Israel Day 8 (Part 2)

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We were able to spend about an hour resting at the hotel before we headed to the Theodore Herzl Museum. This was one of the coolest museums I have ever been to. Herzl was the founder of the Zionist movement in the early 1900’s. He was a critical piece to establishing a homeland for the Jewish people. Herzl was a journalist and always wanted to produce plays and loved the theater. So, the museum is set up as a story about an actor who is asked to play the role of Herzl in a play. The actor learns all about Herzl through the multiple rooms that we walked through. The exhibit was engaging and very easy to comprehend, even the kids enjoyed it and they haven’t liked one museum on this trip yet!

After the museum we prepared for a special last night in Jerusalem before Noah’s Bar Mitzvah tomorrow. We headed out for dinner with the two grandmothers and then to a light show at the Tower of David Museum, which depicts the history of Jerusalem. The light show takes you through about a dozen different time periods in Jerusalem starting with the building of the first temple, the destruction of that temple and the building of the second temple. Then the Romans come and destroy that and the story goes on from one generation to the next. It was 30 minutes of story telling that was just masterfully done. The way that we found out about the light show was even more amazing.

I was looking on facebook a couple of days ago and noticed my friend, Chris Daniels, was in Jerusalem celebrating his son’s Bar Mitzvah today! We had talked about the timing about 6-8 months ago and then about a month ago, but I totally forgot about it until I saw a post with a picture of Chris and his wife by the Western Wall. We have spent the past 2 days trying to connect the families and he told me they were heading to this really cool light show. So, we purchased tickets and all went. We are so glad we did. Thanks Daniels family J

Tomorrow is the big day of the trip for Noah. Looking forward to his experience and having him complete a year’s worth of preparation. He is so much better prepared than I was and he will be great. Then it’s off to swim in the dead sea.

‘Til next time ……

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