“At the orientation meeting, I was given information about my volunteer work and how to visit the Mount of Olives. Between the Mount of Olives and Jerusalem was a valley called the Valley of Jehoshaphat. The Jewish cemetery was located along the slope. The walls of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount with its amazing gilded dome stood out, and the valley resounded with the melodious voice of the muezzin who announced the prayer.
“I spotted the Golden Gate. It is said that Jesus passed through this gate when he triumphantly entered Jerusalem. But Jewish tradition is different. They say that when the Messiah comes, he will pass through the Golden Gate. Fearing it might happen, the Turks blocked it. So, now the Golden Gate is not a real gate. It was blocked with stones and turned into a wall. According to another tradition, which interests Muslims, Jews, and Christians, the area around the Golden Gate will be the place of the Last Judgment. In Hebrew, Jehoshaphat means the place where God will judge. Watching the valley, I imagined a tremendous number of souls from all over the world. They stood fearfully near the Golden Gate, waiting for the judgment of God. In that area there were many graves, both Jewish and Muslim. They believe that on the Last Day, those who are buried in the valley will be resurrected first.
This is an excerpt from The Vibrations of Words: second edition by Ettore Grillo
Ettore Grillo author of these books:
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
-Travels of the Mind