Day 4, Jan 12

We departed early for the Mt. of Transfiguration for mass, then we stopped at the huge archeological site of Bet She'an. Next we passed by the oasis of Jericho on the way to visit Qumran to tour the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We then ascended to the Golden City of Jerusalem and shared a tradition Hebrew blessing overlooking the city from the promenade.
 We are now staying at the Olive Tree Hotel for the remainder of our stay. It is a few blocks from the Old City of Jerusalem, so we can walk in early in the morning to pray at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Today the body of Ariel Sharon lay in state near the Knesset. His funeral is tomorrow.