We recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Yerushalayim עיר הקודש.
Now that the dust has settled and the masses have left, we will celebrate the liberation of the rest of the tribal areas of Yehuda.
We will renew our relationship with Kever Rachel, proceed to Me'arat HaMachpeila and end our day viewing the new movie which tells the story of the moving and heroic story of the four kibbutzim in Gush Etzion.
Our tour will deal with these sites while also focusing on the June 1967 battles which liberated them.
Khirbet Kayafa (or Qeiyafa as it is spelled by the archeologists), is arguably the most important Biblical archeological site discovered in the past few decades.
Discovered in 2006 by Professor Yossi Garfinkle of Hebrew University, it has provided the scientific and archeological evidence which proves categorically (for those who question the accuracy of the Tanach) that there was a strong monarchy in the center of the country in the 10th century BCE, which we refer to as Malchut David (the Davidic dynasty).
We will return to this fascinating site and deal with the background, the archeological finds and their significance. Together with Professor Garfinkle's later finds, including the second ostracon (inscribed piece of pottery), we will reconstruct the original purpose of this hilltop in the Bet Shemesh region.
9:00 – 13:30
Places you haven’t seen in the
Sunday and Monday: July 9th–10th
Additional "lighter" stops will balance the serious nature of these historical sites.
We will return late to Jerusalem before 7:00 PM since 17 B'Tammuz is the next day.
***Early bird price of 1,025 shekels until June 22nd
The Destruction of Jerusalem Which Didn't Happen
Sunday, July 16th
Approximately 200 years after King Solomon, the northern kingdom of Israel was destroyed, major cities in Yehuda were captured and Jerusalem was on the eve of destruction.
During the three weeks, join us for a walking tiyul of Jerusalem of the late first Bet Mikdash period to understand the goings on and the strategy of King Hizkiyahu who successfully navigated the country to salvation, thus prolonging malchut Yisrael (the a sovereign Jewish State) for another 120 years.
9:30 - 12:30