In the Footsteps of Rashi: Medieval French Jewry
10 days / 8 nights
Tour Highlights: Rouen, Old Town, Paris, St. Denis, Reims, Troyes, Central Square, Rammerupt, Orleans, Blois, Beaugency, Notre Dame Cathedral, and SO much more!
Our journey takes us back nearly a thousand years, to the “250 yearlong” Renaissance of the 12th Century. This is not the famous Italian Renaissance that began somewhat later, but a revolution in thinking, technology and — in particular — reading that made the later one possible. Urban centers were growing in northern France, and many different types of political, social, economic and religious institutions were developing. The very small Jewish community lived alongside its Christian neighbors: while they typically lived in their own neighborhoods, there was no ghetto, and Jews and Christians spoke the same language (“Old French”), dressed alike, practiced many of the same professions — and drank the same beer, the typical daily beverage for everyone. They even mostly ate the same foods, for meat was, of course, a luxury. Not to overstate the picture, however, there was no little love lost between the two communities, and suspicion, particularly on anything that touched on religious practice or theology, was the rule.
Nonetheless, dialogue was frequent, not as religious disputation (this only occurred later on) and it took place informally on the road, in the taverns and in the workplace — and, occasionally, during excursions of a religious and intellectual nature. In particular, Christian clergy were interested in Hebraica Veritas, “the ‘true meaning’ of the Hebrew Scriptures, the Tanakh and, not knowing Hebrew, would turn to the local Jews for help in understanding the underlying Hebrew meaning of their own Latin Bibles.
About JEWISH EXPLORATIONS
JEWISH EXPLORATIONS is a collaboration between the Philadelphia-based Gil Travel Group, a leader in travel to destinations around the world for over 40 years and Adults Jewish Learning Programs. JEWISH EXPLORATIONS study tours are led by outstanding Judaic Studies scholars whose depth and breadth of knowledge in their chosen fields of expertise is unparalleled. Our programs are designed to be intimate learning opportunities and are limited to no more than 25 participants. From archaeological sites in Israel to world renowned manuscript collections in England and from the deep South in the United States to the winding alleyways in La Juderia in Spain, JEWISH EXPLORATIONS give you a deeper understanding of the sweep of Jewish civilization around the globe and throughout the span of history.
- International Airfare (for those who purchased the complete package)
- Group arrival and departure transfers
- 7 Learning Sessions with Professor Harris
- Comprehensive touring program, including entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
- 8 days of sightseeing including entrance fees to all sights on itinerary, via a deluxe air conditioned motor coach with English speaking guide.
- 8 nights accommodation in expertly selected hotels
- Meals as indicated on the itinerary
- Cultural events as indicated on the itinerary
- Gil Travel document kit
Not included features:
- Airfare (for those who purchased land only package)
- Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)
- Tips to guide/driver and hotel staff
- Meals not included in itinerary and/or beverages
- Items of a personal nature
**Itinerary is subject to change due to timing and unforeseen circumstances.**
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|Moshe Margolin, Director|
Dates: June 28- July 7, 2017
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
BY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016
REGULAR PRICE SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT AIR and LAND (from Newark) LAND ONLY AIR and LAND (from Newark) LAND ONLY $6,575 $5,200 $6,725 $5,350 $1,495
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Rabbi Robert Harris, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary. He holds degrees from the Joint Program of The Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia, Columbia University and The Jewish Theological Seminary. He was ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary. Robbie has taught at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, and the Gregorian University in Rome. He has served as a pulpit rabbi in the United States and in Israel. He is widely published including books, articles and reviews. Robbie regularly performs with his rock band, SR2 (www.SR2rocks.com), and composes original rock ‘n roll.Back to Top
|Paris||Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel||With lush pillows and soft bedding, this hotel combines ritzy, modern design with the comforts of home|
|Troyes||Mercure Troyes Centre||This refurbished factory building provides a chic and bold environment for guests to marvel at before resting peacefully in a cozy bedroom at night|
|Orleans||Mercure Orleans Centre||Posh rooms fill this contemporary hotel, which is also equipped with an outdoor pool and lounge area for guests to delight in at their leisure|
From Newark (Delta)
|Flight||Departure Date||From/To||Departure Time||Arrival Time|
|DL 020||June 28||Newark/Paris||8:35 pm||10:10 am (June 29)|
|DL 021||July 7||Paris / Newark||1:15 pm||3:51 pm|