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It's certainly been a long time since I was in Israel, the first of my exciting travelling experiences, but I shall never forget it. I believe this country touches everyone who visits it, no matter their religion and culture. For me, a Christian, all the Bible stories I had grown up with came alive, and given a concrete context and setting. I remember sitting on the shores of The Sea of Galilee waiting for the sunrise and just being able to picture so vividly Jesus and the disciples out fishing. I gained a whole new appreciation of my religion. At the same time, Israel also homed in on the importance of diversity. That different religions have so much in common and can co-exist very happily. In Jerusalem we started at The Wailing Wall (most important plave for Jews), on the other side of the wall was The Dome of The Rock (important for Muslims). We then walked to The Church of The Nativity (important for Christians) through the Persian markets and Ultra Orthodox Jewish areas with the new skyscrapers of the business section in the background. On the roof of The Church of The Nativity the Ethopian Orthodox Church had built an Ethiopian village of mud huts. Next to one of the mud huts there was a Chinese choir singing. The Church of The Nativity was full of gold and incense. This walk took about 20 minutes!

Posted by weixiaoliu 17:00 Archived in Israel

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