A Taste of Honey- Day 12

We spent all our time in Jerusalem today- mainly underground. But before then, we were able to go up to the Temple Mount. It is a very restricted area- the epicenter of the struggle in the Muslim/Jewish world. We also went through Hezekiah’s tunnel, an awesome engineering feat.

SMBI Study Tour Day 3

We left our hotel in Tiberius this morning around 7:15 and headed north up the Hula Valley to the city of Dan. We traveled along the border of Lebanon. We were able to see into both Lebanon and Syria.Joe challenged us while we were driving to “hagah” (devour) the Word. It’s only when we “hagah” … More SMBI Study Tour Day 3

Shabbat II

Post by Jackie (Kenaston) Hershberger We had a special experience offered to us for our second Shabbat in Israel. David and Devorah Katz, an Orthodox family with whom Joe is acquainted offered to open their home and share their evening with us. David came to Israel to study 30 years ago and remained as a … More Shabbat II

Taste of Honey (Leadership Study) Day 11

This morning we left the hotel on foot. Traffic was extremely light because of Shabbat. We walked through the Rose Garden to the menorah-shaped monument outside the Knesset (parliament) building. The monument depicts various scenes of Israel’s history from Biblical times to modern times.From there we walked to the Israel Museum. There was a large … More Taste of Honey (Leadership Study) Day 11

The Dead Sea

We arrived at the Dead Sea on a breezy, foggy gray evening. Not exactly the kind of weather we expected to find here in the desert 1412 feet below sea level! But nobody wanted to pass up the chance to float in this water, 34% salt. Because of the salt, you can’t sink. Even people … More The Dead Sea


Today is Shabbat (Sabbath), which officially began at sunset last night. The hotel was filled with people who came out to celebrate. The celebration begins with a candle-lighting ceremony; there was a tray of votive candles set out, with matches. Women, young and old, singly and in small groups, came in, lit a candle, and … More Shabbat

”Our Kingdom Inheritance | The Eschatology of Jesus” Teaching

Invite a friend, and join us for a day of teaching on ”The Eschatology of Jesus”. Teachers Vernon Beachy and Jimmy McDonald have both spent years, studying the Hebraic context of the Text. Over the years, the church in the west has formed some ideas about the eschatology of Jesus that is considerably other than what was understood in … More ”Our Kingdom Inheritance | The Eschatology of Jesus” Teaching

Covenant Chorale Day 12

Good morning from the Herodium, Herod’s favorite palace, fortress and mausoleum! Since Herod wanted his fortress to be the highest mountain in Judea, he had his workers carry buckets of rock and gravel to the top and extend the height of the mountain. An aqueduct  brought water from approximately 18 kilometers away, so there was … More Covenant Chorale Day 12

Covenant Chorale Day 7

Herod’s aqueduct in Caesarea was our first stop this morning, for a very quick group photo.  Our program at Kibbutz Beth-El was wonderful. When we arrived, the hospitable Germans served coffee, tea, bread and cookies, then Daniel gave us some history and showed a presentation about what they do on the kibbutz and the things … More Covenant Chorale Day 7

Covenant Chorale Day 5

Shabbat Shalom! We had our first concert at a charming mountaintop monastery this afternoon. The bus wound its way upward through groves of olive trees and freshly plowed fields. The monastery houses both monks and nuns who cultivate and sell olives for pressed on site olive oil. They also sell honey and spices. The monastery … More Covenant Chorale Day 5

Song & Study

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Psalm 100:1&2 Study is at the heart of our ministry here at Talmidim Studies. This is obvious by the name we’ve chosen for our ministry. However, there are many ways in which study and personal ministry can be … More Song & Study

Taste of Honey-Day 8

Beginning our day at Qatsrin. Our session begins inside a first century house with the story of the four men bringing the paralytic to Jesus. They tore the roof open to let the man down. The question is raised: Who fixed the roof?  How much time do we spend looking for prodigals?  Wouldn’t you love … More Taste of Honey-Day 8

Taste of Honey- Day 7

Shadows were still high on the opposite mountain, and the moon high in the sky when we started up Mt. Arbel. Give God something to bless, and enjoy the journey!Periodically, at the times when we needed a rest, the Rabbi would stand tirelessly and teach his heart out. First he paints a clear picture of … More Taste of Honey- Day 7

Taste of Honey- Day 4

Our guides changed the itinerary and we went to Tel Be’er Sheva first.Here is where Abraham was called to,by God, to impact the world. He even made a covenant with Abimelech, a pagan king. But wait, we say— that can’t work! That’s being unequally yoked with an unbeliever! What kind of God tells us to do … More Taste of Honey- Day 4

Taste of Honey-Day 3

The morning for most of us was begun with an attempt to watch the sun rise over the Ramon Crater. But those of us that rose early missed it, because breakfast time rolled around before the sun made its appearance. But we were not disappointed. The quietness and coolness of the morning was a balmy … More Taste of Honey-Day 3

Taste of Honey-Day 1

We have arrived safely in the Land, the plane having been carried in the Hands of our Father,….and after stowing luggage and passengers into the crowded van,…. …We headed to Yaffo (Jaffa/Joppa), and listened to and learned from the story of Jonah. Can we choose to see repentance as a joy?  Peter also has the vision of … More Taste of Honey-Day 1

Day 1: Gezer, Beit Shemesh, Azekah, Tel Maresha, and Mizpe Ramon

9:30 AM Traveling east, we are driving away from the coastal area of Tel Aviv into a greener part of the country known as the Shephelah. Here we will stop at a tel called Gezer. A tel is a geographical site once occupied (by humans, of course) but now abandoned. Once upon a time, Solomon … More Day 1: Gezer, Beit Shemesh, Azekah, Tel Maresha, and Mizpe Ramon

Welcome to Israel

20:48 PM (New York City) After being served drinks and mini bagels (at least they look like bagels; reading Hebrew isn’t one of my strong points), our group of twenty-four is settling in for the rest of the 9 hr. 5 min. flight to Tel Aviv. 10:30 AM (Tel Aviv-Yafo) We are now flying over … More Welcome to Israel

Learning to Trust

These past couple days in Israel have been excellent, and it is amazing to see what God is doing in our lives! Time seems to fly as fast here in Israel, and its crazy that it’s almost been a week here in God’s land already. Our days have varied quite a bit from visiting ancient … More Learning to Trust