Mar Jaris
Mar Jaris

Mar Jaris

2019  |  26 Min

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  • Director: Yanai Arfi
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Just a stone’s throw away from the busy & noisy centre of Jerusalem hides a place of serene silence: the Judean Desert. In it stands one of the world’s oldest monasteries that dates back to the 4th century. The Monastery of St. George of Choziba - Mar Jaris in Arabic - has attracted monks since the early days of Christianity. A rare monastery open for female visitors, it is believed that St. Joachim prayed & fasted here for 40 days for a child. After his prayers, his wife Hanna conceived Mary – the mother of Jesus.