Below you will find the description of tours which we are offering during the month of January.
I suggest registering early so that you will not be closed out. If necessary, you can always cancel a week before the tour with no charge.
Feel free to recommend these tours to friends or relatives who will be here in the coming weeks.
I look forward to seeing you !!
Archeology, Organic Agriculture
and the "Birds and the Bees" in Bet She'an
Thursday, January 18th
This tiyul takes us to the warm Bet She'an Valley where we will visit the amazing, ancient city of Bet She'an whose monumental structures, destroyed in massive earthquakes, are still extant. The ancient tel and the cosmopolitan city with its public bathhouse, public latrine, theater, mosaic floors and other monumental buildings will occupy us as we walk through the broad 1600 year old streets.
Our visit will also include the fascinating "bio-tour" in Kibbutz Sdei Eliyahu which has been unanimously acclaimed by everyone whom I have taken there. We will walk through the fields of this unique, religious kibbutz which is among the world leaders in organic commercial agriculture and the ever expanding field of natural predators which replace dangerous chemical sprays used to protect crops from various pests.
8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
from late Bayit Rishon until the Sixth Century
Sunday, January 21st
We will walk through the homes and streets of Yerushalayim, from late first Temple period until the sixth century.
This tiyul will give us a glimpse of the Assyrian siege in the time of King Chizkiyahu and the prophet Yishayahu, the amazing wealth of the upper classes and the terrible famine at the eve of the destruction of the second Bet Mikdash whose signs of destruction we will witness, along with evidence of the Byzantine city of Aelia Capitolina, the "Jewless" Jerusalem.
You will finish this tiyul with a clear understanding of the complex history of Yerushalayim in these time periods.
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
In the Footsteps of the Sanhedrin
Monday, January 22nd
This tiyul will focus on the Sanhedrin. When and where was it established? Was it related to the Knesset HaGedola? And where was that established? Where did it meet?
Our tiyul will take us to two of the main Sanhedrin sites, to Bet She'arim and Tzippori. We will read and analyze many of the stories concerning Rabi Yehuda Hanasi, visit his home town and spend most of our time in the city where he spent his last 10-20 years. His relationship with the Roman leadership and, on the other hand, with some of the more extreme rabbis, will be discussed.
The beauty of Tzippori, with its amazing mosaic floors, will also occupy us as we understand the place of "modern" art in the world of the rabbis of the Talmudic period.
8:30 AM – 6:00 PM