Monthly Archives: September 2014

What to do in Jerusalem


Jerusalem is holy to three faiths and houses the holy sites and history of thousands of years. It serves as the capital of Israel, the seat of government, and is a modern, vibrant city. But if you find yourself wondering what to do in Jerusalem with so many options, it might be best to break it down into themes. What ... Read More »

Hebron Old and New

Hebron Tour

The city of Hebron means something different to almost everyone who’s aware of it. Its many meanings are deep, sometimes painful, sometimes joyous, and always complicated. For a Jew steeped in traditional texts, there is a clear connection between the Jewish people and Hebron from the time of Abraham 4,000 years ago, when the patriarch bought a field outside the ... Read More »

Beer in the Land of Israel

Beer Taster, Israeli beer

Beer as we know it, made from fermented barley, was first invented in the Middle East. That’s no coincidence since barley was first cultivated here. The Canaanites drank beer in the Land of Israel 4,000 years ago, and many beer drinking vessels from that period have been found. Once the Israelites came to the Land of Israel (1500BCE) the preference changed ... Read More »

Hassidic Israel Story: Jewels of the Land of Israel

Old religious Jews in Israel 1895

Reb Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk was one of the early Hassidic rebbes, back in the seventeen-hundreds. He came to live in the Land of Israel (Eretz Yisrael). When he got to Safed (Tzfat) he fasted for forty days, then he had a celebratory feast. At the feast someone asked what it was all about. He explained: “Before I left Europe ... Read More »

Kipa Meaning What’s in a Head Covering

kipa meaning chart, yarmulke meaning

Kipa Meaning What’s in a Head Covering In Israel one sees religious Jewish men with little discs of all different sizes and color on their heads, made of many different materials. One of the most common questions I get from tourists is about the significance of these different kipas (yarmulkes) Jewish men wear. The yarmulke, in Hebrew kipa, is like any piece of ... Read More »

City of David Ir David

City of David Harp entrance

The City of David (Ir David) is an archeological site situated just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. This small area, today largely covered with modern homes, speeding taxis and tourists, was the entire city of Jerusalem in the time of King David. Here Jerusalem first became a Jewish city and the First and Second Temples stood. ... Read More »