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 January 2011 Newsletter

The Hebrew word of the month       ? ? ? (Hadash)

adj. new, novel, recent, fresh, late, unused, unaccustomed

The is word mentioned many times in the bible.

Here are a few examples:

"Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph" Exodus 1:8

"So there is nothing new under the sun". Ecclesiastes 1:9

The word  ? ? ? is also the root word for the word
 ? ? ? ? (Hodesh) which is a month.

The Hebrew calendar is base on the moon. It takes about 30 days for to the moon to make one complete revolution around the Earth. And then, a new moon will be shown. This explain the connection between   ? ? ? and  ? ? ? ?.

Massada at night
Summer opera festivals take place all over the world and above all in open air sites such as the Arena in Verona. In Summer 2010 Israel will host the Nabucco at Masada as part of the
desert opera festival

Israeli tour guides

The Israeli tour guide is responsible for showing the county to tourists and for educating them on the history, archeology, topography and many other topics that the tourist have interest in. Although it is a very demanding job, the Israeli tour guides are known for their wealth of  knowledge of the land and their ability to deliver this knowledge to their client's satisfaction. We hope enjoy you tour guide and have a great experience when you visit Israel. Read more:

2010, record year for tourism (estimate)

Gamla

Gamla

Christmas 2010 in Bethlehem

Christmas 2010 in Bethlehem  broke the record with  more then 100,000 visitors.

This statistic is part of the Israeli ministry of tourism report for 2010. Bethlehem enjoyed Some 1.2 million visitors in 2010.

Some 3.45 million tourists visited Israel in 2010. Read more:

1. Christian leaders convention in Jerusalem, Dec 2010.

2. 2010, record year for tourism (estimate)

The fire in Gamla – The synagogue saved….

The old city of Gamla is not a common site on tours to Israel. The Gamla Nature Reservation includes the old city, Gamla waterfall and other fascinating points of interest. The old city of Gamla is located a short walk down the hill and often the visitors prefer to skip it because of the physical challenge of climbing back to the parking lot. The heroic story of Gamla took place during the Jewish rebellion against Rome in 67 CE and was written by Josephus Flavius, the author of “History of the Jewish Wars”. In May 2010 the nature reservation suffered from a massive fire that burned large part of the plants and severely damaged the wild life in the park. We know that the fire didn’t last long enough to damage the stones. It is amazing to see from the observation point in the park that the synagogue area, about two acres, had not been burned! Is it the result of clearing  the weeds that  maintenance had done? Or is it GOD’s work? “It is a fascinating phenomenon; the ecological damage here is enormous. There is scorched land everywhere except for the area around the synagogue” reported Zeev Margalit of the Israel Nature and Park Authority, immediately after the fire fighters extinguished the fire. It is sad to see the 7500 acres of coppice that the fire has burned. But on the other hand, now we can better see the archeological remains of the exposed stones. In the end of summer 2010 a survey was conducted in the burned area to search for more archeological findings. Sprouts have been seen in the burned area. We hope that the recovery will be fast and that in your next visit to Israel the burned parts will be recovered and the wild animals will be able to live in the green coppice again. Learn more about Gamla

Acre – A visit to an underground Christian city.

AcreAcre was the capitol of the Second Christian Kingdom in the Holy Land in the 13th century. The Muslims that governed the city after the Christians, preferred to cover the city with dirt and not destroy it. Today, almost 800 years later, we can find this important Christian city beneath today’s old city. It is amazing to walk in the old city of Acco, knowing that a few yards underneath there are buildings, streets and houses 800 years old. After 20 years of hard and complicated archeological excavation work, new areas of the Christian city can be visited again. The southern street of the crusaders’ fortress will be open to visitors in the near future. It has many graffiti of boats, armors, swords, crosses and trinity. One of the questions that the archeologists face is the function of Acco’s fortress. Based on the many findings, the archeologist Eliezer Stern assumes that it was the crusaders’ logistics and armed forces headquarters. The findings include hundreds of ceramic containers that were used to store sugar, an underground room with no windows that is thought to have functioned as a prison, and six sequential halls that were used for stables and storage of weapons and foods. Acco is a well organized and easy to navigate tourist destination. It is recommend to spend at least half a day exploring the many points of interest including the historic buildings, archeological excavations, markets, the sea walkway and the local restaurants.

 

 

 

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