Jerusalem on the Sabbath
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Our third and final day in Jerusalem fell on a Sabbath. Beginning the night before at dusk, the Sabbath runs all Saturday morning and afternoon, ending at dusk. Fortunately in Jerusalem, only the Jewish section of the city shuts down. Taxis are still running, and the museums were still open. We were unsure about this at first, but once we knew the Israel Museum was open, we headed straight there via taxi. The highlight of the Israel Museum are the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, copies of chapters of the bible written thousands of years ago. Although we couldn't take pictures, they were amazing to see! We were able to eat lunch in the Armenian section before finding out that buses were still running to the Palestinian border. We took a bus in the Muslim section of the city to the wall, and continued once on the other side to Bethlehem. Our bus down to Eilat in southern Israel didn't leave until midnight, so when we got back to Jerusalem, we had a nice dinner before catching a bus (after the Sabbath was over) back to the bus station. There we waited until midnight to take our bus south.