DAY 1: Jerusalem - Jerusalem is one of the most ancient cities in the world. Jerusalem is a holy city for three of the world's main religions; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Today, Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel. During its long history, Jerusalem has been destroyed at least twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times. The city has been taken over and taken over many times -- the Roman Empire controlled Jerusalem for years. Each group that controlled the city brought harsh penalties upon those who were different from themselves --sometimes banishing or murdering those who had a different faith or were a different nationality. Today's five minute video takes you through 4000 years of Jerusalem's history beginning with King David and shows you just how many times Jerusalem changed hands. Jerusalem is mentioned often in Bible and has many important religious sites for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Today all three religions have holy sites in the city. Today Jews, Christians, and Muslims share this incredibly historic city.
DAY 2: Western Wall - The Western Wall is the most significant site in the world for the Jewish people. It is the last remnant of the Temple. Jews from around the world gather here to pray. People write notes to God and place them between the ancient stones of the Wall.
In the year 37 BCE, Herod was appointed king in Jerusalem by the Romans, and he soon began a huge renovation project for the Temple. The Western Wall is the western support wall of that temple.
Throughout the generations since the Temple’s destruction, the Western Wall became a place of prayer and yearning for Jews around the world.
The Western Wall is visited by millions of visitors a year – Jews and non-Jews alike.
Today, millions of visitors come to the Western Wall every year. Soldiers serving in the Israel Defense Forces swear loyalty to their nation and homeland at the Western Wall Plaza. People from all over the world pay their respects to the Jewish people’s magnificent history by visiting this special site.
The ancient, 2,000-year-old stones of the Western Wall have witnessed the Jewish people’s birth, exile, and redemption. This is where the Jewish nation’s past mingles with its hopes for the future.
The Western Wall is a living testimony to the strength and resilience of the Jewish nation.
Pope Francis at the Western Wall which is also called the Wailing Wall...
DAY 3: Dome of the Rock - The Dome of the Rock is known to be the most famous Islamic site in Jerusalem. It is believed to have been built over the sacred rock from which the Prophet Mohammed ascended into heaven.
Before it became a Muslim shrine, the Dome of the Rock was a place of worship for Jews. According to the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament of the Bible, Abraham was commanded by God to offer up his second son Isaac as a sacrifice to Him. The Bible states that just as Abraham was about to carry out the sacrificial rituals, God was pleased with his obedience, and sent a lamb to be used in place of Isaac. According to Jewish belief, this incident took place on the slab of stone over which the Dome of the Rock was later built. The “Rock” for which the Dome of the Rock is named is supposed to have once stood at the center of Solomon’s Temple.
The Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque minaret above the Western Wall.