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Award-winning writer and lecturer Barbara Sofer grew up
in a small town in Connecticut, and moved to Israel in 1971. She is a
graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem. Her articles -taking on a wide range of subjects from ethnic
cooking to terrorism--have appeared in The New
York Times, The Boston Globe, Parents, Readers' Digest, Woman's Day,
Hadassah Magazine and Inside Magazine
among many others. She writes a bi-weekly column for the Friday Jerusalem
Barbara has written five books and contributed to
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JERUSALEM'S NEWEST ANCIENT SITE: THE PILGRIMS' ASCENT
By Barbara Sofer
Here's an insider's tip. Book your ticket for Israel now. Make your reservations in Jerusalem. With the rise in tourism, it's already hard to find a room in Jerusalem, says Anat Shihor-Aronson, spokesperson for the Tourism Ministry who is leading a tour for counterparts that allows a peak at the future.
She's having a hard time finding a vacant hotel room for friends coming to the capital for the weekend, and it's autumn, not even high tourist season. And this is before the newest ancient Jerusalem site is opened. When that happens, Jerusalem will be irresistible to every Bible-reading person.
That's what I'm thinking as I stand three meters below ground in the not-yet-opened site, an expansive underground walkway which leads from the ancient Shiloah (Siloam) pool up to the Temple Mount. This isn't a tunnel or a rocky trail. No need to squeeze through a water tunnel or scramble into sacrificial pits. This is an almost unimaginable underground plaza paved in beautiful, white stones, each weighing tons.
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