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Junior Journey: In the City of David

Rabbi Dean Kertesz, Jewish Studies Teacher and co-Dean of Students
We spent today exploring Jerusalem, beginning at the excavations of Ir David, or King David's City, just south of the Old City. This is the site of an ancient Jebusite city that David captured and made the capital of his united kingdom. We learned the history of Jerusalem from David's conquest of the city about 3,000 years ago to the present day.
We spent today exploring Jerusalem, beginning at the excavations of Ir David, or King David's City, just south of the Old City. This is the site of an ancient Jebusite city that David captured and made the capital of his united kingdom. We learned the history of Jerusalem from David's conquest of the city about 3,000 years ago to the present day.


After a lecture by our guide and a film, we walked through two tunnels: the first from the time of the Jebusites (whose city it was until David's conquest) and then the tunnel from the time of King Hezekiah, which brought water from the Gihon Spring to ancient Jerusalem. It was amazing to walk through ankle-deep, and sometimes knee-deep, water for thirty minutes. The tunnel was dark but illuminated by our flash lights, and while it was about 80 degrees outside, it was pleasantly cool in the tunnel.
 
We left the City of David and went to the Kotel Plaza where students learned more about the history of Jerusalem and King Herod's reconstruction of the Second Temple. Students had time to visit the Kotel, which was followed by lunch in the Jewish quarter and some time for souvenir and gift shopping.
 
We left the Old City and the history of ancient Jerusalem behind and re-boarded our bus for a learning session on the current situation between Israel and the Palestinians led by Elhanan Miller, former Arab Affairs correspondent for the Times of Israel. We went to the Haas promenade and the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo where he explained the history of the conflict from 1948 to the present day and how it has impacted Jerusalem, coming full circle to the present.
 
In the evening, some students met with family and friends, while those without visitors went to the Hardar Mall in Talpiot for dinner, shmoozing and shopping.
 
Best wishes from Jerusalem.
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