A Personal Message From Miriam
Shalom and welcome! May this be a very special gateway through which you can begin to learn more about the Land of Israel, the Jewish People, our faith, customs and culture, and about the history and daily life of Bible times. I hope it will lead you to the deeper understanding of Scripture we all seek. May this site also be a place where we foster interfaith and intercultural dialogue.
I have written several books about daily life in the Holy Land, which you can learn more about in the Bookstore, but the book that means the most to me on a very personal level is The Scroll, my historical novel. It brings alive an amazing archaeological find from the Judean Desert. I use it to show how people faced the twin challenges of implacable enemies from the outside coupled with the dreadful internal divisions that still plague us today. The story is of a young woman who survived the killing field of Masada with only her divorce document and a few coins, and how she and her descendants over three generations sought meaning and a life in which hope for the future trumps extremism. It is a message we need to hear today.
Articles and Blog
“My house will become a house of prayer for all nations,” the prophet Isaiah said.
One of the most important things I have learned as a tour educator from the thousands of people I have shown Israel is that we are privileged to be living in a time when Christians and Jews can befriend one another in mutual respect. This is a time when we can learn from one another and realize together that the Holy Land’s sites and complex history speak immeasurable riches to both of our faiths and that what we share is so much greater than what divides us. In fact, it is a time when all people of faith can and must learn from one another.
On this site you will find articles, a blog, and books including The Scroll. It is my hope that they will show you what you can learn, as I continue to do, from the foremost scholars in the field about daily life in biblical times when our faiths were in their infancy and when, as now, people sought spiritual sustenance. As I take in the responses to my onsite teaching throughout the Holy Land, I have come to realize that we must discover the courage in ourselves and others to take action against what the ancient Jewish sages called “baseless hatred.” Knowledge is a valuable tool in helping us all become better good-will ambassadors. Whether you’ve been to Israel, are planning a trip, or seeking to add to your scriptural treasure trove, I hope that my books, articles, blog, and links will help you embark on your journey across the vast landscape of this knowledge, enriching your understanding of Jewish history and customs and what they can mean for all of us.
Learn how to see – know that everything is connected to everything else. The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
—Leonardo da Vinci
Miriam Feinberg Vamosh was born in Trenton, New Jersey and has lived in Israel for over four decades. She is the author of the best-selling Daily Life at the Time of Jesus, which has been translated into 32 languages. She is also the author of Women at the Time of the Bible, Food at the Time of the Bible, Teach it to Your Children, How Kids Lived in Bible Days, and with Eva Marie Everson, she wrote the award-winning Reflections of God’s Holy Land, a Personal Journey Through Israel. Her historical novel, The Scroll, is a moving saga about the survivors of Masada and their descendants over three generations, and is based on a real archaeological find.