|The Temple Mount complex|
The group spent some time on top of Temple mount looking at the amazingly ornate Dome of the Rock and the less ornate but 3rd most holy Muslim site, the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Afterwards the group went down beneath Temple Mount into the underground excavations of the Western Wall. They were escorted by an orthodox Israeli lady who was very theatrical. She asked to hear the group sing, and naturally Roger took the opportunity not to be gentle, and they sang 'On Jesus the Rock I will build my life' and 'Rock of Ages'! Sahar, our guide, asked her if she knew that Yeshua was the Messiah. She didn't answer!
|The Western Wall|
From the Western Wall the group were shown around the excavations to the south of Temple Mount. These are incredibly fascinating, and contain a huge amount of Second Temple era artifacts.
|The Seder Meal|
In the evening we celebrated a Seder meal together. A Messianic Jew and his wife led us in the special ritual, and we were fed some lovely food. It was the first time they had led the meal for Shoresh, and they did a great job. It was a fantastic way to round off our Israel Houseparty together.
Later that night in the early hours of the morning half of the party travelled home. It was an interesting journey as we missed our connection at Paris, but everyone finally made it home safe and sound.
|The whole group (almost all!)|
|A Bar Mitzvah|
|Roger chatting to the Israeli Soldiers|
|Dome of the Rock|
|Geoff sporting his Kippa|
|The Seder meal|