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Highlights of Our First days in Israel

Worshipping at the ancient tabernacle site of Shiloh
Shir’el worshipping at the ancient tabernacle site of Shiloh
Annette tries her hand at pressing oil from some olives.
Neot Kedumin   Annette tries her hand at pressing oil from some olives.

Neot Kedumin

Annette tries out the grape crusher.
Neot Kedumin   Annette tries out the grape crusher.
Masada
On our way to Herod’s Palace on the north end of the Masada Plateau.
Steve and Shirley at the olive press.
Neot Kedumin   Steve and Shirley at the olive press.
Greetings from Masada!
Greetings from Masada!
Steve, Kathy, Elaine, Frank and Gloria, and Shir’el.
A private viewing of the room with the Torah scrolls in the ancient synagogue on Masada.
We were given a key to the room where 5 Torah scrolls are kept in the ancient synagogue on Masada.
Steve looks out over the wall of Masada.
Steve looks out over the wall of Masada.
A view of the Salt Sea from the Plateau of Masada.
A view of the Salt Sea from the Plateau of Masada.
Waiting for the tram to take us off the Masada Plateau.
Waiting for the tram to take us off the Masada Plateau.
Frank, Gloria and Annette enjoy the wine tasting at the Psagot Winery.
Frank, Gloria and Annette enjoy the wine tasting at the Psagot Winery.
Steve at the bottom of a huge water cistern on the south end of the Masada Plateau.
Steve at the bottom of a huge water cistern on the south end of the Masada Plateau.
An ancient swimming pool on Masada!
An ancient swimming pool on Masada!
A calendar which lines up the Hebrew and the Gregorian months and identifies a plant specific to each month.
Neot Kedumin   A calendar which lines up the Hebrew and the Gregorian months and identifies a plant specific to each month.
Amos 7:14  The figs of the Sycamore tree.
Neot Kedumin   Amos 7:14 The figs of the Sycamore tree.
Steve explains the  tribulum.  This farm implement with rows of iron teeth attached to its underside was dragged back and forth across the harvested grain, loosing the heads of grain from the stalks.  How appropriate that our word for tribulation comes from this piece of equipment.
Neot Kedumin   Steve explains the tribulum. This farm implement with rows of iron teeth attached to its underside was dragged back and forth across the harvested grain, loosing the heads of grain from the stalks. How appropriate that our word for tribulation comes from this piece of equipment.
Frank investigates an ancient plow.  Trail B at Neot Kedumin.
Frank investigates an ancient plow. Trail B at Neot Kedumin.
Mike, Steve and Frank hard at work crushing olives at the Olive Press!
Neot Kedumin   Mike, Steve and Frank hard at work crushing olives at the Olive Press!
Genesis 13:14-15  And YHVH said to Abram..., "Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are; northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see, I will give to you and to your descendants forever."
The overlook at Elon Moreh Genesis 12:6 and 13:14-15 And YHVH said to Abram…, “Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are; northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see, I will give to you and to your descendants forever.”
Gloria dancing in the sea of Galilee.
Gloria dancing in the sea of Galilee.
Annette looking for treasures in the sea of Galilee.
Annette looking for treasures in the sea of Galilee.
Lunch time on our touring day of the Jordan Valley and the Golan Heights.
Lunch time on our touring day of the Jordan Valley and the Golan Heights.
Checking out each others treasures at the Sea of Galilee.
Checking out each others treasures at the Sea of Galilee.
A view of Jerusalem from the Promenade.
A view of Jerusalem from the Promenade.
Getting ready to video "The Shepherd's Story" on the Promenade.  Shirley with Shir'el, Elaine and Honor.
Getting ready to video “The Shepherd’s Story” on the Promenade. Shirley with Shir’el, and Honor.
Walking around the Tell of Shiloh.
Walking around the Tell of Shiloh.
Hiking up to David's Falls.
Hiking up to David’s Falls, En Gedi.

David's Falls at En Gedi

Looking out at the Salt Sea from En Gedi
Looking out at the Salt Sea from En Gedi
Impromptu Dead Sea mud rub-down.  Ahhh!
Impromptu Dead Sea mud rub-down. Ahhh!

The Dead Sea

The water at the Dead Sea envelopes you like a blanket – it is impossible to sink in this sea! Just be careful not to get this very salty water in your eyes…ouch, it burns!

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5 thoughts on “Highlights of Our First days in Israel”

  1. Shalom Ya’ll! What a delight to see the joy and beauty of your experience in the land! Thank you for sharing the pics 🙂 Big hugs to all, Rivkah

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  2. Looks amazing! I can’t wait to hear all of the stories, in full! Pray Yah blesses you all as you travel through the land! ~Martins

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  3. How beautiful are the pics! I was so happy to see all of you enjoying yourselves. I would have loved to see those old torah scrolls that steve was standing next to. Please tell Gloria , thank you for dancing barefoot on the land for me!I hope we will get to do the same in near future. Love you all, miss you, Laurie, Henry and Rachel

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  4. Shalom, Shalom, from Palm Coast, Florida.
    Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures of our homeland.
    Thanks also for the wonderful BLESSING you both were to us at Sukkot in Lake City. What a privilege and an honor to spend time with you both,
    Waiting for the day our paths cross again,
    dd

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