When I was in the tour guiding course we went to Nazareth and visited the White Mosque. It’s a beautiful old mosque, made of white stone, rising above the alleyways of the old city. An elderly man showed us up to the roof and talked about the view in heavily Arabic accented Hebrew which I helped […]
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Layers: Tel Me a Story (The Land of Israel, Jerusalem, and the layers of history and meaning that define it)
In ancient times before the written word there was a tribe, worshipers of the gods of the land. They walked along footpaths into the hills of the high country between the great sea and the sea of death, where nothing sinks. When they found a hill with sweet water flowing from it they stopped. From […]
The story of how a dead crustacean 70 million years ago became part of the holy landscape, the Western Wall, and a worldwide symbol of Jerusalem.
There are wild places, where you can experience nature a mere ten minutes away from Jerusalem.
Thank you living and eternal King for returning my soul to me with mercy. Great is your faithfulness. This is my loose translation of the ‘Modeh Ani’ prayer, which is the first words uttered by an observant Jew upon becoming aware in the morning. The prayer carefully leaves out God’s name, which we are forbidden […]
“There is something special about you and the people you come from. Something that God gave you, making you who you are and giving you the unique mission only you can complete. That is your light. Own it.” A special Hanukkah episode of the podcast.
How Joseph turned his youthful challenges into mature success, with dreams, pain, growth and God’s help.
Triumph, tragedy and a bit of Torah. In other words, just another day in the life of a Jew in the Land of Israel.
Treating each other decently following the U.S. election, the fires and political scandals in Israel, and a farewell to the great Leonard Cohen.
Here, in this nondescript bend in a small river, deep in the wilderness of the desert an hour drive from Jerusalem on modern highways, is the point of transition from wandering to homecoming, from paganism to monotheism, from personal striving to striving for (and with) God.
The short answer is yes. Traveling to Israel is safe. The slightly less comforting answer is that it is as safe as anywhere in the world today.
In this episode of the Jewish Geography podcast, I try to convince you to do LESS cleaning for Passover, we announce the arrival of ‘Letters to Josep’, the book, and Daniella reads a fascinating historical, linguistic, socio-political, and personal piece on the origins of the word ‘Jew.’
Does a Jew HAVE to believe anything? Also a plea for American exceptionalism and a virtual tour of my area of Israel, in this episode of the Jewish Geography podcast.
Do the Jews control the banks? Do they use the blood of gentile children in their religious rituals? The truth is exposed about Jewish conspiracies on this episode of the Jewish Geography podcast.
Qumran, Farrakhan, and Israel for Passover. All together on this week’s episode of Jewish Geography.
Is Israel a colonial state, here to subjugate the local population and extract resources for our foreign masters?
How can a good God allow so much pain and evil in world? Also, should Jews be suspicious of Evangelical support? Dive deep this week on the Jewish Geography podcast.
Judaism encourages us to engage and argue over everything, but some positions should be left for the haters to stew in. Credits Thank you to bensound.com for providing the music playing in the background during parts of the podcast as well as tristan-lohengrin for his, ‘jingle-02’, plasterbrain for his, ‘podcast-jingle,’ and mansardian for his, ‘news […]
In this episode: What’s the hullabaloo over a new prayer space at the Western Wall? What does the Orthodox/Liberal divide mean for the future of the Jewish people? And what’s with the Jewish calendar celebrating Spring in January?
I recently took my two oldest sons, ages 10 and 8, on a trip to Israel and hired Rabbi Eitan Levy as our tour guide. We had a really enjoyable time. Rabbi Eitan prepared the itinerary and took care of arranging tours beforehand when necessary. He provided us transportation in his new clean car. Rabbi Eitan was very knowledgable about all the places he brought us to, providing an historic overview complete with sources from the Bible as well current scholarly works- he really made the past to come life! One of the best qualifications of Rabbi Eitan is his ability to prepare an itinerary that keeps kids engaged as well as explaining the history at their level; this made the experience very meaningful for my two oldest sons. At the same time, I enjoyed conversing with and learning from Rabbi Eitan, as well. In addition, his flexibility and willingness to accomodate our needs regarding schedule changes was very admirable, and he was very helpful in making sure that my older son’s food allergies were accomodated when we ate out. Thank you Rabbi Eitan, for providing us with memories that we will not forget; my sons and I continue to talk and reminisce about our trip almost a year later.
In a single day, our large family experienced three aspects of Israel’s complex heritage: The desert site when Jeremiah pronounced his prophecies, the excavated settlement and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and the Dead Sea. Eitan was a fabulous leader and guide, dramatically proclaiming the words of Jeremiah, pondering the extremes of the Essene sect, and finding a great place for us, our kids and our grandkids to experience the astonishing buoyancy of the water and the equally astonishing enthusiasm of the other visitors for the salt-infused mud of the seabed. Our group ranged from 2 years to 72 years old, and we all left delighted with Eitan’s planning, knowledge and patience.
Rabbi Eitan took our family on a fabulous day trip through the Gush Etzion area. He tailored the trip perfectly to our requests for adventure, active hiking, a good place for lunch, a little shopping, a visit to the yeshiva for our son, and a final adventure at the Zip LIne! We had a truly full day! All our kids (ages 10-17) came home happy and tired. We would highly recommend Rabbi Eitan and would happily tour with him again!
Sharon JacobsonNewton, MA