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Bethany Beyond the Jordan
Visitors to Bethany Beyond the Jordan can walk in the footsteps of John the Baptist—where he preached, where he baptized Jesus, and where the first five apostles met. These three events mark the very foundations of Christianity, making this UNESCO World Heritage site in Jordan a must-visit region for modern-day pilgrims. Situated on the eastern...
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Tu Bishvat | The New Year of Trees
Trees play an important role in the Bible as a symbol of faith, strength, righteousness, and rebirth. Our intimate connection to trees is displayed throughout Scripture. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Israel—the land of the Bible—has its own celebration in honor of trees. The holiday of Tu Bishvat is known colloquially as...
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Christmas in Israel
Millions of pilgrims agree … there’s no better place to spend Jesus’ birthday than in Israel, the land of the Savior’s birth. There won’t be any snow, or mall Santas bellowing, “Ho, Ho, Ho,” but there will be plenty of true Christmas spirit—even in a land where only 2% of the population are professing Christians....
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Hanukkah’s Festival of Lights
Known as the “Festival of Lights,” the Hanukkah holiday is a very special time of year for Jewish people in Israel and all over the world. The holiday originated over 2,000 years ago, when the Jewish people were ruled by the oppressive Syrian king Antiochus, who looted and desecrated the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, outlawed...
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US Holocaust Museum / A “Never Forget” Life-Changing Experience
“Never forget.” The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history. Opened in 1993, the museum has welcomed almost 50 million visitors in its quest to ensure that people will “never forget” the extermination of 6 million Jews, and...
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Acre, Israel | What Lies Beneath Centuries of Diverse Civilizations Atop An Ancient Crusader City
Imagine visiting one of the oldest port cities in the world and one of the oldest continuous settlements in the world (since 2000 BC)—a city that has been conquered and shaped by Romans, Ottomans, Crusaders, Mamelukes, Byzantines, and the British. This is the intriguing city known as Acre, or, as it’s known by locals, Akko....
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Umm Qais/An Ancient City with a View of Three Countries
For travelers wanting to visit an ancient city that offers a spectacular vista of three Middle Eastern countries: Jordan, Syria, and Israel—with a view of the Golan Heights, Mt. Hermon and the Sea of Galilee “thrown in” for inspiration, then a visit to Umm Qais in Jordan is a must. Formerly known as Gadara (taken...
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Simchat Torah | The Celebration of God’s Word
At the conclusion of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, Jewish communities throughout the world begin a joyous and colorful celebration called Simchat Torah, meaning the “rejoicing of the Torah,” or the “rejoicing of the Jewish law.” A spectacular holiday focusing on the gift and significance of the Torah, Simchat Torah is a compilation of ancient...
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Yom Kippur | The 10 Days of Awe
Known as the Day of Atonement in the Bible, Yom Kippur is regarded as the holiest and most solemn holiday on the Jewish calendar. Commencing on the tenth day in the Hebrew month of Tishrei, as commanded in the Bible, Leviticus 16:29-34, Yom Kippur signifies the final opportunity for Jewish people to seek atonement, forgiveness...
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Rosh Hashanah | The Feast of Trumpets
Rosh Hashanah not only marks the beginning of the new year on the Jewish calendar, it is considered by the Jewish community to be one of the holiest and most special times of the year. Also called the Feast of Trumpets, Rosh Hashanah commemorates God’s creation and acceptance of His power and sovereignty over the...
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