Old and New Jerusalem

The old city of Jerusalem is a wonderful place to explore. I was in Jerusalem a few days ago and had a chance to walk around the old city for a couple of hours. This time of the year, the city is full of pilgrims who come from all parts of the world to celebrate the New Jerusalem; the resurrection of our Savior. So many nationalities, so many different emotions, and so many prayers filling the air.  Some who are clueless and just taking selfies under a chandelier or a crucifix, and some so deep in prayer and even crying! It was nearly impossible to get a turn to go into Jesus Christ’s tomb with all the tourists and with the little time I had, so I decided to celebrate the rising Christ with prayer for my loved ones, the living and the dead, and light a few candles.

Lighting candles at the Holy Sepulcher

Lighting candles at the Holy Sepulcher

The new place I visited this time was the Church of the Redeemer and the Russian St. Alexander Nevsky church just around the corner from the Holy Sepulcher. Here are some photos I took that day:

Holy Sepulcher

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Church of St. Alexander Nevsky

“In 1858, the Orthodox Palestine Society, a lay organization, purchased land for a Russian consulate and pilgrims hostel near the Holy Sepulcher. During construction, remains of what was thought to be the ‘Judgement Gate’ through which Jesus passed on his way to Golgotha, were discovered. The present church is built over these remains, and also incorporates part of the Herodian city wall, and vestiges of the pagan temple erected by Hadrian after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.” Source: Visit Holy Land

The Church contains beautiful works of art and icons including a portrayal of Jesus carrying the Cross by 19th century Russian painter Ilia Repine.

 

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Our Lady of Annunciation, Greek Catholic Melkite Patriarchate 

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From the streets of Old Jerusalem

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— Jack Rabah

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Spring smell in the air…

A couple of weeks ago, and after a few days of rain, I was driving back home from my MBA class and I really didn’t feel like being inside. The weather was not too cold and it was mostly clear, only a few drops of rain every now and then. I stopped by home to pickup my camera and drove downhill towards Ein Qiniya, a village close to where I live in Ramallah.

Most of the early blossom that came out too early this year had withered due to the weird changes in the climate. We went from a snow storm to nice spring like weather and back to winter weather and heavy rain storms. Anyhow, walking around snapping some pictures here and there of trees, rocks, and flowers just made my day. I was so glad to have this hour to relax and get some fresh air.

Enjoy the pictures and give me your feedback!

— Jack Rabah

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A heavenly pallette …

The sunset from my town Ramallah, Palestine. No matter how many times you take sunset photos, even from the same spot, they are never the same.. just truly amazing!

Ramallah Sunset

Ramallah Sunset

Ramallah Sunset

Ramallah Sunset

Ramallah Sunset

Ramallah Sunset

Ramallah Sunset

Ramallah Sunset

Ramallah Sunset

Ramallah Sunset

Ramallah Sunset

Ramallah Sunset

Ramallah Sunset

Ramallah Sunset

Ramallah Sunset

Ramallah Sunset

Ramallah Sunset

Ramallah Sunset

Ramallah Sunset

Ramallah Sunset

— Jack Rabah

Almond blossoms in the rain …

This year almond blossoms come with the rain. Usually the weather starts to get better around this time, but it seems Winter still has some more to give … let the rain fall …

Almond blossom in rain

Almond blossom in rain

Almond blossom in rain

Almond blossom in rain

Almond blossom in rain

Almond blossom in rain

Almond blossom in rain

Almond blossom in rain

Almond blossom in rain

Almond blossom in rain

Almond blossom in rain

Almond blossom in rain

— Jack Rabah