Pre-Trip Research...

Location of your site:

Jerusalem's location is in the country of Israel.

Geographical Features (Include a Picture or Map):


These are all major geographical features that can only be found in Jerusalem.

The Meaning of the Name of your Site:

There is a reference to a city called "Shalem" which Malkizedek was the king of (Shalem related to the word Shalom, i.e. peace). When Abraham was about to sacrifice his son and instead sacrificed a ram, a new name was given "Hashem Yireh" (G-d has Seen).

This was combined to make Yerushalayim.

Historical Background/Significance:

Jerusalem is often considered a holy site by three monotheistic religions, including Judaism, but also to Muslims and Christians. It's one of the oldest yet diverse cities in the world. Jerusalem was completely destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar and then was rebuilt. These days, Jerusalem is extremely modest and everyone is fully clothed, but the culture, religion and art there is unlike any other place.

Do other Cultures or Religions have connections to your site?:

Christians, Jews and Muslims all find revelation within Jerusalem; it is a holy and sacred site to international religions and cultures.

Connect a Talmudic/Biblical saying to your site:

I returned to Jerusalem, and it is by virtue of Jerusalem that I have written all that God has put into my heart and into my pen.

Shmuel Y. Agnon

Share any Midrash, Fables, or other “stories” about the site:

"A Tale of Jerusalem” was written in 1832, and is a spoof of a popular novel written by Horace Smith called “Zillah; a Tale of the Holy City.” Poe took many lines directly from the novel and wrote them in a different order. This story makes a lot more sense in the context of Smith’s story.
The story begins in the year of the world three thousand nine hundred and forty-nine with three men hurrying to the wall in Jerusalem. Abel-Phittim, Buzi-Ben-Levi and Simeon the Pharisee are members of the Gizbarim, sub-collectors of the sacrifices. We learn that there is an Ammonite army outside the city waiting for the collectors. They have worked out a deal so that the Israelites, the people of Adonai, can buy a pure lamb for a sacrifice.
The three men get to the wall and lower a basket full of silver to the waiting soldier. The soldiers gathered around the basket, and due to the great height and some fog the Pharisees couldn’t see what was in the basket until it was only a few feet from them.
The whole time the men were pulling up the basket they speculated on what could be in the basket. Buzi-Ben-Levi said “it is a ram from the thickets of Engedi, and as rugged as the valley of Jehosaphat!” Abel Phittim said “It is the firstling of the flock… I know him by the bleating of his lips and the innocent folding of his limbs.” Simeon said “It is a fatted calf from the pastures of Bashan….”
But all their speculation is wrong. In fact the creature in the basket is a pig, one of the animals the Israelites consider unclean.
The story ends on this note: “Now El Emanu!” slowly, and with upturned eyes ejaculated the trio, as, letting go their hold on the emancipated porker tumbled headlong among the Philistines, “El Emanu!- God be with us- it is the unutterable flesh!”

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Now You're ready to create a multimedia presentation in Hebrew for class here in America.

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You're also responsible for a brief "Tour Guide" presentation in ENGLISH to be given at your site in Israel.

  • Jerusalem is a place extremely rich in history, culture and religion as well as art. Although not famous for pop culture, it is very important to three monotheistic religions. It's extremely important and it's a very diverse, interesting city, and doesn't compare to most cities in the world.

After the Trip...

Picture From your Site.


[Write a brief reflection on your visit to your site. Was your experience what you expected? Did you learn something new? What was it like experiencing this place in person...]