Room at the inn

Founded by Finnish Christians, Yad Hashmona is now also home to Messianic Jews. For visitors there are a charming guest house and a biblical village.

October 3, 2013 14:10
Yad Hashmona’s watchtower

Yad Hashmona’s watchtower. (photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)


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When a group of Christians from Finland asked the government of Israel for a plot of land on which to build a communal settlement, the response was slow to come. In the meantime, they waited in temporary quarters on the edge of Moshav Neveh Ilan just outside Jerusalem in the Judean Hills.

Finally, after months had passed, the Finns were told they could choose from several vacant elevated areas in the vicinity. They picked a hill right above Neveh Ilan, where they had often gone to pray. Devout believers in both the Old and New Testaments, they found the countryside on the slopes and the valleys below as biblical as you could get.


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