A Relaxing Half Day in Zichron Yaakov

Last Sunday, on a sudden impulse, I suggested to my wife that we go to Zichron Yaakov. The weather was very good, and the trip to Zichron Yaakov was really quick thanks to Highway 6 – the modern north south high speed toll road. The travel time from Modi'in was about an hour.

Street in Zichron Yaakov


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Qasr al Yahud - Baptismal Site now Open


The Jordan River at Qasr al Yahud
Qasr al Yahud
(The Jews' Castle or Palace) is a site on the banks of the Jordan River not far from Jericho.  Christian tradition associates Qasr al Yahud with the site of Jesus' baptism by Matthew (Matthew 3) and it has been revered as such from at least the fourth century. There are many monasteries and churches in the area testifying to the long religious tradition at Qasr al Yahud. In Jewish tradition the crossing of the Jordan by the Children of Israel under Joshua (Joshua 3) must also have taken place in this general area. It is also associated with the site where Elijah handed over the prophecy to Elisha and rose to heaven on a fiery chariot (2 Kings 11)


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