Hebrew Voices #6 – Biblical Sites with an LA Screenwriter (Rebroadcast)

In this episode of Hebrew VoicesBiblical Sites with an LA Screenwriter, Nehemia Gordon speaks with Joel Haber, a licensed tour guide in Israel, whose tours are so enjoyable that he earned the nickname “Fun Joel.” Joel shares powerful examples of how reading the Bible, in the land of the Bible, brings the verses to life — sharing details from the binding of Isaac, the Valley of Elah, the routing at Mt. Hermon, and the broad wall in Jerusalem. Joel explains in-depth how the roads, the riverbeds, and the typography all help to clarify events, as well as how matching historical and archaeological records with biblical accounts proves the Bible is clearly not a made up book.

Joel’s contention that standing in the land yields spiritual understanding, is underscored when he shares about standing in the ancient city of Shiloh—envisioning its massive city walls that surrounded the Tabernacle—and comparing that experience to standing in Jerusalem and turning 360 degrees to witness, in one breath, the mountains that enfold her.

.קוּם הִתְהַלֵּךְ בָּאָרֶץ, לְאָרְכָּהּ וּלְרָחְבָּהּ; כִּי לְךָ, אֶתְּנֶנָּה
Arise, walk through the land, the length, and the width; for to you, will I give it.
(Genesis 13:17)

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Guest Bio

Joel Haber grew up in New Jersey, lived many years in New York City, moved from there to L.A., and then moved to Israel in March 2009. He spent most of his adult life in the film business, primarily as a screenwriter.  He brings his love of narrative and story to his work as a Tour Guide, and his lively personality has earned him the nickname “Fun Joel.” Fun Joel would love to share his passion for Israel with you by taking you on a tour.

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12 thoughts on “Hebrew Voices #6 – Biblical Sites with an LA Screenwriter (Rebroadcast)

  1. Absolutely loved this interview with “Fun Joel”. I will go to his website! Also I just wondered if the wall mentioned in the interview is the same Wall that ‘Rehab’ lived in? Thanks again for a wonderful teaching! Shalom.

  2. I wish I could shout in joy ; if ever Yehovah permits me to come to Israel , I hope Yehovah ensure that my tour guide is ” Fun Joel ” . He did really make the scripture come alive or to take shape ; also I hope I would be able to catch up with Nehemiah and Keith : People am indebted to for my learning .


  3. “Arise, walk about the land through its length and
    breadth; for I will give it to you.”
    Such a delightful invitation by Yehovah to Abraham.

    The best I can do for now is Google Earth street view.
    What a fantastic way to “walk” the streets of Jerusalem,
    and get a realistic 360 degree view of the Western Wall,
    the palm lined streets of Beit Zayit and the beautiful
    Hill country with its hiking trails. You can even see
    up close the threshing floors out in the country side.

    Until Yehovah makes a way to visit in person
    then this will keep me expectantly content.

  4. Another amazing program. Hebrew Voices is definitely a part of our education about the Land. Thanks to you both.

  5. Best discussion of this type I’ve heard!!!! ? Makes me want to share this with others not so inclined.. Cudos also to you, Fun Joel. If I get to go to Israel before Messiah comes, I will first attempt to contact three. You two are real treasures that I have already discovered in “God’s country”! Blessings and Shalom

  6. Thank you Joel and Nehemia for your definition of following God instead of defined by institutions and structures. I am with you there. I love you two dearly. I would love to be under the tour guidance of Joel and of course Nehemia some day in bringing Israel to life and fun! Nehemia, you are great at interviewing and bringing the truth to light and I am grateful to our Great God, YeHoVaH for your gift given in this age.

  7. Shalom Nehemia, I really got a lot of value from your discussion with Fun Joel. He really brings the Tanakh alive and someone which should taken very seriously. Define YES to support. Well done Nehemia.

  8. Thank you Nehemia and Joel! Really appreciated and enjoyed this discussion. I have to say, Hebrew Voices just keeps getting better and
    better! (y)
    I love it when the truth of the Holy Scriptures is discussed, especially as pertaining to the archaeological finds that confirm HIS truth! Having the opportunity to tour the Holy land truly does make the Bible come to life, as I know from personal experience! You will never look at your Bible again in the same way! These podcasts really help those who haven’t had an opportunity to experience this for themselves … SO KEEP EM’ COMING, AS THEY ARE PRICELESS PEARLS!

  9. “post-denominational” LOL YES! Tear down the walls! I luv that and it’s what I have been praying for since I came to an understanding that I can talk to JHVH personally. I try to imagine myself in The Land when I read, so thank you for this chapter, Nehemia, and you both are right about it not being the same unless we are there and can walk in it. I am not able to have that choice since I am handicapped and use supplemental oxygen 24/7 so it’s difficult to travel. But I so look forward to walking in The New Land when YHVH makes the new heaven and earth “Rev 21:1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.” Again thank you, Nehemia, for sharing Hebrew Voices with all who love YHVH and may HE continue to bless you mightily. Amen

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