Sunday, June 20, 2010

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Joe goes to Temple Mount!
This morning Joe and I went to visit the Temple Mount! One of the rules is, no photos of the inside of Al Aksa Mosque. Little Mavicita said that she could get a pic of the Mosque's inside. Joe did not believe Little Mavicita!
Joe does not believe Little Mavicita!

But Little Mavicita, brave camera that she is, peeked thru an open window and captured the pic below.
Inside of Al Aksa Mosque

Then Little Mavicita challenged Joe to go inside the Golden Dome of the Rock!
Joe confident of entering the golden Dome!

Joe tried and tried to enter the golden Dome of the Rock. However, as you may see below, Joe could not open the golden dome's door!
Joe trying to open door

Yad Vashem
During the afternoon, we traveled on an Egged bus to Yad Vashem, the Jewish people's living memorial to the Holocaust.

Our visit to Yad Vashem was extremely tough for both of us. Especially viewing videos of oral testimony from Holocaust survivors. Both of us were very sad after this visit.

Yad Vashem is on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. Yad Vashem is dedicated to the preservation of the memory of those who perished during The Holocaust of World War II. And what does "Yad Vashem" mean? These are the words of Isaiah in the bible.

Yad = a place; Shem = a name. "A place and a name," for those who were not given the dignity of a Jewish burial, or any burial at all.

How may I present Yad Vashem to you?
As I walked the corridors of Yad Vashem, a shrine filled with photos and stories of the millions of Jews who were slaughtered during The Holocaust, I wondered how I would be able to present to you? How would I be able to give you the essence of this place?

And then I came upon an exhibit of the actual railroad rails at the killing place called Auschwitz. But not just any rails. These are the rails used to stop the cars which transported those destined for extermination.

These rails are literally, the end of the line inside the death camp.
The end of the line at Auschwitz.

Note: Part of the Yad Vashem post today was taken from my May, 2008 blog.