Mt. Nebo in present-day Jordan marks a bitter-sweet spot for one of the Bible’s most recognizable heroes. In this mountain, God showed the promised land to Moses. But he was forbidden to lay foot on it. He could only gaze.
Less than an hour from the Meridien Hotel by the Dead Sea in the Judean Desert of Israel is a place called Qumran, a place of immense historical and religious significance.
In these desert mountains were discovered sacred scrolls. The scrolls were made from sheepskin and securely stored on clay pots that were hidden on caves. Bedouin shepherds accidentally discovered the first of these caves in the middle of the last century, paving way to even bigger discoveries by archeologists and religious scholars in the subsequent years. Continue reading
In our very first morning in the Holy Land (i.e. Israel) we experienced a miracle — the Dead Sea.
Geologically, the Dead Sea is the lowest point in the Earth’s surface at less than -400 meters below sea level. It is more than 30 percent salt. There’s no other place in earth like it. It is in and by itself a miracle. Continue reading