Author Archives: Eitan Levy

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 »

Gush Etzion, Southern Gateway to Jerusalem

The Lone Oak Tree of Gush Etzion (Refael Yaniger)

Gush Etzion is a large collection of settlements in the Judean Hills, 15 minutes south of Jerusalem. Despite being ‘over the green line,’ there is almost universal consensus among Israelis that it is part of Israel and will remain as such under any possible future political arrangement. Why such a near-universal agreement on one group of settlements? It comes from ... Read More »

Day Tour of Israeli Beer


Explore the Growing World of Israeli Micro Breweries You know about Israeli wines, but what about Israeli beers? The micro-breweries in Israel make some of the best brews in the world winning awards in European taste tests, and growing quickly. The breweries are often in places of astonishing natural beauty accompanied by fine food and music. On this day you will visit several ... Read More »

Shilo: Jewish Center Before Jerusalem

mishkan model, tabernacle model, timna, israel

Shilo: Home of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) Before the ark of the covenant was lost to the Philistines and recovered, before the Jewish people were united in the Land of Israel under a single kingship, before the eternal heart and center of the Jewish people met it’s fulfillment in the building of the Temple in Jerusalem, Shilo stood for over 400 ... Read More »

Israeli National Flower the Anemone Kalanit

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Israeli National Flower the Anemone Kalanit Israelis love their wild-flowers. In preschool the children learn the names of the most common flowers, with stories and songs about them. A number of wildflowers have been protected by law for many years. Yet until recently Israel had no ‘national flower.’ In 2013 the Kalanit (Anemone) was chosen. The name ‘Kalanit’ comes from ... Read More »

Spring, Wild Barley and Counting the Omer in Israel

Wild Barley stalks growing in a field in Israel

Spring in Israel Every year between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot religious Jews do a strange ritual of counting every night. The ‘counting of the Omer’ starts the night after Passover and ends the night before Shavuot. But what is an ‘Omer’ and why do we count them? Why this time of year? And what is the connection to ... Read More »

Planning Your Trip to Israel – Full Video

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