Tamar Weissman

Welcome to my site! I’ve been a licensed Israeli tour guide for ten years, now focusing exclusively on guiding my little corner of Israel: the lower Galilee. I’ve spent the last two decades teaching Tanach (Bible) and Land of Israel studies in Matan (Machon Torani l’Nashim), as well as other midrashot throughout Israel. With degrees in the archaeology of the Ancient Near East and Classical Jewish History, my passion has always been exploring the complex interplay of text, history and land.

My first book, Tribal Lands: The Twelve Tribes of Israel in their Ancestral Territories (Second Edition, 2019) examines the essential connection between the individual natures of the sons of Jacob and the territory that each of the twelve tribes later called its own. (To learn more and purchase, visit here.) My second book (forthcoming, together with Batnadiv HaCarmi-Weinberg) is an analysis of the petichtot of Megillat Esther based on the chiddushei haTorah of R’ Matis Weinberg, and my current scholarly work involves the book of Shoftim (Judges).

I live with my husband Ira and our seven kids on our farm in Moshav Sde Ilan, a sweet little sleepy community nestled between Har Tavor and the Turan mountain range. We’ve just started our adventures in sustainable living, concentrating on turning our fields into viable pasture and growing our organic produce aquaponically, with a twinned commitment to both the intricacies of halacha and to compassionate farming practices. Once the farm is up and running, we’d love for you to visit! Read more about our adventures here.

My greatest joy as a guide is seeing the land through your eyes — every tour is a fresh encounter with familiar landscapes. Legendary tour guide Yehuda Ziv advised us to “explore all the cracks and crevices of Eretz Yisrael, but do so barefoot –for with every step you are treading on pesukim (biblical verses).” Though I do suggest sneakers on my tours, I also make sure to embrace the reverence and wonder of sharing the Land of Israel with you.