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The Sea of Galilee

January 27, 2021

The Sea of Galilee or Lake Kinneret is the largest body of fresh water in Israel. Lying below sea level on the Great Syrian-African Rift, it is surrounded by hills and mountains and fed mainly by the Jordan River, supplemented by underground streams. It is Israel’s principle source of fresh water, along with the ground […]

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Lachish – a lost city

January 25, 2021

Strategically situated on the main route from Egypt, Lachish was a thriving city in biblical times. Initial habitation of the site can be traced back 5000 years, to the Neolithic pottery era, continuing to develop through the early Bronze Age, and becoming a major Canaanite city in the mid-Bronze age, with a surrounding wall and […]

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Beit Shean – then and now

January 20, 2021

Once a strategically important crossroads along the Syrian-African rift, connecting between Egypt in the south and Syria and Asia in the north, Beit Shean has been intermittently settled since pre-historic times, becoming a city of major importance during biblical times and then again during the reign of the Roman Empire. Dominated by an archeological mound, […]

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New of Year of Trees

January 17, 2021

The festival of Tu Bishvat (the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shvat) is the “New Year of Trees” or Israel’s “Arbor Day”. At this time of year the first fruit bearing trees start to blossom โ€“ most markedly the almond tree, and throughout the country the white and pink blossoms can be seen […]

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Druze villages in Israel

June 11, 2020

Israel is a country with many minorities and ethnic groups. One very interesting and prominent group are the Druze. A branch off Islam, the Druze today are recognized as a separate and independent religious ethnic Arab group. They are settled in several villages, mainly in the north of the country, and are renowned for their […]

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