Side note: Notice the square stone with a hole in the middle, at the very bottom of the photo - that is an ancient toilet seat found in the four-room house of Ahi'el.
John 9 1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
The Western Gate (below) into Jerusalem is the only one (of eight gates) that is open for the Christians and the Jewish to use.
Have you ever seen the movie Schindler's List? If you haven't seen it, watch it.
A tree is planted in this garden for Oskar Schindler and his wife Emilie Schindler. Interestingly, I was told that there was some pushback to allowing Oskar to be honored here because he earned money helping Jewish during the Holocaust, so they were only going to honor Emilie, but later decided to honor both. Even more interesting, the tree that was planted grew up into TWO trees anyway.
Read more about my trip to Israel HERE.
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