Gedi Spring Oasis
In the immediate vicinity of the Judean Desert, between the shores of the Dead Sea and the slopes of the mountains, there is a strip of land only a few…

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Nazareth. Church of the Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph
Statistics know everything. One must think that the total number of churches and temples of the Annunciation, erected on all continents of the globe, is also known. But only one…

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The country promised
Deserts make up most of Israel, but witty people call their state the land of four seas. Why go to Israel is a rhetorical question: everyone is looking for his…

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Jordan: From Origins to the Dead Sea

The Jordan Valley begins south of the Lebanese Valley. Very often, the proper name of a river, mountain or hill in Hebrew can reveal to us many of the real features of the place. Jordan in Hebrew – Yarden. The root yored is descending. It is impossible to more concisely and clearly convey the essence of this river. In addition, it is the only river in Israel that flows from North to South, and not from East to West. The Jordan feeds mainly on the melt snow of Mount Hermon. Some peaks of the Hermon Range are covered with eternal snows, and in winter almost the entire range disappears under a thick white blanket. Somewhere, during the Passover period, the melting begins, which nourishes the sources of the Jordan. The Jordan has three main tributaries: Hatzbani, Dan, and Banias. The highest height of Hermon is 2.814 meters. The height of the peak located on Israeli territory is 2.223 meters. The Jordan falls into the Dead Sea, and its mouth lies 400 meters below sea level. Since the length of the river itself in a straight line is about 150 km, one can imagine how fast its waters flow. Continue reading

Under the Star of Bethlehem - Silence
When our small group arrived at a hotel in Jerusalem, we were unpleasantly surprised by the silence in the lobby. Before giving us electronic cards, which act as room keys,…

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Jerusalem. Yad Vashem Memorial
A visit to the Yad Vashem Memorial does not require a preface. The theme is clear without it. The Nazi crimes during the Second World War, one way or another…

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The Dead Sea
For hundreds of years, humanity has not ceased to wonder at the harsh lifelessness of this sea. This is the water basin with the highest salinity in the world -…

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Mine Herr Hermon
We sit in Jerusalem. The beginning of March, rain outside the window, the wind blows off the bold passers-by. My interlocutor says: "I'm tired of everything, I'll go skiing tomorrow."…

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