KING DAVID: Lasers New Light from Jerusalem

KING DAVID: Lasers New Light from Jerusalem

I love going to the Tower of David.

Visits to the Tower of David Museum for fashion, photos of the old days, or the 100 years celebration of Allenby, all were fascinating.

Nothing tops the photo ops of night-time events in the citadel of the Tower of David.

Night at Tower of David Jerusalem, Israel

Waiting outside at night, dwarfed by those ancient towering stone walls, an awesome feeling to historical past, that never gets old.

Jerusalem Israel Tower of David at night

The views inside the citadel, on the platforms above Jerusalem, Israel, are amazing.

A chance to see the new night experience KING DAVID, was not one to pass up.

Jerusalem, Israel, Tower of David citadel at night

Pre-show lighting of the inside walls runs for 15 minutes, as up to 420 visitors are seated.

Modern laser technology casts words on the walls of old.

Tower of David pre-show lighting for KING DAVID

On a cool, humid night, the city lights turned the sky shades of pink, not the usual black sky, contrasting with the intricate light patterns.

One is to imagine David escaping to the oasis of Ein Gedi by the light projections all around the inside walls.

Tower of David Museum flowing waters on walls of citadel

Cascading, flowing water is yet another scene.

Introducing KING DAVID new sound and light show Tower of David

After the introduction of the evening, the sound of the musical performance surrounds, while the laser projectors illuminate with 250,000 lumens and 35 million pixels.

KING DAVID show begins with art inspired by his story Jerusalem Israel

David has inspired countless works of art by major sculptors and painters over the centuries.

In this latest creation, scenes change rapidly, going through the life story of King David.

KING DAVID scene of Ruth in fields of Bethlehem Jerusalem Israel Tower of David

The historical narrative begins with Ruth, David’s great-grandmother, gathering wheat from the fields.

Scene young David at Tower of David show Jerusalem Israel

There is David as a shepherd tending to his flock in the pasture, and here with Samuel the Prophet.

Not all is bright and cheerful.

There is the story of fighting the Philistines and David with Goliath.

Nit laser and sound show Tower of David Jerusalem Israel

Can you find what is real and what is light projected against the stone walls?

Tower of David night show scene with harp Jerusalem Israel

David the musician plays the harp for King Saul, as walls are made to resemble tents.

Scene in Tower of David 12 tribes of Israel Jerusalem

The 12 Tribes of Israel settled in Israel with Jerusalem as their capital.

Tower of David laser and light show KING DAVID Jerusalem

The Ark of the Covenant is brought to Jerusalem.

Scene of celebration Tower of David story of KING DAVID

People dance and rejoice in the streets of Jerusalem.

Tower of David light show KING DAVID Jerusalem Israel

There are so many stories of David’s life, each one famous on its own.

Scene with King playing card Tower of David show Jerusalem Israel

The Tower of David Museum ‘Night Spectacular’ centered on the building of Jerusalem over the centuries.

This new night light spectacular features, David, King of Israel, David HaMelech.

Tower of David scene of David the Poet with psalm on wall Jerusalem

You see his palace, to enter by candle light.

Besides being a warrior, David is also credited with composing the Book of Psalms.

Jerusalem rejoicing in final scene of KING DAVID at Tower of David

For the finale, after King David looks out into the starry night sky above Jerusalem, the City of David, doves fly above musicians and joyous people.

Musical ending for KING DAVID at Tower of David Jerusalem Israel

Let’s all pray for peace in Jerusalem.

The Night Spectacular has been running for ten years,

and will continue to be shown.

One of the most famous psalms, Chapter 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd” is featured in the following video.

Still not enough? The following is a two-minute video of the early action of the laser and light show which runs 31 minutes.

KING DAVID opens at the Tower of David on April 1, 2018.

Best of Jerusalem Marathon 2018

The International Jerusalem Marathon 2018 has run its course. Over 30,000 people ran the various races, from the full-marathon to family-friendly short routes.

Jerusalem Marathon Finish line 2018

The short runs and half-marathon used this finish line which was set up next to Gan Sacher, Sacher Park, a couple of weeks ago.

Gan Sacher finish line Jerusalem Marathon

The full-marathon track comes into the park and this is its finish line. Somehow so close, it looks so far away.

Jerusalem Marathon lead runners

On Friday morning as we walked to the park, the security in front of the front runners of the full-marathon passed us. The streets were mostly deserted, except for the leading full-marathon runners.

Beatie Deutsch runs to lead female runners in Jerusalem marathon

Beatie Deutsch ran by so fast, I could only catch her back, as she raced by in pace with the leading men. A mother of five children, she won first place for Israeli Women in the full-marathon race.

Full marathon runners Jerusalem marathon

Thousands ran the full-marathon route, with more Jerusalem residents participating than in the past.

Jerusalem Marathon runner stops to take selfie on course

International tourists also numbered in the thousands, and stopping to take a selfie was not uncommon.

Jerusalem Marathon in Gan Sacher

Gan Sacher had activities for runners and their supporters, and exhibitions of sports items for sale.

Jerusalem Marathon synagogue for morning prayers

The park had a synagogue near the information tent. Early starting times required many to get up before dawn. Some groups had organized prayer times.

Jerusalem marathon in Gan Sacher

By 9:00 am, the park was beginning to fill with this year’s official purple race shirts.

Moshe Lion with winners of men's half marathon Jerusalem Marathon 2018

There are so many races going at once, it is impossible to be everywhere. For the Men’s half-marathon winner presentation, Mayoral hopeful Moshe Lion was on the stage with the winners, wearing running shorts.

5 K winner Jerusalem marathon 5 kilometers

This young woman won the Women’s 5K race and received a medal and flowers.

Jerusalem Marathon 2018 winner before braking tape

Instead of running up and down the park from one end to the other over and over doing a personal marathon, this year I waited for the full-marathon winners to arrive. The motorcycle went to the side, and the cyclists escorted Shadrack Kipkogey (27) of Kenya to the finish line.

Winner Jerusalem Marathon 2018

Only as Kipkogey crossed the finish line for the second year in a row, winning first place in the Jerusalem Marathon, did his escort turn away.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat with elite runners Jerusalem marathon 2018

The first place, full-marathon winners were photographed with Mayor Nir Barkat and special marathon guest, Olympic runner and World Champion long distance runner Haile Gebrselassie from Ethiopia.

Races for Jerusalem Marathon

But all the tens of thousands who ran the shorter races were also winners in my book.

Jerusalem Marathon Druze families with OneFamily group

The dozens of organizations who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for good causes were also winners. OneFamily helps victims of terror, and their supporters included Druze families.

Jerusalem Marathon man standing on his head in Gan Sacher

Another upside-down day in Jerusalem, Israel. With streets closed and traffic blocked all morning in parts of the city, not all were happy, and many left town the night before.

With so many people filling the streets and the park, multiple starting times and two finish lines, it was impossible to find family members without a set meeting time and location.


Jerusalem Marathon 2018 man wearing ice cream shirt at finish line

However, every year I seem to find one marathon runner more than once. This year the man in the sleeveless ice cream shirt was headed to the full marathon finish as I was heading home.
Jerusalem Marathon 2018 runners

I had photographed same runner heading out in the morning on my way to the park.

Jerusalem Marathon 2018 people heading home after main races

Walking home was the only way to go. Many runners were going much slower after the race.

Jerusalem Marathon 10 K race three girls walking to Gan Sacher

But these girls walking the 10K were not lacking in enthusiasm as they made their way to the finish line.

Jerusalem Marathon medals 2018

All runners or walkers who passed the finish line received a medal. All participants were winners.

The 8th Jerusalem International Marathon had serious security along the way.

It was a colorful, cool day.

More photos posted on Facebook can be found HERE

Jerusalem Marathon special message shirt

Like last year, one photo of people I did not know was posted on Facebook on Friday afternoon and within minutes, it was noticed and tagged and commented on.

“Pancreatic cancer is tough. So am I.”

Quite a wow message to end another year from the marathon on the streets of Jerusalem, Israel.