26.10.2011 28.Tischrei. 5772
The physical symbol of God’s presence in Israel rested for about a century on a hill that thousands drive by every day.
It’s a place in between important places. Few individuals, if any, journey there directly. Most would miss it, in fact, if they didn’t know to look.
Modern commuters along Route 1 motor by the site every day, their minds on their routines. Even tour buses rarely point to the place, much less stop there. The tourists who do pull over often do so to snap pictures at the Elvis American Diner (also known as the “Elvis Inn”). A 16-foot-tall bronze likeness of Elvis Presley greets every visitor. Inside the diner, Elvis music was all I heard as I ate my Elvis burger.
But Elvis isn’t what makes this hill noteworthy. Around the corner from the offbeat diner, near the modern Israeli Arab village of Abu Gosh, sits the site so few see and even fewer visit—the biblical site of Kiriath Ye'arim….