6 Things Christians Should Know about Hanukkah

To all my Jewish friends, Happy Hanukkah! To all my Gentile friends, let me explain. At sundown this evening, Jews around the world will begin the 8-day celebration of Hanukkah. It is a most joyous time! A few years ago I had the privilege of being in Jerusalem as Hanukkah commenced, and I must say, …

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Promised Land Stories: The Geographic Location of Zion

I'm really excited about today's Promised Land Story because it refers to one of my favorite places in Israel: The City of David. Excavations at the City of David have unearthed some of the most significant findings relative to the time of King David and ancient Jerusalem. When we think of Jerusalem, we almost always …

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IDF Commander Upholds His Commitment to His Grandmother

A couple weeks ago Israel commemorated Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), the day in June 1967, during the Six Day War, in which the IDF advanced upon the walls of the Old City to take back control of the city and Temple Mount from the Jordanians. Together with Israel's Independence Day (May 14, 1948), Yom Yerushalayim …

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Another Ancient Site Opens in Jerusalem

Ancient Roman Square excavated and now open to the public (Photo credit: Ilanit Chernick) Beneath Damascus Gate in the north wall of the Old City lies an ancient Roman square (or plaza), thought to be where Roman Emperor Hadrian paraded his troops after squashing the Bar Kochba Revolt in 135 AD. The Damascus Gate of …

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