S: My First Trip to Israel - December 19-31, 2010
BC: "Zeesy, hakol biseder?!"
FC: My first trip to Israel
1: Off to Yerushalayim!
2: Jordan Valley | Ancient Talmudic Village of Katrzin
3: Mt. Ben Tal in the Golan Heights Keeping an eye on Damascus!
6: Amukha & Meiron
7: The Rambam passed away in Egypt, and was carried to rest in Eretz Yisroel by camel. On the journey, robbers , thinking the coffin had gold, attacked and everyone ran away. The thieves realized it was holy and kept away, but the camel kept walking, as if it knew where to go. After passing many holy sites in Israel, the camel finally came to a stop in Tiveria, and it is here where the Rambam is buried until today.
8: Dinner by the Kineret
9: Burning House Kohanim's Mansion from Bayis Sheini | Tour of Yerushalayim
10: Motzei Shabbos with Benny & Chanita
14: Under the Western Wall
15: Ticho House!
16: For 700 years, until the 1967 Six-Day War, no Jew was allowed in the Meoras HaMachpela. The Turkish Sultan was once visiting, and stopped to peer down a hole believed to lead to the kevarim of Adam and Chava, when his precious sword fell down the hole. Distraught, he sent a soldier to get it, but they didn't return. After a second and third soldier didn't return, his advisors suggested to use a Jew. Rabbi Azulai was called, and he went down to retrieve the sword. After a long period of time, he finally came up, sword in hand. That night, Rabbi Azulai made a huge celebration in his home and invited the entire community, and related the story of what he saw when he went down. | "I was walking in the tunnel when I suddenly saw the entrance to Gan Eden," he related. "I wanted to jump in, but a heavenly voice called out telling me my community was waiting for me return, but I would enter Gan Eden in 3 days." Sure enough, Rabbi Azulai passed away 3 days later.
18: The Avraham Avinu Shul | Several hundred years ago Yom Kippur night, 9 Jews in this Chevron shul needed a minyan for Kol Nidrei. An old man finally appeared, and they davened. Motzei Yom Kippur, the Shamash won the honor to host the guest, but on his way home the old man disappeared! Worried and frightened, nobody ould find the missing guest. That night, the old man appeared to the Shamash in a dream. | "Please stop worrying, for I am Avraham Avinu. I saw you needed a minyan, and came to help my community."
22: Ein Gedi | Dovid Hamelech hid in the caves of Ein Gedi, which is in Midbar Yehudah, while running away from Shaul.
26: Ancient Shul in Ein Gedi
28: Herod, having wiped out the Chashminoim and killed all the Chachamim, did teshuva and rebuilt the second Bais Hamikdash. Having many enemies, Masada is one of his many palaces he built, chosen for its natural fortress. 100 years later, Jews led by Rabbi Eliezer fled the Churban in Yerushalayim and settled on Masada. | Finding stores of food and water, the Jews lived in peace until smoke was spotted by Romans far-off. After investigating and discovering the Jewish camp, the Roman general sent soldiers to destroy it. But Masada is a natural fortress, and the Jews only had to throw rocks to kill the soldiers. Angry, the Romans formed a siege around Masada, waiting for the Jews to surrender. Three years passed, and the Jews still hadn't surrendered; the confused Romans didn't know Herod had left enough food and water to last the Jews many, many years! Finally, the Romans began building a ramp. Again, the Jews shot arrows down, killing even more Romans than before. Everything changed when the Romans had the idea to use Jewish slaves to build the ramp. When Jews on Masada threw stones and arrows, the Jewish slaves screamed out Shema Yisroel, we're your fellow Jews! The Jews quickly ran to their Rav, who decreed it was forbidden to kill other Jews to save themselves, meaning it was only a matter of time until the Romans would breach their walls.
29: Outlines of the Roman camps | The Roman's ramp crumbled the stone walls easily, and when the last wall, made of earth, was set fire, the Romans were able to break in, anxious to take revenge on the Jews. They were shocked to find out only 900 Jews had been living there all this time! And they were all dead. They had all committed suicide the night before al Kiddush Hashem.