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April 20, 2020

Tel Aviv was founded just over 111 years ago in April of 1909. Part 1 of my Blog discussed what led up to its founding, as a separate entity from nearby Jaffa. The actual founding of the city was done in a very unique way – it involved seashells! On the beach 66 famili...

February 25, 2020

Tel Aviv has become a tourist destination known for its food, markets, nightclubs and of course its great beaches along the Mediterranean coast. It’s also a very LGBT friendly city, something not to be taken for granted here in the Middle East. Pretty good for a relati...

July 16, 2019

This is the last in my series on Temple Mount. We last left the story of the mountain in the year 705 CE with the construction of Al Aqsa Mosque. The Dome of the Rock was built 15 years previously.  While the city of Jerusalem now became a Muslim majority city, Christi...

April 30, 2019

In Part 3 of my Blog about Temple Mount I ended with the destruction of the second Jewish temple by the Romans in the year 70 CE. History moved on but for over 500 years Temple Mount laid in ruins. 

A lot happened in those 500 years in Judea and Jerusalem: The Bar Kochb...

January 7, 2019

Part 2 of my blog about Temple Mount ended with the destruction of Solomon’s Temple by the Babylonians in the year 586 BCE, along with the forced exile of the Jewish elite to Babylon.  Soon after this event the Babylonian empire fell to the Persian Empire.

The Persian r...

September 25, 2018

In Part 1 I outlined the earliest traditions regarding Temple Mount. I concluded that King David purchased the site on Mount Moriah to build there a “Temple to the Lord”, however this was left to his son Solomon.

King Solomon was the third king of Israel, having ruled f...

August 7, 2018

Temple Mount is probably the most contested piece of real estate in the world. Today the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque stand there. But what are the origins of this important place and why does everyone want “a piece of the rock”?

Temple Mount is actually a mo...

June 5, 2018

It’s common knowledge that Jews, and therefore most Israelis, don’t drink much beer. And they certainly don’t produce it. Well guess again. Not only does Israel produce some great beers but the history of Jews and beer goes way back to the Babylonian exile in 586 BCE!

A...