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What was Herzl's Favorite Emoji? August 2023
What was Herzl's Favorite Emoji? August 2023

Tue, Aug 29



What was Herzl's Favorite Emoji? August 2023

What’s the connection between the Maccabees and the State of Israel? Where did their symbols come from? And how did the Bezalel Academy use archaeology to design Zionist-Jewish art and identity? Visit several wings: archaeology, Jewish art & more.

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Time & Location

Aug 29, 2023, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Jerusalem, Derech Ruppin 11, Jerusalem, Israel

About the Event

What is the most ancient Jewish symbol? 

If your answer was the Star of David ✡️ - try again!  It’s actually the seven-branched Menorah 🕎, which originally represented something entirely different than it does today.     

Join this tour to learn the story of this, and other important symbols as they evolved or fell out of use, from the times of the Second Temple until today.     

"What Was Herzl’s Favorite Emoji?" opens a window into different aspects of modern Israeli and Jewish society, and raises important dilemmas and challenges.  This journey begins with the Maccabees, through King Herod, the Great Revolt, the Bar Kokhva Revolt and the Bysantine period, and ends with Modern Zionist Art from the Bezalel Art School.

You probably have questions about getting to the museum, where to meet, prices and other questions. I prepared for you a short essential document which breaks down the important things to know before, on the way to the tour and during the tour. Please make sure to read it.  

I have guided hundreds of tours and I assure you; your future self will look back and say “thank you for reading this!” and if not, “I wish I’d known”. To read the document click here.   

A few details about the tickets and meeting place. More information in the document above.  

You are eligible for 10% off your entire order with 5 or more participants per order. To get the coupon code, contact me before you place your order. Then use the coupon at checkout.   We are registered as a group with a special discounted rate through the museum, and that admission is included in your ticket, so you only pay once.   We meet at the entrance to the Model of Jerusalem and NOT at the main entrance. See document for images and maps.  


This tour is approximately 2 hours in the Israel Museum's archaeology wing, Jewish Art and Culture and Modern Israel Art. All in the main gallery entrance on the second floor.


  • Public Tour Ticket

    Discounted admission to the museum is INCLUDED in this ticket. There are several ticket options: Find the tickets that best fit your status. All of the tickets include the discounted admission that the museum will be billing me for. While I do not charge for kids under age 6, the museum charges from age 5 and up. If you are planning to bring along kids that are required to pay according to the museum, please select that "child under 6 yo" ticket option below."

    From ₪21.00 to ₪100.00
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      +₪2.50 service fee
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      +₪2.00 service fee
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      +₪2.25 service fee



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