Today marks my last day in Israel. I had a very important meeting scheduled with the Shalom Hartman Institute, that we had to makeup from a cancellation due to the snow storm. Sadly this meant I could not get to the Hadassah En Kerem Hospital to learn about how they provide treatment for children and people from all over the world, but I think I have a good sense of what they do, so I am good with it.
I took advantage of warm weather and blue sky for the first time in about a week to do an early walk to the Old City one last time. I went first to the Western Wall. There is just something about that place which draws me back, again and again. I went to the Archeological Park, adjacent to it, where they have excavated the corner of the second temple, and even excavated a first century Jerusalem street that was adjacent to the Temple Mount wall, and other ruins that date back to the first temple era. I’ve said it before; I love ancient rocks. When I finished that I noticed the line for the Temple Mount was short, so I went back up to see the Dome on the Rock again, this time with sunshine and blue sky. I made for some nice photos. I exited out the north gate, and headed east to the Lions Gate. From there I went back to the Garden of Gethsemane, and was going to go up the hill of the Mount of Olives to the Church of Mary Magdalene, but my feet told me this was not a good idea. I made it back through the Old City, which was bustling unlike at any other time in my trip, and grabbed a snack, and then walked about a mile or so to the Shalom Hartman Institute.