Our morning started out at the Dome of the Rock. This is a Muslim shrine that has been built on top of the Temple Mount (the place in Jerusalem where both Temples were built and later destroyed). While we were unable to enter the Dome of the Rock, because we are not Muslim, we were able to walk the Temple Mount and share the history of the temples being built there.
From the Temple Mount we descended through the Arab Market and then to the Wailing (or Western) Wall. Since Jews are not allowed to pray on the Temple Mount (we were not even allowed to bring scripture there). The Wailing Wall, or the Western Wall was the closest place to the Temple Mount that Jews today can pray today. We joined them and placed our prayers on the wall.
From the Wall we moved through the old town market and also to the Southern Steps. Some of these steps are still the original steps that were in place from the time of Jesus. They would have been the same steps that were used to enter the Temple Mount, but also the same steps where Jesus would have taught his followers.
We had a great meeting in the middle of the day with an Orthodox Jew who did a great job explaining the ideas and relationships challenges that Jews and Christians struggle with. His name was Moshe Kempenski and he owns a shop in Old City Jerusalem. You can find that here: http://www.shorashim.com/
Our final stop for the day was Hezekiah’s Tunnel. You can learn much more about this one here: http://www.cityofdavid.org.il/en/virtual_tour/hezekiah%E2%80%99s-tunnel-city-david
Tomorrow we are heading out on an Archeological Dig….