We did this today with no problems. We took a taxi to the Hotel of Seven Arches. The taxi drove through the Arab village on the top of the Mount. From the car we could see down the other side. He dropped us in front of the hotel where there is very large viewing area. There were lots of people here, many parked tour buses and a camel that you could pay to ride. The view was outstanding, over the graves and to the Temple Mount.At any rate, there are lots of warnings about as to tourists being hassled there, and safest route either going up or going down —— but maybe you’ve already checked this.
That's right - there are usually special paths for "Cohanim" (priests), to prevent the possibility, even remote, that they come in contact with corpses. Usually they will also not attend funerals (unless of very close relatives) because of this, and might even have problems with hospitals and museums.Half way down we saw a sign for Path of Cohanim, which relates to Steve’s last name, so we took that. It took us along the graves down to the main road. I can’t find out what this path is, but Cohen’s have special rules about being in graveyards so maybe it is to do with that.
I brought our insulated water bottles with us and we are making sure to keep drinking. It has been hot here already! We forgot our sunhats one day and got too much sun. The heat and sun has been wonderful after a cold, wet English winter. We go to Ein Gedi on Monday for 2 nights. I think that will be hot!This coming week is going to be quite hot.. one of the first of our Spring season "Hamsins" - hot dry air. So make sure you stay hydrated!
The Cohanim, the Biblical priestly class.... if you are a social anthropologist or a fan of Tony Hillerman’s mystery novels set among the Navajo, you might see analogies here related to the idea of corpse contamination.That's right - there are usually special paths for "Cohanim" (priests), to prevent the possibility, even remote, that they come in contact with corpses. Usually they will also not attend funerals (unless of very close relatives) because of this, and might even have problems with hospitals and museums.
Leviticus 21:1 :
The LORD said to Moses: Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: None shall defile himself for any [dead] person among his kin...
To the best of my knowledge, I suppose that a Jew would not be asked to remove his kippa - there is usually respect between the religions here concerning basic religious behavior.Today when we went into the Tomb of Mary, Steve was wearing his Tilley hat and the priest (?) trying to control the crowd made him take it off. If he was wearing a kippa would he have had to take it off?
With all the religions here, and all their rules, it gets confusing.
Yes, Doru, the light on and reflected from the Jerusalem stone, perfectly put. Part of what makes the city "Yerushalayim shel zahav", Golden Jerusalem.So wonderful, Pauline and Steve! Josette and I greatly enjoy reading these travel posts!
We used to spend some of the summers with the boys in Jerusalem, renting a large room with full board at a convent happy to host children too! A magical garden, a quiet refuge from the lively and active crowds, and yet in the heart of this extraordinary city.
What I always carried back with me from Jerusalem, and still do, is the light! The sun and the reflections off the Jerusalem stone create, at least for me, a unique "colour of the light". Something similar, while the quality of the "colour" is different, I always felt in Firenze too, when up, in Piazzale Michelangelo...