“Properly named Ein Ya'al, this 'living museum' is entertaining and educational for young AND old.”
I'm a licenced Israeli tour guide, and did a refresher course here about 14 months ago. We have to do at least one such course anywhere in the country, every year. I tend to do 8-12 a year, because I learn so much.
At Ein Ya'al (the real name, from 'to Ascend' in Hebrew; not 'yael', ibyx or gazelle (I can never remember which)), there is a ruined Roman estate, built after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE., on the site of a pre-destruction stop on the Jewish pilgrimage route from south and southwest, up towards Jerusalem (hence the connection with 'to ascend' in the name). Because of the natural springs, there were ritual baths here, and thus, a good place to build a home. Water is not as common in the Land of Israel, as in Ireland, for example. A natural spring of good water is a serious plus.
One can view the ruins here; one can also view the ritual baths (mikva'ot, in Hebrew). as well, a whole range of traditional processes from thousands of years ago, can be studied here, in an enjoyable and easy way: one can learn about papyrus production, and actually make a piece of paper as was done so long ago; one can learn about Archimede's water screw, from a working example; one can learn how grain was turned into flour; and how crops were irrigated then. Kids will enjoy it, but so will many adults. I did, and those with me. There are more activities available, and this is a short drive from the centre of Jerusalem, and almost next door to the Biblical Zoo, also well worth a visit.
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