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The Kotel (The Western Wall)

June 23rd 2011

Visitors to the Holy Land usually start with a trip to the Kotel, also known as the Wailing Wall or Western Wall. The Kotel is the last remaining wall of the Temple Mount, upon which the Jewish Temple stood in antiquity. Since the Temple Mount itself is mostly off-limits to Jews, the Kotel is considered […]

Graves of Holy Sages, Tiberias

June 6th 2011

Visiting graves of righteous people is an important element of a successful Israel tour in order to connect with the vast array of courageous souls who undertook the difficult task of uplifting the Jewish people spiritually and physically throughout history. Up in the spectacular coastal town of Tiberias, lies a number of extremely important Jewish […]

Elijah’s Cave

May 31st 2011

In the beautiful world of Haifa next to the beach lies the prophet’s haven. Who was Elijah? Scripture sees him as a prophet, who used this cave to gain strength before returning to defeat the pagans who worshipped Baal. Elijah lived in the 9th century BCE. The Cave was also the location he returned to […]

Lag B’Omer Bonfires

May 4th 2011

Israel is burning up, this May 21, 2011, with bonfires galore. This holiday celebration of Lag B’omer isn’t exactly “marshmallow season” ( though you could bring a bag if you want). Rather, it is a day of great joy and festivities, after thirty three days of mourning in which observant Jews don’t listen to live […]

Passover in Hebron

April 11th 2011

This Passover, while you’re traveling in Israel, you might as well visit some long-lost relatives. You know, the ones you lost touch with years ago, the ones your ma and pa told you stories about, and the ones who go waaaay back to the beginning of Jewish history. In other words, if you want to […]

The Dead Sea Scrolls

March 23rd 2011

Possibly the coolest archaeological experience you will have in Israel, in the most bizarre architectural structure. The Dead Sea Scrolls. During you travels in Israel, your group tour must journey to this fantastic exhibit located at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. In 1947, a young Bedouin shepherd hit the ultimate Biblical jackpot- 11 caves around […]

Cave of Machpelah

March 22nd 2011

Located in Hebron, the Cave of Machpelah, or the Cave of the Patriarchs, is one of the holiest locations in Israel. When you visit the Cave of Machpelah, you will learn all about the three patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is also the home of the matriarchs, Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah (all except […]

Bar’am Synagogue

March 22nd 2011

If you are traveling in the area surrounding Safed, take some time to stop at the Bar’am Synagogue, one of the best-preserved synagogues from the ancient period throughout the country. The stone ruins marking the synagogue now stand as a centerpiece for the Bar’am National Park. Since the third century, it has been a central […]

Ancient Synagogue of Shfar’am

March 22nd 2011

Today, Shfar’am is a predominantly Arab city in the Galilee, populated by 35,000 Muslims, Christian and Druze Arabs. Located in the North District of Israel west of Haifa, there are many theories about how the city of Shfar’am got its name. One theory holds that, until approximately 500 CE, Shfar’am was known as Shofar Am, […]

Siloam Tunnel

March 22nd 2011

One of the highlights of any visit to Jerusalem has to be Siloam Tunnel. This amazing feat of engineering features a 1,500 foot tunnel built in 701 BCE by King Hezekiah in an effort to protect Jerusalem’s main water source, the Gihon Spring, from the Assyrians. When you go, you should expect to get a […]

Samson’s Tomb

March 22nd 2011

The road leading to Samson’s tomb in Tel Zor’a is lined with picturesque picnic locations and sculptures, and goes through the President’s Forest. The burial site of Samson is also known as his birth place, and therefore, the area is known as “Samson’s Country.” Once done climbing Tel Zor’a, visitors will see Samson’s blue-domed, white-washed […]

Tzfat Cemetary

March 22nd 2011

The Safed Cemetery is an important landmark in Safed’s rich history. Thousands of tombstones are lined one after the other along the slopes of Safed’s old city. The cemetery retells part of the city’s history and the inhabitants from 100 years back. Walking along the narrow paths, visitors will read off tombstone inscriptions of mystics […]

The Baba Sali

March 22nd 2011

The Baba Sali, Rabbi Israel Abuhazera, was from a leading rabbinical family in Morocco. Baba Sali, born in 1889, came to live in Israel when he was 70 years old. He lived in the Negev town of Netivot and secluded himself in his home. People would gather in his home to receive his blessing, especially […]

The Ari’Zal

March 22nd 2011

The Ari’s tomb and mikvah memorialize Rabbi Isaac Luria (1534-1572), who is known as the Ari (means “lion” in Hebrew). The Ari greatly influenced Kabbalah in Safed, when he lived there for the years prior to his death. The Ari’s mikvah, where the Ari was washed before burial, is situated around a natural spring near […]

Tombs of the Sanhedrin

March 22nd 2011

The tombs of the Sanhedrin are located in the ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhood of Sanhedria, in a small shady park. Many refer to this landmark as “the Tombs of the Judges.” These tombs are first mentioned by Rabbi Jacob the Emissary in 1235, who calls them the “Tombs of the Righteous,” where many wise and righteous […]

Tombs of the Children of Israel

March 22nd 2011

While exploring the rocky plateau of northeast Jerusalem, you will encounter a huge, mysterious structure, known as Kubur Bani Yisra’il (Arabic for the tombs of the Children of Israel). Archaeologists found that the tombs date as far back as to around 2000 BCE. Some say it is the territory that was once allocated to the […]

Tomb of Zechariah

March 22nd 2011

At the foot of the Mount of Olives lies the sacred tomb of Zechariah. Zechariah’s tomb is considered to be a great symbol of the Holy City for two reasons. The first is that the Mount of Olives is the place where the Messiah will take his first steps; and the second is the fact […]

Tomb of Rachel

March 22nd 2011

Discover the restored tomb of the Biblical matriarch, Rachel, wife of Jacob, mother of Joseph and Benjamin. According to the Bible, Rachel was buried on the Bethlehem road located at the entrance of Bethlehem in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo. Sir Montefiore received permission from the Turkish Sultan, and refurbished and expanded the tomb to […]

Tomb of Rachel in Tiberias

March 22nd 2011

At the Tomb of Rachel you’ll learn all about Rabbi Akiva’s wife, Rachel. This century-old domed tomb is located in Tiberias, and has since been a place of pilgrimage where many light candles and pray. The great love story of Rachel and Rabbi Akiva started when Rabbi Akiva was working as a shepherd for Rachel’s […]

Rabbi Pinhas Ben Yair

March 22nd 2011

When visiting Safed, it is customary to visit the tomb of Rabbi Pinhas ben Yair. The great sage was the son-in-law of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a sage in the second century. Rabbi Pinhas was well known for his humble disposition and did not want anything on his tomb since he believed that people should […]