A legendary Israeli storyteller describes three clergymen on a visit to Mount Zion in 1965. When they asked the Jewish curator why the Jews claim Jerusalem as their capital, he replied with a story. When Moses appointed Aaron as High Priest, a man named Korach objected. It was only once Aaron’s staff blossomed that the people accepted him as the High Priest, as the blossoming rod symbolized life and vitality. The curator then pointed and said: “In the old Arab section of the city there is desolation, yet here in new Jerusalem, everywhere you look you see life, growth, and vitality. Jerusalem belongs to those who make it bud and blossom, to those who make it live and grow.” Summer heat has caused massive forest fires across Israel. Planting trees is more important than ever!
Yesterday’s photo featured the courtyard of the Temple Mount, in Hebrew ‘ha-kha-tzayr’. On the pilgrimage festivals, hoards of people approached the Temple with their sacrificial offerings converging at this very location.
I recently signed up for your posts and enjoy reading them. Our church people all pray for Israel as we know bad times are ahead. I wish I could move to Israel to help but I am 80 years old so can’t – but I pray for Israel! Ann Boulden, a listener in the “outback” of New Mexico