Larry and Mindy לארי ומינדי

So we put on our hats and sunglasses, filled our bottles with ice water, and headed to the remains of a Jewish town of Korazim, mentioned in the Babylonian Talmud. The town was divided into five quarters, and the central quarter contains a synagogue, remains of three large buildings, and a prominent paved square in the center of the quarter. They also had a mikveh and oil press, and the buildings had these really cool “windows” that you can see us posing in.

Earliest occupation of Korazim was in the first or second century CE. In the Mishna and Talmudic period of the third and fourth centuries, the town grew, and most of the remains visible today date to this period. The first excavations of Korazim were conducted in the early 1900s and were renewed in the 1920s by the Hebrew University and the British Mandate Government’s Department of Antiquities. Excavations were continued by Israel in the 60s and 80s, and just a few weeks ago a mosaic was uncovered on the site.

There were also adorable rock hyraxes running between the ruins. Mindy is a sucker for their sweet little faces.

The site was very clean and had the obligatory gift shop and ice-cream pops. Worth a visit – but go early in the morning or late in the afternoon – it’s hot!

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