ISRAEL IN DEPTH
What to Expect
Note: This trip is full and is closed.
An ancient Rabbi said, “The best way to learn is with your feet.” We’ll find many opportunities to discover this truth. The sites we visit have been chosen for the opportunities they offer for learning and, consequently, many are impossible to reach without considerable walking or climbing. This is an extremely strenuous experience, including 5 to 12 miles of hiking each day.
Expect to hike well over 100 miles during the two weeks, often over rocky and hilly terrain and in direct sun with temperatures that range from 80 to 115 degrees. Most of the hiking is uphill or downhill, often at steep grades. The ground is often rocky or wet, making footing difficult.
Organizers emphasize that this is not an experience for the faint-hearted or out-of-shape. Plan to do physical training before the trip. You should not plan to opt out of any activities due to physical concerns. It is necessary for the entire group to participate in all of the studies in order to experience learning in a Jewish style (rabbinic teaching). Commenting on our tours, our Israel guide noted, “Others come to see; you come to experience.”