Jerusalem is the center and birthplace of Christianity, as it is the spiritual home of Judaism and Islam. These three faiths peg their origins to Abraham, the supposed historical father of Islam and Judaism, and spiritual father of Christians. Pilgrims from all over the world come to Jerusalem. Although pilgrimages are not as important for Christians as they are for Muslims, thousands of Christians make their way to Jerusalem every year, specifically to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
To say that Jerusalem is a city of museums is an understatement. There are more than 60 museums in the city, which is very impressive for a tiny city compared to other major metropolis and tourist destinations in the world. While a majority of these museums are excellent and the best in their field, the most important museum in the Holy City and the entire country is the Israel Museum.
Perhaps the most exciting archeological finds ever are the Dead Sea Scrolls, and where are they now? You guessed it, in the Israel [Read more…]
Christianity is the only religion in the world that claims the resurrection and ascension of its founder. Jesus was resurrected after spending three days in the grave. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher maintains that within its compound is the actual grave where the body of Jesus was kept for three days. The Holy Sepulcher is one of the most revered and visited sites in the Old City in Jerusalem. But just in case the church leaders got it wrong, there is an alternative location in Jerusalem for Christ’s tomb — the Garden Tomb.
The belief that this could be the probable site of Christ’s actual tomb is not without evidence. Believers look to textual, historical and [Read more…]
Situated in the southern Arava, north of Eilat, the Hai-Bar Yotvata Nature Reserve is a 4,000 acre breeding and reclamation area, run by the National Parks Authority and the Israel Nature Reserves. The nature reserve is the desert counterpart of the Hai-Bar Carmel Nature Reserve that operates in the northern Mediterranean forest.
It has been established to nurture and breed locally extinct animals mentioned in the Bible as well as other desert animals that are on the brink of extinction for possible reintroduction to Negev desert. The nature reserve covers an array of arid-land habitats such as [Read more…]
Started in 2000, the Eilat Classical Music Festival continues its musical tradition each year by improving its quality, performers and contents. This music event holds concerts performed by world-renowned international choirs and bands that fly to Eilat, Israel especially for this event.
Established by Maestro Valery Gergiev, a world-famous conductor, this event usually takes place every first week of January. He and his ensemble consistently return to sunny Eilat every year for a refreshing change (since they spend most of their time in the snowy [Read more…]
Jerusalem is called the Holy City because it is easily the holiest city in the world. Christianity, Islam and Judaism began here. Simply put, the world would have been different if Jerusalem did not exist. Even if you do come to visit to enjoy other attractions such as culture and arts, food, archeology and nature, you can’t help but feel the air of spirituality as you see so many religious landmarks. It’s simply amazing to see structures and places from the Bible, Torah and the Quran come to life. One of these places is the Mount of Olives, which is an extremely significant place in Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
The three Abrahamic religions point to the Mount of Olives as the place of Redemption and communion with God. The Jews wait for [Read more…]