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Thousands of Israelis visit the Knesset today as it opens its doors to the public hosting an Open House event on the occasion of the parliament’s 63 birthday. Speaker of the Knesset, Mr. Reuven “Rubi” Rivlin was quoted saying: ”The Knesset is the house of the people, and this will literally be true, when a crowd of thousands comes to the Knesset to enjoy a range of activities. The purpose of the ”Open House” is to celebrate the Knesset`s birthday in a way which will bring the public closer to the Knesset, its unique role and its operations. The happening taking place on Tu Bishvat will be a mix of educational activities, cultural events, exercises led by MKs and yearly traditional ceremonies. I can promise anyone who comes an exceptional experience.”
Many interactive activities took place in Parliament today including the Knesset Band who welcomed visitors in the front plaza, ‘Story Hour’ for children lead by MKs, an exhibition of the Knesset Guard dog handlers, symposiums lead by MKs on political issues for students, actors dressed as famous Israeli political leaders interacted with visitors and a workshop on hand-powered bicycles for the handicapped.
Ministry of Tourism press release, 17th November 2011: The Gospel Trail offers pilgrims and tourists, individuals and groups, the opportunity to discover the cradle of Christianity by experiencing – both physically and spiritually – the same biblical landscapes and sites of the Galilee where Jesus and his disciples once walked. The Gospel Trail incorporates over 60 kilometers of specially-signposted footpaths and roads which can be traveled on foot, by bicycle, on horseback and/or car, culminating in the spiritual highlight of sailing on the Sea of Galilee.
The modular trail, which the Ministry of Tourism has developed and renovated together with KKL-JNF in a joint investment of NIS 3 million (NIS 2 million from the Ministry of Tourism’s budget), follows the paths that Jesus is believed to have taken when he left Nazareth, the home of his childhood, for Capernaum on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, which became the center of his ministry. Luke 4: 29 -31: “And they led him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff. Then passing through the midst of them, he went his way. Then he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee…”
Following “Bring Him Home!” on http://TIPUSIM.com in Jerusalem and the gracious permission I received from Keren Avrashi to use her song “What will be?” in the soundtrack, I also received an invitation to Keren’s performance last Thursday night at the Tzuzamen Bar in Tel-Aviv. Dorit and I met Sharon, Keren’s lovely PR lady and manager, at the bar entrance at the beginning of what proved to be a magical, musical, evening.
Keren is a wonderfully talented musician with a voice that pierces your heart, especially at a very small and intimate performance with a couple of beers. Accompanied by her husband and baby boy, and accompanied on stage by Udi Blum (guitar) and Nir Vagdanski (accordion), Keren sang beautifully and made the drive to Tel-Aviv well worth it!
Before singing “What will be?”, Keren honored me by mentioning my use of the song and dedicated it to Gilad Shalit’s quick return. Amen!
Keren, I wish you all the best! Much success and happiness! and thank you, both for the use of your song and for a wonderful evening!