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Hanukka 2011 in Jericho

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Thank G-d, the access to the city is now easier, and we brought three groups, on three different days of Hanukka into the city, and we visited important sites.

-Hasmonean Palaces

Hanukka 1st candle

The Hasmonean Palaces is an important archaeological site on the south-west side of Jericho. These winter palaces were built by the third-generation Hasmonean kings, after they became corrupt. King Herod subsequently also built his winter palace in the same area. The site bears witness to the fact that Jericho was a major Jewish centre at that time. The site was excavated and reserched by the veteran archaeologist Ehud Netzer (who tragically died recently). Unfortunately Arab building is slowly encroaching into the site, but the Israel Antiquities Authority is doing little to prevent this.

Near-by is a large Jewish graveyard, where the Cohanim (priests) who served in the Second Temple are buried. It is the biggest priestly graveyard in the world. Unfortunately, thogh we planned to go there, we were not able to do so, due to Arab building between the Palaces site and the graveyard.

Film (in Hebrew) & Picture Album of the Event


Hasmonean Palaces Tour - Tourguide Erna Kovos, filmed by Rina Koshland


-Tour and Study at the Shalom Al Israel Synagoue in Jericho

Hanukka 2nd Candle

We toured the ancient Shalom al Israel synagogue in Jericho with the Nir Yeshiva from Kiriat Arba- Hevron, and also heard lessons from Rav Avi Shmutrich and Rav David Potesh.

Film (in Hebrew) & Picture Album of the Event


Shalom al Israel synagogue with Nir Yeshiva

Hear the Torah talks (in Hebrew) -

1. Short talk by Rav Avi Shmutrich in the ancient synagogue:
Listen לחץ כאן לשמוע את השיחה Download as MP3 (right click)להורדת השיחה – לחץ עם הכפתור הימיני של העכבר ובחר שמירת יעד בשם...

2. Study with Rav Avi Shmutrich and Rav Rav David Potesh in the study hall (on the first floor, above the ancient synagogue): Listen לחץ כאן לשמוע את השיחה Download as MP3 (right click)להורדת השיחה – לחץ עם הכפתור הימיני של העכבר ובחר שמירת יעד בשם...


-Tour of Jericho Synagogues and Jordan River Crossing

Hanukka 5th Candle

We toured the ancient Shalom al Israel and Naaran synagogues in Jericho, and visited the Kaser El Yehud site, where Joshua brought the Children of Israel across the Jordan River into the Land of Israel (See the Book of Joshua Ch1). A large group from Netanya participated.

Picture Album of the Event





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