Monday, February 15, 2010

Jewish-Israel Heritage Trail

That's a great idea!  That Israeli hiking trail should take the trekkers on a journey of Jewish History, the genuine article, not the post-Zionist abridged version.  No history for dummies, please.  I like the idea of a Jewish-Israel Heritage Trail.

Shiloh should have a very central place in it.  Ditto for Shechem, Hebron and Jerusalem.  After the exodus from Egypt and the forty years of wandering, when Joshua finally brought Bnai Yisrael, the twelve tribes of the Children of Israel into the HolyLand, it was Shiloh where the capital was established and the Mishkan, Tabernacle rested for 369 three-hundred-sixty-nine years, yes, years.  Shiloh is given a very specific location, south of Levana and east of Beit El, so this little triangle of a trail must be on the route.

Search as much as you can, but you won't find Tel Aviv mentioned as an important historic, Biblical city with Jewish significance.  Shechem is, and so is Beit El, Hebron, Jerusalem, Beersheva and Bethlehem.

I can think of some great routes following the lives of our forefathers, Abraham, Issac and Jacob.  Don't forget Joseph who hiked all alone to his brothers in Shechem.  As a youth, King David hiked from Hebron to his soldier brothers and then embarrassed them and King Saul, because it was he, young David who killed the boasting philistine, Goliath.

Take out the Bible and plan your heritage hike.


Hadassa said...

"Take out the Bible and plan your heritage hike," and there is help available. There are organizations and guides who are trained in the subject and offer tours and printed information. The name of an organization is on the tip of my fingers. Until I remember it, Google!

Batya said...

The course I took last year in Matan was based on two lectures about a Prophet and then a tour of the area he lived in.