Tour Rewind: Entering the Holy City

Temple Mount at night There is something special about entering Jerusalem for the first time. Often, tour groups arrive in the late afternoon or early evening, following a tour day en route. In that case, Temple Mount is lit up and the golden-capped Dome of the Rock glistens. Though that dome is a Muslim icon, …

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Exploring Temple Mount and the Southern Steps

Temple Mount, as seen from the Southeast Corner Welcome back, study friends! I hope you are studying along with us as our tour group prepares for a trip to Israel next month. Today we'll focus on Temple Mount and the Southern steps. Use the picture above to see exactly what we're talking about. Temple Mount …

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Increasing Number of Jews Visiting Temple Mount

Temple Mount in Jerusalem is perhaps one of the most hotly-contested pieces of real estate in the entire world.    It is where Solomon built the first Temple, and Herod built the second.  Before the temples stood there, though, the place was known as Mount Moriah...the location Abraham took his son, Isaac, to sacrifice him …

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Palestinians, The Wall, and the Secretary General

While tensions continue to rise in Israel, several interesting developments are taking shape. First, Palestinians are now laying claim to the Western Wall, the Tomb of the Patriarchs, and Rachel's Tomb...none of which are mentioned in any historical Muslim or Arab writing indicating any sort of significance.  Yet, the Palestinians have officially proposed to the …

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