Holy places of the Sea of Galilee
The Sea of ​​Galilee is Israel's largest lake. Perhaps on a global scale it is not so great, but given its importance for the country, the Israelis call it the…

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Israel: the sublime and the earthly
Israel is a state in the Middle East, formed on May 14, 1948 in accordance with the UN separation plan of Palestine. The capital is Jerusalem. The main economic and…

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The flip side of ostentatious vigilance at Ben Gurion Airport
In continuation of the theme begun by Sergei Dole about what he happened to experience at Ben-Gurion's Israeli airport, I would like to give a logical continuation. And ask a…

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tourists at the border

Jerusalem. Via Dolorosa and Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Billion nine hundred million … So many people on our planet believe in Christ. The dream of the vast majority of Christians is the desire to visit the places where He was born, preached, crucified, resurrected, and ascended to His Kingdom of Heaven.

Pilgrimage was born already in the first centuries from the Nativity of Christ, but it acquired a stable, massive character only when the crusaders created a base for this. And the number of pilgrims exceeded the most daring assumptions. The question arose about the need to form those traditions that were not there before. So, by the XIII – XIV centuries, the route of the Sorrowful (Cross) way of Jesus was born, called Via Dolorosa.

At first it included only those places that were mentioned in the Gospels. Then, gaining speculation and legends, he finally became what he is today: a route marking 14 stops (stations) on the way of Jesus Christ from the place of the Court to the place of His Crucifixion on Calvary. Continue reading

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 affected the fate of all the families of Jews in Europe. Where, if not in the Jewish state of Israel, is it intended to settle down to such a center, a complex of institutions that have gathered so much information about the phenomenon called the Holocaust!

I think that there is no Israeli citizen who would not be here, like there is not a single tourist group whose route would pass the Memorial. It is clear that in one visit it is impossible to cover this “block”, we will visit only a few places in the complex, but I will try to choose the most impressive of them. Continue reading

How to cross the border of Israel without control?

Now I’m not talking about the transparent border of Egypt and Israel, where the fence is only 30 km from the Gaza Strip to the south, and the second is a short section from Taba to the town of Nakev, 20 km northwest of Eilat. All, there are no more border barriers at all. It’s ridiculous in Israel’s conditions, isn’t it? And the result is a face, more than 1000 illegal migrants from Sudan, Eritrea and other African countries run to Israel every year on foot, this is what the Israeli media write about it.

But we are talking a little different now, although Ben Gurion, mentioned above against the background of paranoid vigilance at the airport, cannot but cause a sarcastic grin. Now I’ll talk about how the control system with these same biometric cards is stupidly put. And I will give two examples from my own practice – Continue reading

Christian places Capernaum and Tabgha
One of the most important place for the Christian world in the Sea of ​​Galilee is the city of Capernaum. He is mentioned in the New Testament as the birthplace…

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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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Orange tree and symbolic whale
The old part of Jaffa has been reconstructed and turned into a tourist center. Here are the workshops of artists, galleries, souvenir shops. But even after restoration, the ancient streets…

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Holy places of the Sea of Galilee
The Sea of ​​Galilee is Israel's largest lake. Perhaps on a global scale it is not so great, but given its importance for the country, the Israelis call it the…

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