Yeshua in the Galilee

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Today we were greeted at our first site by these cute creatures called “Rock Bunnies”, the Rock Hyrax.  They were at Korazin, which was an ancient city cursed by Yeshua due to their unbelief.  You can read about it in Matthew 11.

The mikve (ritual bath), seat of Moses, and some remains of the synagogue structure.

We read about the seat of Moses in Matthew 23:1-3.  Our guide explained that this is the only ancient seat of Moses found.  The original is in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

From Korazin, we rode about 2 miles to the city of Kfar Nachum (Capernaum), which means the village of comfort.  Yeshua lived in this city and Yeshua told that it would be brought down because many of His mighty works were done there and yet the did not repent.

It was there that the Roman centurion, who loved G-d and the Jewish people, built a synagogue for them.  Even today you can see the dark-stoned foundation of that synagogue below the ruins of the synagogue from the 4th century.  These ruins are among the oldest synagogue ruins in the world.

The foundation of the ancient synagogue (left) and a gorgeous view of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), right.  This is the view we took in while Baruch taught about the prophetic significance of the town and also about the paralysed man who was lowered down through the roof and was healed by Yeshua.

Kfar Nachum also contains the first century house attributed to Peter.  We know from its eight-sided structure that it housed a meeting place for early believers.

After lunch we went to Tiberias for lunch and then took a relaxing boat ride on the Kinneret.

This evening, we took a walking tour of the Old City of Tzfat.  Baruch shared some traditions and folklore of mystical Judaism.  For those who did not want to visit the ancient tombs, I walked back to the hotel with them.  The rest of the group visited the tombs of some famous rabbis of Tzfat’s famous past.

The ancient streets of Tzfat at night.

We were allowed to go inside the Abuhav Synagogue, which dates back to the 15th century.

The synagogue is named after a famous Spanish rabbi, Isaac Abuhav.

We now look forward to tomorrow, when we will tour the Golan Heights.

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