Southern Israel

Saying sinkholes, in Israel, means…the sinkholes of the surrounding of the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is now 1,377 feet below sea level. One of the phenomena referring to the area of the Dead Sea is the phenomena of the sinkholes. What is a sinkhole? A sinkhole is a small crater, similar to holes that open up without any...

You are invited to enjoy a Gem in the desert, in the south of Israel, near Kibutz Revivim. It started as a Quarry, in the wadi of the river, Rvivim (Asluje, in Arabic), in the middle of nowhere in the desert. The crater that had been created by this quarry reached the level of Groundwater and had immersed into a...

One of two highly important churches in Ein-Kerem is John the Baptist’s church. The church was built in the 19th century on the ruins of an ancient Byzantine and formerly- Crusader churches.It is located in the vicinity of Jerusalem. It is named after John the Baptist; St. John, in commemoration of the locally born...

The Scroll of Fire is a monument is a huge memorial monument, set in the “Forest of the Martyrs” near Jerusalem. The monument had been created by sculpture and artist Nathan Rapoport, who is also a Holocaust survivor. The monument, inaugurated in 1971, was sponsored by the US “Beni-Brith” organization in desire to...

According to Christian tradition , John the Baptist was born in the small village of Ein Karem, outside Jerusalem, in approximately the same time period of Jesus’ birth. John the Baptist was born to elderly parents: Zachary and Elisheva. Since the Romans decided to kill all male newborns in the Judea Jewish tribe,...

Ein Karem is a unique, ancient and preserved neighborhood of Jerusalem. The area is of vintage-flavors. It is also an important Christina site, at which Mary had visited while pregnant with Jesus and mainly- where John the Baptist was born. The House on Maayan Street is an artists’ home, at which a variety of artistic...

For more than 3,000 years, the Jewish people have looked up to Jerusalem as their spiritual, historical and political capital. The city is a holy city to the three major religions— Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The city is located in the Judean Mountains near the Dead Sea. The Jewish story of Jerusalem had started...

Masada (539 B.C -70 A.D) is an ancient fortress, built by King Herod, based on a high plateau in the desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. Masada was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. King Herod was known as the builder of Masada. The plateau’s natural defensive features (vertical cliffs of some 400 meters...

Many Biblical stories are connected to the Jordan valley. Some relate to the geographical part that is today the land of Jordan; some relate to the Israeli part; some concern a specific part of the valley that was called “SUKKOT” –situated in the middle of the Jordan valley. As the area had been an immensely important...

The Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis plans visiting Israel in May 2014, probably on May 24-25. That would make it the yet another meaningful Christian -Papal visit in the Holy Land in the scope of the past years. Pope John-Paul II visited Israel in year 2000 and Pope Benedict XVI came in year 2009. Pope Francis...

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