The River Jordan, Israel

Mary and I arrived at this baptismal site on the Jordan River in the Galilee on January 6th, a day before the public holiday of Christmas as celebrated by many Eastern Orthodox Christians, including those from Serbia, Russia and the Ukraine. The result was a good many more tourists than ordinarily expected.

Our visit here heightened our ecumenical sensibilities. ┬áThe site is run by a Kibbutz, a Jewish collective formerly based on agriculture but now on more profitable ventures, some technological. It maintains a bathhouse that may be used to change into white robes more appropriate to a re-enactment of baptism than one’s ordinary dress. ┬áMary and I declined the bathhouse and, as you can see, instead israel 594israel 602israel 604israel 607instead dipped our hands into the water.