Monocausal Reductionism and the Danger of Sloganeering

Reducing complex realities to single causes is always tempting, but perilous. An old Hungarian professor taught me why, and how to avoid it. … Read More

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David v. Goliath, The View from Tel Azeka and the Elah Valley

This is where Israelite pride was restored, the Philistine yoke thrown off, and the meteoric rise of the future king David began. See and learn more from the vantage point of Tel Azekah overlooking the site of the battle. … Read More

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Where to Stay and for How Long in Israel, Your Itinerary

Figuring out where in Israel to stay and for how long is complicated. I break it down here and make it simple. … Read More

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Staying Safe in Israel: Security Awareness

Israel is a surprisingly safe place to travel, but the challenges here may be different to what you’re used to. Here’s everything you need to know to stay safe on your visit. … Read More

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In Praise of the Brave IDF Heroes on the Gaza Border

If you only get news about Israel from CNN you may think that headline must be either satirical or written by a moral monster. Think again, and have a listen. … Read More

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New Review from New Friends

Once in a while, if you’re lucky, you get a reminder why you do what you do… … Read More

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Jerusalem Day, Yom Yerushalaim #51

Today in Israel we celebrate the day 51 years ago when Jerusalem was reunified under Jewish sovereignty for the first time in two thousand years! … Read More

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The Unstoppable Israeli Demographic Juggernaut

A chorus of Jeremiahs have been predicting Israel’s demographic demise since before the state was born. They could not have been more wrong. … Read More

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Making Sense of ‘West Bank,’ ‘Judea and Samaria’ and areas ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’

The origin and meaning of terms referring to the ‘West Bank’ or ‘Judea and Samaria’ and the different areas there are really confusing. Here’s what they mean and how they got to be as they are now. … Read More

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Saul’s Death and David’s Curse: Mount Gilboa

Saul’s death, David’s curse, Gideon’s army, Elisha’s miracles, and more took place here in the Jezreel valley. … Read More

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Staying Safe in Israel, Summer and Winter, Advice and Resources

Ten teenagers on a school hike were recently killed in a flash flood. The most dangerous thing for a tourist in Israel is the weather. Here are some tips to keep yourself safe. … Read More

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Special Torah Themed Tours

Day tours are usually defined by geography. What happens when you build a tour around Torah values and ideas? … Read More

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Israel’s 70th Independence Day

On the 5th of Iyar 5708 (May 15, 1948), the two thousand year dream of an exiled people to return home was fulfilled. Three years after the Holocaust, the Jewish state took up arms, with the help of G-d, to chart our own destiny. And we have the audio!!!

Fire up the grill and have a listen to prepare for Thursday’s festivities! … Read More

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Holocaust Remembrance Day: What’s Left to Say

Over seventy years after the Holocaust, what’s left to say about it? That’s the question Thane Rosenbaum addresses in a recent article. We take up that question, discuss his answer, and also ask whether the Holocaust is really so different, where it stands in Jewish history, and what does it demand of us? In this week’s Jewish Geography Podcast. … Read More

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When is the Priestly Blessing on Passover and Sukkot in Jerusalem

Twice a year, during the intermediate days of Passover and again on Sukkot, masses of people descend on the Western Wall plaza to be blessed simultaneously by hundreds of priests, Cohanim. Here’s the formula so you’ll always know which day it’s on. … Read More

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How Much Should I Tip in Israel?

One of the most common questions I’m asked as a tour guide in Israel is, “How much do I tip …?” Here’s the answer for the most likely cases! … Read More

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Passover Playlist for Our Times

Anti-semitic attacks in France got you down? Hamas and Hezbollah on your mind? Have no fear. Here’s a little timeless, [mostly] Jewish, musical wisdom to get you into the holiday spirit! … Read More

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The Jewish Calendar and Your Israel Trip

If you don’t plan your trip to Israel with the Hebrew calendar in mind you may be in for some rude surprises! Here’s everything you need to know. … Read More

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7 Rules for Packing for Your Israel Tour

Packing for a trip to Israel can involve some unique challenges. These seven simple rules will help you make sure you bring everything you need, and nothing you don’t. … Read More

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Passover Cleaning for Humans

Clean your house for Passover without completely losing your mind. And while you’re here, check out the snazzy new version of rabbieitan.com! … Read More

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