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Conquering Masada

 Itamar Grinberg/Israeli Ministry of Tourism Israel is truly a land of exceptional sights – and sites – from top to bottom. But roughly two hours south of Jerusalem, one of its most evocative (and popular) high points, so to speak, looms in the Judea desert some 396 metres (1,300 feet) above the shores of the Dead Sea. Masada (Hebrew for fortress) is an imposing UNESCO World Heritage Site, and after Jerusalem the most visited spot in the country. At this rugged fortress complex, excavated in…

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Jerusalem cited in '13 of the World's Most Spiritual & Sacred Places'

“There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places.”                          ― U.S. novelist, poet, essayist, environmental activist, & cultural critic Wendell Berry If you’re a "seeker," who travels in part to deepen your religious and spiritual life, you'll want to read this post to learn more about the 13 most spiritual and sacred places that you can visit once travel starts opening up again. These pilgrimage spots are not merely examples of extraordinary…

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Tel Aviv is terrific

In Tel Aviv, east is united with west, the traditional with trendy, and landscape with the sea in a marvelous way. It is one of those cities that, once you visit it, you do not want to leave. This city on the Mediterranean coast combines the old with the new in a way that leaves the feeling of many different worlds at the same time. The Israeli capital may be Jerusalem, but no region in the country has Tel Aviv's global recognition and radiation.Its name in Hebrew means "spring hill," and if a…

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  • The progressive New York-based ¨Forward¨ (I can´t stop thinking of it as the Jewish Daily Forward lol) recently went to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and found that tourists are still coming, able to tune out all the drama, demonstrations, and such:
    Protests? What protests
    The protests across Israel haven't impacted its tourism industry — in fact, tourists don't care about the demonstrations capturing headlines.
  • The Jerusalem Post reports that it seems like tourism here may potentially reach and exceed pre-COVID levels, but offers a caveat re steep prices:
  • An eye opening piece in the Jerusalem Post about another side of Israeli tourism: hiking! Apparently is has some of the best trails in the world - with for example Ein Gedi, ann oasis and nature reserve near the Dead Sea, Masada and the Qumran Caves, ranked higher than Nepal's Annapurna Circuit by an adventure travel company called Explore!
    Israel's hikes ranked among top nature walks worldwide
    Israel's Ein Gedi hike ranked higher on Explore!'s list than Nepal's world-renowned Annapurna circuit.
  • An interesting peek at how the Israeli tourism sector is evolving:
    Israel’s Tourism Industry Looks Beyond COVID to Expansion, Innovation - The Media Line
    With the bustling conference hall at a luxury […]
  • Remember the concept of Israel's fabled socialist kibbutz? Recent visitors can tell you they sure have changed!
    How Israeli kibbutzim are no longer all about pooled salaries and working the land
    Inspired by socialist principles, Israel’s first kibbutz – Hebrew for 'collective' – was founded in the early 1900s by pioneers who worked the land
  • A couple of months ago, Travel+Leisure published a listicle of 10 of the world's most prominent "healing spots," and Israel's Dead Sea shore tops the list!
    10 Healing Spots Around the World, From Hot Springs to Salt Flats
    Salve-cation awaits.

  • 10 places to visit at night in Jerusalem

    The article says they are free -- and they are, to a point. Many of them are designed to tempt you to spend money. (You may need to copy/paste the URL)

    10 free places to visit at night in Jerusalem
    From the Chord Bridge to the Western Wall, this city yields new perspectives after dark
  • Ancient historic site in Israel just designated a UNESCO World Heritage site:

    Amazing place!
  • Rare Jewish Coins from 1st Century Discovered

    An archaeological excavation along the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Highway revealed a previously unknown settlement from the Late Second Temple period -- including a rare hoard of coins that was found in one of its houses. The hoard, which was kept in a ceramic money box, included 114 bronze coins dating to the Year Four of the Great Revolt against the Romans. This revolt led to the destruction of the Temple on Tisha B’Av (the ninth day of the month of Av) c. 2,000 years ago. 

    According to excavation directors, “The hoard, which appears to have been buried several months prior to the fall of Jerusalem, provides us with a glimpse into the lives of Jews living on the outskirts of Jerusalem at the end of the rebellion. Evidently someone here feared the end was approaching and hid his property, perhaps in the hope of collecting it later when calm was restored to the region”. All of the coins are stamped on one side with a chalice and the Hebrew inscription “To the Redemption of Zion” and on the other side with a motif that includes a bundle of lulav between two etrogs. Around this is the Hebrew inscription “Year Four”, that is, the fourth year of the Great Revolt of the Jews against the Romans (69/70 CE). 

  • Seeking hotel PR reps in Israel.

    Guidebook author traveling to Israel next week would like to hear from reps of hotels interested in coverage.



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