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Series: “This Is Israel”
Tired of waiting 20 years for CNN and the other networks to show Israel as the modern, beautiful country it really is, Zola and his crew decided to do it themselves. Viewers will be as surprised as our pilgrims to see that this much-criticized nation is at least the equal of our own and in some ways superior!
Episode: “A Place of Blessing”
Zola recounts the many artistic achievements made by the Jewish people. We hear from a scientist who uses DNA to find those who are direct descendants of Aaron and the High Priests. Finally, Zola interviews the mayor of Jerusalem, Ehud Olmert.

Caption transcript for This Is Israel: “A Place of Blessing” (5/12)

  • 00:03 HELLO I'M ZOLA LEVITT.
  • 00:04   ON TODAY'S PROGRAM    WE ARE GOING TO INTERVIEW
  • 00:05 THE MAYOR OF JERUSALEM, ONE OF THE BUSIEST MEN
  • 00:08  IN THE WORLD,    MAYOR EHUD OMERT.
  • 00:11   AND SOME SCIENTISTS   WHO ARE ABLE TO DETERMINE,
  • 00:15 WITH MODERN TECHNOLOGY,  JUST WHO IS A REAL DESCENDANT
  • 00:19  OF THE HIGH PRIEST, AARON.
  • 00:22     [music playing]
  • 01:00 THIS TRULY IS AN ARTISTIC CITY.
  • 01:02  THERE ARE SCULPTURES >>   JUST EVERYWHERE.
  • 01:04 ON THE STREETS, IN THE NATIONAL MUSEUM,
  • 01:08 A MAGNIFICENT SCULPTURE GARDEN.
  • 01:10 THE PEOPLE ARE   USED TO SEEING ART,
  • 01:12    ABSTRACT AND TRADITIONAL, ALL AROUND THEM
  • 01:14  IN THIS BEAUTIFUL JERUSALEM.
  • 01:18  ALSO MUSIC, THE ISRAEL OPERA,    THE ISRAELI PHILHARMONIC.
  • 01:23   THERE ARE CONCERTS CONSTANTLY BECAUSE THEY
  • 01:25  COME FROM RUSSIA AND EUROPE, >>   THEY ARE PEOPLE WHO LOVE
  • 01:27   CHAMBER MUSIC AND RECITALS.
  • 01:29 AND THESE THINGS GO ON  ALL OF THE TIME HERE.
  • 01:32   AND WE ARE STANDING IN ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL THEATERS
  • 01:35  OF JERUSALEM, THE SHAREOVER THEATER.
  • 01:37    THERE ARE PLAYS, >> OPERAS HERE.
  • 01:40    IT IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE.
  • 01:42 AND YOU WONDER HOW THESE PEOPLE, WHICH HAS TO LOOK OVER
  • 01:46 ITS SHOULDER CONSTANTLY >>   HAS TIME FOR THESE ARTS.
  • 01:50   WHEN YOU LOOK BACK    AT THE HISTORY OF ISRAEL,
  • 01:54  THE 12 TRIBES AND HOW  THEY SURVIVED OUT OF SLAVERY
  • 01:57 IN EGYPT AND SO FORTH, YOU DO WONDER.
  • 02:00  MARK CHAGALL,    THE FRENCH ARTIST
  • 02:02   COMMEMORATED THE 12 TRIBES >>   IN THE BEAUTIFUL WINDOWS
  • 02:06    AT THE HADASSAH HOSPITAL.
  • 02:08  THE CHAGALL WINDOWS,   AS THEY'RE CALLED,
  • 02:11 GAVE US THE 12 TRIBES AND THAT  IN TURN GIVES US A BLESSING.
  • 02:16  THE ARTS ARE PARAMOUNT AMONG JEWISH CULTURE AND ALWAYS WERE.
  • 02:20  BUT AS I SAY, THEY BARELY SURVIVED SOMETIMES
  • 02:25  LET ALONE TAKE TIME FOR THIS.
  • 02:27  THE BIBLE SAYS THEY >>   BUILT THE SECOND TEMPLE
  • 02:30   WITH A BRICK IN ONE HAND   AND A SWORD IN THE OTHER.
  • 02:33   I WOULD SAY THEY    DID THESE ARTS
  • 02:35 WITH A PAINT BRUSH IN ONE HAND    AND A SWORD IN THE OTHER.
  • 02:38 AFTER ALL, IF YOU TAKE   THEIR HISTORY FROM
  • 02:40  THE EGYPTIAN SLAVERY ON DOWN THROUGH THE VARIOUS OCCUPATIONS
  • 02:44  OF THE COMING OF THE MUSLIMS AND IT IS MANDATE OF THE BRITISH
  • 02:48    AND NOW THE PALESTINIANS    THEY HAVE HAD REALLY HAD
  • 02:50 TO WATCH OVER THEIR SHOULDERS.
  • 02:52   TODAY, WE'RE SEEING >>   NEO-NAZIISMS IN AMERICA.
  • 02:55 WE'RE SEEING CRITICISM   OF ISRAEL IMPLIED,
  • 02:58 CHRISTIAN LIBERALS WHO    DON'T USE THE BIBLE THINK
  • 03:01    THIS PLACE IS OF >>NO IMPORTANCE TO CHRISTIANITY:
  • 03:05  THEY LEARN NO PROPHECY HERE.
  • 03:07   THEY USE BIBLE TRANSLATIONS   THAT GIVE THE NAME EASTER,
  • 03:11   GOD OF THE FATHERS, THINGS MEANT TO FRANKLY SLANDER JEWS.
  • 03:20 THEY USE WORDS JEWS -- PEOPLE FROM JUDEA WHICH
  • 03:24    SEEMS FAIR, BUT SOMETIMES PEOPLE FROM JUDEA IN THE BIBLE
  • 03:27 ARE CONTRASTED    WITH PEOPLE FROM GALILEE.
  • 03:30  IN A STATEMENT LIKE:
  • 03:36   THIS HAS BEEN USED    TO CALL THE NEW TESTAMENT
  • 03:38 ANTI-SEMITIC AND SO ON.
  • 03:39    BUT IT SPECIFIC HE MEANS >>THE PEOPLE OF JUDEA, THE PRIEST,
  • 03:42    THE TEMPLE PEOPLE SOUGHT >>  TO KILL HIM BUT NOT
  • 03:45 THE GALILEANS OR THE PEOPLE WHO  LISTENED TO HIM IN THE NORTH.
  • 03:49    IT MADE THAT DISTINCTION.
  • 03:51  IN ANY CASE, ISRAEL GOES ON IN ITS STRUGGLES
  • 03:53  JUST AS THE ORIGINAL ISRAEL, >>   JACOB STRUGGLED.
  • 03:56    IN GENESIS 32:24, YOU SEE  HIM WRESTLING WITH THE LORD.
  • 04:01  HE WRESTLES THROUGHOUT NIGHT.
  • 04:02    HIS THIGH IS DISLOCATED, >>   A PAINFUL INJURY.
  • 04:05 AND HIS NAME IS CHANGED  TO ISRAEL WHICH MEANS
  • 04:08 HE STRUGGLES WITH GOD.
  • 04:12  THE MEDIA IS A BIG   PART OF THIS, OF COURSE.
  • 04:15 YOU KNOW, CNN DRIVES PAST HERE EVERY DAY,
  • 04:17   THE NETWORKS DO, >>THE BBC DOES.
  • 04:20 THEY DON'T SEE THIS THEATER.
  • 04:22 THEY DON'T SEE THE BEAUTIFUL >>  SCULPTURES ALL OVER TOWN.
  • 04:25 THEY ARE LOOKING FOR >>  DUSTY STREETS AND TROUBLE
  • 04:26  AND SMALL VILLAGES >>AND PROBLEMS TO SHOW.
  • 04:30  AND AS THE NEWS --   AND BY PORTRAYING ISRAEL
  • 04:33  THIS WAY MAYBE FOR 25 YEARS  THEY HAVE MADE IT SEEM LIKE
  • 04:36 SOME KIND OF BANANA REPUBLIC.
  • 04:39  NOTHING COULD BE LESS FAIR.
  • 04:40    SOMETIMES THEY >> ARE TOTALLY UNFAIR.
  • 04:42   RECENT CAR BOMB IN HAIFA >>AND TIBERIAS INJURED NO ONE.
  • 04:48 THEY WERE LITTLE FIRECRACKERS.
  • 04:49  THEY WERE DONE FOR >> MEDIA COVERAGE AND THEY GOT
  • 04:52    LOADS AND LOADS  OF MEDIA COVERAGE.
  • 04:54 BUT BOTH CNN AND THE BRITISH >>   BROADCASTING CORPORATION
  • 04:59    REPORTED THREE KILLED.
  • 05:01   THREE KILLED, THEY SAID.
  • 05:03    THEY NEVER SAID  THE TERRORIST WERE KILLED.
  • 05:06    BOMBS WENT OFF    PREMATURELY AND
  • 05:07    THE PEOPLE WHO    BUILT THEM WERE KILLED.
  • 05:10   LEST THEY SOMEHOW >>CRITICIZE THE ARABS,
  • 05:13    LEST THEY SOMEHOW MAKE >>THE STORY SEEM LESS PATHETIC,
  • 05:17   THEY DID NOT EVEN REPORT  THAT IT WAS THE TERRORIST,
  • 05:20    THE BOMBERS THEMSELVES   THAT WERE KILLED.
  • 05:23   THE CHURCH HAS CRITICIZED   ISRAEL FOR ITS UNBELIEF,
  • 05:26    THE TRUE CHURCH >>IN READING SCRIPTURE.
  • 05:28 BUT YOU KNOW,  THIS IS WRONG, TOO.
  • 05:30  THE DRY BONE'S VISION SHOWS THAT ISRAEL COMES BACK IN STAGES
  • 05:35 TO THIS LAND.
  • 05:36   GOD BRINGS THEM FIRST --   WELL, THE VISION
  • 05:39    IN EZEKIEL 37 PICTURES  THAT A BONE JOINED
  • 05:44    TO ANOTHER BONE  AND THEN SKIN GOES OVER IT
  • 05:46  AND THEN FLESH COMES ON IT   AND BREATH COMES INTO IT
  • 05:49  LITTLE BY LITTLE BY LITTLE.
  • 05:50  AND FINALLY HE SAYS, CALL TO THE WINDOW, SON OF MAN,
  • 05:54  BLOW THY BREATH INTO   THEM THAT THEY MIGHT LIVE.
  • 05:57   AND SO THEY BECOME SPIRITUAL WHEN HE CALLS
  • 05:59    [speaking Hebrew]
  • 06:01    THE WIND,  FROM THE FAMILIAR EXPRESSION
  • 06:03    [speaking Hebrew]
  • 06:04    THE HOLY SPIRIT.
  • 06:05  SO WHEN THEY RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT AS WILL
  • 06:08 HAPPEN HERE EVENTUALLY THEN THEY ARE SPIRITUAL
  • 06:10   BUT THERE IS A LONG PROCESS   AND WE'RE IN THAT PROCESS.
  • 06:13    NO USE CRITICIZING PEOPLE    IN JERUSALEM OR IN ISRAEL
  • 06:17 FOR UNBELIEF WHEN THEY   HAVE NOT BEEN WITNESSED TO,
  • 06:20   WHEN THEY HAVE NOT READ THE NEW TESTAMENT
  • 06:24   AND WHEN THE CHURCH  HAS CARED SO LITTLE FOR THEM,
  • 06:26   BECAUSE THAT'S JUST NORMAL.
  • 06:28   UNBELIEVERS BEHAVE AS UNBELIEVERS.
  • 06:30  AND FRANKLY, >>   WE ALL LIVE THIS VISION.
  • 06:33 WE, ALL OF US,  ARE MADE BY THE LORD
  • 06:38 UNTIL IT SAYS,   IN PHILIPPIANS 1:6
  • 06:40    "WE SHALL CONFORM TO THE >>IMAGE OF JESUS WHEN HE COMES."
  • 06:57    "THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD,   I SHALL GATHER YOU FROM THE
  • 07:00 "PEOPLES AND ASSEMBLE YOU OUT OF THE COUNTRIES WHERE YOU HAVE
  • 07:03    "BEEN SCATTERED AND I WILL   GIVE YOU THE LAND OF ISRAEL,
  • 07:07   "THE WILDERNESS AND >>    DRY LAND SHALL BE GLAD.
  • 07:11    "THE DESERT SHALL REJOICE     AND BLOSSOM AS THE ROSE.
  • 07:15   "YOU SHALL KNOW THAT    I AM THE LORD WHEN I BRING
  • 07:18 "YOU INTO THE LAND OF ISRAEL."
  • 07:23 WELL, MY POINT IS THAT  IT REALLY IS NOT FAIR
  • 07:26 TO CONTINUE TO MALIGN A NATION  WHOSE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT
  • 07:31 IS THE SAME AS  THE WESTERN EUROPEAN NATIONS.
  • 07:33    HERE THE EUROPEAN >>   PARLIAMENT VOTES
  • 07:37 WITH THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY.
  • 07:39  THEY PREFER THAT SIDE   OF THE QUESTION DOWN HERE.
  • 07:43 WELL, THIS IS COMPARING  TWO VERY DIFFERENT ENTITIES,
  • 07:49  THE DISORGANIZED PALESTINIAN COMMUNITY AGAINST ONE OF THOSE
  • 07:51    POWERFUL NATIONS >>  IN THE EASTERN HEMISPHERE,
  • 07:53  IF THE TRUTH BE TOLD, ISRAEL IS DOING QUITE WELL, THANK YOU.
  • 07:57    AND NOT JUST IN THE ARTS, BUT IN GENERAL.
  • 08:00   STILL AS WE LOOK AT THE ART OVER HERE, WE CAN SEE THAT WELL,
  • 08:04 THIS THEATER IS EQUAL TO ANY ANYWHERE.
  • 08:06  I DON'T THINK YOU WOULD HAVE TO APOLOGIZE FOR THIS THEATER.
  • 08:09   JEWISH ACTORS HERE    AND IN THE UNITED STATES,
  • 08:13 MY GOODNESS, YOU KNOW, >>   I HAVE A LIST --
  • 08:16  IT'S KIND OF AMUSING    TO THINK OF THIS.
  • 08:18  IF I HAD A LIST OF --   OR RATHER LET'S SAY A GROUP
  • 08:23  OF FIVE JEWISH PERSONALITIES.
  • 08:26  PEOPLE NAMED:
  • 08:33 WELL, YOU'D THINK I WAS TALKING ABOUT WAITERS OF A DELICATESSEN.
  • 08:37 BUT I AM ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT:
  • 08:43  AMONG MUSICIANS I COULD NAME   THEM ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT.
  • 08:46 ROGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN
  • 08:48    YITZAK PEARLMAN, >>   LEONARD BERSTEIN,
  • 08:51   WILLIAM STEINBERG.
  • 08:53  COULD GO ON AND ON LIKE THAT.
  • 08:56   YOU KNOW, WILLIAM STEINBERG WHEN HE WAS IN GERMANY
  • 08:58    WAS MADE MINISTER    OF JEWISH CULTURE
  • 09:00   BEFORE WORLD WAR II   BECAUSE THE JEWISH CULTURE
  • 09:03  WAS SO INFERIOR THAT  THE NAZIS DIDN'T WANT
  • 09:07    TO LISTEN TO THEIR MUSIC >>AND LOOK AT THEIR ART.
  • 09:12   AND THE JOKE WAS IT  WAS MUCH BETTER WHEN
  • 09:14 THE BERNSTEIN ORGANIZED THE JEWISH MUSICIANS IN GERMANY
  • 09:18  TO TWO SUPER ORCHESTRAS, WHY,   THE GERMAN AUDIENCES WOULD
  • 09:21  STAND OUT IN THE SNOW  AND OPEN THE WINDOWS
  • 09:23   OF CONCERT HALL SO  THEY COULD HEAR THESE
  • 09:25 MAGNIFICENT ORCHESTRAS PERFORM.
  • 09:28    THEY CAME HERE TO ISRAEL, >>   THESE MUSICIANS.
  • 09:30  THEY STARTED >>   THE ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC,
  • 09:32   ONE OF THE    WORLD'S GREAT ORCHESTRAS.
  • 09:34 WHEN TOSCANINI CONDUCTED HERE,
  • 09:36 HE WAS SO AMAZED BY HOW  THE ORCHESTRA PLAYED HE SAID,
  • 09:40   "WHO'S THE CONDUCTOR HERE."
  • 09:41 AND THEY INTRODUCED HIM  TO WILLIAM STEINBERG.
  • 09:44  THEY DIDN'T TELL HIM THESE WERE THE BEST OF
  • 09:46 THE GERMAN ORCHESTRAS, HAND PICKED AND
  • 09:49 THE LAST VIOLINIST WAS    A CONCERT MASTER OF A BIG
  • 09:51   GERMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.
  • 09:53  HE WAS IMPRESSED TOO   WITH THE CONDUCTOR
  • 09:55   AND TOOK WILLIAM STEINBERG  TO THE UNITED STATES
  • 09:57   AND THAT'S HOW HE TURNED UP   AT THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY
  • 10:00    AND THE NEW YORK >>PHILHARMONIC AND SO ON.
  • 10:03    THE NAMES CHANGE >>  LIKE IN THE BIBLE.
  • 10:05   A NAME IN THE BIBLE  LIKE YA'ACOV OR JACOB CHANGES
  • 10:10 TO JAMES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 10:12   JESUS' NAME CHANGES FROM JOSHUA TO THIS J-E-S-U-S.
  • 10:18   HIS NAME IS REALLY   JOSHUA IN ENGLISH.
  • 10:20    YESHUA IN HEBREW.
  • 10:22 THAT TEACHES US  SOMETHING WE SHOULDN'T MISS,
  • 10:24    A BIBLE TYPE THAT JOSHUA >>   WHO WAS THE ONE WHO GOING
  • 10:30  INTO THE JERICHO AT THE SOUND OF THE SHOUTS AND THE TRUMPETS
  • 10:34  WAS THE LEADER OF HIS PEOPLE.
  • 10:35  AND LIKEWISE, THE LORD JESUS,
  • 10:38   WHEN IN THE RAPTURE  OF THE CHURCH
  • 10:40    AND AT THE SOUND >>  OF THE SHOUTS AND TRUMPETS
  • 10:42  WILL LEAD HIS PEOPLE  TO THE PROMISED LAND.
  • 10:45    NAMES CAN BE VERY TRICKY.
  • 10:47 LET ME GIVE YOU  A FEW MORE OF THESE.
  • 11:24  I COULD GO ON AND ON.
  • 11:25   WHY WOULD A JEWISH COMEDIAN CALL HIMSELF RODNEY DANGERFIELD?
  • 11:30  IT WOULD SELL BETTER >>   AS A GENTILE, I SUPPOSE.
  • 11:34   WHEN EDDIE CANTOR,   WHO WAS POPULAR, YOU KNOW,
  • 11:36 WHEN FDR WHO HAD POLIO HIMSELF,   FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT,
  • 11:42 CALLED HIM INTO THE WHITE HOUSE   AND ASKED HIS ADVICE ON HOW
  • 11:43 TO COMBAT POLIO   AND CANTOR CAME UP
  • 11:45  WITH A BRILLIANT IDEA  AND THE PHRASE ITSELF
  • 11:48  OF "MARCH OF DIMES."
  • 11:50 HE INVENTED IT.
  • 11:53   CANTOR'S NAME WAS:
  • 11:58  HE WAS CERTAINLY JEWISH, TOO.
  • 11:59 YOU KNOW, IN MEDICAL RESEARCH, I DON'T HAVE TO MENTION
  • 12:04 THAT DOCTORS AND SO ON.
  • 12:05    SALK CURED POLIO.
  • 12:07   SABINE WORKED WITH    THE VACCINE ALSO.
  • 12:10   AND SO MANY OTHERS.
  • 12:12 NOBEL PRIZES HAVE BEEN TAKEN BY JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 12:16 SO PREVALENTLY,    THAT THESE PEOPLE
  • 12:19  AS ONE QUARTER OF ONE PERCENT   OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION,
  • 12:22   ONE QUARTER OF ONE PERCENT   HAS WON 20 PERCENT
  • 12:26  OF THE NOBEL PRIZES.
  • 12:28 ONE IN FIVE HAS  BEEN GIVEN TO A JEW.
  • 12:30    IN THE HOLOCAUST HAS HALF >>   OF THE JEWS IN THE WORLD
  • 12:33    WERE KILLED GIVE OR TAKE, HOW MANY DISEASES HAVE WE FAILED
  • 12:37  TO CURE WITH THAT HOLOCAUST?
  • 12:39 HOW MANY MUSICAL PERFORMANCES,
  • 12:42   HOW MANY THEATRICAL  PERFORMANCES,
  • 12:44    HOW MANY CHAGALL >>WINDOWS WERE NOT MADE?
  • 12:46   HOW MANY SCULPTURES WERE NOT BUILT?
  • 12:49 WHAT OTHER BLESSINGS DID WE LOSE BECAUSE WE CURSE THESE PEOPLE?
  • 12:55 YOU KNOW IN GENESIS 12 WHEN ABRAHAM IS CALLED
  • 12:58 IN THE BEGINNING OF THE CHAPTER,  GOD SAID, THAT THIS NATION IS
  • 13:01  A BLESSING UNTO ALL NATIONS.
  • 13:04    CHAGALL, >> WITH HIS 12 WINDOWS,
  • 13:05   PAINTED THE  WHOLE ISRAELI NATION,
  • 13:08  ALL 12 TRIBES    IN DIFFERENT WAYS
  • 13:11  IN THAT BRILLIANT DISPLAY OF COLORED GLASS AND THAT PEOPLE,
  • 13:15 THOSE PEOPLE WHO HE WAS  PORTRAYING OF THEM GOD SAID:
  • 13:28  SO LET'S NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE OF WORLD WAR II GERMANS
  • 13:32 OR OF THE PALESTINIANS    OR OF THE BRITISH
  • 13:34 OR OF THE TURKS    OR OF THE MUSLIMS
  • 13:36    OR OF THE ROMANS, OR THE GREEKS,
  • 13:39  THE PERSIANS   OR THE BABYLONIANS
  • 13:42    OR GO ALL >>   THE WAY BACK TO PHARAOH,
  • 13:45   LET'S NOT MAKE THAT MISTAKE AND CURSE THIS BRILLIANT PEOPLE.
  • 13:49     CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, BBC,
  • 13:53   WHEN YOU DRIVE PAST THIS BUILDING,
  • 13:54 SHOW THE PEOPLE   THE PICTURE OF IT.
  • 13:56 ARE YOU ASHAMED TO SAY THAT THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 13:58 HAVE BUILT QUITE A NATION HERE.
  • 14:01   DO YOU HAVE TO KEEP  ON CURSING THEM HERE?
  • 14:02 BECAUSE IF YOU DO THAT,   GOD WILL CURSE YOU
  • 14:05    AND I SAY THAT ON   A SCRIPTURAL BASIS.
  • 14:07   READ GENESIS 12:3.
  • 14:09 LET'S INSTEAD LOOK FOR THE BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS OF GOD
  • 14:12 BY OBEYING THAT   SIMPLE PRESCRIPTION
  • 14:16  GIVEN IN THAT VERSE:
  • 14:17   "I WILL BLESS THEM   THAT BLESSES YOU."
  • 14:20   AND TAKE THE JEWISH PEOPLE INTO OUR HEARTS.
  • 14:25   OBVIOUSLY ISRAEL IS A LAND   OF ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTIONS.
  • 14:28 THAT OF COURSE, IS PRIMARILY BECAUSE OF
  • 14:30  THE NATURE OF >>   THE PEOPLE WHO GO THERE.
  • 14:32 THE JEWISH PEOPLE OF THE WORLD HAVE ALWAYS EMPHASIZED EDUCATION
  • 14:36    AND PARTICULARLY CULTURE.
  • 14:38   WHEN I WAS A LITTLE CHILD, FOUR YEARS OLD,
  • 14:40 IMMEDIATELY HAD TO TAKE  PIANO LESSONS WITH MY MOTHER.
  • 14:43  I WENT ON TO A PIANO TEACHER.
  • 14:45  I'M GLAD I DID THAT.
  • 14:46 IF A CHILD HAS  ARTISTIC SKILLS FOR PAINTINGS
  • 14:50    AND SCULPTURE, WHATEVER.
  • 14:52   IT'S ALWAYS ENCOURAGED THEY    COME OUT OF THOSE THINGS.
  • 14:54    AND SO THEY COME >>OUT OF AMERICA, OUT OF RUSSIA,
  • 14:56 OUT OF EUROPE WITH THESE TALENTS  AND THEY BUILD CONCERT HALLS
  • 14:59   AND THEY GIVE THESE TALENTS TO EACH OTHER AND TO THE WORLD.
  • 15:04 IT'S WONDERFUL.
  • 15:05   BUT THEN THERE ARE SCIENTIFIC PEOPLE AS WELL AMONG
  • 15:08    THE JEWISH PEOPLE    AS YOU WELL KNOW.
  • 15:10 A JEW CONQUERED POLIO.
  • 15:12    A JEW FIGURED OUT THE WHOLE SPLITTING OF THE ATOM
  • 15:15  AND SO FORTH.
  • 15:16  BUT THESE ARE WORKING IN ISRAEL IN PARTICULAR ON DNA
  • 15:22  AND THEY ARE DETERMINING WHO IS A REAL DESCENDANT OF AARON,
  • 15:25    THE HIGH PRIEST, >> THE KOHANIM.
  • 15:27 YOU KNOW ANY PEOPLE NAMED KOHAN?
  • 15:29   THEY MAY BE HIGH PRIESTS OF   ISRAEL OR HIS DESCENDANTS.
  • 15:44  PROFESSOR, WOULD YOU   TELL ME ABOUT THE RESEARCH
  • 15:46    THAT'S BEEN DONE HERE    IN ISRAEL AND THE DNA
  • 15:47  AND THE LOOKING OF THE KOHANIM?
  • 15:54  AS YOU KNOW WHEN THE ISRAELITES WERE LEAVING EGYPT,
  • 15:59   MOSES AND AARON HIS BROTHER   WERE AMONG THE ONES
  • 16:03    THAT WERE LEADING  THE ISRAELITES OUT OF EGYPT.
  • 16:08   AND BECAUSE OF THEIR HIARCHY  IN THE ISRAELITE TRIBE
  • 16:14  AND THEY WERE NOMINATED BY GOD TO BE THE LEADERS.
  • 16:19  AND AARON ESPECIALLY    GOT A VERY SPECIFIC TASK.
  • 16:22  HE HAD TO BE THE MAIN PRIEST, >>   THE CHIEF PRIEST
  • 16:27 AND HIS ASSISTANTS WERE THE ONES WHO SHOULD SERVE IN THE TEMPLE,
  • 16:31 IN JERUSALEM WHEN THE TEMPLE WAS  BUILT IN THE TIME OF SOLOMON.
  • 16:35   AND THE WAY THIS PRIESTHOOD WAS INHERITED WAS VERY STRICT.
  • 16:43 ONLY THE ANCESTORS OF THE MALE PRIEST WERE PRIESTS THEMSELVES.
  • 16:47   AND FOR CENTURIES,   THIS INHERITANCE WAS KEPT.
  • 16:58   THAT MEANS THAT THE KOHANIM SHOULD BE REALLY A VERY DISTINCT
  • 17:00  AMONG THE JEWISH POPULATION, BECAUSE AS I EXPLAINED THE WHITE
  • 17:05   CHROMOSOME IS ONLY   A SINGLE CHROMOSOME
  • 17:06 IN THE HUMAN POPULATION AND INHERITED ONLY FROM ONE MALE
  • 17:11    TO ANOTHER MALE.
  • 17:13 AND IF INDEED A STRICT  ORDER OF PRIESTHOOD WAS KEPT
  • 17:18 DURING THE 3000 YEARS,
  • 17:20  THAT MEANS THAT MAYBE    THE WHITE CHROMOSOME KEPT
  • 17:22    A SPECIAL FEATURE   IN THIS POPULATION.
  • 17:26  IT IS PART OF THE DNA AND THEY HAVE A SPECIAL FEATURE
  • 17:31    OF THE WHITE CHROMOSOME, >> AND SURPRISINGLY ENOUGH THEY
  • 17:34  INDEED SHOW THAT THIS   SPECIAL FEATURE OF
  • 17:38  THE WHITE CHROMOSOME >>   MEANING THAT THE KOHANIM
  • 17:41   IS SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT    FROM THE WHITE CHROMOSOME
  • 17:44  FROM ALL OF THE OTHER    OF THE JEWISH POPULATION.
  • 17:48 THIS MUST HAVE BEEN A SURPRISE   TO THE SCIENTIST COMMUNITY.
  • 17:51 YES, IT WAS A SURPRISE.
  • 17:52   IT WAS PUBLISHED IN  NATURE WHICH WAS IS AN ANSWER
  • 17:57  PRESTIGIOUS BRITISH JOURNAL.
  • 18:00 ONE OF THE MOST  PRESTIGIOUS JOURNALS
  • 18:01    IN THE SCIENTIFIC WORLD.
  • 18:03 MANY PEOPLE COMMENTED ON THIS.
  • 18:06 AND IT WAS REALLY A BIG SURPRISE TO SEE THAT SO MANY YEARS PASSED
  • 18:11 AND STILL YOU CAN FIND A VERY UNIQUE STRUCTURE
  • 18:15   OF THE DNA OF THIS PEOPLE.
  • 18:17   THIS IS ONE OF THE  UNIQUE THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN
  • 18:20   TO NOT ONLY JEWISH   BUT THE GENERAL POPULATION
  • 18:23    OF THE WORLD TO SEE SUCH >>A GROUP OF PEOPLE REALLY KEEPING
  • 18:26  THROUGH THE CENTURIES
  • 18:28    SUCH A CLEAN WAY >> OF INHERITANCE AND MARRIAGES.
  • 18:33 PROFESSOR, WHAT IMPACT COULD THIS HAVE IN THE
  • 18:35    FUTURE OF ISRAEL?
  • 18:37   I WOULD SAY THAT IF   THE TIME COMES WHEN
  • 18:41    THE TEMPLE WERE REBUILT,    MANY JEWS HOPE THAT THIS
  • 18:46 WILL COME SOON.
  • 18:49 I GUESS, THAT SINCE IN   THE TEMPLE ONLY THE PRIESTS
  • 18:52    CAN SERVE IN THE TEMPLE.
  • 18:56 THERE WAS A BIG DEBATE  AMONG THE LEADERS AND RABBIS
  • 19:01  AND JEWISH TRADITION,    IF THE KOHANIM ARE REALLY
  • 19:04 THE ORIGINALLY KOHANIM BUT THE PEOPLE WHO CALL
  • 19:08   THEMSELVES KOHANIM, BUT IN  FACT THEY WERE NEVER KOHANIM.
  • 19:11    THE FACT THAT THE KOHANIM >>   KEPT THE SPECIAL FEATURE
  • 19:17   IN THE DNA PROBABLY THEY ARE REAL KOHANIM,
  • 19:21   THEY ARE THE REAL ANCESTORS OF THE FIRST AARON OF THE BIBLE
  • 19:25    WHICH MAKES IT MUCH EASY >>   FOR THESE PEOPLE TO SERVE
  • 19:30  IN THE TEMPLE  WHEN THE TIME COMES.
  • 19:41    IF THE TEMPLE IS >>   GOING TO BE REBUILT SOON,
  • 19:43    IT WILL BE IN JERUSALEM.
  • 19:45 THIS CITY IS ESPECIALLY CLOSE TO THE HEART OF ONE MAN EHUD OMERT,
  • 19:50 THE MAYOR OF JERUSALEM.
  • 19:52   MAYOR OMERT, IN THE AMERICA AND THE WESTERN WORLD,
  • 19:56    THE NEWS ABOUT JERUSALEM >>  TENDS TO BE VERY NEGATIVE.
  • 19:59 DUSTY STREETS AND PEOPLE PUSHING EACH OTHER AND WORSE THAN THAT.
  • 20:03  AND YET WHEN  WE COME HERE,
  • 20:05    IT LOOKS PEACEFUL  AND A BEAUTIFUL CITY.
  • 20:08   IT CERTAINLY IS A BEAUTIFUL    CITY AND A PEACEFUL CITY.
  • 20:11 YOU KNOW EVERYTHING IS RELATIVE IN THE PROBLEM
  • 20:13    OF JERUSALEM BECAUSE OF ITS VERY UNIQUE STATUS.
  • 20:19  IT HAS ENORMOUS SIGNIFICANCE   FOR WORLD HISTORY,
  • 20:24 FOR SO MANY DIFFERENT BELIEVERS, AND SO MANY DIFFERENT RELIGIONS
  • 20:26    ACROSS THE WORLD.
  • 20:27 THERE IS AN ABNORMAL SENSITIVITY OF JERUSALEM WHICH IS DIFFERENT
  • 20:32    PERHAPS ANY OTHER   CITY IN THE WORLD.
  • 20:36   AND EVERY TINY LITTLE EVENT WHICH WOULD BE HARDLY MENTIONED
  • 20:42 OR EVEN NOTICED IN BIGGER CITIES IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD
  • 20:50   IMMEDIATELY BECOMES A GLOBAL EVENT WHERE IT
  • 20:55    TAKES PLACE IN JERUSALEM.
  • 20:58 EVERYTHING THAT TAKES PLACE HERE IS IMMEDIATELY A GLOBAL EVENT.
  • 21:01   SO THINGS TEND TO BLOW OUT   OF THEIR REAL PROPORTIONS.
  • 21:07   BUT THERE ARE MORE VIOLENT   EVENTS IN EVERY MAJOR CITY
  • 21:13    IN AMERICA AND IN EUROPE,   THERE ARE MORE INSECURITIES
  • 21:18  IN TERMS OF PERSONAL  SECURITY SAFETY AND SECURITY
  • 21:21 FOR INDIVIDUALS IN MOST    MAJOR CITIES IN THE WORLD
  • 21:24  THAN THERE ARE IN JERUSALEM.
  • 21:26 JERUSALEM IS CLEANER, IS NICER,   IS CERTAINLY MORE BEAUTIFUL
  • 21:31   AND MORE INSPIRING  THAN ANY OTHER CITY.
  • 21:37  OKAY.
  • 21:39   YOU GO TO NEW YORK   AND I LOVE NEW YORK
  • 21:40  AND YOU SEE THESE HIGH RISES AND BIG TOWERS,
  • 21:44 OKAY, AFTER YOU HAVE SEEN FIVE,    YOU GOT THE IDEA.
  • 21:47  THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 21:48   SO IN OTHER PLACES.
  • 21:50 FIVE THOUSAND.
  • 21:51 AND GO TO MIAMI AND YOU GO TO TEL AVIV
  • 21:53   AND YOU ASK YOURSELF WHICH IS MIAMI AND WHICH IS TEL AVIV
  • 21:57    AND WHO IS OTHER CITIES.
  • 22:00   THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT JERUSALEM WHICH DOES NOT
  • 22:04   EXIST IN ANY OTHER    PLACE IN THE WHOLE WORLD.
  • 22:08   WHEN YOU THINK FROM  JUST ACROSS WHERE WE SIT NOW
  • 22:12   FIVE HUNDRED METERS >>   IN ONE SQUARE KILOMETER,
  • 22:18  WE HAVE MORE HOLY SITES THAT  ARE IMPORTANT AND SIGNIFICANT
  • 22:23   FOR MORE BELIEVERS OF MORE   RELIGIONS ACROSS THE WORLD
  • 22:29    THAN IN ANY OTHER    PLACE IN THE WHOLE WORLD.
  • 22:34  WHEN YOU THINK OF ALL   THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL EVENTS
  • 22:39   OF OUR CIVILIZATIONS, WHICH TOOK PLACE IN THIS SMALL PLACE,
  • 22:44   WHEN YOU KNOW THAT  WHEN YOU COME THERE,
  • 22:48 YOU CAN LOOK AT PLACES WHICH YOU READ OF IN THE BIBLE.
  • 22:53    NOW, THIS IS NOT FICTION.
  • 22:55 THIS IS NOT FAIRYTALE.
  • 22:57    THIS IS REALITY.
  • 22:59   YOU WALK THROUGH THE HILLS >>   WHERE KING DAVID WALKED.
  • 23:03  THIS IS NOT A STORY.
  • 23:05 WE HAVE THE REMAINS OF THE HOUSE OF KING DAVID
  • 23:08 JUST OUTSIDE OF THE WALL IN JERUSALEM.
  • 23:12   YOU LOOK AT   ABSALOM MORATORIUM
  • 23:15  WHICH YOU READ ABOUT  IN THE BIBLE,
  • 23:17  KING DAVID BUILT FOR   HIS SON AFTER HIS SON TRIED
  • 23:20   TO ASSASSINATE HIM,   AND HE EULOGIZED HIM IN ONE
  • 23:24  OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PIECES OF POETRY THAT WERE EVER WRITTEN
  • 23:28   BY ANY HUMAN BEING    IN HUMAN HISTORY.
  • 23:30    ALL THIS IS HERE.
  • 23:33   IT CAN'T BE  COMPARED TO ANYTHING.
  • 23:35    IT IS TRUE THAT JERUSALEM   IS FILLED WITH ALL KINDS OF
  • 23:39    DIFFICULTIES AND PROBLEMS AND CONTRADICTIONS WHICH IS PART
  • 23:43 OF THE FASCINATION OF THIS CITY.
  • 23:46    BUT HOW CAN IT BE  COMPARED TO ANY OTHER PLACE?
  • 23:49  A THOUSAND YEARS AGO.
  • 23:50   CRUSADERS CAME FROM EUROPE.
  • 23:53  TRYING TO RECAPTURE THE PLACE  FOR THEIR LORD AND SO FORTH.
  • 23:59 THERE WAS A LOT >>   OF TROUBLE AND FIGHTING.
  • 24:01   DO YOU EXPECT ANY TROUBLE?
  • 24:03   NO.
  • 24:04   NOT REALLY.
  • 24:06    THERE ARE OBVIOUS ISSUES >> WHICH ARE PART OF OUR AGENDA
  • 24:10  AND PALESTINIANS WANT    TO HAVE SOME KIND
  • 24:15   OF POLITICAL STATUS  IN JERUSALEM AND THIS
  • 24:17 IS PART OF THE POLITICAL AGENDA.
  • 24:20 THERE WILL BE MORE THAN    500 UNDER COVERS SCRAPING
  • 24:25  EVERY CORNER AND SPOT >>   IN THE OLD CITY.
  • 24:29 ALL WILL BE MONITOR IT  IS 24 HOURS AROUND THE CLOCK.
  • 24:32   MICROPHONE SENSORS,   CAMERAS, POLICEMEN,
  • 24:38 SECURITY PEOPLE  WHO IN EVERY CORNER.
  • 24:40 THERE WILL BE COMPLETE SECURITY AND SAFETY FOR VISITORS
  • 24:44   AND GOOD PROTECTION FOR ALL  OF THE SITES THAT NEED TO BE
  • 24:47 PROTECTED IN JERUSALEM.
  • 24:51     [music playing]
  • 25:39    WHAT INNOVATIONS >>  YOU FIND IN ISRAEL.
  • 25:42   AND PROPHECY FULFILLMENTS.
  • 25:43   MY GOODNESS ANYBODY INTERESTED IN THE BIBLE
  • 25:45 REALLY NEED TO SEES THIS PLACE.
  • 25:47  YOU SHOULD VISIT IF YOU CAN.
  • 25:50    YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO WITH OUR TOURS BUT GO WITH SOMEBODY,
  • 25:53 GET OVER THERE.
  • 25:55    AND DON'T GO BY THE MEDIA  WHICH IS THE WAY MOST PEOPLE,
  • 25:58 SO-CALLED VISIT ISRAEL.
  • 26:00 THEY WATCH WHAT   THE NEWS MEDIA SAY.
  • 26:04    NEWS MEDIA ARE IN CHARGE >>  OF TELLING NEGATIVE STORIES
  • 26:07  AND GATHERING A CROWD SO THEY CAN HAWK THEIR
  • 26:09   MERCHANDISE IN COMMERCIALS.
  • 26:11   FORGET IT.
  • 26:12 THAT'S WHY WE MADE THIS SERIES   TO SHOW YOU THIS IS ISRAEL
  • 26:18  AS OPPOSED TO WHAT THEY FILM.
  • 26:20    GO ON A PILGRIM'S JOURNEY   AND GO WITH THE BELIEVERS.
  • 26:24  AND LISTEN TO >>   THE TEACHERS OVER THERE.
  • 26:26  YOU'LL JUST LOVE THAT PLACE.
  • 26:28  THAT'S OUR OFFER, BY THE WAY.
  • 26:30   WE ONCE MADE A SERIES  OF A PILGRIM'S JOURNEY.
  • 26:33    AND IT WAS FOR THE PURPOSE   OF FOLKS WHO CAN'T GET I KNOW
  • 26:36    EVERYBODY CAN'T GO   WE HAVE PEOPLE IN WHEELCHAIRS
  • 26:39    AND WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO CAN'T TRAVEL THAT FAR
  • 26:42   FOR VARIOUS REASONS.
  • 26:43    AND A LOT OF PEOPLE    JUST DON'T HAVE THE MONEY.
  • 26:45   I'M SORRY IT IS SO FAR AWAY.
  • 26:47   THE PSALMIST TOLD US   NOT TO LEAVE THE LAND
  • 26:49    AND THERE'S A GOOD REASON.
  • 26:51 AND WE PUT IT ON    VIDEO TAPE FOR YOU.
  • 26:53   WE HAD THE CREW FOLLOW ALONG   THE TOUR AND PRETTY MUCH FILM
  • 26:58  WHAT WAS SEEN AND TAPED   WHAT WAS SEEN BY THE TOURIST.
  • 27:01   YOU CAN GET IT ON VIDEO TAPE   OR GET THE MUSIC SET
  • 27:04 OF THE PILGRIM'S JOURNEY.
  • 27:06    I WROTE SOME MUSIC    AS THE LORD GAVE IT TO ME.
  • 27:07    AND ON THE COMPANY    OF THE ISRAEL TOUR.
  • 27:10    YOU GET YOUR LEVITT LETTER   AND CATALOG AS WELL.
  • 27:13 JUST SEND YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS.
  • 27:14   THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THOSE  THINGS.
  • 27:16 I WISH YOU WOULD GET IT, IT KEEPS YOU UP AND DATE
  • 27:19  AND INFORMED OF WHAT WE'RE DOING.
  • 27:21  AND ALL OF THE    OFFERS OF ALL OF THE SHOWS.
  • 27:22   AND FINALLY,   REMEMBER THE GIFTS OF FUNDS.
  • 27:24    EVERY NOW AND THEN   I HAVE TO STOP AND REMIND YOU
  • 27:26    THAT WE ARE REALLY  NOT A STORE AND WE STAY
  • 27:29  ON NATIONAL TELEVISION  BY THE FACT THAT PEOPLE
  • 27:32 SIMPLY GIVE FUNDS    AND ASK NOTHING IN RETURN.
  • 27:34  THAT'S CHRISTIAN GIVING    AND WE VALUE IT VERY MUCH.
  • 27:38 AND SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM.
  • 27:40 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.
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Episodes in this series

  1. A Place of Birth
  2. A Place of New Life
  3. A Place of Opportunity
  4. A Place Among Nations
  5. A Place of Blessing
  6. A Place of Healing
  7. A Place of Revelation
  8. A Voice to the Nations
  9. A Place to Call Home
  10. A Place of Peace
  11. A Place of Still Waters
  12. A Place for the King
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