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When you visit Israel, one of the highlights of your trip will be a visit to the Western Wall. Standing along the expansive plaza beneath this wall that stretches 187 feet wide and 131 feet tall, it's hard not to feel God's presence as you make your way to touch and kiss this most holy of sites. When you arrive, you'll see men and women from around the world stuffing hand-written prayers into the cracks and crevices of this 2,000-yeard-old remnant of the Second Temple. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Israelis and tourists visit here every day. It's exciting to see soldiers coming to offer prayers before heading back to their bases or brides being photographed in front of the weathered limestone before walking down the aisle.
The Little Kotel; Photo courtesy Travelujah-Holy Land tours
And while it's thrilling and exciting to watch the throngs
of people who make a pilgrimage here, what if you wanted a more intimate
experience? What if you wanted to enjoy
a few private moments of reflection while the stones turned an indescribable
shade of pink as the sun dipped below Jerusalem's hills?
I've lived in Israel for six years. I've navigated the narrow alleyways of Jerusalem and enjoyed the peaceful solitude watching the sunrise over the Sea of Galilee. But, when it comes to the southern Israeli city of Be'er Sheva, I embarrassingly have to plead ignorance. While I've slept under a blanket of desert stars and witnessed an explosion of color erupt from the mountains' surface during spectacular sunsets in the Negev, I've never spent any time in this biblical city. This changed recently when, writing for Travelujah, the only Christian social network focused on travel to the Holy Land, I participated in the inaugural tour of the Israel leg of the Abraham Path.
The Abraham Path is a non-profit, non-political and non-sectarian initiative founded by Harvard University that honors all cultures and faiths and provides cultural tour