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Second Day at HaKotel. Today is 12/17/09 in Jerusalem.

_mg_3920stmarymagdalene_through_trees The wind is blowing hard – there is a mild sand storm.

Write more in the morning and pack up gear to walk to the Church of Mary Magdalene, a Russian Orthodox church whose gold onion domes are visible from almost everywhere as they stand out from the Mount of Olives trees.

I spend a while there.

The icons are most beautiful.

People stream in during the short open hours praying, touching, kissing, bowing, to the icons in order from teh right, the Infant on Mary’s lap (the thrown of God), to the Crucifix, to a few Saints and the Resurrection.

It is an Islamic holy day and the speakers from teh temple mount blast voice and prayer for over an hour. Heard through out Jerusalem.

_mg_3951armykotel I walk to the Kotel for day two of prayers and prayer wedging into the wall – don the tefillin for my second day. I was told if I make it three it will be special. That is also what I was thinking. Make it three.

Take a lot of photos again, and this time of the women’s side from over the fence, standing on a chair.

Talk with Jacob for a long time and get more history. He wants to know if I have a place for Shabbat dinner – and thinks of who to call.

Meet a young lad named Aaron who also likes hanging out there at the tefillin booth.

And finally encounter Gill Locks, or Gutman. He volunteers his time at the tefillin booth daily – and loves it – he is a people person and rather aggressive to get people to wear the tefillin – believing it necessary. He is insightful having seen a lot of people and a lot of life. An interesting person to say the least and colorful!

Seems to me to be a lot of “Jewish Evangelism” happening here.

After a long while, Gill asks if I have a place for Shabbat dinner , and invites me to attend a group dinner.

It is getting dark and cold and starts to rain – so I head back – stopping at Mik’s in the muslim Quarter for a chicken steak (which I think I ma overcharged, especially for what I get… but such is life for now), and take the food to go walking the couple miles back to teh convent guest house.

Edit photos until 12:30am.

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7 Comments

  1. Posted December 18, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

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    Hey Jeff!
    I’m really enjoying our blog—feels like I’m there w you. I was there w a church tour 2 yrs ago and it was a totally different feel—all pre-packaged for American evangelicals. Even then it was a very emotional and rude awakening to the realities of Israel. I did the ptg above after we got back. Shalom, Wayne

  2. Donna
    Posted December 19, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Jeff,
    I am enjoying reading about your journey, amazing! Thank you for sharing with us and we are all with you in spirit and prayers.
    Onward Christian Soldier!

    Hugs, Donna

  3. Posted December 19, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    “Jewish evangelism”… interesting.

    Is the sand hurting your equipment?

    Love tracking with you.

  4. Posted December 19, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Glad you are with me Donna. It is quite an adventure… and man – wait till you here what is coming in my next logging from the last two days…. (I took a break to honor Shabbat (if I remember it all and if I can even put it into words what has taken place…. and it has only been a week!!).

  5. Posted December 19, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Wayne, I know – I am not on the typical tour of Israel… I keep thinking I am missing some things by NOT being on such an organizedd site seeing tour… but, man, if this is not on a different level! I am basically letting Gd provide direction – where i end up and who I encounter. And it is quite unreal… like this Shabbat…I wil try to post something about it it if I can put it into words… that may be difficult!

  6. Posted December 19, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Dale, it is interesting. I am cautious to say my faith knowing it is repulsive to many a Jew. But it is weird how I am brought into certain groups and seen as enlightened, then my faith comes out (such as: “if you were not raised Jewish, how di d you come to these insights about God? Did you teach yourself?). Tonight I was forgiven my miseducation. For Shabbat I took no cameras with me and ended up at Chabad with Hasids during a Torah study, and invited to dinner afterward and allowed to choose my Hebrew name (since i am always asked it but do not believe I was ever given one at birth). So I chose one with witnesses and lots of Vodka..

  7. Posted December 20, 2009 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    By the way, based on your future blog post, I like your new Jewish name. Your name is symbolic of what you seek and invite us all to find.

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