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

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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5 Non-Tourist-Sites to Transform your Israel Trip

Want to tour in Israel but avoid the standard tourist sites? Here are 5 ways to add a touch of local flavor and culture to your time here. … Read More

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Divided Roads

When I was in the tour guiding course we went to Nazareth and visited the White Mosque. It’s a beautiful old mosque, made of white stone, rising above the alleyways of the old city. An elderly man showed us up to … Read More

3 Things You Should Never Say to Yourself

Lots of memes tell you what not to say. Here are some tools for how to listen. … Read More

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Layers: Tel Me a Story (The Land of Israel, Jerusalem, and the layers of history and meaning that define it)

In ancient times before the written word there was a tribe, worshipers of the gods of the land. They walked along footpaths into the hills of the high country between the great sea and the sea of death, where nothing … Read More

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Layers: The Story of Jerusalem Stone

The story of how a dead crustacean 70 million years ago became part of the holy landscape, the Western Wall, and a worldwide symbol of Jerusalem. … Read More

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Wild Places in Israel, Close By

There are wild places, where you can experience nature a mere ten minutes away from Jerusalem. … Read More

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Modeh Ani, Thanks Upon Awakening

Thank you living and eternal King for returning my soul to me with mercy. Great is your faithfulness. This is my loose translation of the ‘Modeh Ani’ prayer, which is the first words uttered by an observant Jew upon becoming … Read More

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Joseph’s Technicolor Life of Personal Growth: Torah Portion Vayeshev

How Joseph turned his youthful challenges into mature success, with dreams, pain, growth and God’s help. … Read More

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Crossing the Jordan

Here, in this nondescript bend in a small river, deep in the wilderness of the desert an hour drive from Jerusalem on modern highways, is the point of transition from wandering to homecoming, from paganism to monotheism, from personal striving to striving for (and with) God. … Read More

Is it Safe to Travel to Israel?

The short answer is yes. Traveling to Israel is safe. The slightly less comforting answer is that it is as safe as anywhere in the world today. … Read More

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Winter Is Coming – Visit Israel!

Trudging through slush on your way to the subway or the el-train, bundling up before heading out, and piling layer upon layer on the kids before having to take them all off again for the first one that needs to … Read More

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Chayei Sarah and the ‘Stabbing Intifada’

And he spoke with them, saying, “If it is your will that I bury my dead from before me, listen to me and entreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar. That he may give me the Machpelah Cave, which … Read More

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Teaching As An Act of Love

Parenting is the natural outgrowth of a parent’s love. In the same manner, teaching children in the more formal school setting is also based upon love. –Richard Lakin, “Teaching As an Act of Love”   Richard Lakin was a former … Read More

Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah: Wellspring of Salvation

“And you shall draw water with joy from the wellspring of salvation.” (Isaiah 12:3) Tonight is the beginning of Shemini Atzeret, also known as Simchat Torah. It’s the end of the period of holidays that started with Rosh Hashannah 3 … Read More

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Judean Lowlands (Shefela) Day Tour

Beauty, History, Nature and Fun Halfway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the Judean lowlands, or foothills (Shefela in Hebrew) are a treasure trove of beautiful rolling hills, punctuated with trails, historical sites and tons of fun activities. Here is where … Read More

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Dead Sea, Massada, Ein Gedi Day Tour

The Dead Sea Valley The Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth at over 1,200 feet (400m) below sea level. The water is so salty that nothing bigger than an algae can live in it. Yet a short walk … Read More

If I Forget You Jerusalem

The psalmist writes, If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. May my tongue cleave to my palate if I do not remember you, if I do not hold Jerusalem above my highest joy. (Ps. 137:5-6) The Jewish … Read More

Eastern Gush Etzion Day Tour: Tekoa, Herodion, Haritoun

THE ‘OTHER’ GUSH ETZION Many Israelis and visitors are familiar with Gush Etzion. It’s close to Jerusalem, beautiful, full of Biblical history as well as fun and exciting activities. And all of that is also true of Eastern Gush Etzion, … Read More