A Trip to Israel May Change Your Life

  • The trip to Israel is called by many people Pilgrimage.  Israel and Jerusalem are connected to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
  • There are many things to do before Pilgrimage spiritual preparations for the journey.
  • Wake up in the morning and greet God in every place.  Make your pilgrimage to Jerusalem but don’t skip on other holy places in the world and in Israel.  Book a travel agent for your tour who is your spiritual guide.

The trip to Israel is called by many people Pilgrimage.  Israel and Jerusalem are connected to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  There are many things to do before Pilgrimage spiritual preparations for the journey.  After making these preparation, while making these preparations the time may come to book a ticket with a specific route.

There is a goal in Judaism to rebuild the holy temple in Jerusalem.  What remains from the Holy Temple is just a wall called the Wailing Wall and in the back of this wall is a mosque where is claimed to be the rock of foundation of the temple and the place of ascension of Mohammed.

(Photo/David Wexelman)

Wherever a person may live in the world is available ways to book a flight, to take a cruise, a direct flight or a flight with many stopovers on the way.  Those that are in a hurry book a direct flight.  There are various airlines which fly to Israel principally Elal but also other airlines from various places in the world land in Israel.

Today it is much easier to make the journey to Israel than it was in the past. In the past only the most serious people would attempt the trip to Israel.  The Baal Shem Tov the founder of Chassidism who lived in the Ukraine from 1698 -1760 attempted to make this journey and failed. He had tremendous desire to visit the holy land but it was not the will of God.

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov the grandson of the Baal Shem Tov made successfully the journey to Israel. He returned afterward to his home in the Ukraine to continue teachings his students.  In 1777 Rabbi Menachen Mendel of Vitebsk with three hundred of his followers made the journey successfully and established a religious Chassidic community in Tiberias.  On the second of the month of Iyar which fell this year on May 7 many Jewish people come to Tiberias to his grave in the Old Cemetary in Tiberias to pray for the welfare of the Jewish people and the coming of the Messiah.

Besides Jerusalem, Tiberias is considered one of the holy cities in Israel.  It is the location of a pilgrimage for Christians and a holy city for Jews.  In 1922 Rabbi Yisrael Odesser a resident of Tiberias while studying at the grave of Rabbi Meir Baal HaNess located adjacent to the Hot Springs in Tiberias found in one of books a sacred letter written by his teacher Rabbi Nachman of Breslov who lived 112 years before him.  The fact that his letter was written and signed by Rabbi Nachman many years after his death gives hope to all of mankind in the arrival of the Messiah and the resurrection of the dead. It has been opened up in Judaism a New Age of freedom and redemption.

The journey to Jerusalem begins each day in every place in the world.  In the Old Age was taught that God is located only in Israel, exclusively in the holy temple in Jerusalem and in the holy of holies in this temple.  In the New Age is taught that “the whole world is filled with the glory of God.”  There is a reason to travel to India, Japan, France, England, America and everywhere because in the New Age the whole world has become sanctified.

One of the students of Baal Shem Tov asked him for permission to move to Israel. The Baal Shem opened for him the Holy Ark in the synagogue and answered him that God is here and it is not necessary to travel to Israel to find God.  The Tzemek Tzeddek the third Lubavitcher Rebbe when asked the same question told his students to make Israel in their homes abroad. For Rabbi Mendel of Vitebsk and his followers it was of utmost importance but not for everyone.

Another holy city in Israel to visit is the city of Chevron where is located the Cave of the Patriarchs.  In this cave is buried Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Leah.  In the place of the cave of Isaac there is a hole in the ground that if you look down there is located the grave of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden.  This holy location is used as a mosque to Muslims and a synagogue for Jews.  It may be dangerous to tour in this area as in this area has been several terrorist attacks and violence.

When you get to Jerusalem and reach the Wailing Wall, you will find many Orthodox Jews praying at the wall.  The path to the Wailing Wall is very broad beginning from every place in the world to Jerusalem.  God fills the whole earth.  However this holy place was given to be protected and sanctified by Jews.  It may not be necessary to kiss the wall as is a custom but to stand on the outside area and make whatever prayers and requests from God which are in your heart.  God divided the world and brought religion into the world to be a beginning for the discovery of faith.  Religions are narrow paths.  The wailing world is controlled by Orthodox Jewish religious people which should not antagonize visitors because the Orthodox protect the sanctity of this holy place.  Each holy place whether it be a church, mosque, or synagogue is watched over and sanctified by its clergy.

There are reformed and woman groups which oppose Orthodox Jewish control over the Wailing Wall. If it is considered to be connected to traditional Judaism it needs to remain in the Orthodox Jewish tradition.  Every Jew, Orthodox, Conservative or reformed and people from all religions can make their prayers in areas surrounding the synagogue locations at the Wailing Wall.  Archeologists even question the exact location of the Holy Temple. They say that their studies show that the holy temple was in the city of David nearby. Fighting over the temple of the God of peace is against the will of God.  Religion is important; a synagogue, church or mosque and needs its clergy to watch over its holiness but faith is unlimited to time and space.

King Solomon the wisest of all men wrote in Psalms, 127; if God will not build the temple it will not be eternal.” In all the works of man there is imperfection.  In order for the third temple to be eternal it needs to come down from heaven, that it should be perfect without any idolatry.

Wake up in the morning and greet God in every place.  Make your pilgrimage to Jerusalem but don’t skip on other holy places in the world and in Israel.  Book a travel agent for your tour who is your spiritual guide.

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David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.
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