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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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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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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Welcome to My Mountain

I am happily back in northern Israel after four great months in the southern Sinai town of Dahab, Egypt. While it may seem questionable to move back and forth between these two countries, it’s really not. They’re not currently on the best of terms, but they do still have a peace treaty with one another. […]

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My First Wildfire

I first started hearing the planes at about 1:00 p.m. Israel time yesterday, so loud that I figured they were fighter jets which so often pass through the skies here. A look out the window, though, showed me not large grey warcraft but a couple of yellow planes so small I thought they must be […]

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Israel’s Hot Springs – A Mini Dead Sea

The hot springs of northern Israel are one of the country’s least-popular sites for visitors. Understandably, most people who travel to Israel are interested primarily in visiting its hundreds of historical religious sites. These springs, though, with their healing qualities, are extremely popular with locals. Since I’ve already seen most of the religous and historical […]

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Springtime in Northern Israel – Photo Essay

As I sit here listening to the sweet lullaby of a lawn mower, I’m reminded that springtime is lingering a little longer than usual here in northern Israel. Spring is short in this country, typically running from February through April. Aided by late season rains this year, its multi-colored hues are decorating the earth a […]

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Easter Sunday in an Arab Town in Israel

The little city of Nazareth sits down inside a deep bowl-shaped area of land in northern Israel approximately midway between the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea, southwest of Tiberias. I think it’s one of the most interesting cities in Israel, with its Christian sites and almost 100 percent Arab population. Just last year […]

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Bucolic Northern Israel – Photo Essay

I am a nature liker, not a nature lover. But I swooned over and quickly fell in permanent love with northern Israel, an area saturated in pure natural beauty. Its rolling hills of dusty brown and deep green, its gracefully sloping deep valleys and its patches of tidy, multi-hued farmland, all interrupted only every once […]

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“Hey, I’m Sitting in a Bomb Shelter!”

Just a few weeks ago, during my first several days in Israel this time around, I stayed at the home of an old acquaintance in the northern part of the country, in the rolling farmland hills just west of the town of Tiberias. When he would leave the house, I’d take my laptop upstairs, and […]

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Northern Israel – The Country That Lies Within the Borders

Northern Israel is absolutely the most gorgeous area on earth, in my eyes. Its almost neverending biblical sights located all across a bucolic countryside whose borders touch Arab nations which wish to destroy it gives this region of Israel a powerful pull that I can’t find anywhere else in the world. I think most people […]

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