We will tour together through the magical streets of ancient Jerusalem, where thousands of years of our Nation's history transpired. We will see from up-close the spot of our Holy Temple. We will learn about the Sanhedrin, the return of the Nation of Israel to Eretz Yisrael, the Aliyah of the students of the Vilna Gaon and the students of the Chatam Sofer and others, and the rebuilding and revival of the Jewish community in the Old City. The life of the Jewish community in the Muslim Quarter was shattered by the Arabs riots. With the liberation of the Old City of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War, the Jewish community of the Muslim Quarter is being revived and is returning to its former grandeur.
1. General Tour
We will begin our tour at the Kotel and make our way into the Muslim Quarter. We will learn about the various communities who lived in the area: The Hungarian community (students of the Chatam Sofer), the Western community (from North Africa) under the leadership of the "Tzuf Devash" (a famous Sefardic Rabbi) and others. We will then proceed to the "Kotel Ha-Katan" (the Small Kotel) and Yeshivat Torat Chaim, which today houses Yeshivat Ateret Yerushalayim, under the leadership of Ha-Rav Shlomo Aviner. We will ascend to the impressive outlook and see an astonishing view of the Temple Mount and the entire Old City.
The length of the tour is between one and a half to two and a half hours.
2. The Flourishing of the Muslim Quarter
We will tour the Muslim Quarter and learn about the first vineyard established in the Old City which developed into the famous "Arza Vineyard", the opening of the unique "Ezrat Nashim" hospital and the big orphanage in Jerusalem "Beit Ha-Yetomim Diskin." We will also learn about the birth of the Machane Yisrael neighborhood (one of the first neighborhoods outside the Old City's protective walls) by the Western Community by "Tzuf Devash" as well as the unique Yeshivah called "Ha-Agunah" (the chained woman).
The length of the tour is between one and a half to two hours.
3. "Around the Walls of Jerusalem"
We will meet at the Jaffe Gate and receive a short explanation about the history of the Old City and its walls. We will then ascend to the top of the city's walls and continue on for approximately an hour while hearing stories and learning about the history of the Old City, the first daring settlement outside the walls and explanations of the unique views seen from the walls. We will arrive at the Kotel, and we will complete our tour at the Dung Gate.
The length of the tour is an hour and a half.
To arrange a tour, please call 02-628-4101