Mysteries of Israel | 10 days free masons

 Mysteries of Israel – free masons tour – 10 days tour

 Day 1 arrival
arrival in Israel. Transfer to Jerusalem, beginning of sightseeing in the new city. The Israeli museum, yad vashem, Israeli Knesset. In the evening we will visit mount zion, the room of the last supper and tomb of king David. Here it all started.
Night in jerusalem

Day 2. Jerusalem's Mysteries – The Jewish Temple

A temple is a place where chaos turns into cosmos (order). The Jewish temple in Jerusalem is the foundation rock of the world; the building of it was the founding act of Jewish ritual. At its time it was the most impressive building in the world, full of magic and secrets. On this day we will walk in the footsteps of Kabala - the Jewish mystic tradition - and get to know the secrets of the Jewish temple

We will start our tour by going up the Temple Mount. For one thousand years, this was the site of the Jewish Temple, the most important and impressive building in the entire ancient world. Today it is the site of yet another impressive building – the Dome of the Rock. We will discuss the reasons of building the Temple at that exact spot and the consequences of this act. Afterwards we will visit the impressive archeological excavations of the southern and western walls of the Temple Mount, and see models and presentations of the Temple in ancient times. We will tell the history of the Temple from its building, through the different phases of its existence, to its destruction.

In the afternoon will visit tzidkiyahu cave, from where the stones of the temple where queried, and an important free masons gathering place. We will hear about the new explorers of Israel in the 19th century, many of which were free masons

We will finish the day by visiting interesting buildings built by architects belonging to the free masons: Rockefeller museum, the y.m.c.a. and more. All of them a sermon in stone full of meaning and symbolism. Night in Jerusalem

Day 3. Jerusalem's Mysteries – Templars and sacred architecture

The secrets that are hidden in the architecture and art of the many churches of Jerusalem reveal esoteric traditions, like those of the Templars, the Freemasons, and others.

 We will start our tour by visiting the holiest place in the world for most Christians: the Church of the Holy Sepulcher - the place where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. We will look at 3 sacred objects: a 900 year-old sword, a lance that became the Spear of Destiny, and a stone cup that stands for the Holy Grail. We will tell about the Holy Grail traditions and the appearance of the search for the Holy Grail in crusader times.

After lunch in one of Jerusalem’s many restaurants, we will walk the Via Dolorosa and go towards the Armenian quarter to see some of the more ancient churches and communities of Christians in Israel. The churches of the Syrians, Armenians, Maronites (Lebanon), Copts (Egyptian) and Ethiopians will all be visited on this tour, each a whole world unto itself. They preserve the ancient Gnostic mystic tradition of Christianity.

As we walk through the streets of Jerusalem and visit churches, old ruins and fortifications, and see the chivalric ideas and spirit come to life. The program of the tour includes sites that relate to the Hospital, Templar and Teutonic orders. Night in Jerusalem

 Day 4. Jerusalem's Mysteries – Messianic and Sufi Islamic Traditions

Jerusalem is the place from where Muhammad ascended to heaven during his miraculous night journey. This ascension is considered by Sufi mystics to be the change from the horizontal journey – coming to Jerusalem - to the vertical journey – meeting god; a change that is the cornerstone of spiritual quest. Therefore, during the centuries Jerusalem became a center for Islamic mystics. More than 70 “Zawiya” (Sufi centers) were active here during the Islamic periods, where the required spiritual transformation took place. Some are still active today.

We will start our journey by visiting the Dome of the Rock, the place from where Muhammad ascended to heaven, the third most holy place for Muslims in the world. The site contains many places relevant to different traditions that have developed in relation to the night journey. Leaving the sacred grounds we will walk the streets of Jerusalem and see the remains of the ancient Sufi centers, following in the footsteps of famous mystics and sages who lived in Jerusalem, learning from their words of wisdom, which are still relevant today.

After a lunch break in one of the many restaurants of Jerusalem we will continue on to the Mount of Olives. According to all 3 religions the promised messiah will come to Jerusalem at the end of times from this mountain to the east – a belief that has made the mountain sacred. We will visit the ascension site that Christians and Muslims believe is the place of Jesus’ ascension, and some of the other churches on the mount, that have beautiful panoramic views of the city

In the afternoon we will get to know the new city of Jerusalem, including the Israeli mueum. Night in Jerusalem

Day 5. Mysteries of Israel - Judean Desert and the Dead Sea

Since antiquity, the Judean Desert has been a place of refuge for prophets, sages, mystic sects, hermits and renegades. Here John the Baptist worked, the Essenes lived, and the Christian monastic movement developed. The canyons and gorges of the desert conceal many secrets; the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea, is also a place of spiritual rebirth.

We will start our tour by visiting the Qumran – home of the Essenes, a spiritual community of healers and holy people that lived over 2,000 years ago, who practiced the sacred and secret Jewish traditions. From amongst the Essenes came John the Baptist.

We will continue our tour by going to the place where Jesus was baptized, on the Jordan River. Nearby we will find Gerasimus, one of the more impressive Judean desert monasteries, and learn its interesting story. We will visit other desert monasteries in the nearby canyon of Wadi Kelt, and hear about the meditation tradition of "Hesicia" practiced there and the possibility of Theosis – man turning into a god.

In the afternoon we will bathe and eat lunch at the shores of the Dead Sea - the lowest place on earth! If time permits, we will end the day with a visit to a place sacred to the Muslims and Sufi mystics - the tomb of the Prophet Moses. After sunset we will drive to Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee to begin the northern part of our tour. Night in Tiberias

Day 6. Mysteries of the Galilee - Pagan and Megalithic sites - Golan Heights

On this day we will begin to discover the some of the most ancient and beautiful places in israel. These sites are of pagan tradition that existed in this land before the time of the Israelites. Not many know that Israel hosts some of the most impressive megalithic sites in the world, dating from 5,000 years ago, including a huge stone circle in the Golan Heights.

We will start our tour from Mount Hermon, the highest mountain in Israel. Snowcapped during the winter, this was the "Olympus" of Israel, mountain of the gods, and it is here that Abraham made the first covenant with God, in which he was promised to inherit the land. Below the mountain is a large water spring, the source of the Jordan River. The Banias Spring is an ancient pagan site dedicated to Pan – the god of nature in Hellenic times. The site was part of the ancient city of Banias, where Jesus revealed himself to Peter. We will see the ancient remains of that city, including an impressive palace of one of the Jewish kings from 2,000 years ago. Nearby Dan, a beautiful nature reserve today and a sacred site in the past, is the place of the ancient city of Dan or Lieish, as it is called in the Bible. Dan is one of the most ancient cities in the world. It houses a 4,000 year-old arch, the first-ever built, and a 5,000 year-old Canaanite city wall. We will visit an altar of standing stones dedicated to the pagan gods and an impressive altar the Israelites built here to the Jewish god, Jehovah. This altar is the exact size of the altar in the temple in Jerusalem, with a golden calf on a stage in front of it. Today one can see a reconstruction of the altar and stage, overlooking Mount Hermon and Lebanon. Surely this is one of the most sacred and beautiful places in Israel.

According to the Bible and other sources, such as the book of Enoch, the Golan in ancient times was a place of giants. In the afternoon we will visit a few places that traditionally are associated with these giants. We will start by visiting the huge and impressive castle of Nimrod, located at the foot of Mount Hermon on the road to Damascus. Here resided a mysterious mystic Islamic sect called the Assassins. They were close to the Templars and because of their use of political murders gave their name to the word assassin. The size of stones and the enormous castle made the locals believe it was built by giants and they named it after the giant hero Nimrod from the Bible. We will next visit sacred groves, held by another mysterious and mystic Islamic sect called the Druze, who today populate this area. Traveling south through the Golan Mountains, we will make our way by foot to one of the most surprising places in Israel: a giant stone circle 5,000 years old. This is the mother and father of all stone circles in the world. It seems that the tradition of megalithic stone circles that reached its peak in Stonehenge and Avebury in England started in Israel many years before. The stone circle called "Rugum Hiri" is 150 meters in diameter! It is directed towards the rising of the sun on the longest day of the year. Night in Tiberias.

Day 7. Mysteries of the Galilee

We will start the day by visiting the remains of Bet Shean - the best preserved roman remains in israel. From Bet Shean we will go to one of the summits of Mount Carmel, where the prophet Elijah built an altar of 12 stones, one for each of the Israeli tribes. On the way we will visit the ancient synagogue of Bet Alpha, with a beautiful mosaic of the zodiac, and talk about the importance of astrology in ancient Jewish tradition.

From Mount Carmel we will drive back to the Sea of Galilee and visit on our way two ancient and sacred sites that are off the beaten path and not in the itineraries of regular tourists: the place of prophet Yitro, the most sacred place in the world for the Druze sect, below the extinct volcano of Hittim. The second site is the forgotten Roman city of Susita, situated on a high hill, east of the lake and with a great panoramic and unusual view of the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan Valley. These two places are spectacular and add another dimension to this day, a chance for a quiet time of meditation and reflection. Night in the Tiberias

Day 8. Mysteries of the Galilee - Christian sites - Sea of Galilee and Nazareth

We will start the day by visiting Mount Tabor, the mount of transfiguration and one of the sacred places of Israel, and walk in the woods around the summit to get a beautiful panoramic view of the Galilee, having a quiet moment in nature. From Mount Tabor we will continue on to the city of Nazareth and visit the Basilica of Annunciation and other beautiful churches, learning about the symbols in each church and the meaning of colors, numbers and shapes.

In the afternoon we will return to the Sea of Galilee, where we will go around the lake visitin the sacred Christian sites of Kfar Nahum, Tabha, and Cursi, the place where Jesus lived and performed his miracles.

The day will finish by going to the Mount of Beatitude, where Jesus gave the Sermon of the Mount. Nearby there is a very interesting Christian community that built a beautiful temple-like complex. This day will offer an opportunity to bathe in the hot baths near the Sea of Galilee in the evening. Night in the Tiberius

Day 9. Mysteries of the Galilee - Tzfat and Akko

We will start the day by going to Tzfat, city of Kabala; visiting extraordinary synagogues and following the footsteps of great Kabala scholars such as the Divine Luria and others. We will continue on to the village of Meron, the burial place of Rabbi Simeon bar Yohai, author of the Zohar and see the great Templar fortress at the summit of the mountain.

In the afternoon we will drive to the city of Akko whilst enjoying the beautiful views of the Upper Galilee. The countryside is made up of forests and small villages of different minorities; Akko was the most important city in the world during the crusaders’ time; the Templars had their headquarters in Akko, as did the Hospitallers, the Venetians, the Genoans and the crusader kingdom. Akko is a world heritage site and keeps its ancient atmosphere within the city walls. It is the ancient port city of Israel with a beautiful marina and impressive remains from crusader times, including the halls of the knights. Akko also hosts an important Sufi order that has its spiritual world center there, a beautiful complex within the city walls. We will visit the crusader halls and the Sufi shrine, and meet with the Sufi mystics. Akko is also the most sacred place for the Baha’i religion followers, and north of Akko, within a beautiful garden, is the grave of Bahahula, the founder of Baha’I faith. On our way back to Tel Aviv we will be able to see the bahai gardens in Haifa by night, one of the wonders of the world. Night in Tel Aviv

Day 10. Tel Aviv
day at leisure on Tel Aviv beach, markets, meeting friends and restaurants.
Night in Tel Aviv

 

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