Jordan River
Israel, Sea of Galilee (Kinneret)

Jordan is one of the main waterways in the Middle East.
The Jordan River originates at the foot of Mount Hermon, 14 km north of Lake Hula. Its source is a confluence of three rivers - Snir, Hermon and Dan, flowing from the slopes of Mount Hermon. There is a lot of rainfall on the mountain, both as rain and as snow. Its meltwater passes through cracks in the limestone rock of Mount Hermon, and out into the mass of springs. The largest of the springs is Dan. The amount of water dispensed by this source is about 30,000 cubic liters per hour!
The Jordan River runs all its way along the Syrian-African fault. First, along the valley of Lake Hula, then begins the mountainous Jordan, then flows into the Lake of Galilee, then continues along the Jordanian valley up to the Dead Sea, where 251 kilometers of the Jordan route end. Throughout the river, several more smaller streams flow seasonally or continuously into it. The Jordan River is very winding. The soil through which it flows is very soft, and as soon as the river washes some of the banks, it falls and blocks the channel. The river immediately begins to search for a new channel. She, like a curly snake, slowly crawls to the Dead Sea. The width of the Jordan River, as well as its depth, vary throughout its path. There are places where the river is 5 meters wide, and there are places in which the Jordan spills 40 meters. The depth of the Jordan River is also variable. In its northern part there are places where the depth reaches 2 meters, but most often it is just over 1 meter deep. When the Jordan River flows out of Lake Galilee and flows south, it becomes the state border between Israel and Jordan. Not reaching the Dead Sea, part of it flows through the territory, which today is called the territory of the Palestinian Authority. For almost two thousand years, people have come to the banks of the biblical river, with the hope after bathing to receive the healing of soul and body. During this time, the riverbed and the borders of the states along which its waters flow have repeatedly changed. The human faith in God's help and the possibility of a miracle for everyone remained unchanged. Once a year, January 19, on the day of the Epiphany, the waters of the river turn back and flow in the opposite direction. Thus, it is obvious and undeniable that the Lord reveals to people His power and divine grace. The event that took place in these waters is crucial for Christians around the world, so people needed to find a symbolic place of Christ's baptism. According to an earlier version, it was believed that the place of baptism is located on the western bank of the Jordan River, in Israel, in the vicinity of Qasr al-Yahud, in the Palestinian Authority. But since 1967, after the war, this site was closed. The most visited tourists and pilgrims in Israel is the Yardenit baptism center, located in the place where the Jordan flows from Lake Tiberias. In 1981, the Government of Israel, Yardenit was elected as a symbolic site of the baptism of Jesus Christ. From Jordan, the place of baptism and ablution can be reached at any time. But there are restrictions on the part of Israel - depending on the martial law, since this is Palestinian territory. At Epiphany and Easter, Jordan opens the border for Israel so that pilgrims can worship shrines. From the Israeli coast to the coast of Jordan about 10 meters. The border runs along the river and is not indicated by anything. The water in the Jordan River is brown and very muddy due to the rapid current, which erodes the clay and carries silt. But if you collect water in a bottle and let it stand for a while, the impurities settle and the water becomes transparent. Before Jesus, whose story is set forth in the New Testament, there was an Old Testament. It describes the history of the Jewish people from ancient times, and it contains passages, including those related to the Jordan River.

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