Throughout the generations, Jerusalem has been a central focal point for Jews, Christians & Muslims alike. Over the thousands of years of its existence, Jerusalem has been holy and sanctified location for each of these three religions.
The Jews established their Holy of Holies here, terming the city the “navel” of the world.
The Christians recall their messiah’s resurrection and rise to Heaven in Jerusalem, and here they await his return.
The Muslims mark Jerusalem as the site where Mohamed ascended to Heaven in a magical nights Journey.
Thus, with the characteristic Jerusalem crowdedness, mosques, churches, and synagogues all coexist side by side. They all raise their voices in prayer heavenward, in praise of the lords and the city’s holiness. All of this is intermingled within the vibrant daily life of Jerusalem’s streets and alleyways.
We will embark on a tour of the traditions and beliefs of the city’s three main religions.
A few of the questions we will address include:
Why do people put letters in the Western Wall?
Who is painting graffiti on the walls of Christianity’s holiest church?
What name did the Muslims give to the Western Wall?
Where is King David really buried?
The sites of the tour include King David’s Tomb, The Zion Gate, The Hurva Synagogue, rooftop views, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and a scenic view of the Temple Mount.