First Full Day in Jerusalem

Saturday was a long day! …and yes, I took the picture of the dome. I started with a very good breakfast at my hotel, which included writing the previous email message.  After that I walked down to Old Jerusalem and wandered around. There were several pilgrimage groups walking the Via Delrosa.  I have lots of pictures…

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Good Morning!

It is currently 7am here in Jerusalem and I am having breakfast at my hotel.  I must look like I need a cup of coffee… the breakfast attendant walked up and asked if I needed some.  I wanted to give you all a quick update after a night of sleep. The sun was already up…

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Welcome to Jerusalem!

https://youtu.be/dggTEjKneQE It was a long and uneventful flight from DFW to Tel Aviv, but it was also a wonderful time of reading, writing, and reflecting. So today’s email is long, despite my claims to the contrary. I’ve forgotten how much I enjoy travelling and visiting other countries. I’ve always enjoy going to the airport because its…

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Let’s Take Flight!

Bording Passes Printed! Good News!  I’m out of prewritten emails.  From this point forward, I’ll be writing each day about the day.  My plan – which could totally change, is to try to make a short video about each location that I visit,  so, each email should have several video links.  But who knows, that could all…

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Best Jewish Movies

I haven’t seen most of these, so I’ll take their word for it… 15 Best Jewish Movies of All Time – Cinemaholic (thecinemaholic.com) Seven Holocaust Films You Should See | My Jewish Learning 10 Movies Showcasing the Best of American Jewish Life | Reform Judaism

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How Great is our God

Some More from Joshua Aaron! You might recognize this song… “Joshua Aaron is an award-winning American-Israeli independent singer and songwriter recently listed as one of the Jewish Global 100 influencers. He resides near the Sea of Galilee with his wife Jeannie, and their 5 children, their eldest child now serving in the IDF (Israel Defense…

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Jewish High Holiday

This is research I should have done much earlier since I’ve kinda missed some of the preparations for the High Holidays. No problem, we shall catch up! Most of what follows all comes from Chabad.org. I arrive in Israel right in the middle of the High Holidays and will be celebrating Yom Kippur in Jerusalem…

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Shanah tovah umetukah, my friends!

(“Good and Sweet Year”)If you are the praying type: For those of you I have wronged or hurt this past year, I sincerely and earnestly ask for your forgiveness.  I hope you too would celebrate Rosh Hashanah with me by taking this epic journey for the soul and asking other for forgiveness and being willing to…

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Living Waters by Sarah Lieberman

We’ve met Ms. Lieberman before, here is her bio which I previously stole… “Sarah Liberman is an Israeli worship leader, songwriter, and speaker who has devoted her life to the blessing of God’s heart and lifting Him up. Sarah’s passionate worship, birthed in the unseen place, inspires believers of all ages to pursue the heart…

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Praises of Israel

Stolen from their website: Our Main Purpose Serving the believers in Messiah Yeshua and the Messianic congregations in Israel. Vision & Mission To express our identity as Jewish and Israeli believers in Yeshua the Messiah. To strengthen the unity and the bond between believers in Yeshua the Messiah in Israel. To be a living testimony…

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Israeli Food

Production secret: I’ve written all these pre-trip emails back over a weekend back in August. Its dinner time, and I’m getting hungry, so you may see food videos more often… Israeli Food Is The Best Production secret #2: I’ve also been going in and changing the emails as I find new and interesting things, like…

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Spirit and the Bride by Joshua Aaron

Lets steal some more about information – this time for Josha Aaron: “Joshua Aaron is an award-winning American-Israeli independent singer and songwriter recently listed as one of the Jewish Global 100 influencers. He resides near the Sea of Galilee with his wife Jeannie, and their 5 children, their eldest child now serving in the IDF…

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Views of Israel

This video is an hour but it is something to have on in the background – not really to watch. Music and slideshow of Israel. Jewish Music with Beautiful Views of Israel

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Messianic Judaism?

Ok – I think i get it.  I suppose it really isn’t all that complicated… What is Messianic Judaism with Rabbi Jason Sobel https://youtu.be/6H74Noq8Uqg Ask Dr Brown on the differences between Judaism and Christianity https://youtu.be/9iZDa54LmQ8

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Israeli Culture

Hummis and BBQ – I think I will be just fine with the food culture in Israel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0LBfk9nK0w To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of Rick Steves, but I do feel an obligation to include a little bit of his research: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2n2PA2mNtY

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Running to You by Sarah Lieberman

Ok, I’m just going to lift the description of Sarah Liberman directly from her about page… “Sarah Liberman is an Israeli worship leader, songwriter, and speaker who has devoted her life to the blessing of God’s heart and lifting Him up. Sarah’s passionate worship, birthed in the unseen place, inspires believers of all ages to…

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Israeli Food

Apparently the idea of Israeli food is a bit complicated.  It exists as a fusion of the cuisines of all the countries that Jews have lived in but then immigrated to Israel.  Some key regional influences include Mediterranean and Eastern European – foods like falafel, and borscht.  Then layer in Jewish dietary laws.  Here are…

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Immanuel by Solu (Worship Music)

SOLU is… okay I’m just going to steal the description from their website. Solu is… The biblical Hebrew command used by Isaiah, to “build up” the highway, in preparation for Yeshua’s return. The foundations of SOLU were laid in the fires of a 24/7 house of prayer, with a group of hungry teenagers gathering weekly…

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Dead Sea Fun Facts

The Dead Sea is at the lowest point on Earth, at 1,388 ft It is called a sea because it contains salt water, but its really a lake The Dead Sea is not totally dead – nothing lives in it but it is considered a source of vitality for the human body (okay, that’s just…

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In Christ Alone (Worship Music)

I’ve mentioned One for Israel before, but just in case you need a reminder, it is ministry that includes a bible college that brings Jews and Arabs together to share the Gospel with Israel.  I have several songs that will be posted in future emails just because their worship songs are amazing, combining several languages…

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Israel Fun Facts

The official languages of Israel are Hebrew and Arabic The Uzi submachine gun was invented by Major Uzi Gal in 1948 About 1000 letters to God are sent to Jerusalem every year The glue on Israeli stamps is kosher Israel recycles 90% of its waste water compared to 1% in the United States. A native-born…

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Song of Songs

12 Tribes Stealing from their about page, 12 Tribes produces…  “Music that presents culture, music that presents a nation, music that is a story of the yearning Jewish soul, music that has a flavor, a color and a strong connection to this ancient land, to the roots from which we grew. Music that is a dialogue…

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Preparing to Produce

Video Gear One of the challenges for this trip is a combination of deciding what to create, how to create it, and what to pack to make it all possible. Since I’ll have a rental car and minimal hotel rooms, I could just pack a large suitcase and not worry about it, but I do…

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Video Gear (Video)

I must be getting used to talking to myself. This is the longest video yet. I’ll tell you about some of the gear I’ll be taking with me to Israel, and maybe even disclose a couple of production secrets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjbY6qIaj8s

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Language and Culture (Video)

Here is the second video of the series. Hopefully it sucks just a little less than the previous video. The experiment in this video is recording a 360 video while talking and driving! You should be able to click and drag to look around for the entire video.  Let’s talk about learning Hebrew and watching an…

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Wander the Web

I’m working on another video, so you will get a notification of that very soon. This upcoming video experiment has proven to be a little bit more of a challenge than I was expecting, so it’s a good thing that I’m doing all my experimenting right now. I was hoping to have it ready with…

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Reliable Sources

I love to travel! Prior to the pandemic, I was going on two big trips per year, one of which was a mission trip. This year, my church started sending people out on international trips again, and I was just waiting and watching to see if anyone got trapped. Good news! Everyone came back and there…

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What’s the Plan, Man?

I leave for Israel on September 21, but the trip begins for us today! Here’s the plan: Sept 22 – Sept 28 Jerusalem Sept 28 – Oct 6 Haifa Oct 6 – Oct 8 Petra (Wadi Musa) Oct 8 – Oct 10 Madaba This is the first of four emails you’ll get for the month…

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Lets go to Israel!

I’m glad you’ve decided to join me on this epic adventure to the holy land. This trip was an impulsive decision for me to finally take some vacation time and spend 20 days traveling across Israel and Jordan. It would have been *so* much easier to take one of the many package tours offered, but…

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