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.
It’s time to take a walk in the hills and tickle your aesthetic senses. This week’s wildflowers are heavy on purples and reds.
Construction of a mosque at the site left a pile of debris to be gone through. This is political archaeology at its best.
You've been to the Old City a dozen times already? Now see the ancient quarters like never before.
After moving to Israel in the mid-'70s, Nisan Cohen opened the Middle East's only museum dedicated to music boxes, player pianos, hurdy gurdies, gramophones and other devices.
Israel's first toll road, Route 6, helped alleviate some of the congestion around Tel Aviv; it also makes for a speedy and enlightening drive.
Eilat conjures up images of sun and fun, but getting there can be less than pleasant. Why not let Egged do the work?
The Nazi factory owner who saved over a thousand Jews from the Holocaust is honorably interred in Jerusalem.
If you've rented a car to drive down to Masada and the Dead Sea for a day, add a hike that makes you feel like you're a million miles from civilization.
You can take the cable car, like everyone else, or pat yourself on the back after the Snake Path, but true athletes do Masada by runner's path.
Who has the last word on one of Christianity's holiest sites? Not Christians.