Being in Jerusalem for a pilgrim is to be in a state of awe, but are these the streets on which Jesus really walked, is that the water he touched?
Haaretz’s guide to a whirlwind trip in the history-rich, culture-rich and geography-rich country that is Israel. (Plus everything you need to know about tipping, taxis, Wi-Fi and the weather.)
Where to go, where to eat and how to get around the south of Israel.
What to do, where to eat and how to get around the holiest city in Israel.
What to do, where to eat and how to get around the north of Israel.
Judaism takes consideration that although marriage is desirable, not all unions should be sustained when they lose their vitality.
In Judaism, immersion in a mikveh is meant to be more than simply a device for reversing a state of impurity. It is a means of infusing the soul with spirituality.
Over the years, keeping one’s head covered with a kippah (yarmulke) became a sign of humility before God.
Tzitzit are the fringes that religious Jewish males wear under their shirts, while the tallit is the traditional Jewish prayer shawl.
Wearing tefillin, or phylacteries, makes a pointed statement: We should worship God with both mind and soul, with thought as well as action.
The mezuzah is both a religious amulet and a means to spiritually elevate every entry to and exit from a Jewish house.
One of the oldest Jewish jokes is about the 13-year-old boy who takes the podium at the front of his synagogue to recite his bar mitzvah speech. 'Today I am a fountain pen,' he says.*
When it's blistering hot, Israelis can turn on the air conditioner, head to the beach – or, dunk in a spring. Here is a list of springs that are great to visit on your trip to Israel.
Tzedakah is so hardwired into the Jewish faith that the Talmud says: 'Charity is equal in importance to all other commandments combined.'
If ISIS gains the foothold it wants in the Sinai, unique sites from the Moses shrines of Mt. Sinai to the mosquito shelters of the south could be in danger.
Then there are the movies that are about the Holy Land but were filmed somewhere else.
Even if you're getting a real artifact from Israelite history, chances are it's not kosher.
Six ideas for places to go and see where the Hanukkah spirit all began (or tastes like).
A few tips for Western visitors to keep in mind when visiting the region during the Muslim holy month.
At least you can with White Mustard, but beware the common giant fennel. It's poisonous.