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For the Nine Days - Jerusalem of the First and Second Temples

posted Jul 28, 2011, 11:07 PM by Jack Cadranel

As the month of Av begins, this week's tours focus on Jerusalem at the time of the First and Second Temples.

On Monday August 1st explore Ir David - the City of David.  Is the massive building Eilat Mazar has found really King David's palace?  The Canaanite water system is 3,700 years old but did David's army climb up Warren's Shaft to conquer the city?  How did King Hezekiah defend the city against the Assyrians 2,700 years ago?  Why were paving stones of a 2,000 year old stepped street deliberately broken through?  Come and see for yourself!
Meet at 9.30 a.m. by the ticket office of the Ir David visitors' centre.
On Wednesday August 3rd take a look at Jerusalem of the Second Temple in the Herodian Mansions and the Southern Wall Excavations.  On the eve of the destruction of the Temple the Jews were torn apart by internal struggle; rich against poor, Sadducees against Pharisees, Zealots against the peace faction.  On the 8th of Elul, a month after they burned the Temple, the Romans set fire to the the upper city.  Some of the wealthiest families and priests had homes on the slope of the Western Hill with a wonderful view of the Temple.  Their power and position did not save them from the disaster that was to come.  Visit their houses and learn about their lifestyle and the strife that led to their downfall.  From there visit the beautiful archaeological park that lies at the foot of the Temple Mount.  Here are remains that span 2,000 years of Jerusalem's history.  Come and explore! 
Meet at 9.30 at the bus stop by the Jewish Quarter parking lot (Bus No.38)

Next week Monday is Erev Tish'a BeAv so there is no tour.  On Wednesday August 10th tour picturesque Nachlaot and the lively Mahane Yehuda Market.

Please note that the schedule is subject to change and that tours will only take place if a minimum of three people have registered.  Registration in advance is required.  Call 054-647-8955 or email tourwithjack@gmail.com .  Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes and to bring hats and water.  Each tour lasts 2-3 hours and costs NIS 60 per person plus site fees. There are site fees of NIS 32 on Monday's tour and of NIS 45 on Wednesday.