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A Meeting with the Decedents of
King Salomon and Queen Sheba in Jerusalem

Jerusalem Ranked as
One of the Top 10 Cities

An Ancient Samaritan Center
has been Uncovered
Hebrew Word
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A Meeting with the Decedents of
King Salomon and Queen Sheba in Jerusalem

Many pilgrims visit the Church of the Holy Sepulture every day. It is a site that tourists don’t miss when they visit Jerusalem. The church is controlled by several religions, and a visitor can recognize each section mainly by the monks’ costumes but also by the beautiful pictures and wall paintings. However, the Ethiopian Orthodox monks’ area is often skipped. They control the church’s roof which is somehow disconnected from the main church areas. Although the Ethiopian Orthodox Church has other properties in Jerusalem, this is their most important one. Their history and tradition ascribe their holding in Jerusalem from King Salomon’s days as being the decedents of King Salomon and Queen Sheba. Other traditions ascribe their holding from the 1st century to present time. The Ethiopian Patriarchate exhibits an old bible and wall pictures describing the story of King Salomon and Queen Sheba. Historically, the Ethiopian were one of the first nations to convert to Christianity. The monks are known for their hospitality and are very happy to share their history with visitors.

Jerusalem Ranked as
One of the Top 10 Cities

JerusalemReaders of the popular travel website Trip Advisor have ranked Jerusalem among their Top 10 culture cities; above London, Istanbul and Venice. The readers ranked the Italian city of Florence in the first place, followed by Washington D.C., Rome and Paris. Jerusalem was ranked seventh and was described as having a "profound cultural and historical significance." Tel Aviv ranked amongst Lonely Planet’s top 10 hottest cities for 2011.

Hebrew Word
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(Beracha) Blessing, beatitude, benediction.

The word is mentioned in the bible many times and is used in modern Hebrew with the same context. “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse” Deuteronomy 11:26.

An Ancient Samaritan Center has been Uncovered

A Samaritan synagogue has been found near the city of Beit Shean. Based on their scriptures, the Samaritans see their faith as the continuance of the Israelites’ faith and rituals before the exile of the Israelites to Babylon (600 BC). They have been mentioned in the bible (Luke 10:25-37) as an example of a good neighbor. They worship on Mount Gerizim and their scripture describes it as the chosen place by GOD. The synagogue found is the third one in this area, and has 16 by 26 feet praying hall decorated with a colorful mosaic with geometric pattern. In the center, a Greek inscription translated by Leah Di Segni, a scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, proclaimed “This is the temple”. Indeed, the praying hall faces Mount Gerizim, and not Jerusalem. The many findings of Samaritans’ communities in this area support the historic records of a prosperous Samaritans community in the Byzantine period. The synagogue played an important part of the local farmers’ life during the 4th century and contributes to the ongoing research of the Samaritans’ history.  Archeologists assume that during the golden area of the Samaritans community about one million people lived around Mount Gerizim. Today, less than 1000 people live near Mount Gerizim and in the city of Holon in Israel.                                

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