Acre is one of the most ancient port cities in the world, and its history goes back as far as the Bronze Age. For centuries, the city was overtaken by one dominion and then another, as warriors found it a strategic point of entry from which to conquer the land of Israel. Acre reached the height of its development in the 13th century, when it served as the capital of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. The most impressive remains found in the city date from this period, as well as from the Ottoman era, when Acre served as the major port city of the area. In the 19th century, the prominence of the city of Acre began a steady decline, as Haifa became the major port city in Israel. Continue reading
Of all the Jewish holidays celebrated throughout the year, Shavuot is one of the most interesting, varied, and disputed holidays. Shavuot falls on the 6th day of the Jewish month of Sivan, which usually occurs in late May or early June. The holiday officially commemorates the day that God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai.
According to Legend, King David was born and died on the holy day of Shavuot. Some Jews will celebrate it with a trek to Jerusalem for a day of solemn prayer. Jewish people living in Israel generally only celebrate Shavuot for one day, but those who live outside Israel will often hold two-day Shavuot celebrations.
Shavuot is also connected with the grain harvest season. In Israel, barley is typically harvested around the time of Passover, and the wheat harvest falls around the time of Shavuot. Jewish people typically honor Shavuot by eating a lot of dairy food. One explanation for this is that prior to Moses receiving the commandments from God, the Jews had no instruction on how to properly prepare animal meat for consumption. Cheese Blintzes, Cheesecake, and other cheese items are often eaten on Shavuot. Continue reading
There are times when the trivialities of daily life pose out to be a little overbearing. At these moments, all you need is a time off from your busy schedule and let your spirit fly free across the boundaries of your mind.
Tel Aviv is one such place that beckons travelers to have a sip of its self indulging lifestyle. Studded with beautiful high rise buildings, breadth taking beauty of the sea shore, Tel Aviv is undoubtedly one of the most popular holiday destinations among tourists. The city is a hub of city hangout offering luxurious shopping malls, night clubs, bars, theatres and the like. Tel Aviv is not just about splendid parties and glamorous shopping complexes. It has more to offer. The city is amply bestowed with rich culture, an aspect that is highly reflected in the pedestals of Yemen Falatel and Hakosem Falatel.
Just as the city is a destination of tourists, it also offers luxury rental apartments where the tired travelers can find an abode of peace. luxury apartments, Tel Aviv are designed keeping in mind the various needs of its residents Continue reading
Israel tourism is one of the most extraordinary experiences a person can go through. There’s nothing quite like this magnificent Mediterranean country, a magical mix of religion, nature, nightlife and all the pleasures imaginable in the mind of the modern tourist.
Still, many people find themselves wishing to visit Israel but somewhat fear about their personal safety and security. Well, fear no more! Although Israel is indeed a star in the evening news, visiting Israel is not very different than any other vacation travel.
Crime rates in Israel are much much lower than other countries around the world and the rest is pretty much noise and bad publicity. Israel’s first goal is to protect its citizens and the state security is top-notch, perhaps the best in the world. We all heard the stories about ELAL’s security procedures, making the national Israeli airline to be the safest around the globe, and that’s what Israelis do best – keep things on the safe side.
Of course that all of the above doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take any precautions when traveling, and there are a few pointers to keep in mind, whether you are planning to go by yourself or join an Israel tour. Continue reading
Most biblical attractions are located in Israel, which is also referred to as the Holy Land. It is in this land that our Lord Jesus Christ was born. The following are some of the most attractive sites related to the holy Bible.
1. The Church of Navity located in Bethlehem is a holy Christian site, which marks the traditional birth of Christ. According to Gospels of Mathew and Luke, Jesus was born in a Manger. Joseph and Mary had freed from Nazareth because King Herod had threatened to kill every first-born boy of the family. The birth place at the center of the church has a big star which marks the exact birth place. Visitors from all corners of the world tour this site to witness and kiss the place Christ was born.
2. Church of the Loaves and Fishes located on the north-western shores of the sea of Galilee is a must visit. The original church was built in BC 350 but it was later reconstructed. This modern Catholic church was built to preserve and mark the traditional stone where the miracle of the five loves and two fish was performed. An altar is built on the stone on which the breads and the two fish were laid. People who tour this site take home small pieces of stone which they believe will bring them prosperity.
3. Bethany in Jerusalem is a Muslim and Christian village located Southeast of Mt. Olive. It is in this village that Lazarus was raised from the dead. The book of John 11:38-44 tells how Jesus rose Lazarus from the dead. The tomb of Lazarus is the major attraction on this site. There is a modern church built near the tomb in the memory of Lazarus. Luke 24:50 says that Jesus ascended to heaven near Bethany.
4. The Last Supper Room in Jerusalem is believed to stand over or near the original place of the last supper. This room is a second-story room built to commemorate the last supper. The Last Supper Room is built over the tomb of David near Mt. Zion. The small church built on Mt. Zion in 130 AD is believed to have been built in this site.
5. Mount Tabor, which is 500 meters high is located near Jezeel valley. According to Mathew 17:1-9, the transfiguration took place on this mountain. Jesus had gone to the mountain for prayers accompanied by John and James. While in the mountain, He was transfigured and His face shone like the sun and the clothes turned white. Moses and Elijah appeared and they begun talking with Jesus. Suddenly, a white cloud from heaven covered them and a voice said,”This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” there are several churches built on this mountain such as, Church Of The Transfiguration, Church Of St.Elius and Church of St Melchizedek.
6. Nazareth is of great importance to the people of Israel. Jesus spent most of his childhood in Nazareth. There are many religious churches in the city such as, Orthodox Church, Mensa Christ Church, White mosque and the Church of Annunciation. The Nazareth market is another attraction where you can shop and take beautiful things at home.
7. Mount Nebo is another sacred place. It was on this mountain that Moses saw the promised land. It is believed that his grave is on this mountain. Other attractions include Caesarea, Mount Olive, Jaffa Gate and Mary’s Well.
In Israel, weather is a “hot” topic – a bad summer means particularly high temperatures and humidity, unlike Europe where it means a particularly cold and rainy season. While tourists flock to Israel to lie in the sun, Israelis leave the country in droves to get away from the summer heat.
In 2010, Israel weather forecasters saw the hottest year since records began. It started in early Spring with excessive heat waves and reached a peak in August with average temperatures over two degrees higher than in previous years. On one of the days, the meteorological office in Be’er Sheva, in the south of the country, recorded an all time high of 43.8 degrees celsius!
According to a study conducted at Tel Aviv University in Israel, weather in the Middle East is being affected by global warming, as everywhere else. Hotter summers and shorter, drier winters are going to be the trend for the future. The study also predicts more extreme weather conditions with heavy rains and storms in the winter and hot, dry heat waves in the Spring and Autumn. Continue reading
As both the ancient birthplace of the world’s three major religions and a young, thriving modern society, Israel offers its visitors the best mix of old and new, historical and contemporary, natural and state of the art. Tourists come to Israel to discover the wonders of Biblical buildings and antiquities, to experience the beauty of natural sand, sea and mountain views, and to enjoy luxurious spa centers, hotels and entertainment. Tourists come to Israel to explore their personal spirituality and religious heritage. Tourists come on a one-of-a-kind trip to Israel to marvel in the diversity of peoples, landscapes, histories and leisure options that co-exist in this small, but fascinating country.
It is this unique combination that makes Israel an ideal destination for incentive travel. With all of this variety packed into just over 8,500 square miles of land, groups are able to maximize enjoyment with limited travel time and minimal movement between hotel accommodations. Groups touring around Jerusalem will relish a day soaking up the unique aura of Israel’s spiritual and political capital, home to the sites most holy for Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Less than an hour’s drive away, those touring Tel Aviv have a wealth of cultural opportunities at their fingertips, including beautiful beaches, designer shopping, exceptional architecture, a variety of chef restaurants, art, music and much more. Continue reading