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2T0A7369  Tile at the entrance to the Church of the Annunciation. Nazareth, Israel. 2T0A7217  Ruins of the Roman city of Caesarea., near the city of Sdot Yam, Israel. 2T0A7221  Ruins of the Roman city of Caesarea., near the city of Sdot Yam, Israel. 2T0A7238  Ruins of the Roman city of Caesarea., near the city of Sdot Yam, Israel. 2T0A7246  Fishing from the rocks near the ancient harbor of Caesarea., near the city of Sdot Yam, Israel. 2T0A7252  Rosie Tripp near the  ruins of the Roman city of Caesarea.
2T0A7254  Rosie and Don Tripp near the  ruins of the Roman city of Caesarea. 2T0A7276  The Megiddo Spring. This Iron Age tunnel connected the bottom of Ahab’s shaft to the spring. Before the tunnel construction, Megiddo residents had to leave the city walls in order to get water from the spring.This tunnel was hewn from both ends at the same time and its builders were only one foot off when meeting in the middle. 2T0A7284  The Megiddo Spring. This Iron Age tunnel connected the bottom of Ahab’s shaft to the spring. Before its construction, Megiddo residents had to leave the city walls in order to get water from the spring.This tunnel was hewn from both ends at the same time and its builders were only one foot off when meeting in the middle. 2T0A7292  The Megiddo Spring at the bottom of the descending steel staircase. 2T0A7264  Model reconstruction of the city of Megiddo, showing administrative and storage buildings, circling walls, and the sophisticated and intricate gate complex at the entrance to the city. City walls, ramparts and gateways were built to withstand battering rams. 2T0A7326  Mosiac in the  Basilica of Annunciation Nazareth, Israel.
2T0A7348  Inside Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, Israel. 2T0A7337  Marie Garcia Shaffner, Gloria Tacker and Rosie Tripp Nazareth, Israel 2T0A7360  Alter of the Church of the Annunciation Nazareth, Israel. 2T0A7351  Church in Nazareth, Israel. 2T0A7393  Marie Garcia Shaffner at the shore of the Sea of Galilee, near Ginnosar, Israel. 2T0A7417  Boat trip on the Sea of Galilee, near Ginnosar, Israel.
2T0A7421  Gloria Tacker, Don and Joyce Anderson, Marie Garcia Shaffner, on a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee, near Ginnosar, Israel. 2T0A7423  Rosie Tripp, Don Tripp on a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee, near Ginnosar, Israel. 2T0A7457  Don Tripp, Gloria Tacker, Darlene Anderson and Charles Anderson (C.B.), Rosie Tripp near the Mount of Beatitudes. 2T0A7478  Mount of Beatitudes, Israel 2T0A7511  Near Capernaum is an Ancient Synagogue. Capernaum  was a fishing village on the shore of the sea of Gailee and served as Jesus' base during his three year ministry. 2T0A7507  Near Capernaum an Ancient Synagogue. Capernaum  was a fishing village on the shore of the sea of Gailee and served as Jesus'' base during his three year ministry.
2T0A7526  Basilica of the Transfiguration near Yizre'el. Israel. The Basilica is on Mt Tabor. The Church of Transfiguration, commemorates Jesus becoming radiant and speaking to Moses and Elijah. The church, run by the Franciscan order, contains three grottoes remaining from the Crusader-era church, which represent three huts Peter planned to build, for Jesus, Moses and Elijah. 2T0A7527  Basilica of the Transfiguration near Yizre'el. Israel. The Basilica is on Mt Tabor. The Church of Transfiguration, commemorates Jesus becoming radiant and speaking to Moses and Elijah. The church, run by the Franciscan order,contains three grottoes remaining from the Crusader-era church, which represent three huts Peter planned to build, for Jesus, Moses and Elijah. 2T0A7529  Basilica of the Transfiguration near Yizre'el. Israel. The Basilica is on Mt Tabor. Don Tripp  with the black jacket. 2T0A7534  Basilica of the Transfiguration near Yizre'el. Israel. The Basilica is on Mt Tabor. 2T0A7537  Basilica of the Transfiguration near Yizre'el. Israel. The Basilica is on Mt Tabor. Rosie Tripp. 2T0A7602  Sundown at  Kineret (Kvutsa), Israel
2T0A7584  Feeding catfish in the Jordan River near Dganya Alef, Israel. 2T0A7597  A holy dunk in the Jordan River near Dganya Alef, Israel. 2T0A7575  Feeding catfish in the Jordan River near Dganya Alef, Israel. 2T0A7581  Feeding catfish in the Jordan River near Dganya Alef, Israel. 2T0A7624  The ancient city of Beit She’an in the northern Jordan Valley. The city is an immensely impressive archaeological site with remains dating back mostly to the Roman and Byzantine period. 2T0A7613  The ancient city of Beit She’an in the northern Jordan Valley. The city is an immensely impressive archaeological site with remains dating back mostly to the Roman and Byzantine period.
2T0A7638  The ancient city of Beit She’an, Israel in the northern Jordan Valley. The city is an immensely impressive archaeological site with remains dating back mostly to the Roman and Byzantine period. Darlene Anderson Marie Garcia Shaffner and Rosie Tripp. 2T0A7752  Olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem. The trees are revered by Christians as the place where Jesus Christ prayed before he was crucified have been dated to at least 900 years old. 2T0A7666  Ancient Olive tree East Jerusalem. Olive trees in the Jerusalem garden is revered by Christians as the place where Jesus Christ prayed before he was crucified. The trees have been dated to at least 900 years old 2T0A7686  East Jerusalem, Israel. Marie Garcia Shaffner, C.B. Anderson, Don Tripp, Bob Tacker, Rosie Tripp. 2T0A7684  Bob and Gloria Tacker, East Jerusalem, Israel 2T0A7688  Jim Shaffner and Marie Garcia Shaffner. East Jerusalem, Israel. Behind Jim and Marie is the golden dome located in the Old City’s Muslim Quarter. The dome is the world’s third holiest shrine to Muslims (after the Kaaba in Mecca and the Tomb of the Propher in Medina). The dome signifies the spot where the Prophet Muhammad is believed to have ascended into Heaven.
2T0A7691  Don Tripp. Rosie Tripp East Jerusalem, Israel. Behind Don and Rosie, is the golden dome located in the Old City’s Muslim Quarter. The dome is the world’s third holiest shrine to Muslims (after the Kaaba in Mecca and the Tomb of the Propher in Medina). The dome signifies the spot where the Prophet Muhammad is believed to have ascended into Heaven. 2T0A7698  Marie Garcia Shaffner, Joyce Anderson, Gloria Tacker, Rosie Tripp, East Jerusalem , Israel 2T0A7694  Darlene Anderson and Charles Anderson (C.B.). Behind Joyce and C B.is the golden dome located in the Old City’s Muslim Quarter. The dome is the world’s third holiest shrine to Muslims (after the Kaaba in Mecca and the Tomb of the Propher in Medina). The dome signifies the spot where the Prophet Muhammad is believed to have ascended into Heaven. 2T0A7747  Marie Garcia Shaffner and Gloria Tacker East Jerusalem, Israel. 2T0A7760  The Church of All Nations or Basilica of the Agony, is a Roman Catholic church. 2T0A7763  Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, in the Old City of Jerusalem. Considered to be the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina.
2T0A7774  East Jerusalem 2T0A7782  East Jerusalem . The golden dome of the Rock located in the Old City’s Muslim Quarter, this is  one of world’s holiest shrine to Muslims (after the Kaaba in Mecca and the Tomb of the Propher in Medina). The dome signifies the spot where the Prophet Muhammad is believed to have ascended into Heaven. Also in view the black dome of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. 2T0A7818  Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu. 2T0A7786  Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu, Jerusalem, Israel 2T0A7792  Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu, Jerusalem, Israel . Darlend Anderson, Marie Garcia Shaffner and Rosie Tripp. 2T0A7804  The dungeon is where Jesus is said to have been held during His trial and the night before His crucifixion. The dungeon is under the Church of Saint Peter.
2T0A7805  The dungeon is where Jesus is said to have been held during His trial and the night before His crucifixion. The dungeon is under the Church of Saint Peter. 2T0A7802  The dungeon is where Jesus is said to have been held during His trial and the night before His crucifixion. The dungeon is under the Church of Saint Peter. 2T0A7806  The dungeon is where Jesus is said to have been held during His trial and the night before His crucifixion. The dungeon is under the Church of Saint Peter. 2T0A7800  The dungeon is where Jesus is said to have been held during His trial and the night before His crucifixion. The dungeon is under the Church of Saint Peter. 2T0A7829  The Western wall in the old city of Jerusalem. 2T0A7846  Our group singing in St. Anne's Church, Jerusalem. Don Tripp led the choir. This video has become so popular I can no longer furnish copies at no cost.
2T0A7874  Via Dolorosa –  sometimes called the Way of the Cross or the Way of Sorrow, the Via Dolorosa represents the route that Jesus followed, according to tradition, from condemnation to crucifixion. 2T0A7875  Via Dolorosa – Way of the Sorrow, sometimes called the Way of the Cross or the Way of Sorrow, the Via Dolorosa represents the route that Jesus followed, from condemnation to crucifixion. This photo is one of thestations of the cross. 2T0A7876  Via Dolorosa – Way of the Sorrow Sometimes called the Way of the Cross or the Way of Sorrow, the Via Dolorosa represents the route that Jesus followed, from condemnation to crucifixion. The way is flanked by nine Stations of the Cross. Marie Garcia Shaffner has her hand on one of the stations of the cross. The nine stations are listed below.    1. The trial and flagellation of Jesus by Pilate    2. The speech given by the Gospel of John to Pilate    3. The first Fall (three noted locations where Jesus stumbled or lowered himself during his travel for various reasons) adjacent to the Polish Catholic Chapel    4. The first Encounter with Mary    5. The second Encounter with Simon of Cyrene    6. The third Encounter with Veronica    7. The second Fall stands across from a Franciscan chapel near a crossroad    8. The fourth Encounter with the pious women   9. The third Fall is not on the Via Dolorosa at all. Instead, it stands beneath the entranceway to two monasteries, the Ethiopian and the Coptic Orthodox Monasteries, that together create the roof of the Chapel of Saint Helena. 2T0A7878  Via Dolorosa – Way of the Sorrow Sometimes called the Way of the Cross or the Way of Sorrow, the Via Dolorosa represents the route that Jesus followed, from condemnation to crucifixion. The way is flanked by nine Stations of the Cross. The nine stations are listed below.    1. The trial and flagellation of Jesus by Pilate    2. The speech given by the Gospel of John to Pilate    3. The first Fall (three noted locations where Jesus stumbled or lowered himself during his travel for various reasons) adjacent to the Polish Catholic Chapel    4. The first Encounter with Mary    5. The second Encounter with Simon of Cyrene    6. The third Encounter with Veronica    7. The second Fall stands across from a Franciscan chapel near a crossroad    8. The fourth Encounter with the pious women   9. The third Fall is not on the Via Dolorosa at all. Instead, it stands beneath the entranceway to two monasteries, the Ethiopian and the Coptic Orthodox Monasteries, that together create the roof of the Chapel of Saint Helena. 2T0A7886  C.B. Anderson, Darlene Anderson, The guide, Gloria Tacker, Rosie Tripp, Marie Garcia Shaffner. Near the Via Dolorosa – Way of the Sorrow. 2T0A7903  The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, holds the tomb of Jesus Christ, and is controlled by six different Christian groups. Under a longstanding agreement known as the Status Quo, no changes can be made unless all of the factions agree. The tomb of Christ is the most holy site on earth.
2T0A7904  The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, holds the tomb of Jesus Christ, and is controlled by six different Christian groups. Under a longstanding agreement known as the Status Quo, no changes can be made unless all of the factions agree. The tomb of Christ is the most holy site on earth. Marie garcia Shaffner. 2T0A7906  Marie Garcia Shaffner and Rosie Tripp near the Tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The tomb of Christ is the most holy site on earth. 2T0A7909  A painting in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also called the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, or the Church of the Resurrection by Eastern Christians, is a church within the Christian Quarter of the walled Old City of Jerusalem. It is a few steps away from the Muristan. The site is venerated as Golgotha (the Hill of Calvary), where Jesus was crucified, and is said also to contain the place where Jesus was buried (the Sepulchre). A trend among visitors to the spot (standing outside the Church) is to applaud loudly during the ringing of bells. This is to recognize the unique beauty of the Church and its unique history. 2T0A7911  The original limestone cave walls within the shrine, which encloses the tomb. A window has been cut into the southern interior wall of the shrine to expose one of the cave walls  where Christ is buried in the cave. 2T0A7941  East Jerusalem shopping mall. 2T0A7951  C.B. Anderson, Darlene Anderson, Jim Shaffner,  Marie Garcia Shaffner, Rosie Tripp, Don Tripp, Gloria Tacker. "The Western Wall"  in the Old City of Jerusalem. The wall is also called the "Wailing Wall", referring to the practice of Jews weeping at the site over the destruction of the Temples.
2T0A7960  The Western Wall, Wailing Wall, is an ancient limestone wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. It is a relatively small segment of a far longer ancient retaining wall, known also in its entirety as the "Western Wall". The wall was originally erected as part of the expansion of the Second Jewish Temple begun by Herod the Great, which resulted in the encasement of the natural, steep hill known to Jews and Christians as the Temple Mount, in a large rectangular structure topped by a huge flat platform, thus creating more space for the Temple itself and its auxiliary buildings. For Muslims, it is the site where the Islamic Prophet Muhammad tied his steed, on his night journey to Jerusalem before ascending to paradise, and constitutes the Western border of al-Haram al-Sharif. 2T0A7955  The Western Wall, Wailing Wall, is an ancient limestone wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. It is a relatively small segment of a far longer ancient retaining wall, known also in its entirety as the "Western Wall". The wall was originally erected as part of the expansion of the Second Jewish Temple begun by Herod the Great, which resulted in the encasement of the natural, steep hill known to Jews and Christians as the Temple Mount, in a large rectangular structure topped by a huge flat platform, thus creating more space for the Temple itself and its auxiliary buildings. For Muslims, it is the site where the Islamic Prophet Muhammad tied his steed, on his night journey to Jerusalem before ascending to paradise, and constitutes the Western border of al-Haram al-Sharif. 2T0A7964  The Western Wall, Wailing Wall, is an ancient limestone wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. It is a relatively small segment of a far longer ancient retaining wall, known also in its entirety as the "Western Wall". The wall was originally erected as part of the expansion of the Second Jewish Temple begun by Herod the Great, which resulted in the encasement of the natural, steep hill known to Jews and Christians as the Temple Mount, in a large rectangular structure topped by a huge flat platform, thus creating more space for the Temple itself and its auxiliary buildings. For Muslims, it is the site where the Islamic Prophet Muhammad tied his steed, on his night journey to Jerusalem before ascending to paradise, and constitutes the Western border of al-Haram al-Sharif. 2T0A7973  Darlene Anderson,  Rosie Tripp, Marie Garcia Shaffner, Gloria Tacker. "The Western Wall"  in the Old City of Jerusalem. 2T0A7980  This complex of archaeological excavations features the administrative complex erected on the Ophel Hill in the First Temple period, structures dating back to the days of King Solomon, Jewish ritual baths and sections of “Robinson’s Arch” from the Second Temple period. The Ophel Archaeological Gardens. 2T0A7983  The hill of Mount Zion, the highest point in ancient Jerusalem, is dominated by the Church of the Dormition. The location is identified in Christian tradition as the place where the Virgin Mary died — or “fell asleep”, as the name suggests.
2T0A7995  The hill of Mount Zion, the highest point in ancient Jerusalem, is dominated by the Church of the Dormition. The location is identified in Christian tradition as the place where the Virgin Mary died — or “fell asleep”, as the name suggests. 2T0A7992  Marie Garcia Shaffner,at the Church of the Dormition. The location is identified in Christian tradition as the place where the Virgin Mary died — or “fell asleep”, as the name suggests. 2T0A7994  Gloria Tacker, Marie Garcia Shaffner Rosie Tripp at the Church of the Dormition. The location is identified in Christian tradition as the place where the Virgin Mary died — or “fell asleep”, as the name suggests. 2T0A8018  The Benedictine monastery in Abu Ghosh, named St Mary of the Resurrection Abbey 2T0A8022  The Benedictine Monastery in Abu Ghosh has been in the village for about 1,000 years, since the time of the Crusades, and includes the Church of the Resurrection, the walls abound with frescoes, some of which date back to the 12th century. 2T0A8025  The Benedictine Monastery in Abu Ghosh has been in the village for about 1,000 years, since the time of the Crusades, and includes the Church of the Resurrection, the walls abound with frescoes, some of which date back to the 12th century.
2T0A8030  The Benedictine Monastery in Abu Ghosh has been in the village for about 1,000 years, since the time of the Crusades, and includes the Church of the Resurrection, the walls abound with frescoes, some of which date back to the 12th century. 2T0A8031  The Benedictine Monastery in Abu Ghosh has been in the village for about 1,000 years, since the time of the Crusades, and includes the Church of the Resurrection, the walls abound with frescoes, some of which date back to the 12th century. 2T0A8032  The Benedictine Monastery in Abu Ghosh has been in the village for about 1,000 years, since the time of the Crusades, and includes the Church of the Resurrection, the walls abound with frescoes, some of which date back to the 12th century. 2T0A8033  The Benedictine Monastery in Abu Ghosh has been in the village for about 1,000 years, since the time of the Crusades, and includes the Church of the Resurrection, the walls abound with frescoes, some of which date back to the 12th century. 2T0A8034  Darlene Anderson,, Marie Garcia Shaffner Rosie Tripp at the Benedictine Monastery in Abu Ghosh has been in the village for about 1,000 years, since the time of the Crusades, and includes the Church of the Resurrection 2T0A8026  The Benedictine Monastery in Abu Ghosh has been in the village for about 1,000 years, since the time of the Crusades, and includes the Church of the Resurrection, the walls abound with frescoes, some of which date back to the 12th century.
2T0A8028  The Benedictine Monastery in Abu Ghosh has been in the village for about 1,000 years, since the time of the Crusades, and includes the Church of the Resurrection, the walls abound with frescoes, some of which date back to the 12th century. 2T0A8060  The birth place of Jesus Christ in the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. 2T0A8061  The birth place of Jesus Christ in the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. 2T0A8063  The birth place of Jesus Christ in the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. 2T0A8065  The birth place of Jesus Christ in the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. 2T0A8066  The Church of of St. Catherine in Bethlehem., West Bank.
2T0A8070  The Church of of St. Catherine in Bethlehem, West Bank. Marie and Rosie feel a lot better after receiving a blessing from the priest. I am not sure what that had done because they look guilty. 2T0A8067  The Church of of St. Catherine in Bethlehem, West Bank. Marie and Rosie feel a lot better after receiving a blessing from the priest. I am not sure what that had done because they look guilty. 2T0A8072  The Church of of St. Catherine in Bethlehem, West Bank. 2T0A8093  School children near the Milk Grotto, Bethlehem. 2T0A8097  Manager Street, Bethlehem, Don Tripp , Darlene Anderson,, Marie Garcia Shaffner, Gloria Tacker, Rosie Tripp, C.B. Anderson. The ladies are negotiating a price for large carved religous figures. 2T0A8101  Not exactly Star Bucks, but a good try. Manager Street, Bethlehem 
2T0A8113  School children at a fountain in Beit Sahur . 2T0A8118  Beit Sahur, Bethlehem. Many caves where shepherds “kept watch over their flock” still abound in the area east of Bethlehem. Beit Sahour is reputed to be close to the place where, according to the New Testament, an angel announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds. 2T0A8135  Shepherd's Fields, Catholic Franciscan Chapel, Beit Sahour, Israel. 2T0A8129  Shepherd's Fields, Catholic Franciscan Chapel, Beit Sahour, Israel. 2T0A8132  Shepherd's Fields, Catholic Franciscan Chapel, Beit Sahour, Israel. 2T0A8131  Shepherd's Fields, Catholic Franciscan Chapel, Beit Sahour, Israel.
2T0A8134  Shepherd's Fields, Catholic Franciscan Chapel, Beit Sahour, Israel. 2T0A8142  Bob Tacker at a resturant in  Beit Sahour, Israel. 2T0A8160  Hibiscus flower covered building ear Beit Sahour, Israel. 2T0A8173  The Church of the Visitation (formerly Abbey Church of St John in the Woods) in Ein Karem, Jerusalem, honors the visit paid by the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, to Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. (Luke 1:39–56) This is the site where tradition tells us that Mary recited her song of praise, the Magnificat, one of the most ancient Marian hymns. 2T0A8176  The Church of the Visitation (formerly Abbey Church of St John in the Woods) in Ein Karem, Jerusalem, honors the visit paid by the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, to Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. (Luke 1:39–56) This is the site where tradition tells us that Mary recited her song of praise, the Magnificat, one of the most ancient Marian hymns. 2T0A8189  Flower garden near the Church of the Visitation.
2T0A8205  Resting after visiting the Church of the Visitation, Darlene Anderson, Rosie Tripp, Don Tripp, C.B. Anderson. 2T0A8208  Wall near Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. 2T0A8178  Wall near Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center 2T0A8313  Cable car heading toward the mountain fortress of Masada which stands on an isolated rock plateau in the southeast of Israel, overlooking the Dead Sea. The tale of Masada is one of Jewish heroics, 1000 inhabitants committing mass suicide rather than surrendering to their Roman enemies. 2T0A8259  The cliff top plateau of Masada is about 1300 ft high and almost impossible to access except by a very thin pathway up to the hill top. The path is only wide enough for one person to walk up..Below is a square fortress remnant built by the Romans that began a 3 year siege to capture Masada in 73 CE. The Romans built a 375 ft high assault ramp consisting mostly of a natural spur of bedrock. The ramp was complete in the spring of 73, after probably two to three months of siege, the Romans finally breached the wall of the fortress with a battering ram on April 16. 2T0A8279  Ruins of Masada
2T0A8274  Remains of a Masada Synagogue. Gloria Tacker, Rosie Tripp, Marie Garcia Shaffner, C.B. Anderson, Darlene Anderson, Our guide, Don Tripp. 2T0A8281  Marie Garcia Shaffner at Masada 2T0A8263  Cistern in Masada, Israel 2T0A8271  Pottery in one of the rooms at Masada. 2T0A8234  Ruins of Masada, Israel. 2T0A8253  Ruins Of Herod's Palace At Masada, Israel.
2T0A8228  Masada bathhouse painting. 2T0A8220  Cliff side view of the Masada ruin. 2T0A8260  In 72 CE, the Roman governor of Iudaea, Lucius Flavius Silva, led Roman legion X Fretensis, a number of auxiliary units and Jewish prisoners of war, totaling some 15,000 men and women (of whom an estimated 8,000 to 9,000 were fighting men to lay siege to the 960 people in Masada. The Roman legion surrounded Masada and built a circumvallation wall, before commencing construction of a siege ramp against the western face of the plateau, moving thousands of tons of stones and beaten earth to do so. Josephus does not record any attempts by the Sicarii to counterattack the besiegers during this process, a significant difference from his accounts of other sieges of the revolt. The ramp was completed in the spring of 73, after probably two to three months of siege. A giant siege tower with a battering ram was constructed and moved laboriously up the completed ramp, while the Romans assaulted the wall, discharging "a volley of blazing torches against ... a wall of timber",[3] allowing the Romans to finally breach the wall of the fortress on April 16, 73 CE. When the Romans entered the fortress, however, they found it to be "a citadel of death." The Jewish rebels had set all the buildings but the food storerooms ablaze and had killed each other, declaring "a glorious death ... preferable to a life of infamy." 2T0A8284  Ruins of Masada. The dead Sea in the distance. The dead Sea is beginning to dry up on the Jordanian and Israeli coasts, the shoreline is pockmarked by sinkholes—testifying to an environmental catastrophe. The Dead Sea is shrinking, and as it recedes, the fresh water aquifers along the perimeter of the lake are receding along with it. 2T0A8295  The route to the cable car to exit Masada. Marie Garcia Shaffner, Rosie Tripp, Don Tripp. 2T0A8305  View of the Dead Sea in the distance and the square enclosures at the bottom are two remanents of  Roman legionary camps,  just outside the circumvallation wall around Masada. The cables are used by  cable cars for tourists to visit Masada.
2T0A8307  View of the dry desert around Masada. 2T0A8311  Cable car coming up to Masada. 2T0A8317  Our cable car about to enter the  building. 2T0A8339  A cave below Masada. 2T0A8371  Rosie Tripp, Darlene Anderson, C.B. Anderson on the Kalia Beach near the Dead Sea. 2T0A8370  C.B. Anderson with his purse leaving the beach.
2T0A8383  Rosie Tripp, Don Tripp, C.B. Anderson leaving the Kalia Beach near the dead Sea, 2T0A8392  Darlene Anderson leaving the Kalia Beach near the dead Sea. 2T0A8406  Shopping mall in East  Jerusalem. 2T0A8410  Shopping mall in East  Jerusalem. 2T0A8412  Shopping mall in East  Jerusalem. 2T0A8421  Shopping mall in East  Jerusalem.
2T0A8436  Street vendor in  East  Jerusalem. 2T0A8425  Rosir Tripp, Don Tripp. Shopping mall in East Jerusalem. 2T0A8447  Two  ultra-Orthodox men . This sect shuns employment and spends time  any day of the week, save for short holidays, the study-halls at any of the elite yeshivas (Torah academies) in Israel are liable to be packed with students spending as much as 18 hours a day analysing Talmudic texts. Once married, most students will graduate to kollels, smaller institutes where they live off a meagre stipend, government benefits and perhaps their wives’ modest salaries.  ADVERTISING  inRead invented by Teads For many religious Jews, the flourishing of Torah study in Israel is a fulfilment of the biblical prophecy in Isaiah—“for the land will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord.” For Israeli economists, however, the reluctance of ultra-Orthodox (or Haredi) men to work, coupled with their community’s high birth rate (double the national average), is a problem. A study recently completed by the finance ministry predicts that on current trends Israel’s public debt, currently 67% of GDP,will spiral to 170% over the next 50 years. The ministry says that 45.7% of Haredi men are in the labour force, far less than the national employment rate of 60.4% and lower than for any group except for Arab women (see chart). Haredi women are not expected to study: their participation rate is 71%. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, the Haredim were just under 10% of Israel’s population in 2009; by 2059 it predicts they will be around 27%. Israel cannot afford to keep paying them not to work. At the state’s foundation in 1948, Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, accepted the rabbis’ request to be allowed to rebuild the yeshivas which had been destroyed in the Holocaust in Europe. A first quota of 400 yeshiva students was exempted from military service. In 1977 the first Likud government, in which Haredi parties were coalition partners, removed that cap. Successive governments have expanded funding for yeshiva stipends as well as benefits for large families. The government before the current one included no ultra-Orthodox parties. So the secular Yesh Atid party, part of that coalition, was able to push through a law criminalising draft-avoiders and cutting benefits. The new coalition formed last month by Binyamin Netanyahu as prime minister includes two Haredi parties. These have been promised a repeal of that law and the restoration of benefits to their previous level. The economics ministry, which runs employment policy, and the Knesset finance committee, which has the final say on benefits, are controlled by senior Haredi politicians. The new economics minister, Aryeh Deri, is the leader of the religious Shas party. He insists he will block any attempt to cut benefits. He blames, instead, Israeli employers who are not interested in hiring members of his community. “There is clear discrimination, even of Haredi men who have studied for law or accountancy degrees. Employers see the black kippah (skullcap), the yeshiva on their CV, and won’t hire them. That’s why so many men remain in kollel.” Moshe Friedman, a graduate of Hebron Yeshiva who went on to study for nine years in a kollel, echoes Mr Deri. A self-taught software developer, he pitched his digital video-editing startup to Israeli venture-capital funds without success. “Everyone I met immediately asked me, why didn’t I serve in the army and what does a Haredi know about technology?” Israel’s celebrated high-tech sector, he says, is “a closed ecosystem where people know each other from the army, hire their friends and help them get funding.” He now runs the Kama-Tech programme which works with Haredim on placements with leading tech companies, including the local research centres of Google and Microsoft. But he will have his work cut out: attempts by the previous governments to oblige religious schools for teenagers to teach maths, English and the sciences as well as the Torah have routinely been blocked by religious politicians.  You’ve seen the news, now discover the story Get incisive analysis on the issues that matter. Whether you read each issue cover to cover, listen to the audio edition, or scan the headlines on your phone, time with The Economist is always well spent. Enjoy 12 weeks’ access for $12+ receive a free reusable coffee cup   Print edition | Middle East and Africa Jun 25th 2015 | JERUSALEM      Reuse this content About The Economist     Bagehot Brexiteers fear being stitched up by the establishment As hopes of a hard Brexit fade, the stab-in-the-back theory gains currency  Britain  Nation shall preach Xi unto nation China is spending billions on its foreign-language media China  America, migration and the Bible Scripture offers much material for arguments about dividing families Erasmus  The Economist explains What is GitHub? The Economist explains