The Old City has one of the oldest graveyards in the world, almost 6,000 years old. When a Jewish person dies, traditionally the person is buried within 24 hours, but if that is not possible then the family waits for relatives, colleagues, friends and neighbours to arrive. The deceased is not cremated or embalmed but [...]
The Dome of the Rock and the area around it has great spiritual significance for a number of religions. And everyone comes there to pray, pay tribute, protest, etc. It’s a holy site for so many believers of different faiths that when you walk around you can feel the crisp tension in the air between [...]
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
Freedom of will versus the sovereignty of God. For years people have debated over the line between the two. How can you be pre-destined and also have choice? Good question. We are made in the image of God and thus we have an obligation, nay, a responsibility to make choices. I set before you life [...]
There’s a story about two brothers. Twins, actually. And while they looked exactly alike, they were as different as night and day. Father loved one, while Mother loved the other. Each boy grew up with their own clouds of strife hanging over their heads. The older twin was a beefcake. The women swooned in his [...]
Join me on this study tour, I’ll be posting up pictures of the sites on my instastory (@sumi.jelly) everyday or subscribe to this blog to receive updates. One of the greatest moral teachings of all time is said to be Jesus’ first discourse on the Mount of Beatitudes or Mount of Blessing. It was so [...]
This year marks Israel’s 70th year as a nation. It’s not a lot of time for a country but you can see how far they’ve come in that duration. In Hebrew gematria (numbers and meaning) 70 is a symbol of nations, unity and restoration, among other things. Why is this important? Well, because with where [...]