Author Archives: Eitan

Abraham’s Well

The city of Beer Sheva recently built a magnificent visitor’s center around Abraham’s well, and I highly recommend visiting either on your own or as part of a tour with me. But first a bit of background. In the book … Read More

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What to Wear for a Day in the Old City of Jerusalem

How to dress for an all day hike, with religious sites, scorching sun, and a water tunnel at the end? Here’s my guide to preparing for a tour in the Old City of Jerusalem. … Read More

Herodion – Virtual Tour

Herodion is the burial place of Herod the Great, and site of rebel bases in 2 different wars against Rome. It’s an ancient palace that became a burial mound that became a fortress. Come join me on a full tour of the site. … Read More

Pirkei Avot 1:5, Don’t Talk to Women? (Video)

In this Mishna we are told not to talk too much with women. But it’s not as bad as it sounds. Watch to find out why. … Read More

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Old City Poems

I confess to writing poetry instead of listening to the tour guide. This was the result! … Read More

1.4 Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) Video

Pirkei Avot is a book of the Mishna that condenses thousands of years of rabbinic wisdom into a few pages. This is the 4th in a series bringing you that depth in concise, meaningful, bite size videos. … Read More

Pirkei Avot 1:3 (Chapters of the Fathers)

Thousands of years of rabbinic wisdom condensed onto a few short pages. This is the third video in the series going through it line by line. … Read More

Pirkei Avot Video 1:2 (Ethics of the Fathers)

Pirkei Avot is the repository of thousands of years of Rabbinic wisdom in just a few short pages. This is the second video in a series going through it line by line. … Read More

Pirkei Avot Video 1:1 (Chapters of the Fathers)

Pirkei Avot condenses thousands of years of rabbinic wisdom into a few short pages. Here I break it down into enjoyable short videos. Let’s learn together. … Read More

Rabbi Eitan’s Reading List

Step back from the 24 hour news cycle and enjoy a good book. Here are some suggestions! … Read More

America’s Border Control Crisis: Why Liberals and Conservative Don’t Understand Each Other

America is split on many issues, where people wonder how a person with any serious morality, with good intentions, and with access to accurate information could possibly be on the other side. Here’s how. I walk through my understanding of recent events at the US border, and then break down the competing moral frameworks functioning on both sides of the issue. … Read More

Mt. Bental: The Valley of Tears and Israel-Syria Border

Mt. Bental: In one site you can see deep into Syria, the border area, the site of one of the great tank battles of the 20th century, Israel’s tallest mountain, and also enjoy a good cup of coffee. … Read More

“Submission” by Michel Houellebecq: Book Review

“Submission” by Michel Houellebecq describes the takeover of France by the Muslim Brotherhood and has been widely attacked as Islamophobic, but it’s real target is modern, secular humanism. … Read More

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Why You Should Keep Your Plans to Visit Israel

The news looks scary. Here’s why you should keep those plans to visit Israel this summer. … Read More

Monocausal Reductionism and the Danger of Sloganeering

Reducing complex realities to single causes is always tempting, but perilous. An old Hungarian professor taught me why, and how to avoid it. … Read More

David v. Goliath, The View from Tel Azeka and the Elah Valley

This is where Israelite pride was restored, the Philistine yoke thrown off, and the meteoric rise of the future king David began. See and learn more from the vantage point of Tel Azekah overlooking the site of the battle. … Read More

Where to Stay and for How Long in Israel, Your Itinerary

Figuring out where in Israel to stay and for how long is complicated. I break it down here and make it simple. … Read More

Staying Safe in Israel: Security Awareness

Israel is a surprisingly safe place to travel, but the challenges here may be different to what you’re used to. Here’s everything you need to know to stay safe on your visit. … Read More

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In Praise of the Brave IDF Heroes on the Gaza Border

If you only get news about Israel from CNN you may think that headline must be either satirical or written by a moral monster. Think again, and have a listen. … Read More

New Review from New Friends

Once in a while, if you’re lucky, you get a reminder why you do what you do… … Read More