was spectacular, seeing the scale model of first century Jerusalem.  It is very easy to see how the city looked in the days of Jesus and up to its destruction in 70 A.D.  Imagine how the Temple looked from a distance. Our draining time followed as we visited Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum.  The name means in memory of the name, meaning the names of the six million Jews who died in the Shoa.  We heard the names of the 1 1/2 million children who died being read.  The main museum is a learning experience that begins with life and ends with life.  But the steps in between help you "feel" the pain, suffering and inhumanity inflicted on the Jews.  We saw their shoes.  We heard from survivors.  We read accounts of the atrocities.  Our lunch break following was welcomed.  We ended our day by visiting Caiaphas's house, known as Peter en Gallicantu.  Gallicantu is latin for the rooster singing.  We saw the basement where Jesus was held before they took Him to Pilate to be tried. 

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