Sex and the City's "Mr. Big" Leaves Secret Note in the Western Wall in Israel
Chris Noth visited the Western Wall (Kotel), the holiest site for Jews around the world. “It’s of great spiritual passion and value to be here and for me as a Catholic it has a special meaning, as it would for anyone,” he said during his 10-day visit to Israel, as a guest of the Ministry of Tourism.
The Western Wall is the only remaining structure of the Holy Temple, built by Herod in 20 BCE. It took the combined effort of 11,000 people and three years of work to construct. After the Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE, only 11 of the original rows of the wall remained. The remainder of the 59-foot high wall was later reconstructed. Click here to experience the Western Wall via a live webcam.
Soap Star Eric Braeden Remembers Holocaust Victims at Yad Vashem
Eric Braeden, the Emmy-Award-winning actor who plays Victor Newman on “The Young and the Restless,” cites Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as among his favorite destinations in Israel. Mr. Braeden was particularly moved by his visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority established by the Knesset in 1953. It is both a memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, and a testament to the Righteous Among the Nations who saved the lives of countless others. Yad Vashem is located on Har Hazikaron, the Mount of Remembrance, in Jerusalem. Click here for more information on the resources available at Yad Vashem.
“Sex and the City” Star Heats up Summer in the Dead Sea, Scales Larger than Life Masada
Located in the heart of Israel’s Great Syrian-African rift valley, the Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth – is where the elements of earth, water, air and fire unite. It contains 21 minerals, 12 of which are found in no other sea or ocean – 10 times more salts and minerals than the Mediterranean Sea. Its thermo-mineral spring, natural mineral spring water, and its treasured black mud relieve ailments from psoriasis to hypertension. The rewards of the Dead Sea have filled the pages of scientific journals the world over.
The breathtaking view of the Dead Sea and Judean Desert from atop Masada hints at the glory and poignancy of its history. It is a symbol of Jewish defiance and survival. After the Romans destroyed the Second Holy Temple in 70 CE, the remaining Zealots who had revolted against Roman Rule fled to Masada in the South of Israel. In this ancient fortress built by Herod in 35 BCE, 960 Zealots fought off the Roman siege for three years. When capture became imminent, they Zealots took their lives rather than surrender.
Masada was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 2001, for its exemplary Early Roman architecture and as a “symbol both of Jewish cultural identity and, more universally, of the continuing human struggle between oppression and liberty.” It was built by Herod the Great, King of Judaea, (reigned 37 – 4 BCE) as a winter palace complex complete with bathhouses, storage rooms and water cisterns. Visitors can experience the grandeur of Masada by cable car or by climbing the mountain’s twisting path. Click here to learn more about Israel’s gift of rejuvenation, The Dead Sea, and visit the National parks site to learn about Masada
Photo credit: Chris Noth Photos: Sasson Tiram
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