Efrat and Gush Etzion–“the Southern Gates of Jerusalem”

Efrat and Gush Etzion–“the Southern Gates of Jerusalem”

frat, or Efrata, is on the road from Yerushalayim to Hevron. Named for the kever of Rachel Imeinu, as written in the Torah, Efrat is the largest yishuv in Gush Etzion. It sits in the mountains of Judea, surrounded by vineyards, natural springs and the gorgeous land of our Forefathers.

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Tour the Biblical Cities of Israel

Tour the Biblical Cities of Israel

A friend gave us a very large map of the original tribal allotments according to what is written in Yehoshua, 13:8-19:49. I always enjoy looking at this map and taking in the full breadth of our inherited homeland before the outside nations invaded and began making up artificial borders and phony people

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The Jordan Valley: What We Stand to Lose

The Jordan Valley: What We Stand to Lose

The Jordan Valley is very prominent in the news lately as details “leak” out from the evolving “peace plan.” For those living in or near the Jordan Valley, the very idea of some change in status is frightening. So where exactly is this Jordan Valley and what’s there?

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Bat Ayin – Gush Etzion

Bat Ayin – Gush Etzion

If you want to enjoy the most beautiful sunset in Israel, head to Bat Ayin. And where is Bat Ayin? In Gush Etzion! You can get to Bat Ayin by…

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Be’er Sheva, gateway to southern Israel

Be’er Sheva, gateway to southern Israel

Israel has four Holy cities: Yerushalayim, Tveria, Hevron and Safed. But, I have always wondered why Be’er Sheva is not included amongst them. After all, our forefathers spent a great deal of time digging wells, praying and living in Be’er Be’er ShevaSheva.

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Visit the Mystical Holy City of Tzfat

Visit the Mystical Holy City of Tzfat

A winding drive up the northern mountains of the upper Galilee will bring you to the holy, mystical city of Safed, one of Israel’s four Holy cities and the highest city in Israel. Located 900 meters above sea level, the drive alone is sure to bring you to heightened spiritual levels as you gaze out upon the awesomely inspiring vistas of mountains, valleys, and horizon of open, undeveloped land where horses, cattle and other domestic and wild animals graze freely.

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Come enjoy the autumn leaves of northern Israel

Come enjoy the autumn leaves of northern Israel

For us olim from the diaspora, who grew up with four, well-defined seasons, autumn here can seem a bit…well understated to say the least. I remember how everyone eagerly awaited the “fall leaves,” piling into our cars to drive along the narrow mountainside roads to see the amazing palette of colors that HaShem used each year to herald the arrival of autumn.

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Shiloh, Home of the Mishkan

Shiloh, Home of the Mishkan

North of Beit El in the beautiful Shomrom, on the mountain peaks of Binyamin, amidst olive trees and vineyards is the most exquisite juxtaposition of the ancient and modern, sacred and mundane that you will find in Israel.

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Why Tammuz?

Why Tammuz?

This previous Shabbat, we entered the new month of Tammuz. I have always found it fascinating that the names of our months are Babylonian and not Hebrew.

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Shabbat in Hevron

Shabbat in Hevron

If you have never spent Shabbat in Hevron, you have missed out on an incredibly intense experience of tefilah, history and devekut with the roots of our Nation.

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Spotlight on Tveria, Northern Israel

Spotlight on Tveria, Northern Israel

Residents of chutz l’aretz are usually surprised that I live in Tveria. They think Tveria is a resort city and great place to bring the family for vacation, especially during the Chaggim, but to live here…?

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Chodesh Sivan…Shavuot…Cheesecake!!!

Chodesh Sivan…Shavuot…Cheesecake!!!

Ask anyone about Shavuot, and the first thing that comes to mind is cheesecake. But, if we look deeply into the mystical aspects of this amazing month of Sivan, we will learn that embedded in the month are all the powers we need for strengthening our spiritual foundation for the entire year.

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