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Israel has long been high on my list of must visit destinations and I am thrilled to have checked it on my bucket list. Equal parts surprising, spiritual, emotional, political, and artistic. Depending on who tells you the history Jews, Muslims, Christians, Palestinians, Syrians, etc. this magical place can be cast in a positive or negative light.
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Jerusalem
This was taken at the Church of the Visitation It captured a remarkable moment of contemplation from a monk who oversaw the church. I wish this image had a sound track because there was a group of Korean tourists having mass and singing spirituals...
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Jordan River
The River Jordan is where Jesus baptized John the Baptist and is considered a very blessed and spiritual place. There were about 50 people in line to be baptized (the sales of white 'baptismal' pullovers is a cottage industry), but you could walk...
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Mount of Olives Road 53, ירושלים
In and around Jerusalem graffiti was fairly non-exisitent, which I can only imagine was a commitment to keeping this holy city pristine and clean. So to see this declaration painted on a pillar just outside of the Church at the Mount of Olives was...
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רמת הגולן
One of the most visited regions in northern Israel, the Golan Heights combines beautiful natural scenery, significant archaeological and historic sites, and exciting outdoor activities. Reaching heights of 1,200 meters (almost 4,000 feet), the...
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Jerusalem, Israel
The Church of the Visitation honors the visit paid by Mary, Jesus' mother, to Elizabeth, John the Baptist's mother (Luke 1:39-56). This is the site where tradition states that Mary recited her song of praise, the Magnificat, one of the most...
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The Dead Sea, which borders Israel and Jordan, is the lowest point on earth, sitting 1,410 feet below sea level, and continuing to drop as both countries divert water from the River Jordan. As one of the world’s most saline bodies of water...
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רב אלוף דוד אלעזר 10, חיפה, Israel
Almost every meal in every location I visited in Israel over 10 days and 6 cities offered a range of salads, meats, hummus, and breads. While this broad (and good) selection felt like a standard hotel buffet while eating in the hotels, the same...
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Masada, Israel
On a rocky plateau overlooking the Dead Sea lies the 2,000-year-old cliff-top fortress of Masada. Next to Jerusalem, it is the most popular destination for tourists visiting Israel. In addition to its sheer natural beauty, Masada is also the...
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Jerusalem
The Western Wall (also called the Kotel) is a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the Jewish Temple’s courtyard in the Old City of Jerusalem. It is one of the most sacred sites in Judaism, outside the Temple Mount itself. The plaza...
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Yefe Nof St 61, Haifa, Israel
The Bahá'í Gardens—geometric, meticulously manicured,and covering the northern slope of Mount Carmel—are Haifa’s most recognizable landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Rising up the summit of Mount Carmel...