Late in the evening, a scheduled bus drove up to the Sheremetyevo-2 Airport sparkling with thousands of lights. I have not been here for a long time, and the changes immediately caught my eye. The appearance of passengers has especially changed. Previously, smug business travelers, timid tourists, and exhausted departing emigrants predominated. Now the bulk were “shuttles”, who occupied all conceivable places for rest with their huge bags, and impudent vacationers traveling with the whole family — they began relaxation even before the border control, where, by the way, the pretty soldiers were replaced by pretty girls. Continue reading
Israel is certainly lucky with the Dead Sea: the name itself attracts many people who need treatment or prevention of health. The fact that the level of medical care in Israel is not inferior to the leading European clinics, but at the same time it is more affordable, is encouraging potential patients.
The words “medical resort on the Dead Sea” usually means the hotel town of Ein Bokek, which is located on the southern tip of the west coast. You can go from end to end in an hour. The whole resort consists of a couple of dozen 3-5 * hotels, several clinics, shops, a small shopping center, several cafes and a couple of restaurants. The atmosphere here is specific: silence, calm and, at first glance, boredom. But people go to Ein Bokek precisely for this: take a break from the bustle and undergo a course of treatment. Therefore, there are no discos and noisy promenades in the town and are not expected. Continue reading
Note: Visiting this Christian shrine is not included in all excursion routes. But it always follows after a visit to the Church of the Annunciation. Therefore, I consider it appropriate to explain how to get to it. After leaving the Temple, you need to go to the entrance to the Arab market (about 50 meters). Log in to it. Walk along the main aisle, turn left into the first aisle, turn right after 20-30 meters, and after about 15 meters, on the right side, you will find the gate leading to the Greek Catholic Church. Enter and to your left is the entrance to the Synagogue Church. If it is closed, ring the bell, after a while a minister will come out who, at your request, will open the door for you.
“For about six years, probably, like all children, I went to school at the Nazareth Synagogue. Sitting on the floor around the scroll of the Law, the children repeated the same verse of Scripture after the teacher … until they memorized it. Probably, little Yeshua also merged his children’s voice with this choir. And from the age of twelve, he already went on Saturdays to the synagogue, “the house of assembly,” to pray with adults, listen to the sermon and Aramaic translation of the Scriptures. Continue reading