These photographs represent Holidays, thus the letter “H” under each image. Since I live in a Judeo-Christian environment in Israel, the tendency for me is to ‘allude’ to the Christian holidays but focus mostly on the Jewish “Holidays” which really are “Holy Days”. H-006, 007, 008, 009, 010, 013, and 018 are good examples of “alluding” to the Christian holiday of Christmas. By adding the Poinsettia to the Menorah, I hope I have preserved the Jewishness of the holiday. H-010 is a small community just outside the main city of Bethlehem but it makes me think that this is what Bethlehem might have looked like when Mary and Joseph went up to be registered in the census. It was a city of David and this is like where Yeshua was born. H-009 is open to Isaiah 53 and holds many of the keys to the possible identity of the Jewish Messiah. Of course H-015 is one of my representations of the Jewish holiday of Chanukah when during the time of the Maccabees, they only had enough consecrated oil to last for one day and it miraculously lasted for eight days. H-054 is the same as H-015 but an artistic approach to it. H-053 is for Rosh ha Shana the beginning of a new growing season or year. The pomegranate has lots of seeds and sweet alluding to a blessed new year. The words I have imprinted upon this image are: “Blessed of the Lord is His land with the precious things of the earth and its fullness.” H-055 is an image for Pessac or Passover, the time when God brought the house of Israel out of Egypt with a mighty hand and so many miraculous prophetic events along the way, so long ago.
All of these images are in the land of Israel. As you can see, there are many vantage points from the Golan Heights and from one end of Israel to the other. There are images I have taken from the air such as Is-020. I have photographed the Banyas waterfalls which was the original place of Caesarea Philippi mentioned in the Bible. There is the Sea of Galilee, a dry wadi with an aqueduct going overhead, to the walls and streets of Old and New Jerusalem as well as the Garden Tomb and the Western Wall. In the next few photos, we have events like Aliyah, prayer, Bar Mitzvah, shopping as well as day and night summer and winter and the final “blood moon” at Jaffa gate on 28 September 2015 at 5:37 in the morning.
Tomorrow, we shall discuss “Nature” in Israel and how some of the images were accomplished. I have had some very remarkable experiences.
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