ISRAEL — Day SixMonday, June 8th
Yad Hasmanah Biblical Gardens - We spent the morning walking through a Christian Kibbutz with our very own Kenny Rogers tour guide. Ok maybe he just looked a lot like Kenny Rogers. We saw some old timey Olive Presses, Wine Presses, etc. My mom would have loved the log cabins, sorry mom I somehow forgot to take pictures of them! I guess you'll just have to go with me next time and see it yourself :)
Israel Museam (Dead Sea Scrolls) - There is a huge model of the old city of Jerusalem here that we spent some time learning about. It was interesting to see how it would have looked during the time of Christ and what the Temple would have looked like. I'm more looking forward to seeing the NEW Jerusalem someday though! Then we got to talk through to see the Dead Sea Scrolls at the "Shrine of the Book" as they called it. This made me wish even more that I knew Hebrew, but it was really incredible to see! After this we had lunch at a place over looking Bethlehem, and this was the closest we could get to Bethlehem because it is in Palestine control.
Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum) - Wow. This was such an incredible experience. The only problem was that we didn't have nearly enough time to make it through the whole museum. We could have spent hours in here. You walk through the entire Holocaust from the beginning to end. Some of the pictures were just too much and I basically cried my eyes out all the way through. One of my favorite (and least favorite) parts was a hall dedicated to the children lost in the Holocaust. You walk through as names are being read of children who lost their lives. Then when you reach the very end of the museum you walk into what looks like a HUGE library that is just filled books with names of all the people killed. It was overwhelming.
Night Jeep Tour - After a very depressing afternoon, we got to do something really fun! We loaded up in three Jeeps, which were actually Land Rovers and headed for the desert. We had some really awesome/wacko drivers who taught us about the Bedouins who lived in the desert, and we even got to meet a few of the young boys. They were precious, I wanted to bring them and their donkey's home with me but Brook said no. They took us to the top of a hill overlooking Jerusalem where we saw the sun set over the city. It was incredible! We want to take our Jeep off-roading in that desert! So fun!
Genesis Land - After a very bumpy jeep ride, we stopped for dinner at the Genesis Land restaurant. It is set up how a tent would have been in the Old Testament. Abraham (as in THE father Abraham) spoke to us and hosted us for dinner. The chicken was awesome!