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November 29th and December 1st - Destruction and Development

posted Nov 25, 2010, 1:03 PM by Jack Cadranel
This week's tours explore the destruction of Jerusalem 2,000 years ago and the development of the city in the 19th Century.
On Monday November 29th visit the Herodian Mansions and Burnt House.  Just before the destruction of the Second Temple the Jews were torn apart by internal struggles; rich against poor, Sadducees against Pharisees, Zealots against the peace faction. Many of the wealthiest families and priests had homes on the Western Hill with a wonderful view of the Temple. Their power and position did not save them from disaster. On the 8th of Elul the Romans set fire to the upper city. Tour the houses of the priests and learn about their lifestyle and the strife that led to their downfall.
Meet at 9.30 a.m. at the bus stop by the Jewish Quarter parking lot.
On Wednesday December 1st find out how Europe Builds Jerusalem in the 19th Century.  Walk from the Old City through the Russian Compound to the Italian Hospital and see how the European powers gave Jerusalem some of its most impressive buildings – hospitals, churches, post offices, and more.  They weren’t just being generous!  This tour will give you the low-down on what they built and why and on their impact on Jewish Jerusalem.   
Meet just outside the Jaffa Gate at 9.30 a.m.
Please wear comfortable shoes and bring hats and water for these tours.  Each of them lasts 2-3 hours and costs NIS 60 per person plus site entrance fees.  There are site fees of NIS 35 on Monday's tour and of NIS 10 on Wednesday's.  Please register in advance 054-647-8955 or
tourwithjack@gmail.com .
Coming up in the following week are two special tours for Chanukah.  On Monday December 6th at 2.30 p.m. Nachlaot with Chanukah Candles and Doughnuts.  On Wednesday December 8th at 5.00 p.m. A Rooftop Tour of the Jewish Quarter with Chanukah Candles and Doughnuts.