Category Archives: Galilee miscellaneous

Tomb of Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakai – Grave of Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai in Tiberias

Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakai lived in the first century CE. He was one of the tannaim, a Jewish sage during the time of the second temple and a leader of the Jews after its destruction. He was a major contributor to the Mishnah. His grave is located next to the grave of the Rambam in Tiberias.

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Choni Ha’Maagel’s tomb in the Galilee – Cave of Honi HaMaagel in Hatzor HaGlilit

Choni HaMaagel, the circle maker, lived in the first century BCE. He was known for his prayers for rain. The story told in the Talmud is that when it did not rain, the Jews would come to him for help. On one occasion, he drew a circle and stood inside it; he prayed for rain until it came, refusing to leave the circle until God answered his prayers.

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Keshet Cave in the Galilee – Maarat Keshet – Arch cave in the Galilee

All that remains of the Keshet Cave is a huge arch. Most of the roof of the cave collapsed sometime in the past, but the immense arch provides a view of the Mediterranean, the Betzet Creek, and the Carmel Mountain ridge. Rappelling from the arch is very popular, due to the 50 meter drop on both sides of the arch.

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Templar Tunnel in Acco – Tunnel from Templar Fortress to the Acre Port

The Templar Knights built a fortress in Acco in the 12th century CE, after the fall of Jerusalem to Saladin. The fortress was built on the southwest corner of the city, so the Knights built a 350 meter long tunnel connecting the fortress to the port on the southeast side of the city.

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