Some of My Favorite Sites
- Tel Dan – The most beautiful site in Israel. Also has the most “wow” Biblical archeological sites of any site in the coiuntry.
- Ein Gedi Shul – Fifth century shul with an amazing mosaic floor which covers another shocking mosaic floor
- Kassar El Yahud – Jordan River Crossing - The place where Yehoshua and Bnei Yisrael crossed into the Land Of Israel
- Mitzpeh Yericho – Great view overlooking the city of Yericho and the Judean Desert
- Umm El Kannatir – 5th Century shul which has been restored, stone by stone, exactly the way it used to be thanks to three dimensional imaging technology
- Zaki Stream – Beautiful walk/swim northeast of the Kinneret
- Tel a Ful – Site of King Shaul's (and King Hussein's!) palace. From here you can see the site of all Eretz Binyamin stories in Tanach
- Tzippori – Ancient shul with beautiful mosaic floor, second century villa which was probably the home of Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi.
- Bet Shearim – International cemetery, Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi's burial site, building where the Sanhedrin met?
- Herodion – Herod's palace/fortress, swimming pool. mikvaot, shul, bathhouse, theater and finally... his burial place
- Kumran – Water water everywhere. Dead Sea scrolls, Essenes, ancient tefillin,
- Derech HaAvot – Old Roman road and milestones, path of the patriarchs (Did Avraham and Yitzchak walk here on the way to the Akeida?), ancient mikvah
- Shilo – Walls of the city, site of the mishkan (tabernacle), community shul patterned after the Mishkan
- Hula Valley – Cranes, water buffalo, bike riding, golf carting, late afternoon sunset
- Theater and Hippodrome in Caesarea – Horse racing and gladiators in ancient times, the amora who was a gladiator, the execution site of Rabbi Akiva?
- Hizkiyahu's "Wide Wall" – Hizkiyahu and Isaiah argue about the proper response to the Assyrian invasion of Yehuda, what really happened to the Assyrians?
- Katef Hinnom – Burial site (of kings?) from first Bet Mikdash period, 7th century BCE silver amulet with Birkat Kohanim on it.
- Khirbet Qeiyafa – Biblical city built in the time of King David, home of possibly the oldest ostracon with Biblical words ever found.
© 2011 - Ezra Rosenfeld
Photo credits - Eliyahu Rosenfeld