Sunday, October 01, 2023

2023 Israel/Egypt/Jordan - Day #5 - Israel Museum & Dead Sea Scrolls

Israel Museum & Dead Sea Scrolls

A Sweeping Overview of a Nation’s Rich Past

Visit modern-day Jerusalem while gaining extensive insight into its rich past.

Meet your guide and drive through the city, passing the Knesset—the Israeli Parliament building—and the new Supreme Court building. Continue to Ein Karem in the Jerusalem Hills, where you will pause at Hadassah Hospital to admire Marc Chagall’s stunning stained glass windows depicting the 12 tribes of Israel. Visit the Israel Museum, which houses an excellent collection of artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of this fabled city. See the finely wrought model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period, before its destruction by the Romans in the year 66. View the famed Dead Sea Scrolls, housed in the Shrine of the Book, a remarkable urn-shaped building. After time to browse on your own and lunch, your afternoon is free to discover more, perhaps perusing the powerful Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum or the Old City Bazaar.
There is a call to prayer every morning at 5:15 am very close to the hotel. Fortunately, I feel back asleep until my alarm went off at 6 am.

We had breakfast with the Gainsleys and Mark and Evelyn in the garden at the hotel. I ended up talking with the guide. Surprisingly, he is 84 years old. His parents came to Israel in the 1930s from Poland as part of the Zionist Movement. Almost all of his aunts and uncles and cousins were killed in the Holocaust. He implied that he had fought in the wars in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Loading into the bus about 8:45 am, the first stop was the Hadassah Hospital. We had a long presentation about the Hadassah organization. Hadassah is a Jewish women's organization that was founded in New York City in 1912.

Afterwards, we toured the Marc Chagall windows. The windows were commissioned in 1960 and installed in 1962. Although some descriptions say that the twelve windows represent the twelve tribes of Israel, the guide said that they represented Jacob's twelve children.

From there, we went to Israel Museum. On the bus ride from the hospital to the museum, Sharon said “I am going to miss Israel.”

The highlights at the Israel Museum included the model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period before its destruction by the Romans in the year 66 and the famed Dead Sea Scrolls housed in the Shrine of the Book, a remarkable urn-shaped building. We had a nice lunch in the cafe at the museum.

We finished the day with the Gainsleys and Mark and Evelyn at The Eucalyptus Restaurant. The six of us took a minivan to the restauarant. It is located in the Artist Colony. For a starter, Sharon and I split Fish Shwarma [profiteroles, fresh fish, amba aioli, tomato cream]. We had a bite of the Fire roasted eggplant [raw tahini, aged pomegranate syrup]. For entrees, I had Slow cooked neck of lamb [seasoned in red spices, frike risotto and vegetables], while Sharon had Assado [slow cooked beef ribs in jus, soy sauce and wine, root vegetables]. At best, I rated the food as a "B" or "B-".

After a couple long days, Sharon and I turned in early and crashed about 10 pm.

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