June 2018 Israel-Jordan Tour Update – Day 4

DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13: GAMLA, QATZRIN, MT. HERMON SKI LIFT, NIMROD, CAESAREA PHILIPPI, DAN Today we traveled up to the Golan Heights. It would be a partly sunny day, with perfect temps around 80. We even had a late afternoon shower at our last site, once again very unique for June in Israel. We also celebrated the arrival of our 14 delayed friends. They arrived at our hotel at 11:15 last night! El Araj/Bethsaida Leaving shortly after 7:30, we drove to the northern end of the Sea of Galilee (13 miles long). Taking a dirt road through fields, we visited the new archaeological site of El Araj. It is suggested that this was Bethsaida, the home of Peter, … Continue reading

May 2018 Extensive Israel Tour Summary – Day 8

DAY 7 – SATURDAY, MAY 12: GAMLA, KATZRIN, SYRIAN BORDER, CAESAREA PHILIPPI, DAN, OMRIT

(Theme of the Day: Mountain top experiences with God) 

Today we headed north to the Golan Heights. Other than a brief time of showers around noon (unique for this tie of year!), the rest of the day was sunny, with comfortable temps in the high 70s.

Bethsaida 

Bethsaida

The Bethsaida Plain (north end of Sea of Galilee)

Driving to the northern tip of the Sea of Galilee, we unsuccessfully attempted to reach the new possible site for Bethsaida, El Araj. To get to this site we took a dirt road through a field. We got stuck in the mud however. Fortunately, after everyone unloaded, we were able to back up and return to the main road. So ascending the Golan Heights, we stopped at a place that offered a panoramic view of Bethsaida below. We read from Mark 8 and John 6, two stories that took place here.

Gamla

Gamla

Gamla

Driving to the plateau of the Golan, Gamla was our next stop. This was a Jewish city that was taken at the time of the First Revolt (66 AD). Josephus mentions the battle because he was here when it took place against the Romans. From the overlook above the site, we could see the city walls, the towers, and the 1st century synagogue. Even though not directly mentioned in the Gospels, Jesus must have taught here. We also saw a Griffon vulture. They are protected here.

Katzrin

Katzrin

Stone house at Katzrin

Further north is the Talmudic village called Katzrin. Here we sat in the reconstructed stone house of Rabbi Abun. Houses in the 1st century must have been very familiar to this one. We read from Mark 2 from within the house. The story came alive! Here we also saw the ancient synagogue dating around the 3rd – 7th centuries AD.

Bental

Syria border

Looking into Syria from Bental

As it began to rain a little, we drove to the top of a extinct volcano developed by the Israelis as a military outpost after the 1967 war. It is called Bental. On top we heard about the 1967 and 1973 wars and about the modern situation with Syria. The border of Syria is only a few miles away! The clouds finally broke to allow us to see miles into Syria and the town of Kuneitra. Even with the Iranian rockets shot at Israel a few days ago (none reaching Israel), we were safe and with no concern. 

Caesarea Philippi

pilar at Caesarea Philippi

Caesarea Philippi

After picking up bananas and cherries for lunch for everyone, we began our descend down the Golan Heights. On the way, Mt. Hermon came into full view (Psalm 133). Before descending all the way, we visited Caesarea Philippi. This was a city developed by Phillip, one of Herod the Great’s three sons. We read from Matthew 16 about the question Jesus asked of His disciples in the region of this city, “Who do you say I am?” Among the ruins at the grotto, we saw the evidences of how how pagan this city was during the days of Jesus (e.g. Temple of Augustus, niche of Pan, dedication of Nemesis, pit of the dancing goats, etc…). One of the three tributaries of the Jordan begin here, the Banias Spring.

Laish/Dan

Dan Altar

The Dan altar

Nearby is the site of Laish/Dan. We first walked along another tributary of the Jordan, the Dan Spring, as we made our way to the archaeological ruins. Along the way we stopped for a brief stop to listen to Shlomo play his recorded and to read and sing Psalm 42. At the archaeological site, we saw the location of the altar and we sat on the steps of the high place. We read form Judges 18 and 1 Kings 12 about the pattern of disobedience developed here. We also looked into Lebanon and heard about the current situation with this country.  Leaving the site we saw the Middle Bronze/Canaanite mud-brick gate.

Omrit

Omrit Temple

Omrit Temple

On our way back to the hotel, we visited Omrit. Walking about 15 minutes to the site, we saw the massive stones placed by Herod the Great in honor of Caesar Augustus. Some suggest that this served as a monument to Augustus, while others suggest there was actually a temple but here in honor of Augustus. Omrit is certainly a site not visited by many other groups.

We returned back to our hotel for a late dinner and a free evening. It was a long but another great day here in Israel!

DAY 9 – SUNDAY, MAY 13: SEPPORIS, NAZARETH PRECIPICE, MEGIDDO, CAESAREA, JERUSALEM

(Theme of the Day: Learning to trust God in our battles) 

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Oct-Nov 2017 Egypt-Jordan-Israel Tour Update – Day 9

DAY 9: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6:

Today was the first of two days here in the north. It would be another wonderfully sunny day, with a bit cooler temps (as expected in the Golan Heights) in the 70s.

Bethsaida

El Araj - Bethsaida

El Araj – the new possible archaeological site for Bethsaida

We left this morning at 7:30 a.m. We read from Matthew 4 about Jesus’ calling of the disciples. Our destination: the Golan Heights. Making our way from the NW corner to the SE corner of the Sea of Galilee, we included taking a small dirt road to the new excavations of El Araj. It is an archaeological site proposed as the possible location of Bethsaida. It was just excavated this past summer. While standing around this new site, we read from Mark 8 (the blind man) and John 6 (Feeding of the 5,000), two events that took place here. This possible new site of Bethsaida was also the home of Peter, Andrew, and Philip (John 1).

Gamla

Gamla

Gamla – the “Masada of the North”

From here, we ascended to the heights of the Golan to Gamla. On the way, we made a brief stop for a panoramic view of the entire northern area of the Sea of Galilee and beyond. Visibility was quite good today. Arriving at Gamla, we viewed this Jewish site from above. This was a Jewish city that was destroyed by the Romans in 66 AD. There is a 1st century synagogue here. Perhaps Jesus taught here (?). We read from Acts 5 about a certain “Judas the Galilean” who led the first revolt. We also saw a griffon vulture.

Katzrin

Katzrin

A reconstructed stone house at Katzrin

Close by is the Talmudic city of Katzrin. Here we saw the stone ruins of this city that dates from the 3rd-7th century AD. We sat in a reconstructed stone house that resembled what a house in Jesus’ day must have looked like. We read from Mark 2 and celebrated the forgiveness He offers to each of us. We also walked through the synagogue here.

Syrian Border

Driving further north (and east), we arrived at the Syrian border. Shlomo shared with us about the 1967 and 1973 wars with Syria. It was interesting to look across the border at this war-torn country. The Syrian city of Kuneitra could be seen directly across the border.

Caesarea Philippi

Caesarea Philippi

The Roman ruins and “grotto” of Caesarea Philippi

Traveling westward and passing by Mt. Hermon (Israel’s highest mountain – 7,300 feet, Psalm 133), our next site was Caesarea Philippi. The Banias spring starts from here. This was a very pagan city during the days of Jesus. We read from Matthew 16 and 17. It was in this region where Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say I am?” Among the grotto area, we saw the location where the temple of Augustus was, as well as the niches of Pan, and other gods (Zeus, Nemesis).

Dan

Our last site of the day was the nature preserve and archaeological site of Dan. Walking along the main tributary of the Jordan River was amazing. We stopped in the middle of our walk to listen to Shlomo play a Jewish song on the recorder. We also read form Psalm 42 and sang a song. Sitting on the steps of the high place, we read from Judges 18 and 1 Kings 12 about the “pattern of disobedience” established here. It was here (and at Bethel) where Jeroboam set up a golden calf.

Jackals

Jackals at Tel Dan

Nearby the high place, we looked into Lebanon while Shlomo shared the current geo-political situation with this country. We even saw three jackals down in the fields. Leaving the site we saw a Middle Bronze/Canaanite mud-brick gate perhaps used by Abraham (Ge 14:14). We also saw the Iron Age/Israelite walls and gates of the city.

We drove back to the hotel for dinner and a group gathering on the shoreline of the lake. It was a nice time of worship and sharing.

DAY 10: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7: ARBEL, MAGDALA, CAPERNAUM, SEA OF GALILEE BOAT RIDE, YARDENIT, MT. OF BEATITUDES

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June 2017 Israel Tour – Day 7 Summary

DAY 7 – SUNDAY, JUNE 18:

Gamla

Gamla – the “Masada of the north”

Today we headed north to the Golan Heights. We would once again have sunny skies, with temps a bit cooler (highs around 90). Driving around the the NE corner of the Sea of Galilee, we first stopped to overview Bethsaida. This was the home town of Peter, Andrew, and Philip (John 1). We read from Mark 8 (blind man healed) and John 6 (Feed of the 5,000) the took place in this area.

Driving to the plateau of the Golan Heights, Gamla was our second stop. It is located 6 miles east of the NE corner of the Sea of Galilee. This was a Jewish city in the time of Jesus, and the first city to revolt against the Romans in 66 AD. Although the road down to the 1st century synagogue was closed, the view of this “camel-shaped” city was great from above. Even though not mentioned in the Bible, we read from Acts 5 that mentions a certain “Judas the Galilean” who some think may have been from here.

Qatzrin

Qatzrin – Reconstructed house of Rabbi Abun

Continuing north, The Talmudic village of Katzrin was our next stop. Here we were introduced to the Hebraic background of Jesus. Sitting in a reconstructed stone house similar to one during the time of Jesus, we read from Mark 2 (that actually took place in Capernaum) about the lame man being lowered through the roof. We could see the story taking place in front of us! We also saw a synagogue dating to the same time period (4th-7th century AD).

Close by we drove to the border with Syria and looked into this war-torn country. Quneitra is the city we could see directly across the border. Shlomo shared with us some history of the 1967 and 1973 wars with these northern enemies of Israel. Today, Israel medically treats many wounded Syrians.

Mt.. Hermon

View from top of Mt. Hermon

Eating lunch on the go today (apples, bananas, and snacks), we next drove through the dew Druze villages to Mt. Hermon. This is the highest mountain in Israel (7,300 feet!). Taking the ski chair-life up to the top, the view of the region from here was spectacular. Five couples renewed their wedding vows here as well. It was special for all. Most took the ski life back down although a few in the group joined Pastor John in waking down the steep trail back to the bus. We read from Psalm 133 that mentions this mountain.

Descending down off the Golan Heights, Caesarea Philippi was our next site. It was “in the region” (Matthew 16) of this pagan city where Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say I am?” We walked to the grotto area of this ancient cultic center. Also here was one of the three tributaries (called the Banias) of the Jordan River.

Lebanon

Looking into Lebanon from Kibbutz Misgav Am in northern Israel

Our last site we visited was Dan. This is actually both a nature preserve as well as an archaeological site. The walk along the Dan (the largest of the tributaries) was beautiful. On the walk we stopped for a brief time of song and devotional (Psalm 42). We also considered the stories of Judges 18 and 1 Kings 12 while sitting on the steps of the high place of the archaeological site of Dan. It was Jeroboam who established false worship here. Upon leaving the site, we saw the Middle Canaanite mud-brick gate that perhaps was used by Abraham (Genesis 14) as well as the Israelite gate complex from the 9th century BC.

On our way back to the hotel, we ascended to Misgav Am located on the Hills of Naphtali. The view into Lebanon, Mt. Hermon, and the Huleh Valley below was incredible. We read from 2 Samuel 20 (about Sheba and Joab at Abel Beat Macaah) and heard Shlomo share some modern history about Lebanon.

Driving back to our hotel, we enjoyed dinner and an optional gathering down at the shoreline of the lake together. It was another great day here in Israel!

DAY 8 – MONDAY, JUNE 19: ARBEL, MAGDALA, CHORAZIM, CAPERNAUM, SEA OF GALILEE BOAT RIDE, YARDENIT

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April-May 2017 Israel-Egypt Tour Update: Day 4

DAY 4 – THURSDAY, APRIL 27:

Today we traveled north and east to the Golan Heights. It was another sunny day, with temps in the upper 80s to low 90s.

Gamla

Gamla in the Golan Heights

Departing after breakfast again at 7:30, we drove to the NE corner of the Sea of Galilee where we made our first stop overlooking the Plains of Bethsaida. We read from Mark 9 (blind man healed) and John 6 (Feeding of the 5,000). Peter, Andrew, and Philip were from Bethsaida.

Climbing a bit more to the plateau of the Golan, Gamla was our next stop. Although not mentioned directly in the Gospels, no doubt Jesus was here, teaching in the 1st century synagogue here. Gamla was mentioned by Josephus as a Jewish city attacked by the Romans in 66 AD. The only indirect reference to Gamla may come in Acts 5 (which mentions a certain “Judas the Galilean” who may have been from here). From the panoramic view on top, we could look down and see the synagogue as well as the city’s fortifications. The Griffon Vulture also is protected here. We saw a few flying around.

Katzrin

A reconstructed house at Katzrin (Qatzrin)

Next, we drove to the primary city in the Golan, Katzrin (Qatzrin). Here we visited a Talmudic Village (3rd-7th century AD). Here we were introduced to the Hebraic background of Jesus’ ministry. We sat in the reconstructed stone house of Rabbi Abun where we read from Mark 2. We could see the story unfold before our very eyes! There is also a synagogue here as well.

Driving east to the border of Syria, we looked into the city of Quneitra within this war-torn country. On the top of Bental (an old military site), Shlomo shared a little modern history, particularly about the 1967 and 1973 wars with Syria. It was amazing to be so close to Syria. We paused to pray for the victims of the war here.

Caesarea Philippi grotto

Caesarea Philippi

This afternoon we descended down from the Golan to Caesarea Philippi. This was a very pagan city in Jesus’ day. We read from Matthew 16. It was in the region of this city where Jesus asked the question, Who do you say I am?” Here we saw the grotto area where the pagan temples and niches dedicated to Pan were located. The Banias spring here is one of the three tributaries of the Jordan River.

Close by is the nature preserve and archaeological city of Dan. We enjoyed walked on the quiet pathway along the largest of the three tributaries of the Jordan here. We paused to listen to Shlomo share on his recorder. We also considered the words of Psalm 42 (“as the deer pants for water…”). It was a nice quiet time of reflection. Continuing on the path to the archaeological site of Dan, we sat on the steps of the high place of Dan. Here we read from Judges 18 and 1 Kings 12 about the false worship that took place here. It was Jeroboam who set up a golden calf here (as well as in Bethel just north of Jerusalem). Upon leaving the site, we also saw a Middle Bronze/Canaanite mud-brick gate (used by Abraham, see Gen. 14:14), as well as the walls and gates of the Israelite city.

Lebanon

Looking into Lebanon from Misgav Am, Israel

On our way back to the hotel, we drove past Abel Beit Macaah where both Pastor John and Tom excavated in 2014. We read the primary story from 2 Samuel 20 about “Sheba” and the “wise woman” who lived in this city. We also ascended the hills of Naphtali to Misgav Am. Located on the border with Lebanon, we could look into southern Lebanon. We also had a wonderful panoramic view of the Huleh Valley and Mt. Hermon. Shlomo shared some more modern history about the conflicts Israel has had with this northern neighbor.

swimming

Swimming in the Sea of Galilee

Driving back to out hotel, we enjoyed dinner together (a few went swimming in the Sea of Galilee before dinner), followed by an optional devotional gathering on the water’s edge. It was a great day here in northern Israel!

DAY 5 – FRIDAY, APRIL 28: ARBEL, CAPERNAUM, SEA OF GALILEE BOAT RIDE, YARDENIT – BAPTISM IN THE JORDAN, MT. OF BEATITUDES

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Biblical Israel & Jordan Tour, March 2017 – Day 4 Summary

DAY 4 – THURSDAY, MARCH 16:

Rabbi Abun

The reconstructed stone house of “Rabbi Abun” a Qatzrin

Today we traveled north to the Golan Heights. The weather in the morning was overcast and a big foggy, but in the afternoon we enjoyed breaks of sun. Temps were in the 50s.

Driving from the NW to NE corner of the Sea of Galilee, we made our first stop at an overview of the area of Bethsaida. This was the home town of Peter, Andrew, and Philip. We read from Mark 8 (blind man healed) and John 6 (Feeding of 5,000), two stories that took place here. We also considered Philip’s words – “Come and see” (john 1) in regard to seeing Jesus as the Messiah. We listened to The Lord’s Prayer before leaving this place.

Caesarea Philippi

Caesarea Philippi

Next as Gamla. With the fog setting in, visibility was poor, limiting our view of this ancient Jewish city below. The city was involved in the 1st Revolt against the Romans in 66 A.D. A 1st century synagogue is located here, no doubt one from which Jesus taught. The only indirect reference to Gamla is Acts 5 that mentions a certain Judas the Galilean who may have been from here.

Qatzrin was our next visit. This was a Talmudic village (3rd-7th century AD or so). We gathered in a reconstructed stone house (very similar to a house at the time of Jesus) where we read from Mark 2. We could see the story of the lame man healed physically and spiritually here unfold! We also saw the synagogue here dating to the same time period.

After lunch “on the fly” (bananas and apples), we drove north and east to the Syrian border. Here we learned about the 1967 and 1973 wars with Syria. We could see across the border to the Syrian town of Qunetra.

Tel Dan

The group at the nature preserve at Tel Dan

Driving west down of the Golan Heights, Caesarea Philippi was the next stop. One of the tributaries of the Jordan River (Banias) begins here. We read from Matthew 16 and considered the question Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say I am?” We walked up to the Grotto area where some of the pagan temples and ritual places once stood.

Close by was the nature preserve and archaeological site of Dan. Walking along the largest tributary of the Jordan through the wooded preserve was impressive. We stopped to listen to Shlomo play his recorder. We also read from Psalm 42 and enjoyed a quiet time of reflection. Entering the archaeological part of the site, we saw the high place established by Jeroboam. We read from Judges 18 and 1 Kings 12 about the pattern of disobedience displayed here. Upon leaving the site, we also saw a Middle Bronze / Canaanite gate (Gen 14 … used by Abraham perhaps) and the gate structure dating to the Israelite Period.

Lebanon border

The Lebanon Border

On the way back to our hotel, we stopped at Misgav Am. This is located ½ mile away from the Lebanon border. The view was spectacular, not only into Lebanon, but also Mt. Hermon and the Huleh Valley. We read about Abel Beit Maacah, an archaeological tel located below in the valley (2 Samuel 20) and heard some modern history about Lebanon.

Upon arriving back at the hotel in Tiberias, we enjoyed dinner together and a free evening.

DAY 5 – FRIDAY, MARCH 17: ARBEL, MAGDALA, CHORAZIM, CAPERNAUM, SEA OF GALILEE BOAT RIDE, YARDENIT, MT. OF BEATITUDES

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Let it Snow…in Israel!

Snow plows in the Golan in northern Israel

Snow plows in the Golan in northern Israel

Israel is a unique land. During the winter months, you literally can go from Elat on Israel’s southern border and swim in the Red Sea, and then drive 300 mile to the northern border and ski at Mt. Hermon (a 7,200 foot mountain that borders both Syria and Lebanon).  While weather patterns during the months of May through October or so (sometimes later) are quite predictable (warm/hot & dry, with no chance of rain), these winter months (Nov/Dec- Feb/early March) are always interesting. So indeed it does snow in Israel.  While the amounts are small, snow in the land of the Bible makes for some fun times.

Of course the Bible makes mention of snow a number of times.  Perhaps the following verses are familiar:

  • Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. (Isaiah 1:18)
  • When the Almighty scatters kings there, let snow fall on Zalmon. (Psalm 68:14)
  • He gives snow like wool; he scatters hoarfrost like ashes. He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold?  (Psalm 147:16-17)
  • She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. (Proverbs 31:21)
  • His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. (Matthew 28:3)
  • The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, (Revelation 1:14)

So the next time you see a news report about snowfall in Israel, don’t be taken by surprise or allow someone to attribute it to some kind of “climate change” (by the way, man-made “global warming” is a scientific hoax).  Snow falls in Israel, and it has for a long, long time!

Here’s the article:  SNOW IN ISRAEL

Here’s another article about the recent weather patterns:  WEATHER PATTERNS

 

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September 2015 Tour – Day 7

DAY 7 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

Gamla

Gamla

Today we headed north to the Golan Heights. Leaving again at shortly after 7:30, we first drove from the NW corner of the Sea of Galilee to the NE corner. Climbing in the bus into the Golan, we looked down to the Plain of Bethsaida. Although the location of Bethsaida is in question, this was still where the feeding of the 5,000 took place (John 6).

From here we drove to nearby Gamla (“camel”). This city was the first city defeated in the First Jewish Revolt by the Romans in 66 AD. Among the ruins is a 1st century synagogue. Although we could not actually drive down to it, we got a good view of it from above. Jesus no doubt taught here! Perhaps “Judas the Galilean” was from here (he led a revolt in 6 AD. See Acts 5).

Katzrin house

Katzrin house

Katzrin (Qatzrin) was the next site we visited. This was a “Talmudic” village (3rd – 7th century AD). Here we sat in the reconstructed house of “Rabbi Abun.” We read from Mark 2 and could see the story come to life! We rejoiced that Jesus has authority (Hebrew – “S’mekah”).

Driving north we drove to the border with Syria. We heard Shlomo speak about the 1967 and 1973 wars and the extreme importance of the Golan Heights to Israel’s security.  Close by in a Druze village, we enjoyed lunch.

Mt. Hermon Ski Lift

Mt. Hermon Ski Lift

In the afternoon we visited Mt. Hermon, Israel’s highest mountain (7,300 feet). The mountain is mentioned a few places in the Bible (Psalm 142:5-6, 33:1-3; Song of Solomon 4:7-8). Perhaps the “Transfiguration” took place somewhere on the slopes of the mountain too (Matthew 17). This is also where Israel’s ski resort is. We took the ski lift up and down, enjoying a spectacular view. 4 in the group hiked down the trail.

We then descended from the Golan to Dan. On the way, we passed by Caesarea Philippi, remembering that it was “in this region” where Jesus asked, “Who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16). This was a pagan city, one of which Jesus would not have entered. On the other hand, Dan is a nature preserve today as well as an archaeological site. This is one (and the largest one) of the three tributaries of the Jordan. We walked through the forest, taking time to reflect along the quiet sounds of the water (Psalm 42). We saw the “high place” set up by Jeroboam (1 Kings 12), continuing a pattern of disobedience set in the time of the Judges here (Judges 18). We also saw a Middle Bronze “mud-brick” gate, perhaps one that Abraham walked through (Genesis 14:14).

Dan Nature Preserve

Dan Nature Preserve

We ended the day by driving u the Naphtali mountains to Misgav Am. The view of the Huleh Valley below is great from here. We also looked into Lebanon (1/2 mile away). We read 2 Samuel 20 (about Abel Beit Maacah located below) as well as heard modern history about Lebanon from Shlomo.

We drove back south the Nof Ginnosar for dinner and a free evening. It was a great day, with sun and very comfortable temps (80s).

DAY 8 – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7: ARBEL, CAPERNAUM, CHORIZIM, MAGDALA, SEA OF GALILEE BOAT RIDE, YARDENIT, MT. OF BEATITUDES

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Mt. Hermon Hike

This morning a few of us drove to Mt. Hermon, Israeli’s highest mountain peak.  This mountain range is shared by Lebanon, Syria, and Israel.  And believe it or not, Mt. Hermon has a ski resort that is open to Israelis for 4-8 weeks/year, depending on the snow cover of course.  The ski resort boasts of 5 ski lifts and 10 primary ski trails.  In Israel, the peak rises to 7,300 feet above sea level.  In Syria, the mountain rises to over 9,000 feet. Enjoying the cloud cover below in the valley as well as the stray cow in the middle of the road on our drive up, we arrived at the base of the ski resort.  We took the ski … Continue reading

Snow in the Land of the Bible

It’s two day after Christmas now, and our family is visiting my wife’s folks in the northwest part of Pennsylvania (actually right on the PA/NY border).  Yesterday, I ran 7 miles in a storm storm, feeling like a kid going out to play in the snow.  This morning we (my wife, two girls, and me) ran the same course, a nice loop through the Amish country.  The gravel roads were packed with the white stuff.  With the 10+ inches of snow that fell, it’s a real winter wonderland here!  All the snow reminded me of the times in Israel when it snowed there.  Believe it or not, snow in the land of the Bible is not that all uncommon. The Bible … Continue reading