Archives for February 2013

Exploring Herod’s Tomb

Geometric tiled floor and stone tub.

Opus Sectile tiled floor and Herod’s private bathtub. (Photo courtesy of Howie Osterer)

Herod the Great is a tour guide’s dream. He is such a colorful and complex character that he offers as many good stories as amazing sites to marvel at. He was an unparalleled builder, a bloodthirsty madman who killed many members of his own family, an egotist with major insecurities, a paranoid who suspected both Rome and the Jews of hatred, a brilliant businessman, and a tenacious ruler, to name just a few of his more significant aspects.

Generally, tour guides explore different aspects of King Herod’s character via different sites. But it’s difficult to visit a single site that fully captures his complexity. Until now, that is. The Israel Museum in Jerusalem has just opened a special exhibit entitled Herod the Great: The King’s Final Journey. And while I can’t say that it covers all sides of Herod’s life, it does a great job of building a multifaceted portrait of the king.

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Welcome to My Updated Website

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Meeting all of your Israel tourism needs!

I have been working for a long time now to upgrade this website. Before I received my Israel tour guide license, I mainly maintained this site as a blog, focused both on Israeli tourism and on the tour guide course I was taking. The plan all along was that once I began officially working, I would upgrade the site to my full home on the web, detailing my services, specialties and tour guiding philosophy.

For the first few months, I was just focused on building up my guiding business, so I wasn’t very focused on the website. Then I began to slowly build up the new website, step by step. Finally, I am now ready to proudly announce the launch of my new website!

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