I'm sitting at a cafe late on Tuesday night, another glorious cool evening in
Jerusalem. We arrived in Israel on Monday and although we've in Jerusalem for only 28 hours, it seems like we've been here forever. Or, to be more precise, 3,000 years.
The city really comes alive after the fast days of early tonid summer, and this week it seems more alive than ever. The cafes are packed, the people are in good spirits and despite the tensions raging in their volatile neighbourhood there is no palpable tension to be felt here. The only downer is that there were no Olympic medals (though they've taken great pride in Aly Raisman's feats ( see my Times of Israel commentary at http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/aly-raisman-our-hava-nagila-hero/ )
From the photos, you'll see that we've thus far visited the Ayalon Institute - a pre state clandestine bullet factory and then we planted trees at a spot about half way between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. We arrived in Jerusalem last night. This morning we descended to the City of David and Hezekiah's water tunnel and then explored the Jewish and Christian quarters. This afternoon we sifted through the archaeological remains of the Tempe Mount and helped to uncover three millennia of Jewish and world history. Everyone is having as wonderful time!
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