GOOD GUIDES--that's my topic for ABC Wednesday today.
If I were a Rothschild (as Tevye the Milkman's song goes), I would go on a guided tour of Jerusalem every day. The best way to learn!
The guided tours are not cheap, but then, neither is the course of study to become a licensed tourist guide. The 18-24-month courses cost over 20,000 shekels (~$5,270).
A guide studies hard and works hard. I know, having been married to one for 22 years.
Let's look at a sample of my guides over the last three years.
This was the tiyul (trip/hike) to see the Burma Road and learn about the convoys which carried water and food to Jerusalem when it was under siege in 1948.
This one tour of the Old City tried a new twist: no registration fee but tip the guide as the spirit moves you.
Subject: Jerusalem pilgrim hostels in recent centuries.
A bus tour to Mt. Carmel and the Muhraka convent of the Discalced Carmelite Order.
Here, the courtyard of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
A behind-the-walls Jerusalem monasteries tour.
Remember the post on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Fr. Jean-Michel de Tarragon? This is the man. The Dominican monk/scholar/teacher/photographer/etc. was nice to lecture to our group in the church of Saint Etienne Monastery.
Lots of readings from the Bible, a whole day of learning about the Prophet Elijah.
The guide is the young lady with her hand in the air.
Have you noticed how almost all of the guides pictured here are talking with their hands? :)Moving guided groups usually don't stop at the shops in the bazaars of the Old City, but studying the T-shirts can be instructive.
Overlooking the Old City and on the horizon the Mount of Olives.
Enlarge the photo to see the nice nun in gray. She is not a professional guide (even though her hand is raised); the Sister is a nurse. But she gave us an in-depth look at the old French St. Louis Hospital where she works and lives.
This was part of a Yad Yitzhak Ben-Zvi study day about the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem.
The Hebrew word for guide is moreh derech, literally, a "teacher of the way." God bless these good guides of Israel.