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Live Tour on the Temple Mount!

Join us as we explore the history of the Temple Mount, its significance to Judaism, and how Christianity and Islam later laid claim

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by Israel Today Staff

The Prophet Isaiah calls, “Come, let us go up to the Mountain of the Lord!” So we have organized a Live Zoom Tour on the Temple Mount: Then and Now in Jerusalem for our Israel Today Members!

 

When: May 18th, 8PM, Jerusalem Time

Where: Live on Zoom on the Temple Mount!

How: Israel Today Members please click on the link above to register.

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About the tour

The Prophet Micah had a vision that, “In the Last Days the Mountain of the LORD’s House will be exalted… and peoples will stream to it” (4:1). This is the first time the term “Mountain of the House” – “HAR HA-BAIT” in Hebrew – is used. Today it is the most used name for the Temple Mount.

This mountain of mountains, the holiest place in Judaism, where the First and Second Jewish Temples were built, the location of the Holy of Holies and a dwelling place for God’s Shekinah presence, is also known as Mt. Moriah, Mt. Zion, and other names we learn about as we “go up” with our guide Sharona.

How did it happen that the holiest site for Jews is also the third holiest site for Muslims? Does Christianity have any part in this?

On our next virtual tour – The Temple Mount Then and Now – we shall attempt to answer this question and why this unique mountain top is so steeped in mystery, conflict, and faith for people around the world.

We will begin our tour at a model of the Second Temple located in the Israel Museum, and then do a “fly-over” to the Mountain of the Lord, or Haram El-Sharif – the Noble Sanctuary – as the compound is called today in Arabic.

To build the Second Temple, Herod the Great extended the mountain’s natural plateau by enclosing the area with four massive retaining walls and filling the voids. When completed, it was the world’s largest functioning religious site and until today remains the largest man-made platform in the world!

And its size was only surpassed by its beauty, as quoted in the Talmud – “He who has not seen Herod’s building, has never in his life seen a truly grand building” (Talmud-Bava Basra 4a). Herod’s Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE.

We will explore Jerusalem and the Temple as they were in the First Century just as Yeshua saw them on his pilgrimage to the Holy City. We will look for hints and traces of what was here 2000 years ago.

We will visit the Islamic site and its intricate architecture and shiny Gold Dome. In spite of the site being the major flashpoint in the Arab Israeli conflict, on our live tour we shall find beauty, learn about history and gain a deeper appreciation of the biblical significance Jerusalem, the City of the Great King!

 

When: May 18th, 8PM, Jerusalem Time

Where: Live on Zoom on the Temple Mount!

How: Israel Today Members please click on the link at the top of this page to register.

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Our Tour Guide

My parents made Aliya, immigrating from Philadelphia to Israel in 1963. I was born in 1970 and raised here as a “sabra.” That’s what native-born Israelis call themselves. I grew up hearing both English and Hebrew in my home.

My family – parents, 3 siblings and myself – always liked travelling and nature. Camping and hiking are a big part of my best childhood memories. As a teenager I joined a youth hiking club based in the Judean Desert. The club belonged to the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI). During our hikes we learned about the geology, biology and history of the places we visited.

I knew already back then that this is what I wanted to do with my life – hike in nature and visit fascinating places in Israel.

After graduating high school I did my mandatory service in the Israel Defense Forces. I was a gardener, and fiercely fought against all weeds in the army bases where I served.

After completing my army service, I completed “Land of Israel Studies” at the Beit-Berl Teaching College, receiving a B.Ed in geography and my official tour guide certification in 1995. I have worked as a tour guide ever since.

I love my job, and I love my country, so much so that I named both of my sons after mountains in Israel – Tavor (17), and Bental (14)

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