In Israel, my way of life-call it my philosophy if you wish- and the way that I like to teach are simple: let the local archaeology and the historical sites tell the stories! After all, they are the true narrators. By attentively listening to their stories, we can then go on to mature spiritually in our relationship to the teachings of the Bible, on the condition that we remain open in our hearts and minds to apply biblical wisdom and knowledge to what we learn from these archaeological and historical narrators, as they tell us about our history here in Eretz Israel.
A famous 1700s Spanish philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist by the name of George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.” Another 1700’s philosopher as well as a British Statesman by the name of Edmund Burke writes, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Finally, in the Bible at Proverbs 6:20, we learn this: “My son, observe the commandment of your father, and do not forsake the Torah (teaching) of your mother.”
I think these three quotes pretty much sum up what my philosophy is for the study tours that I lead here in Eretz Israel. I want to help you to learn to remember the historical past, live faithfully according to the divine commandments in the present and be courageous enough to always contribute good and truth to the future. Together, as we take our valuable journeys back in time, to the sites and historical events that have shaped so much of what we are as a physical nation and a spiritual people today; that is, “B’ne Israel,” my goal is to introduce you to the true narrators of the stories in the Bible and in the history books; to give a voice to the archaeological stone walls and gates, the monuments and structures of bygone eras, the physical remains of what our kings, princes, warriors, visionaries, common people, and biblical Zionists have left for us to learn from.
With all of my on-site, in-the-field, on-location scripture study programs; we will open up the narratives and read them together. We will study the texts. We will interpret what we read and try to draw lifestyle lessons from them, as we are taught by the Holy Torah of Moshe and the Prophets of the Holy One of Israel. Further, while on‐location studying the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings (Tanakh), we will look for obvious lessons and connections to the writings of the “New Testament,” which in Hebrew is called, “HaBrit HaChadasha, that is, the renewed covenant as it is referenced in Jeremiah 31:31-32. Besides all this, we will also take on-location visits to many non-biblical sites to also learn from those narrators:
Crusader Castles, Jewish and non-Jewish graveyard headstones, Roman, Byzantine and Muslim architecture and ruins, museum artifacts, and things like this. In fact, we’ll even learn what the Torah has to say from many ancient biblical and modern Zionists, that is, men and women throughout the centuries who had a deep vision, love, and commitment to building up Eretz Israel but never actually saw what it became in May of 1948 and what it shall become in the future. Finally, if you love nature, plants, animals, and natural formations of rocks, mountains, canyons, cliffs, oceans, rivers, and lakes, then you will not be disappointed as we go through the outdoor museum of Eretz Israel and study scripture on-location, at these sites also! In short, there is so much to be taught in the Land of Israel that I can pretty much guarantee, you will first run out of touring time long before you ever exhaust what you can study and learn in this Land!
At each historical on‐location site that we visit together, I will help you to look beyond the archaeological ruins that remain because after a while, all the rocks and walls will start to look the same and your touring days will become a blur, and you will likely forget so much of what you are trying to absorb! But have no fear. I will help you to focus your attention on the real reasons why we are at the various sites; that is, to learn what YHWH requires of you from the biblical narratives and stories that you regularly read about in your Bible – stories that can and will show you the eternal face of YHWH’s Holy Word in a very beautiful way; a way that can and will change your life for the good, forever!
Why choose Avinoam’s Coming Home Study Tours over other types of tours that are available here in the Land? After all, be assured that there are plenty of accomplished tour guides, pastors, rabbis, and tour leaders in and outside of Israel to bring you to the Land in style; to show you the sites and tell you interesting and informative stories from the “Old Testament” and the “New Testament” and from Israeli history; to make you feel that at least you got your money’s worth. So, why choose me for your program? Because I will work hard to challenge you to enter into learning what the All Eternal One of Israel wants to teach you as you declare to be members of B’ne Israel (that is, the restoration of the “Lost Sheep” of the House of Israel – Ephraim’s “Gentiles”) and doers of His Eternal Word.
I believe that the final redemption is close at hand! The Words of the Holy Torah remain valid! We cannot expect YHWH to change His Word to fit what we desire to learn or not learn. Rather, it is up to us to change our lifestyle and put our theology and philosophy in line with the unchanging, Holy Torah of YHWH and desire what He wants for us, if indeed, we want to be called into the renewed covenant for the House of Israel and the House of Judah (Jeremiah Chapter 31).
Again, remember the three quotes that I gave you at the beginning of this description of my approach to the study tours that I lead here in Eretz Israel: “Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” and finally, “My son, observe the commandment of your father, and do not forsake the Torah (teaching) of your mother” (Proverbs 6:20).
Don’t just study your Bible at home. Study your Bible physically on location in Israel and learn to remember the past. Learn to do good in the present. Learn to keep the divine commandments as the future is continually unfolding. Come to Israel at the times of our national Moedim (festivals) such as Hag HaMatzot (Unleavened Bread / Passover), Shavuot (Pentecost), and Sukkot (Tabernacles), and participate with us in these Holy festivals. Also, perhaps come for a number of other study programs that we are developing as extensions to the festival programs!
This is the road less traveled. This is the way of Avinoam’s Coming Home Study Tours.
Be blessed and Shalom!