The centrepiece of the ancient mosaic of the Shalom al Israel synagogue in Jericho
Artcle written by: Ari Z. Zivotofsky & Yosef N. Zivotofsky
In-depth illustrated article about Jericho, its significance and its history, as well as personal impressions on a visit to the Shalom-al Israel synagogue during Hannukah 2010. Also, a movie of the New Month prayer... Read the article...
A Great Hanukka Tour of Jericho
Mikve in the Hasmonean Palaces in Jericho
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.... Read the article...
The Anniversary of the Conquest of Jericho
Blowing the Shofar round Jericho
Jericho was conquered by Joshua bin Nun on the 28th of Nissan. The People of Israel went round the walls of the city blowing ram's horns for 6 days; on the 7th day the walls were absorbed into the ground.
We celebrate the anniversary of this miraculous event every year on the 28th Nissan, by circling the city of Jericho, blowing ram’s horns and reciting special prayers.
This is the account of the event which took place on the 28th Nissan 2011...Read the article
We greeted the month of Adar with great Joy
On the 1st of Adar B 2011, two Yeshivot, the chairman of the Yesha Council and people from all over Israel - altogether close to 100 people - prayed in the ancient "Shalom al Israel" synagogue in Jericho. To our shame, the Israeli army (which accompanies us inside Jericho) coordinates our entry to the city with the PLO regime.
Walking to Jericho
The latter did not agree to let us in at the agreed hour. Only when we got off the buses and started walking to Jericho, did the Israeli army relent, and pressurised the PLO regime to agree to our immediate entry. Because of the large public, we had two Minianim, one in the Yeshiva on the 1st floor and another in the synagogue below, around the ancient mosaic. There was much singing and dancing.
Erna Covos leads us into Jericho from the city's north-west entrance towards the ancient Shalom al Israel synagogue, which is right next to Tel Jericho, the biblical city conquered by Joshua bin Nun.
The past and the present meet - the conquest of Joshua, the now rampart-less remains of ancient Jericho, the ancient Hasmonean cemetery, the fresh-water springs of Diuk and Elisha, and of course the two ancient synagogues of Naaran and Shalom al Israel, where Jews have returned to pray despite the present Arab occupation.
Helping hands in agriculture - groups can come for a week at a time or for a few days at a time
Families or singles who want to make their home in this beautiful place
Are there people from Gush Katif who want to participate in the development of the farm? Here, we also cultivate on the sand, here also we experience the special blessing which Itzhak received in Grar (which is after all Gush Katif).