Along the switchbacks of the Alon Road, lonely among the crags and scrub brush of the Judean Mountains, hides the mysterious “Eretz Bereishit” – Genesis Land.
Genesis Land takes its guests on a thrilling journey of discovery in the tent of Abraham. There, guests enjoy “hafla,” ancient hospitality, along the dusty traveler’s road, in the exact same location where Abraham himself pitched his tent with “Beit El in the west, and Ai in the east” (Genesis 12:8)
In Genesis Land, visitors live as Abraham lived, and taste the life of the desert dweller. As they enter, they don clothing similar to those of an ancient Israelite, and descend on camel back into the world of their nomadic ancestors. Our forefathers were travelers, wandering the land and teaching others about the one, true God. In the spirit of Abraham, Genesis Land invites guests to ride camels along the ridge of the ethereal Wadi Kelt.
Visitors to Genesis Land are welcomed by the character of Eliezer of Damascus , who was Abraham’s servant, and chief of his household. Eliezer leads them down the hill to an airy, goat-skin tent, open in all four directions to receive guests and travelers.
At the tent, Eliezer defers to an actor playing Abraham, who warmly welcomes his guests inside, and washes their hands. Guests get to bake their own pitas over a “taboon” – the ancient Middle Eastern oven used for thousands of years. Then, while seated around low tables in the tent, they enjoy a rich, traditional meal, including dried fruit from the 7 species that Israel was blessed with.
Abraham’s message is one of brotherhood: the Jewish people must do everything to create peace amongst themselves, in the land. “The important thing is not to fight within the family. It’s important to accept everyone as they are.”
As guests meditate on the stillness of the desert, sunlight floods the burnished land with color, and reveals the stark and breathtaking angles of the Judean Mountains. From the eyrie vantage of the tent, the character Abraham teaches them about the land they see unrolled below them, including the Dead Sea.
As he drove his tent pegs into the ground, Abraham founded the ancient tradition of Jewish hospitality which lives on throughout the world.
Come visit the Land of Abraham, the Genesis Land. Join the Holy Land Tour and fulfill your destiny.