Statistics know everything. One must think that the total number of churches and temples of the Annunciation, erected on all continents of the globe, is also known. But only one of these many thousands is located here in Nazareth, in the place that the Divine Will has chosen as the cradle for the “Word that has become flesh.”
Here is how Dm. Merezhkovsky stated what happened in his book “Jesus the Unknown”: “Above all the houses of the village is a cozy house of the carpenter Joseph, the betrothed of young Mary. Twice a day, morning and evening, she ran down to the source, along a narrow, steep street a hundred and fifty steps. A Nazareth envious girl chatted about her only: “… what is Joseph to her, a carpenter, an old widower!” – “How on what? The royal family is he, Davidov, and she is Aaronov, Leviticus. Continue reading
A visit to the Yad Vashem Memorial does not require a preface. The theme is clear without it. The Nazi crimes during the Second World War, one way or another affected the fate of all the families of Jews in Europe. Where, if not in the Jewish state of Israel, is it intended to settle down to such a center, a complex of institutions that have gathered so much information about the phenomenon called the Holocaust!
I think that there is no Israeli citizen who would not be here, like there is not a single tourist group whose route would pass the Memorial. It is clear that in one visit it is impossible to cover this “block”, we will visit only a few places in the complex, but I will try to choose the most impressive of them. Continue reading