With Jerusalem under lockdown last year's Holy Fire ceremony was held in the near-empty church that is revered by Christians as the site of Jesus's crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
Called the Saturday of Light by some eastern churches, the holiday is observed according to the Julian calendar which the Orthodox adhere to, explained Armenian historian George Hintlian.
King Herod put a golden eagle outside of the Temple of Jerusalem.
Palestinians have not merely threatened to profane Jewish holy sites, they have physically done so in the most egregious of ways.
Corey Gil Shuster polled a handful of Israelis throughout the country from Tel Aviv to Rosh Ha’ayin to the Holy City itself, to find out how people feel.
This year’s lineup offers an eclectic program of shows and slots not only designed to entertain but also to tug at the heartstrings, raise the spirits a notch or two.
One may mistakenly assume that areas within Jerusalem containing large Arab populations are of less historical significance to Jews and Christians, yet nothing can be further from the truth.
Jerusalem is holy to three religions: Judaism, Islam and Christianity.
"The Holy Land is the only place in the world you can visit with a Bible as a guidebook."
Rabbi of the Western Wall Shmuel Rabinovitch led a team from the Western Wall Heritage Foundation to extract all the notes with wooden stick.