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Introduction to Israel Yesterday and Today:a pilgrimage in word and image

I was glad when they said to me, 
"Let us go to the house of the Lord!" 
Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!  
"May they prosper who love you!  
Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers!" 

- Psalm 122:1-2,6-7

Hasidic Jews (in photo at right) view a replica of the Menorah, a seven branched candelabrum which once stood  in the sanctuary of the Temple as described in Exodus 25:31-40

The aim of the following photo essay is threefold: (1) To offer a pictoral glimpse of the land where God chose to reveal himself in a very special way to his people; (2) to encourage all to pray for true peace and reconciliation among all Christians, Jews, and Muslims; and (3) to encourage all  who have the means to go on pilgrimage to this beautiful and Holy Land. 

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The editor and photographer is Don Schwager, a member of The Servants of the Word and coordinator for Detroit Community Outreach, who spent three months (February through April, 2001) in Jerusalem and the Holy Land on a sabbatical.  He lived with Fr. Guido Gockel, Director for the Pontifical Mission for Palestine.  He had opportunity to visit with Israeli and Palestinian families and to pray with Christians, Jews, and Muslims for peace and reconciliation. 

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(c) 2001 Don Schwager