The Amazing 2,000-Year-Old Boat on Kibbutz Nof Ginossar, Israel

I always said that some day the sea will give us a gift, says Yuvi Lufan. His prediction proved true. The gift which was given by the sea is now one of northern Israel greatest treasures, and my personal favorite. The sea of which Mr. Lufan speaks is the Sea of Galilee, and he says […]

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Staying Outside Jerusalem’s Old City for the First Time

Jerusalem is my favorite city in the world. It is powerful, it is complicated and it is enthralling. Every time that I’ve visited Jerusalem since I first traveled to Israel in 2008, I’ve stayed in its Old City, a massive walled area in East Jerusalem, home to some of the world’s most important religious and […]

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The Jerusalem Ice Festival

I’ve never been to an ice festival before – and actually never considered going to one – until I learned about Jerusalem’s Ice Festival from my friend Ayelet from All Colores. Unlike many other events in my life, this one was perfectly timed, as I am in Israel currently and planned a trip to Jerusalem […]

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Observing Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel

Today marks the third Holocaust Remberance Day I’ve spent in Israel. This time differed from the first two in one significant way for me, though. For the first time ever, I was in public when the sirens sounded at 10:00 a.m. Why did sirens sound and why did I make sure to be in public […]

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Happy Easter from Nazareth, Israel

Nazareth isn’t the first spot you’d head for Easter in Israel, as it’s not the place where Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead (that is Jerusalem). But Nazareth is where Jesus lived as a child and, therefore, a very popular spot for Christian tourists. It’s also a short drive from where I’m living […]

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To Kill a Lamb or Not to Kill a Lamb – Passover in Israel

Today marks the beginning of my third Passover in Israel. I am not Jewish and I don’t live in Israel full time, yet lately I’ve found myself here each Spring when this holiday occurs. And yet again this year, Passover is proving to be a learning experience for me. This post does not contain photos […]

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What a Sandstorm in Israel Looks Like

Obviously, I love the Middle East. The variety of cultures, the people, the food and the sights, to name a few. There is one thing I really dislike about being here, though. That is when the sandstorms hit. Where I’m living now in Tiberias, Israel, I have a view of the Sea of Galilee and […]

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So I Found an Apartment in Israel

Less than 72 hours after arriving in Israel last Tuesday night, I moved into what will be my apartment for the duration of my stay. Previously in Israel, I lived in the northern town of Tiberias, on the Sea of Galilee, for seven months in my own place, then for nine weeks with a friend. […]

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The Colors of Israel, in Food

Israel has some very popular national dishes, namely hummus, falafel and schwarma. I could eat hummus every day and adore falafel but don’t really like shwarma as I have an aversion to shaved meat. Despite the delicious flavors of Israel, I do have to say that I find the food in this country to be […]

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Shabbat Shalom!

Weekends in Israel aren’t quite the same as anywhere else in the world. For one thing, they last only approximately one day – with people ceasing working Friday afternoons and beginning once again Saturday night or Sunday morning. For another, if you were to go from house to house in Israel on Friday night, you […]

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8 Things You Need to Know Before Traveling to Israel

Israel is one of the most unique and complex countries on earth, with its mega-rich wealth of religious and historical sites, chilling visible evidence of wars gone by and status as the world’s only Jewish nation, one which must coexist very carefully with its minority Arab population. Certain of its unusual intricacies aren’t limited to […]

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Scenes from Easter Weekend 2012 in Jerusalem’s Old City

Jerusalem isn’t terribly crowded for Easter weekend this year. It’s impossible for me to compare it to previous years because, although this is my second Easter in Israel, it is my first in Jerusalem. Because Israel has been at peace since the Second Intifada ended in about 2005 and tourism is quite high here nowadays, […]

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