Today, the Jerusalem students toured the Temple Mount (Dome of the Rock) and the Old City. The day started at the Christian quarter of the Old City, where the students arrived at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The church is where Jesus is supposedly buried and it was cool to tour around and see the different halls and decorations and displays within the church. From there, everyone headed to The Temple Mount (Dome of the Rock).
It was crazy to fathom that 3000 years ago, people were cutting massive stones out of the earth and then hauling them up for the construction of the temple. It was incredibly surreal to be at the holiest place in Judaism and to learn a bit about the history of the Temple Mount itself. All of the students were in awe of such a place that not everyone gets to see. We are incredibly lucky that we are in a peaceful time for us to be able to go up to the Temple Mount and experience what’s at the Dome of the Rock. Sam Leopold said, “It was an amazing experience getting to go up to the Temple Mount, and visit one of the holiest sites in Judaism. I felt a deep connection to the land, and I was shocked by how peaceful it was.”