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  1. 1. In His Footsteps A Guide to the Holy City of Jerusalem
  2. 2. In His Footsteps A Guide to the Holy City of Jerusalem This ebook can be downloaded as a high quality pdf from Credits on last page
  3. 3. The  Jerusalem  Experience At   the   heart   of   all   the  prophecies  for  the  world,   there  is   Jerusalem.   Discover   the   places   where   Jesus   ministered,   and  be  uplifted  through  prayer.   Here the stories of the Bible come alive, among the stones, mountains and the leaves of every olive tree that thousands of years ago bore witness. From the sweeping vistas of the Mount of Olives, home to Gethsemane, to the ancient stones of the Old City and the Western Wall, Jerusalem reverberates with powerful echoes of the past, that are just as significant now as they ever were. It was in Jerusalem that the first Church was founded, and where some of the most pivotal events in the world have taken place—as they will again in days to come. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for it is here that the past, present and future coalesce—where the fate of our world continually hangs in the balance.
  4. 4. Christian  Initiatives   Support  Jerusalem In   the  past   decades,   Christian  initiatives  to  support   the  Holy  Land   have  grown  exponentially.  Whether   it   is   with   pilgrimages,   advocacy,   charity   or   prayer,   Christians   have   been   turning   their   hearts   toward   Jerusalem  in  its  time  of  greatest  need. Now   more   than   ever,   Christians   are   fulCilling   the   Biblical  mandate   to  pray   for  the  peace  of  Jerusalem.   In   these   momentous   days,   Israel   is   the   center   of   world   turmoil   like   never   before.   The   turbulent   political   realities  that   threaten  Jerusalem   on  a  daily   basis  are  merely  the  instrument   by  which  the  Hand   of  God  is  revealed  in  our  time. In   this   hour   of   deepest   turmoil,   Christians   are   rallying  to   strengthen  the   Holy  Land  and  the  Jewish   people.   Thousands   converge   upon   Jerusalem   to   celebrate   the   Feast   of   the   Tabernacles   with   festivities   and   parades,   meeting   with   Israel’s   spiritual   leaders,   and   providing   essential   aid   to   its   poor.   And   for   those   unable   to   make   a   pilgrimage,   prayer  is   the   eternal   bond  that   even  the  distance  of   oceans  cannot  sever.
  5. 5. The  Mount  of  Olives Just  beyond  the  walls  of  Jerusalem’s  Old  City,  a  sweeping  vista   Zachariah   foretold   that   when   the   Messiah   arrives   in   of   silver-­‐green   olive   trees   is  interspersed  with   landmarks   of   Jerusalem,   the  Cirst  dead  to  be  resurrected   will   be  those  who   the   past.   The   Mount   of   Olives   holds   special   signiCicance   for   are   buried  on   the   Mount  of  Olives.   This  is  why   many   Jews   are   the   Christian   faith,   as   the   place   where   some   of   the   most   buried  on  the  mountain,  with  some  of  the  graves  dating  back   pivotal   events   in   the   New   Testament   took   place.   From   the   to  the  First  Temple  period. prophecies  of  Zachariah  to  the  anguish  of  Jesus  in  the  Garden   The   mountain   is   mentioned   at   several   points   in   the   Bible,   of   Gethsemane,   the   Mount   of   Olives   stands   as   a   historic   most   notably  when  King   David  Cled  to  the  Mount  of  Olives  for   monument   to   the  living   faith  it  inspires  in  our  age,  and  for  all   refuge  during  the  rebellion  of  his  son  Absalom. time. In   Christian   tradition,   the   Mount   of   Olives   is   of   central   In   Jewish  tradition,   the  Mount   of  Olives   is  closely   associated   importance.   It   was   from   these   slopes   that   Jesus’   triumphal   with  the  concept  of  resurrection.  The  Biblical  prophet   entry  into  Jerusalem  took  place.
  6. 6. Borne  by   a  donkey,  this  entry   to  Jerusalem   could  be   seen  as   a   Jesus  is  also  said   to  have  frequented   the   road  from  Jerusalem   fulCillment   of   the   prophecy   of   Zachariah,   in   which   the   to   Bethany   that   runs   along   the   Mount   of   Olives,   to  visit   his   prophet   foretells   the   arrival   of   a   king   “gentle   and   riding   a   friend  Lazarus.   donkey.”  (Zachariah  9:9-­‐10)   At   the   foot   of   the   mountain   is   the   Garden   of   Gethsemane,     Soon   after   this   climactic   event,   Jesus   prophesied   on   the   where   Jesus   and   his   disciples   prayed   after   the   Last   Supper,   Mount   of  Olives   to  his  disciples  about  the  destruction  of  the   the  night  before  the   cruciCixion.  The  garden  is   also  the   site  of   Holy   Temple   in   Jerusalem.   This   prophecy,   known   as   the   the   infamous  betrayal   of   Jesus  by   Judas  Iscariot.   A   Christian   “Apocalyptic   Discourse,”   has   been   subject   to   many   pilgrimage   destination  for  hundreds  of  years,  Gethsemane  is   interpretations   by   scholars   and   laymen   alike,   seeming   to   exquisitely   preserved,   shaded   with   olive   trees   that   are   portend  to  the  end  of  the  world  rather  than  just  the  Temple. centuries   old.     (Gethsemane   comes   from   the   Aramaic   Gat   Shamanim,   which   means   “oil   press.”)   It   is   believed   that   at   least  some  of  these  olive  trees  existed  in  the  time  of  Jesus.
  7. 7. Gethsemane Just  beyond  the  Old  City   walls  are  the  shining  slopes  of  the   Mount   of   Olives,   where   the   silvery   sheen   of   olive   trees   cover   the   mountainside.   It   is   on   this   mountain   that   the   Garden  of   Gethsemane  is   located—the   place   where  Jesus   was  experience  anguish,  and  Cinally  was  betrayed  by  Judas   and  arrested.  Here   is   where  the  infamous  Judas  Kiss  took   place,  and  where  Jesus  made  the  fateful  decision   to  allow   the   cruciCixion   to   go   forward.   Today,   the   ancient   olive   trees,  cared   for   by   monks,  endure  as  a  peaceful  testament   to  this  momentous  event  in  history. Anguish,  Betrayal  and  Arrest The  Garden   of  Gethsemane,  located  at  the  foot  of  the  Mount  of   Olives,   is   an   essential   landmark   in  Christian   tradition.   It   was   in   this   place   that   Jesus   spent   much   time   in   prayer   and   contemplation,   and   where   he   counseled   his   disciples.   The   name   Gethsemane   literally   translates   to   “olive   press,”   and   many  of  its  trees  are  hundreds  if  not  thousands  of  years  old. But  in  Jesus’  day,  this  deceptively  idyllic  garden   of  olive  trees   became  the   site  of  pain,   betrayal  and  acceptance  of  a  terrible   fate.   It   was  in   Gethsemane  that   Judas   Iscariot   completed   his   betrayal  of  Jesus  to  Pontius  Pilate.  His  kiss—the  source  of  the   proverbial  Judas  kiss—led  the  guardsman  directly  to  Jesus.
  8. 8. Yet   the   cruciCixion   could   have   been   averted   if   Jesus   had  not  resolved  to  allow  it  to  happen,   for  the  sake  of   mankind.   But   this   decision—which   entailed   his   acceptance   of   one   of   the   most     painful   forms   of   execution  in  existence—caused  him  great   anguish  on   the   eve   of   his   arrest.   The  scene  of  this   anguish   and   arrest  was  Gethsemane.   Gethsemane  Today Because   of   its   great   signiCicance,   Gethsemane   is   surrounded   by   landmarks   to   Christianity.   One   of   these   landmarks   is   the   Church   of   All   Nations,   also   known   as  the  Basilica   of  Agony.  This   church   was  Cirst   built   in   the   fourth  century,   but   was  destroyed   in   an   earthquake   and   built   anew   in   the   20th   century.   Its   distinction   is   that   it   houses   the   Rock   of   Agony,   the   bedrock  beside   which  Jesus  is   said  to  have  prayed  on   the  night  before  his  cruciCixion. Other   holy   sites   near   Gethesemane   include   the   Church   of   Mary   Magdalene   and   the   Tomb   of   the   Virgin  Mary,   where  Catholic   Christians  believe  Mary   was  buried  before  her  Assumption. Today,  the  olive  trees  that  visitors  see  in  Gethsemane   are   some   of   the   same   trees   that   Jesus   himself   once   saw,   though   in   his   day   they   would   have   been   mere   saplings.  
  9. 9. The  Garden  Tomb Many   Christians   believe   that   Garden   Tomb,   a   peaceful   site   outside   the   walls   of   Jerusalem’s   Old   City,   once   set   the   scene   for   one   of   the   most   pivotal   moments   in   history.   This   ancient   tomb   that   was   certainly   located   outside  the  city   limits  in  the  time  of  Jesus  is  powerfully   evocative,   as   well   as   an   ideal   place   for   prayer   and   contemplation. Many   believe   that   the   The   Garden   Tomb   is   the   garden   and   tomb   of   Joseph   of   Arimathea,   a   wealthy   man   who   donated  his  own  grave   for   the  body  of   Jesus.  It  is  said  in   the   Gospels   of   Nicodemus   that   Joseph   requested   permission   from   Pontius   Pilate   to   remove   the   body   of   Jesus   from   the  cross   and   prepare  him   for   burial.   Pilate   acquiesced,   and   swathing   the   body   of   Christ   in   linen,   Joseph   interred   the   body   in   the   sepulcher   that   he   had   built  for  himself.  Later,  he  reported   to  Jewish   elders  that   had  had  witnessed  a  miraculous  resurrection. Hundreds   of   years  later,  British  General   Charles   Gordon   called   attention   to  the  Garden  Tomb   while   stationed   in   Jerusalem   in  1883.   What   initially   drew  his   interest   was   the  skull-­‐like  formation  of   the  rocks—Golgotha,  the  hill   whereupon   the   cruciCixion   took   place,   is   described   as   resembling  a  skull.   The   eerie  formation   of  the   rocks   by   the  Garden  Tomb   seem  like  the  deep-­‐set   eyes  of  a  skull   brooding  over  a  long  guardianship  of  this  site.
  10. 10. Authenticity  of  the  Site The   main   argument   against   the   Church   of   the   Holy   Sepulchre  as  an  authentic  site  is  the  fact  that  it  is  situated   within   the   city   limits   of   Jerusalem.   It   is   against   Jewish   custom  to  bury  the  dead  within  the  city  walls.  Moreover,   the   Romans   would   not   have   performed   a   cruciCixion   within   city   limits   either.   In   contrast,   the   newly   discovered   Skull   Hill,   being   near   the   Old   City   of   Jerusalem   but   still   outside   it,   would   have   been   an   ideal   location  for  executions.  There   is  in  fact  some  evidence   to   indicate   that   executions   were   carried   out   in   this   place   during  the  Second  Temple  era.  Where  the  cruciCixion  and   burial  took   place  is  a  question   that   has   intrigued   the   faithful   and   scholars   for   generations.   But   regardless   of   which   is   correct,   the   remarkable   nature   of   the   Garden   Tomb   as   a   site   to   be   Residing   nearby   are   a   garden   and   ancient   tombs   which   seen  is  indisputable.   Cit  the  description  of   Christ’s  tomb  as  it   is  recorded  in  the   Gospels.   It   is   this   striking   resemblance   to   gospel   accounts  that  lends  the  site  its   particular  power,  whether   or  not   it  is  in  fact   the  place  where   Jesus   was  laid  to   rest.   For  many  Christians,   the  authenticity  of  the  Garden  Tomb   as   Jesus’   burial   place   is   secondary   to   the   inherent   signiCicance   of   an   ancient   tomb   outside   the   walls   of   Jerusalem.  Here  is  a   place  where  it  is  possible   to  connect,   mentally  and   emotionally,   with  the  events  of  that   fateful   night.
  11. 11. The  Western  Wall Jews   all   over   the  world   pray   towards   Jerusalem.   But   in  the   the   2000-­‐year   Diaspora   begun   by   Titus   of   Rome   is   still   in   Holy  City   itself,   they  pray   towards   the  Western  Wall,   one  of   effect,   and   without   the   Messiah,   the   Temple   cannot   be   the   holiest  sites  in  Judaism.  For  thousands   of  years,  this  wall   rebuilt.   Thus  the   Western  Wall,   a  remnant   of   the  walls   that   that   Clanks   the   Temple   Mount   has   been   the   scene   of   much   surrounded   the   Second   Temple,   represents   the   highest   yearning   and   heartfelt   prayers.   For   centuries,   Jews   from   aspirations   of   the   Jewish   religion.   In   the   Wall   the   Jewish   around   the   world   have   been   visiting   the   Western   Wall—to   people  see  not  only  their  past  but  their  hopes  for  the  future.   pray,   to   discover   their   roots,   and   to   dream   of   the   long-­‐lost   Jews   of   all   walks   of   life   pray   daily   at   the   Western   Wall;   days  of   the  Temple.  Above   all  else,   they  pray  for  peace  and   a   businessmen  and  beggars,   religious  and  secular  alike.   Many   world  redeemed  by  their  Messiah. leave   notes  in   crevices  of  the  wall,   begging  for  their  heart’s   desires,   whether   they   are   for   the   recovery   of   a   family   Today’s   Orthodox   Jews   consider   themselves   to   be   in   exile,   member   from   a   deadly   illness,   for   spiritual   enlightenment,   even  those  who  live   in  Jerusalem  itself.   Without  the  Temple,   or  for  the  ultimate  redemption  from  exile.
  12. 12. Jews   believe   that   the   Divine   Presence   rests   on   the   Western   Wall   was   once   one   of   these   support   walls,   but   its   main   Wall,   as   it   once   rested  within  the   Holy   Temple.   Therefore   if   distinction   is   that   it   was   the   wall   that   was   nearest   the   someone  has  not  visited  the  Wall  for  30  days,  they  are  bidden   Temple’s  Holy  of  Holies,  home  of  the  Divine  Presence. to   tear   their   clothes   in   mourning   when   they   at   last   return.   For   centuries,   Jews   endured   hardship   and   persecution   in   (The  tearing  of  one’s  garments  is  a  frequent  sign  of  mourning   order  to  pray   at   the  Western   Wall,   since   it   was   not   in   their   in  Judaism.) control.   It   was   only   after   the   Six   Day   War  in   1967   that   the    The  Wall  was  built  by  King  Herod,  who  in   37   A.D.   renovated   Jews  obtained  control  of  the  Western  Wall,   for   the  Cirst  time   the   Second   Temple   by   Clattening   the   peaks   of   the   Temple   in  thousands  of  years. Mount   and   building   support   walls   around   it.   The   Western  
  13. 13. The  Western  Wall  Tunnels The   Western   Wall   as   visitors   know   it   is   only   a   piece—the   full   wall,  built   by  King  Herod,  extends  all   along  the  Temple   Mount,   but   until   recently   it   was   concealed   from   view.   Ancient   mysteries   lie   just   beneath   the   surface   of   the   Old   City   stones.   While   the   Old   City   of   Jerusalem   carries   evocative  echoes  of  the  past,   the  most  intriguing  part  of  the   city  is  underground.  The  excavations  along  the  length  of  the   Western   Wall   have   uncovered   many   treasures   from   Jerusalem’s   most  distant  past,  and   provide  clues  to  its  many   mysteries.   Layer  upon   layer  of   carved  stone   tells   thousands   of  years  of  a  story. Discovering  the  Western  Wall  Tunnels The  Cirst  excavations   along  the  Western   Wall  were   begun  in   the   nineteenth   century   by   the   British   archaeologists   Charles  Wilson  and  Charles  Warren.  After  the  conclusion  of   the   Six   Day   War,   Israel’s   Ministry   of   Religious   Affairs   spearheaded   an   excavation  of  the  entire  Western  Wall.  This   complicated   process   was   undertaken   with   the   help   of   engineers,  to  make  sure  that  the  walls  did  not  collapse.   To   this   day,   the   expertise   of   engineers   accompanies   each   step   of   the   delicate   excavation   process,   which   includes   making   the   tunnels   visitor-­‐friendly,   handicap   accessible,   and   air-­‐conditioned,   while   still   maintaining   the   original   condition  of  the  site.
  14. 14. These   streets   were   transformed   into   tunnels   after   the   Muslim   conquest   of   Jerusalem,   when   the   Muslims   decided  to  link  the   two  higher  parts  of   the  city  above  the   valley  in  between.  Thus  they  built  arches  over  the  streets,   turning   them   into   tunnels,   and   put   them   to   use   as   cisterns  and  sewage  tunnels.   Above,   the   sunny   Old   City   is   bustling   with   visitors,   markets,  and  children   at  play.   Below,  history  lies  in  wait,   whispering  its  secrets  to  passersby  in  the  darkness. Secrets  of  the  Western  Wall  Tunnels It  is  only  in  the  tunnels  that  the  streets  of  thousands  of  years   ago,   in   their   original   form,   still   endure   in   Jerusalem.   Archaeologists  have   found   a   marketplace  in  the   tunnels  that   they   estimate   was   in   use   during   the   time   of   the   Second   Temple,   and   possibly   even   earlier.   The   carved   stone   passageways   date   back   to   Herodian   and   the   even   earlier   Hasmonean  periods. Stones   weighing   more  than  500  tons  (the  weight   of  about  70   elephants)   form   the   foundation   of   the   Western   Wall.   It   is   possible   now   to  see,  from  markings  on  the  stones,  that  they   were   transported   through   means   of   technology   that   was   remarkably  complex  for  the  period.
  15. 15. The  Old  City Here  it   is:  the  place  where  it   all  began,  and  the  focal   point   of   an  intense,   passionate  spirituality   that   has   endured  for  eons.   The   heat   of   the   sun   glancing   from   the   pale   stones   seems   a   living   metaphor   for   the   searing   Clames   of   faith.   But   there   is   another   facet   of  the  Old  City  beyond  the  requisite  holy   sites:   its  beating   pulse,  embodied  in  the  people   who  have   chosen   to   make  their  lives  at  the  center  of  the  vortex. By   and   large,   most   people   who   live   in   the   Old   City   are   devoutly   religious,  and  have  become  accustomed   to  living  in   a   Cishbowl.  But  what  is  really  going  on  in   the  fabric  of  daily  life,   First,  explore  the  colorful   Arab  market,  rife  with  the  loud   here  in  the  contentious  center  of  three  faiths? cries   of   bargaining   and   the   thick   scents   of   Middle   Eastern  spices.   (Without   a  guide,   it’s  best   to  keep  to  the   main   market   streets.)   But   beyond   this   market   that   is   mostly   aimed   at   tourists,   there   are   signs   of   an   independent   world.   Notice   the   grafCiti   on   facades   of   many  Arab  homes:  these  symbols  tell  a  story.   An   Arab   who   has   completed   the  Haj,   the  journey   to  the   Muslim  holy   cities   Mecca  and   Medina,  returns   and  paints   a   symbolic   account   of   his   journey   on   the   wall   of   his   home,  by  way  of  announcement.     In   the   Jewish   Quarter,   visit   the   Roman   arcade   of   the   Cardo,   now   enlivened   with   bustling   shops.   Israeli   shoppers  think   nothing  of  the  fact   that  they  are  strolling   on   an   authentic   Roman   street,   where   Cigures   out   of   history  once  walked  and  shopped.  
  16. 16. In   the   courtyard  near  the  Cardo,   hear  the  melodic   chanting  of   ultra-­‐Orthodox  schoolchildren,  learning  to  read  the  Scriptures   from  an  early  age.  All  morning  the  chanting  goes  on,  becoming   one  with  the  other  sounds  of  the  Jewish  Quarter:  wind  chimes,   children   playing,   the   rushing   sound   of   Quarter   residents   watering  their  roof   gardens.   A   rooftop  view   of   Jewish  Quarter   homes   reveals   a   wild   array   of   color   and   greenery   that   is   invisible  from  the  street.     The   best   way   to   experience   the   Jewish   Quarter   is   in   the   evening,   when   residents   are   at   home   and   tourists   have   evacuated   to   their   hotels.   Quiet   settles   in   the   tangled   streets,   and   the   blossoms   of   night-­‐blooming   jasmine   begin   to   release   their   seductive  scent   into  the  air.   The  emergence  of  the  moon   lights   your   way,   joining   with   the   rosy   light   of   windows.   Discover   hidden   archways,   spiraling   stairways   that   descend   into  secret  levels.   Find  the  shortcuts  that   the  residents  know  by   heart,  and   arrive  at  last  at  a  breathtaking  view  of  the  Western   Wall,  gleaming  against  the  night. For   the   most   atmospheric   experience   of   all,   explore   the   Old   City  on   a  Saturday  evening.   In   the   Jewish  Quarter,   families  are   all   inside,   singing   the   melancholy   yet   hopeful   ballads   of   the   evening  Sabbath   meal.   And   then,   adding   to   the  singing   comes   the   chant   of   the   Muslim   muezzin,   the   call   to   evening   prayer.   The   church   bells   of   the   Christian   Quarter   begin   to   toll,   sonorous   in  the  dusk   stillness.   Three  voices  of  three  disparate   faiths  intertwining,   utterly  separate  yet  at   the  same  time  united   in  the  moment  here,  in  this  place.
  17. 17. The  Christian  Quarter Today   the   Christian   Quarter   is   home   to   approximately   40   Christian   holy   sites,   with   the   Holy   Sepulchre   acting   as   the   was  killed.   Instead  it   was  revered   as  the  city  where  he  had   natural   epicenter.   In   the   fourth   century,   the   fortunes   of   lived  and  breathed.   Jerusalem   changed   irrevocably.   With   the   Emperor   The   Church   of  the   Holy  Sepulchre  was  built   to  the   glory   of   Constantine’s   uncovering   of   the  Holy   Sepulchre,   the   pagan   Christianity,   and   a   burgeoning   community   sprung   up   in   its   city   of   Aelia   Capitolina   became   holy   to   Christianity.   The   wake.   Constantine   and   his   mother   Helena   also   are   said   to   Christian   Quarter   in   Jerusalem’s   Old   City   is   an   evocative   have   discovered   the   True   Cross   upon   which   Jesus   was   monument  to   the  earliest   foundations  of  Christianity  in  the   cruciCied.   Jerusalem   became   a   pilgrim   destination   and   Holy  City. central  holy  city  of  Christianity  and  would  remain  so  forever   No  longer  a  pagan  city,  the   name   of  Jerusalem  was  restored.   after. No  longer  was  Jerusalem   accursed  as  the  place  where  Jesus  
  18. 18. But   just   as   the   sanctity   of   the   place   was   ratcheted   up,   so   Today,   though   the   surrounding   country   has   changed   was   its   importance.   For   hundreds   of   years,   the   Church   of   tremendously,   very  little  has  fundamentally  changed  in  the   the   Holy   Sepulchre   was   the   center   of   a   maelstrom   of   Christian  Quarter  of  Jerusalem  over  hundreds  of  years. divisions   and   conClicts.   The   Persian   invasion   in   614   A.D.   cost   the  church   the   True  Cross  and   caused  Cire   damage   to    Just   as  they  did  in  centuries  past,  pilgrims  from  across  the   the  building.     globe   gather   here   to   follow   the   path   of   the   Via   Dolorosa.   They  walk   the  stone  streets   of  ancient  Jerusalem   and   bask   But  this  hardly  compares  to  the   events   of   1009  A.D.:  under   in   its   timeless   atmosphere.   And  just   as   in  centuries  past,   a   Muslim   rule,   the   church  was   destroyed   in   its   entirety.   The   Ciery   passion   ignites   the   air   in   this   place,   as   a   myriad   of   destruction   sent   a   ripple   effect   of   rage   and   dismay   emotions  and  beliefs  converge,  clash,  and  blend  in  a  choir  of   throughout   European   Christendom.   Nearly   a   century   later,   many  voices. Pope   Urban   II   could   channel   this   emotion   to   incite   the   Crusades.  
  19. 19. The  Jewish  Quarter The   atmospheric  Jewish   Quarter  of   Jerusalem’s  Old   City   is   popular   with   tourists,   but   is   often   overlooked   as   a   neighborhood   with   a   thriving   Orthodox   Jewish   community.   Each   evocative   side   street   and  alleyway   is   not  far  from  a  window   or  a  door  of  someone’s  home—a   home  that  is  often  bursting  with  small  children.   Residents   of   the   Jewish   Quarter,   more   than   anywhere   else   in   Jerusalem,   see   themselves   as   the   keepers   of   a   sacred   tradition.   Their  observances  of   the  daily   rituals   of  Jewish  law  are  performed  against  the  backdrop  of  the   original  Holy  City.  They   live  steps  away   from  the  Temple   Mount,   the   holiest   site   in   Judaism,   and   the   pulsing   To  be  Jewish  in  the  oldest  part  of  Jerusalem  is  a  blessing  which   energy  of  the  Western  Wall.   many   residents   believe   is   a   fair   trade   for   the   many   inconveniences  of  living  at  the  center  of  a  tourist  attraction. There   has   been   almost   a   continual   Jewish   presence   in   the   Jewish   Quarter  since   the  8th   century   B.C.   Over  the   course   of   hundreds   of   years,   the   neighborhood   was   home   to   Jews   and   other  peoples  alike,   including  Turks,   Arabs  and  Christians.  The   Hurva   Synagogue,   which   is   now   undergoing   restoration,   was   the  central  synagogue  of  the  Old  City  for  hundreds  of  years.   In   1948,   the   Jordanians   invaded   the   Jewish   Quarter   and   bombed   the   Jewish   homes.   The   Jewish   residents   of   the   neighborhood   were   forced  to  Clee,  never  to  return  until   Israel   retook  the  Old  City  in  1967.
  20. 20. Life  in  the  Jewish  Quarter nearly  impossible;   thus  residents  of  the  Jewish  Quarter  often   Living   in   the   Jewish   Quarter   is   in   itself   a   religious   feel  cut  off  from  the  rest  of  the  city.   experience,  because  every  aspect   of  life   is  affected  by   living   But   at   the   same   time,   there   is   a   reason   that   holidays   draw   at   the   center   of   Judaism.   The   quarter   is   regularly   mobbed   such   crowds:   from   the   festive   lights   of   Chanukah   to   the   with   tourists   of   every   description,   particularly   during   the   booths   of   Sukkot,   the   Jewish   Quarter   during   holidays   is   holidays.   During  such  times,  leaving  the  Old  City  by   vehicle  is   pervaded  with  an  atmosphere  of  intense  spirituality.    
  21. 21. “In His Footsteps” from is licensed under CC. Concept & Design: Jack Reichert Editor: Ilana Teitelbaum Photos by Flash90