Archaeology

Jerusalem in my thoughts

Jerusalem in my thoughts

There is something special about touching old stone structures. I feel their textures and think of the ancient hands that shaped and placed them there. Walking around Jerusalem, where there are no shortage of building stones from bygone days, thoughts swirl and a little imagination turns my head to poetry.

“If I forget thee” was our motto,
For many years words of sorrow.
Now shining golden and full of life,
Jerusalem moments, pleasure and strife.
Her every sight, gladness and delight
Beautiful arches and stones declare her might.
The people’s joy and sighs reverberate,
A million reasons for which we celebrate.
Our beautiful city, may it never be split apart
It is our joy, our strength, our heart.

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Posted by Julie Puchaev in Poems

The thread of Jerusalem

Inna Rogatchi (C). The Thread of Jerusalem.

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(This work and others have been exhibited internationally widely and will be presented in Finland, Scandinavia and the Baltic states in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the re-unification of Jerusalem and the 70th anniversary of the state of Israel.)

Posted by Inna Rogatchi in Images

The Water of Ages

Shiloah Hezekiah tunnel:

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(This work and others have been exhibited internationally widely and will be presented in Finland, Scandinavia and the Baltic states in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the re-unification of Jerusalem and the 70th anniversary of the state of Israel.)

Posted by Inna Rogatchi in Images
What we found when we crawled under Jerusalem

What we found when we crawled under Jerusalem

On the night of Tisha B’Av (the ninth of Av, date of the destruction of  Temple), I set out with my son Barkai to explore a tunnel that had been excavated in the 19th century by the British archaeologists Bliss and Dickie, intending to explore its entire length.

After a long and arduous crawl, some of which I had to do on my side for lack of space, my son, who was crawling ahead of me, said that he saw a pit in front of us. After he descended into the pit, I followed him. To our amazement, we discovered that we were in the channel that drained water from Jerusalem at the end of the Second Temple period. Most of the channel was blocked with debris and dirt that had accumulated during 2,000 years of destruction. At the point where we stood, however, it was possible to enter the channel.

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Posted by David (David'le) Be'eri in Essays

King David’s Perspective

The City of David tunnel:

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(This work and others have been exhibited internationally widely and will be presented in Finland, Scandinavia and the Baltic states in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the re-unification of Jerusalem and the 70th anniversary of the state of Israel.)

Posted by Inna Rogatchi in Images
The Feeling of Jerusalem

The Feeling of Jerusalem

The energy of these stones has provided the nourishment for many generations of the Jewish people, for all those who keep Jerusalem in their hearts as the nucleus of their universe.

There is no other sensation in the world like the one when one’s hand is touching those warm, wise stones; the stones which are speaking to you; one to one.

Unique sensation
The first time I visited Jerusalem about thirty ago, in the end of 1980s, on the occasion of the Jerusalem Festival. My husband and I, both working in theatre at the time, were participating in it together with our good friends from a legendary Taganka theatre. It was the first ever visit to Israel for them as well, and we all were trembling of excitement and disbelief at being on Israeli soil.

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Posted by Inna Rogatchi in Essays, Videos
Aliya to Jerusalem on Shvil Yisrael

Aliya to Jerusalem on Shvil Yisrael

Hiking Shvil Yisrael (the Israel National Trail) presents many challenges: physical, psychological, emotional… and spiritual. Each is also a moment of inspiration.

One of the most incredible is the ascent to Jerusalem.

Climbing the ancient Roman Road from Ashkelon/Beit Guvrin into the Jerusalem hills, descending and ascending again past the remains of biblical villages, winding through Yad Kennedy in the Jerusalem Forest and along the Shvil HaMayanot, the Path of Springs with their still-functioning mikvaot pools, was for me more than a “Jerusalem moment”.

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Posted by Aryeh Green in Snippets