Israel is an amazing country, where three world religions peacefully coexist. Jews, Muslims and Christians revere the ancient history of this land and consider it sacred. It was on this earth that the Jewish people formed their spiritual and religious concept, it was here that Judaism, the oldest of the world’s religions, was originated.
The Jewish religion is monotheistic. Believers from all over the world, even if they do not adhere to a religion such as Judaism, visit holy places regularly, hurry to touch the walls of the cities that remember the heroes of ancient legends. Going on a trip to Israel, create a real Jewish route for yourself, make a list of holy places that are required to visit.
Mount Meron and the city of Safed
“Urban” Judaic shrines are concentrated in several settlements. For example, one of the four “holy cities” is called Safed. Many years ago, this particular settlement was the center of the spread of Kabbalah – the mystical teaching in Judaism. Here are the graves of the teachers of this current. There is another important landmark in the city of Safed – the Abuhav synagogue. And there are holy places on the Mount Meron, from which you can see the stunning panorama of the city and the tomb of Savlan the Prophet, the graves of rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and rabbi Eliezer Papo.
Cave of Elijah the Prophet in Haifa
Haifa is the third largest city of Israel. The famous shrine – the cave of Elijah the Prophet, where the righteous spent many years of life, is located there. People come to the cave for asking the prophet to give miracles; they ask for help in recovering their health, ask to bless before major transactions or help find the love.
The small and very beautiful town of Tiberias, which is included in the four “holy cities”, attracts Jews with a lot of places of worship. The sacred places are the tombs of Rabbi Akiva, Rabbi Meir Baal HaNes, Maimonides and other teachers. Many righteous are also entombed there, there is the tomb of Miriam.
Joseph’s tomb in the city of Nablus
This ancient monument is located on the west bank of the Jordan River, in the city of Nablus, which in the Bible is called Shechem (Sichem). Shechem is the land where the biblical events unfolded, the grave site of the forefather Joseph and his sons is especially revered for Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
The main revered sacred places of Judaism are located not only in the cities, but also in the Judean desert. For example, the Jordan River is associated with the transfer of Jews to the Promised Land, which was accompanied by divine miracles. The Judean desert, whose attractions are spread over picturesque sandy fields, will please a pilgrim or a tourist with the impressive ruins of ancient temples and functioning monasteries. The monastery of Gerasim of the Jordan, the Monastery of the Temptation, the Holy Monastery of Saint George of Hazeva and St. John Jacob the Hodzebite are the most impressive shrines.
The lovers of the antiquity will be interested in visiting the Qumran national park, which is located in the Judean desert. This historical monument is known not only because of the archaeological excavations of the ancient settlement, but also because treasures were found there. It was here that the Dead Sea scrolls were accidentally found in the last century. Most of these literary works are written on a religious, biblical theme.
The Golden Gate in Jerusalem
Jews and Christians identify the oldest gates of the Old City, located in the tower of the eastern wall, with those very gates mentioned in the famous prophecies. It is believed that it is through the Golden Gate that the Messiah will enter Jerusalem. Now the gates are closed and built up, it is possible to see them from the outside.
Tombs of the Prophets, the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem
The Mount of Olives is in the east of Jerusalem. It is mentioned in the Old and New Testament, it is here that King David worshipped God. Here are buried the prophets Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. These are the sacred places for Jews.
The Temple Mount, Jerusalem
Another mandatory point on the “Jewish route” is the Holy Mountain for Jews, which is called the Temple Mount. Long ago, the King David bought this land, and later the First Temple was built here. Here was the Second Temple, and according to legend, the Third will be built. Now on the territory of the Temple Mount you can visit the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque – for those who want to touch not only the Jewish, but also the Muslim religious shrines.
The Western Wall (Wailing Wall), Jerusalem
The Holy Western Wall is in the Jewish Quarter. This wall is only a part of a large stone wall, built around the Temple Mount. The Wailing Wall is a symbol of faith and hope for Jews, the place of their regular pilgrimage and prayers. Believers leave their messages to God between the massive stones.
King David’s tomb, the Mount Zion, Jerusalem
The King David’s tomb is a cult place for representatives of the three religions. And although the authenticity of the tomb is not proven, and scientists still debate about the reliability of its location, the tomb located on the Mount Zion has become a deeply revered place for the Jewish people.Read More