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How Jews Pray

How Jews Pray

In this short video, Jews of different backgrounds share their personal approaches and questions about prayer and what makes them feel connected. Many of those interviewed acknowledge some of the ideological challenges of traditional Jewish prayer, while others are grateful for the guiding structure provided by 

How to Pray: 9 Tips for Beginners to Jewish Prayer

How to Pray: 9 Tips for Beginners to Jewish Prayer

This article by Rabbi Ruth Adar from ReformJudaism.org provides advice and tips for those who are new to Jewish prayer and may be concerned about not understanding the words, customs or structure of the service. Although the article is written with prayer in a synagogue

How To Visit the Western Wall

How To Visit the Western Wall

This useful article offers 8 practical tips for visiting the Western Wall, from when to go, how to get there, what to wear, and what to do once you arrive. From wikiHow.com, this resource is relevant to people of all backgrounds who will be visiting

How to Visit the Western Wall With Kids

How to Visit the Western Wall With Kids

This useful article provides practical tips and tricks for a successful visit to the Western Wall with children, from how to provide age appropriate background to kids of different ages to what to bring and where the bathroom is located. A useful resource for parents

How to Visit Jerusalem’s Western Wall

How to Visit Jerusalem’s Western Wall

This video offers six steps for visiting the Western Wall, including tips for appropriate dress and behavior, what to call the site, and popular customs for what to do once there. Although there is no “right way” to visit the Western Wall, this video may

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Mareh Kohen: A Song About the High Priest’s Yom Kippur Service

Mareh Kohen: A Song About the High Priest’s Yom Kippur Service

This post provides an audio recording of “Mareh Kohen,” a song from the Yom Kippur Mussaf prayer service that attempts to capture the immense joy, relief and gratitude of the High Priest upon exiting the Holy of Holies following the worship service (Avodah) in the

The Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall

The Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall

This short video shows tens of thousands of worshippers gathered together at the Western Wall for the Birkat Kohanim, the Priestly Blessing, when Kohanim chant three consecutive verses of the Torah, one word at a time, in a special recitation dating back to the First Temple

Selichot at the Western Wall

Selichot at the Western Wall

This short video shows thousands of Jews gathering together for the final night of Selichot prayers before Yom Kippur at the Western Wall. The penitential prayers are traditionally recited between midnight and dawn in the period leading up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Prayer for the Women of the Wall

Prayer for the Women of the Wall

This post presents the Hebrew and English text for a special prayer written for the Women of the Wall, by Rahel Sharon Jaskow. The Women of the Wall is an organization that works to attain equality for women at the Western Wall through social advocacy,

Mourning Rituals at the Western Wall

Mourning Rituals at the Western Wall

In this post from JewishAnswers.org, Rabbi David Stadley (Orthodox) answers the question of what prayers should be said at the Western Wall. While mentioning that it is a special place for all prayers, Rabbi Stadley explains that most of the prayers and customs for visiting

5 Psalms to Recite at the Western Wall

5 Psalms to Recite at the Western Wall

Although there are no specific prayers that must be said at the Western Wall, there are several chapters of Psalms that some have come to recite at this holy site due to their themes. This post presents the Hebrew and English words for these Psalms,

A Traditional Sephardic Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall

A Traditional Sephardic Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall

This 7:40 minute long video presents highlights from a traditional Sephardic Bar Mitzvah ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The Bar Mitzvah boy can be seen praying, reading from the Torah, and celebrating with family and guests at an afterparty. 

The Masorti Movement’s Transitional Ceremony between Yom Ha’Zikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut

The Masorti Movement’s Transitional Ceremony between Yom Ha’Zikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut

This link opens up a PDF file of Twilight: Moving from Memorial to Independence, a ceremony written by the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel to mark the transition between Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut. This booklet, which contains readings, poems, meditations, prayers, stories, and a festive Ma’ariv

Beit Tefilah Israeli’s Transitional Ceremony between Yom Ha’Zikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Beit Tefilah Israeli’s Transitional Ceremony between Yom Ha’Zikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut

This link opens up a PDF file of Havdalah: A Transitional Ceremony between Yom Ha’Zikaron and Yom Ha’Atzmaut, a Hebrew and English ceremony written by Beit Tefilah Israeli that celebrates Israel’s national triumph, yet expresses the sorrow for a dream of peace, still unfulfilled. This sensitive ceremony,

Orthodox Evening Prayer Service for Yom Ha’atzmaut

Orthodox Evening Prayer Service for Yom Ha’atzmaut

This PDF booklet contains an Orthodox evening service for Yom Ha’atzmaut in Hebrew and English. Although the basis for the Yom Ha’atzmaut liturgy was written by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate in 1949, there is not a uniform custom practiced by all Orthodox communities. This particular service includes the

Prayer for the Rebuilding of the Temple After Candle Lighting

Prayer for the Rebuilding of the Temple After Candle Lighting

There is a custom to recite this prayer for the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem after making the blessing over the Shabbat candles. This is the same prayer that is said by many Ashkenazic Orthodox Jews at the end of the Amidah prayer, which

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Code Red Song – Helping Children Deal with Terror

Code Red Song – Helping Children Deal with Terror

In this clip (1:14), watch the amazing way children of Sderot respond to a Code Red siren in their school. As the various classes make their way to their safe zones, there are no tears or hysteria. Only smiling, joyful faces, singing the heart-warming song

Children of Sderot by Tim Davis and Sha-Ron

Children of Sderot by Tim Davis and Sha-Ron

Children of Sderot (4:13) is a heartfelt outpouring of sympathy for the children of Israel’s border communities who grow up under constant threat of rocket barrage. Sderot is hardly over 1km from Gaza. Children growing up there have become accustomed to grief, loss, and the

Prayer of the Mothers by Yael Deckelbaum and Women Wage Peace

Prayer of the Mothers by Yael Deckelbaum and Women Wage Peace

In Prayer of the Mothers (5:20), Israeli artist Yael Deckelbaum pairs with Jewish and Palestinian women of the Women Wage Peace movement, singing together their joint prayer for peace. The grassroots movement was created in the wake of Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014

Give Us a Hand and We’ll Go: The Century Song of Tel Aviv

Give Us a Hand and We’ll Go: The Century Song of Tel Aviv

This nostalgic song about the early days of Tel Aviv was chosen to be “The Century Song of Tel Aviv” by the Tel Aviv Municipality in 2009. Originally written by Zvika Zelikovich and performed by Irit Dotan in 1973, this video shows the centennial celebration performance,

Arik Einstein: White City

Arik Einstein: White City

This audio recording from 1984 presents Arik Einstein’s rendition of a song written and composed by Naomi Shemer in 1958. The lyrics, provided below in English, paint a picturesque image of “The White City” of Tel Aviv in the morning light, the busy day, and the

Legend in the Dunes

Legend in the Dunes

In Hebrew with English subtitles, this nostalgic song tells the story of a century of Tel Aviv’s evolution, from its founding on sand dunes to its development into a modern city. An excerpt from Yaakov Gross’ documentary, “Legend in the Dunes (2009),” the video shows

Oh God, We Want to Pray at Al-Aqsa: Arabic Children’s Song

Oh God, We Want to Pray at Al-Aqsa: Arabic Children’s Song

In Arabic with English subtitles, this music video features Mohammed Bashar and Dema Bashar singing about the historical and religious significance of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem in Muslim tradition and the deep desire to pray in this sacred spot, the third holiest in Islam. 

Safam: Nachamu Ami (Comfort My People)

Safam: Nachamu Ami (Comfort My People)

This video presents Safam singing “Nachamu Ami” in both Hebrew and English with Hebrew, English and transliterated subtitles. The lyrics, taken from Isaiah 40:1-3, are words of comfort from God to the Jewish people following the destruction of the Temple.   

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Yibaneh Hamikdash (The Temple Will Be Rebuilt)

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Yibaneh Hamikdash (The Temple Will Be Rebuilt)

This short audio recording features Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach singing his original upbeat melody for “Yibaneh Hamikdash,” a popular Jewish song about the rebuilding of the Temple. The lyrics, provided below, come from the Shabbat song, “Tzur Mishelo.” The song expresses the eternal Jewish hope and

Naomi Shemer: Father’s Song

Naomi Shemer: Father’s Song

Written by Naomi Shemer in 1966, this song expresses the eternal Jewish hope and faith in the rebuilding of the Temple since its destruction in 70 AD by the Roman Empire. The Hebrew, English and transliterated lyrics are provided below. 

The Melodians: Rivers of Babylon

The Melodians: Rivers of Babylon

This post presents “Rivers of Babylon,” a Rastafari song written by the Jamaican reggae group The Melodians in 1970. The lyrics, provided below and based on Psalms 19 and 137, express the devastation of the Babylonian Exile following the destruction of the First Temple.  Rivers

Al Quds Tunadeena: Oh Jerusalem, Our Home

Al Quds Tunadeena: Oh Jerusalem, Our Home

Released during the Second Intifada, this religious and nationalistic song by Ahmed Bukhatir, a Muslim singer, businessman and politician in the United Arab Emirates, describes the yearning of Muslims, Arabs and Palesitnians to return to Jerusalem, the third holiest city in Islam. Ths song is

Flower of Cities: An Arabic Song About Returning to Jerusalem

Flower of Cities: An Arabic Song About Returning to Jerusalem

Sung by the Lebanese artist, Fairuz, one of the most influential singers in the Arab Song, this song was written in 1968, following Israel’s conquest of the eastern side of Jerusalem in the Six Day War. The Arabic lyrics, provided in English on screen and

The Holy City: A Christian Hymn

The Holy City: A Christian Hymn

The Holy City is a religious Christian Victorian ballad from 1892, with music by Michael Maybrick (aka Stephen Adams) and lyrics (provided below) by Frederic Weatherly. The song is a dream about Jerusalem divided into three parts; the first part describes a beautiful, idyllic Jerusalem in Temple times when

Yaffa Yarkoni: Bab el Wad

Yaffa Yarkoni: Bab el Wad

Written by Haim Gouri, composed by Shmuel Farshko and performed by Yaffa Yarkoni, this moving song commemorates the battles of Bab El Wad / Sha’ar Hagai during the War of Independence. A strategic site on the road between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Bab El Wad

IDF Central Command Variety Ensemble: Guard of the Walls

IDF Central Command Variety Ensemble: Guard of the Walls

Written in 1977, this classic Israeli folk song by the Central Command Variety Ensemble of the Israel Defense Forces (Pikud Hamercaz) is written through the eyes of IDF soldiers, expressing their excitement and disbelief at being in the historic position to guard the Old City of Jerusalem.

Yehoram Gaon: From the Summit of Mount Scopus

Yehoram Gaon: From the Summit of Mount Scopus

This song, performed by Israeli singer and cultural icon, Yehoram Gaon, expresses the eternal Jewish longing to return to and rebuild Jerusalem and for the coming of the Messiah. From Mount Scopus, the eastern ridge of Jerusalem, there is a spectacular view of the city,

Ami Yares & Heartbeat: Jerusalem

Ami Yares & Heartbeat: Jerusalem

This video features songwriter, musician and educator Ami Yares performing his original song “Jerusalem” together with Heartbeat, a social change organization that unites Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians. The lyrics, provided below, explore how Jerusalem – known as “the city of peace” and often called “united” following

Avraham Fried: Yerushalayim SheBalev

Avraham Fried: Yerushalayim SheBalev

With Hebrew and English lyrics on the backdrop of pictures of Jerusalem, this video features Avraham Fried‘s song “Yerushalayim Shebalev,” which describes Jerusalem as the spiritual center of the universe and the focus of all songs, prayers, poetry and journeys.   Jerusalem That’s in the Heart Each person looks

Meir Ariel: Jerusalem of Iron

Meir Ariel: Jerusalem of Iron

“Jerusalem of Iron” was written by Israeli singer-songwriter Meir Ariel following the Six Day War to the melody of Naomi Shemer’s famous “Jerusalem of Gold.” After taking part in the costly battles for Jerusalem as a reserve soldier in the Paratroopers Brigade, Ariel wrote these dark

Blue Fringe: City of Gold

Blue Fringe: City of Gold

A moving song to Jerusalem, City of Gold was written by Blue Fringe, an American Jewish band.  City Of Gold What have I become When all I feel is numb To the numbers That’s all they are to me now I can’t read the news

Paul Simon: Silent Eyes

Paul Simon: Silent Eyes

Written by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon, Silent Eyes is a moving song about Jerusalem.  Silent Eyes Silent eyes Watching Jerusalem Make her bed of stones Silent eyes No one will comfort her Jerusalem Weeps alone She is sorrow Sorrow She burns like a flame And

Glykeria: Shabechi Yerushalyim

Glykeria: Shabechi Yerushalyim

This video presents Greek singer Glykeria’s Hebrew performance of the Israeli folk song, Shabechi Yerushalayim, together with the Israeli Philarmonic Orchestra. While the original song was written by Avihu Medina, the lyrics, which implore the city of Jerusalem to praise God, are from Psalms 147:12, PSALMS 147:12-12

Don Mclean: Jerusalem

Don Mclean: Jerusalem

This video presents American singer-songwriter Don McLean’s song “Jerusalem,” written at the request of then-Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek for a promotional film for the city. The lyrics, provided below, describe Jerusalem as a model city of peace and coexistence for the world.  Jerusalem Jerusalem, Jerusalem

Lach Yerushalayim: An Israeli Folk Song

Lach Yerushalayim: An Israeli Folk Song

This video presents the Israeli folk song, Lach Yerushalayim, written by Amos Etinger, composed by A. Rubinstein, and performed by Ran Eliran. The lyrics, provided below in Hebrew, English and transliterated, are a love song to Jerusalem.   

Hadag Nachash: Here I Come (Lyrics & Lesson Plan)

Hadag Nachash: Here I Come (Lyrics & Lesson Plan)

This post presents Hadag Nachash’s song “Here I Come,” which follows one man’s journey between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and all that these two polar opposite cities represent about Israeli society. The Hebrew and English lyrics are provided below, from the website of Makom, the educational wing

Yonina: Jerusalem Mashup

Yonina: Jerusalem Mashup

In this video, husband-wife team, Yonina, perform a creative medley of traditional and modern songs about Jerusalem, including Yaakov Shwekey’s melody for “If I Forget Thee, Oh Jerusalem,” an Israeli folk song by Amos Etinger, and songs by Matisyahu and Hadag Nachash. 

Daliah Lavi: Jerusalem

Daliah Lavi: Jerusalem

This video presents Israeli actress, singer and model Daliah Lavi performing her song, Jerusalem, released in 1970. The lyrics, provided below, express the eternal exploration of the significance of Jerusalem. Jerusalem Where the mothers of sons never cease their weeping Where the fathers of faith

Maureen Nehedar: Beautiful Heights

Maureen Nehedar: Beautiful Heights

This video features Persian Jewish singer, Maureen Nehedar, singing an emotive melody for a moving song about Jerusalem, with lyrics by Spanish Jewish physician, poet and philosopher, Rabbi Yehuda Halevi (1075-1141), and Yemenite Jewish poet and scholar, Rabbi Zecharia al-Dhahiri (1531-1608). An English translaion of

Alpha Blondy: Jerusalem

Alpha Blondy: Jerusalem

A call for peace between Jews, Christians and Muslims, this video features the reggae singer Alpha Blondy singing in English, Hebrew and French about the holy city of Jerusalem. To see a full explanation of the lyrics, click here.

The Shira Chadasha Boys Choir: Psalm 125:1-2

The Shira Chadasha Boys Choir: Psalm 125:1-2

This music video features the Shira Chadasha Boys Choir’s song about Jerusalem, an emotive melody for Psalm 125:1-2. These verses, presented below in Hebrew and English, compare God’s devotion to His people the mountains surrounding Jerusalem. When looking out over the panoramic view of Jerusalem from the Armon

Sabaton: Counterstrike – A Heavy Metal Song About the Six Day War

Sabaton: Counterstrike – A Heavy Metal Song About the Six Day War

This video presents a song about the Six Day War by Sabaton, a Swedish heavy metal band who’s songs recount historical battles. The lyrics, provided below, tell the story of Israel’s miraculous victory against Syria, Egypt and Jordan in a mere six days, with a

Ammunition Hill Song

Ammunition Hill Song

Written by Yair Rosenblum and Yoram Taharlev, this famous song (in Hebrew with English subtitles) tells the story of the bloody battle on Ammunition Hill during the Six Day War.  Ammunition Hill “It was then the morning of the second day of the war in Jerusalem.

Naomi Shemer: The Binding of Isaac (Hebrew)

Naomi Shemer: The Binding of Isaac (Hebrew)

This Hebrew song by iconic Israeli singer, Naomi Shemer, tells the biblical story of the Binding of Isaac, as told in Genesis Chapter 22. According to Jewish tradition, God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son on Mount Moriah, on what would later become the site of

Surround Us Lord: A Christian Hymn About the Mountains Surrounding Jerusalem

Surround Us Lord: A Christian Hymn About the Mountains Surrounding Jerusalem

This video presents an a capella rendition of a Christian hymn based on Psalm 125:2, in which God’s protection for His people is compared to the mountains surrounding the holy city of Jerusalem. When looking out over the panoramic view of Jerusalem from the Armon Hanatziv

A Slideshow of the Tayelet

A Slideshow of the Tayelet

This low quality video (01:43) presents a slideshow of photographs from the Armon Hanatziv Promenade set to the song “Shut Up” by Dean Meldau. Among the images are those of the panoramic views of Jerusalem and the Tolerance Monument. 

Tisha B’Av at the Tayelet

Tisha B’Av at the Tayelet

This low quality video (01:18) shows the Armon Hanatziv Promenade on Tisha B’av, where people gather together, overlooking the Old City and the Temple Mount, to read Kinot (Elegies), hear the reading of Eicha (Lamentations), and sing and pray for redemption. Tisha B’av – the 9th of the Hebrew

City of David: The Place Where it all Began

City of David: The Place Where it all Began

Created by the City of David, this song (03:01) encourages tourists to come visit the fascinating archaeological site that tells the story of ancient Jerusalem. 

Musical Light Show in Zedekiah’s Cave

Musical Light Show in Zedekiah’s Cave

This video (01:02) presents a short clip from a fascinating musical light show in Zedekiah’s Cave (also called Solomon’s Quarries and the Cave of the Kings), a 5 acre underground quarry beneath the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. This performance was by Pyromania,

A Performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” on the Old City Walls

A Performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” on the Old City Walls

A live recording from the light show on the walls of the Old City celebrating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, this video features a collaboration of some of Israel’s most famous artists singing an emotive cover of the late Leonard Cohen’s iconic song, “Hallelujah.”

Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival

Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival

A promotional video for the annual Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival, this video (02:01) presents highlights from this unique celebration of music, culture and diversity, which takes places largely in the Old City. 

Light Show on the Old City Walls: A Timeline of Jerusalem

Light Show on the Old City Walls: A Timeline of Jerusalem

This video (09:52) presents a beautiful light show on the walls of the Old City, created as part of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. To the backdrop of songs about Jerusalem, the light show features an innovative timeline of the history of

The Sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem

The Sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem

Produced by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this video shows clips from the world music festival in the Old City of Jerusalem, including brief interviews with artists describing the unique atmosphere of the Old City. 

Shabechi Yerushalayim: A Musical Performance at the Re-dedication of the Windmill

Shabechi Yerushalayim: A Musical Performance at the Re-dedication of the Windmill

This video presents a musical performance at the ceremony marking the re-dedication of Jerusalem’s iconic windmill in 2012, where the restored landmark spun again for the first time in almost 120 years. The featured song is Shabechi Yerushalayim, written by Avihu Medina, whose lyrics, from Psalms 147:12,

Sir Moshe Montefiore: A Wind Band’s Rendition of the Famous Hebrew Song

Sir Moshe Montefiore: A Wind Band’s Rendition of the Famous Hebrew Song

This video presents a lovely version of Sir Moshe Montefiore, a famous Israeli song dedicated to the life and contributions of the British Jewish philanthropist who advocated for Jews around the world and built the first Jerusalem neighborhoods beyond the walls of the Old City. Performed by

Sir Moshe Montefiore: A Hebrew Song by Yehoram Gaon

Sir Moshe Montefiore: A Hebrew Song by Yehoram Gaon

This famous Israeli song is a tribute to the life and contributions of Sir Moses Montefiore, a British Jewish philanthropist who advocated for Jews around the world and built the first Jerusalem neighborhoods beyond the walls of the Old City. Written by Haim Hefer and

Matisyahu: Jerusalem (Out Of Darkness Comes Light)

Matisyahu: Jerusalem (Out Of Darkness Comes Light)

This post presents the official music video for Matisyahu’s Jerusalem, an upbeat yet solemn song expressing the eternal Jewish yearning for the holy city of Jerusalem, despite thousands of years of exile and persecution. The chorus of the song is based on the famous words

City of David: An Indie-Gospel Cover Song About Jerusalem

City of David: An Indie-Gospel Cover Song About Jerusalem

Entitled “City of David,” this is the official music video of Feter Hendel’s cover of an old gospel song taught to the legendary Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, featuring footage from throughout the city of Jerusalem. The lyrics express the Jewish belief in return of God’s presence

Koolulam: 1000 People Sing Bob Marley’s “One Love” in Jerusalem

Koolulam: 1000 People Sing Bob Marley’s “One Love” in Jerusalem

This inspirational video presents 1000 people of different backgrounds who gathered together to sing “One Love” by Bob Marley in English, Hebrew and Arabic at the Tower of David in the Old City of Jerusalem. As Jerusalem is a point of tension and conflict between Israelis and

Women of the Wall: Can’t Keep Quiet

Women of the Wall: Can’t Keep Quiet

Created by the Women of the Wall, this music video puts footage from the organization’s controversial monthly Rosh Chodesh minyan at the Western Wall to the backdrop of “Quiet” by MILCK, which became the unofficial anthem of the Women’s March and the #MeToo movement. Women of

Mareh Kohen: A Song About the High Priest’s Yom Kippur Service

Mareh Kohen: A Song About the High Priest’s Yom Kippur Service

This post provides an audio recording of “Mareh Kohen,” a song from the Yom Kippur Mussaf prayer service that attempts to capture the immense joy, relief and gratitude of the High Priest upon exiting the Holy of Holies following the worship service (Avodah) in the

Singing Ani Ma’amin at the Western Wall on Tisha B’Av

Singing Ani Ma’amin at the Western Wall on Tisha B’Av

This video shows thousands of worshippers gathered together at the Western Wall on Tisha B’av singing Ani Ma’amin (I Believe), a song about the Jewish belief in the coming of the Messiah. Tisha B’av – the 9th of the Hebrew month of Av – is the saddest

Naomi Shemer: Yerushalayim Shel Zahav / Jerusalem of Gold

Naomi Shemer: Yerushalayim Shel Zahav / Jerusalem of Gold

This popular Israeli song written by Naomi Shemer describes the Jewish people’s age-old yearning for and ultimate return to Jerusalem. Released just three weeks before the outbreak of the Six Day War in 1967, when the Old City of Jerusalem was still under Jordanian control, this song

Yaakov Shwekey at the Western Wall on Jerusalem Day

Yaakov Shwekey at the Western Wall on Jerusalem Day

This video presents snippets from the concert of the well-known Jewish musical entertainer, Yaakov Shwekey, at the Western Wall on Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) in 2017. The Jerusalem Flag Parade takes place every year on Jerusalem Day, where thousands of celebrants dance, sing and wave Israeli flags

Miri Israeli: HaKotel (The Western Wall)

Miri Israeli: HaKotel (The Western Wall)

Written by American-born Israeli artist, Miri Israeli, this emotive song describes the Western Wall as a place where one can come for sincere prayer that will raise to the heavens. Although the lyrics are in Hebrew, there is an onscreen English translation. 

Yossi Gamzu: The Kotel (The Western Wall)

Yossi Gamzu: The Kotel (The Western Wall)

Written by Israeli lyricist Yossi Gamzu and performed by Israeli singer Ofra Haza, the song HaKotel conveys the significance of the Western Wall by the stories of three people who pray there: a young girl, a paratrooper, and a bereaved mother. Although the lyrics are in Hebrew,

If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem: A Carlebach Chuppah Song

If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem: A Carlebach Chuppah Song

This audio recording features Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach singing his original melody for “If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem,” a Hebrew song often sung under the chuppah prior to the breaking of the glass, reminding us of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem even in our greatest moments of joy. The

If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem: A Chuppah Song

If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem: A Chuppah Song

This emotive video features Elior Itzkovitz Cohen singing “If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem,” a Hebrew song often sung under the chuppah prior to the breaking of the glass, reminding us of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem even in our greatest moments of joy. The Hebrew, English and transliterated

L’Shana Haba’ah: Next Year in Jerusalem

L’Shana Haba’ah: Next Year in Jerusalem

This song captures the eternal Jewish hope and prayer for the return to Jerusalem. Even though the Jewish people have technically returned to the city of Jerusalem, this song is still sung at many Jewish ceremonies, including the end of Yom Kippur prayer services, the end

Orthodox Evening Prayer Service for Yom Ha’atzmaut

Orthodox Evening Prayer Service for Yom Ha’atzmaut

This PDF booklet contains an Orthodox evening service for Yom Ha’atzmaut in Hebrew and English. Although the basis for the Yom Ha’atzmaut liturgy was written by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate in 1949, there is not a uniform custom practiced by all Orthodox communities. This particular service includes the

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The Story of Ein Karem: Birthplace of John the Baptist

The Story of Ein Karem: Birthplace of John the Baptist

Produced by Christians United for Israel and Trinity Broadcasting Network, this episode of The Watchman (05:23) takes viewers on a guided virtual tour through some of the sacred Christian sites of Ein Kerem, a quaint, picturesque neighbourhood on the southwest border of Jerusalem. Archaeologist and tour guide Danny

Ein Kerem: Jerusalem’s Village Within a City

Ein Kerem: Jerusalem’s Village Within a City

Produced by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this video (02:13) introduces Ein Kerem, a quaint, picturesque neighbourhood on the southwest  border of Jerusalem with beautiful views and many sacred Christian sites. 

Welcome to Akko: From Ancient Sites to Modern Marketplaces

Welcome to Akko: From Ancient Sites to Modern Marketplaces

This video (02:31) briefly introduces the city of Akko, highlighting its ancient history, archaeological sites, diverse population, and the historic outdoor market, famous for its produce, spices, pastries and fresh fish from the nearby port. 

The Baha’i Gardens in Akko

The Baha’i Gardens in Akko

This video (02:30) shows aerial footage of the beautiful Baha’i Gardens in Akko, which surround the mansion where Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet and founder of the Bahá’í faith, lived during the final years of his life and the shrine where his remains were laid to rest. Produced

The Secrets of the Old City of Akko

The Secrets of the Old City of Akko

Produced by the Old Acre Development Company and the Ministry of Tourism, this creative video (08:35) blends video footage and animation to take viewers on a journey through the Old City of Akko, including visits to the Ottoman era Khan al-Umdan, the medieval Hospitaller Fortress, and

Sataf: Ancient Agriculture in Action

Sataf: Ancient Agriculture in Action

From the website of JNF-KKL, this article describes the history, nature and unique features of the Sataf site, located on the western edge of Jerusalem. With ancient agricultural terraces, two springs, orchards, forest and walking paths, archeological research reveals history from 6000 years ago through

Masada: Breathtaking Views & A Dramatic Tale

Masada: Breathtaking Views & A Dramatic Tale

This video (02:03) shows excellent aerial footage of the ancient mountaintop fortress of Masada, along with an brief onscreen retelling of the story behind this archaeological site. 

How Do We Tell the Story of Masada? A Window into Modern Israel

How Do We Tell the Story of Masada? A Window into Modern Israel

This fascinating, animated video (04:04) briefly describes the history of Masada, with an emphasis on the role the alleged mass suicide of Jewish rebels on this desert mountaintop fortress has played in modern Israeli consciousness throughout the decades. Citing the connection between modern politics and ancient history,

The Siege of Masada: What Really Happened?

The Siege of Masada: What Really Happened?

Produced by Andrew Henry, a Ph.D student in Religious Studies and creator of the Religion for Breakfast YouTube channel, this informative video (08:32) tells the story of Masada, one of the most famous archaeological sites in Israel. Best known for the dramatic mass suicide of Jewish zealots in

Biblical Archaeology in the Elah Valley

Biblical Archaeology in the Elah Valley

Produced by the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem in Hebrew with English subtitles, this video (08:52) highlights the significance of the archaeological findings from Khirbet Qeiyafa in the Elah Valley. Through interviews with biblical scholars and archaeologists, the video shares how the excavations reveal the

Supporting Communities Living Near the Gaza Border

Supporting Communities Living Near the Gaza Border

This clip (4:16) gives an overview of just a handful of the many ways that KKL-JNF supports Gaza border communities that are most vulnerable to Hamas rocket fire. In times of both peace and war, KKL-JNF provides invaluable aid and resources, building parks, amphitheaters, tourist

Remaking Sderot: A Park in the Heart of the Community

Remaking Sderot: A Park in the Heart of the Community

This video clip (3:42) introduces the Park of Courage – a project developed by KKL-JNF with the mission of bringing joy and lightness back to the lives of the children of Sderot. As Sderot’s Youth Center Director Yigal Bracha says in the video, after years

Life for Israelis Near the Gaza Border

Life for Israelis Near the Gaza Border

Life for Israelis near the Gaza border is no picnic to say the least, as this clip (4:31) from The Watchman so vividly describes. Fear of rocket barrage has become a daily reality for residents of the Gaza envelope, like in the kibbutz community of

Sderot Residents Live in Fear of Gaza Rockets

Sderot Residents Live in Fear of Gaza Rockets

Get a glimpse into what life is like for residents of the Gaza envelope in this clip (3:20) from VOA News. In times of conflict and unrest, residents of cities close to the Gaza border live in constant fear for their lives. In the city

An IDF Soldier’s Account from Gaza

An IDF Soldier’s Account from Gaza

In this clip from the IDF (4:21), Lieutenant Adam Landau of the 188th Armored Brigade describes his firsthand experiences during Operation Protective Edge. The operation began in the wake of the Hamas kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June 2014. In response to

Heroes of Operation Protective Edge

Heroes of Operation Protective Edge

Meet some of the heroes behind 2014’s Operation Protective Edge in this clip (5:35) from the Friends of the IDF. In June 2014, Hamas terrorists kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teenage boys. When the IDF responded with an operation to arrest Hamas militant leaders, Hamas

The 1955 Gaza Raid

The 1955 Gaza Raid

Learn about Operation Black Arrow – Israel’s 1955 counter-terrorism raid in Gaza – in this quick read from the Center for Israel Education. In the years from 1948 to 1955, many Israeli civilians and soldiers were killed at the hands of nationalistically-motivated Palestinian terrorists (fedayeen). In 1953,

Unit 101: Israel’s First Special Ops Unit

Unit 101: Israel’s First Special Ops Unit

This informative clip (6:25) introduces Israel’s first special operations commando unit, Unit 101, established in 1953. Led by IDF commander Ariel Sharon and made up of hand-picked soldiers (by invitation only), Unit 101 was tasked with responding to fedayeen terror – Palestinian guerrilla attacks on the

The Restoration of the Writers’ House and the establishment of the Nahum Gutman Museum of Art

The Restoration of the Writers’ House and the establishment of the Nahum Gutman Museum of Art

This video [05:25], published by the National Portal of Museums in Israel, offers a brief overview of the life and art of the “Land of Israel” artist, Nahum Gutman (1898 –1980). His art depicts the early 20th century pioneering life in the land of Israel,

Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance in Israel

Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance in Israel

Published by online Israeli news magazine, Israeli 21c, this video [03:36] spotlights the prestigious Suzanne Dellal cultural center, located in Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv. The Batsheva Dance company, recognized as one of leading contemporary dance companies in the world, trains at the Suzanne Dellal Center,

Neve Tzedek: Where Old Meets New in Tel Aviv

Neve Tzedek: Where Old Meets New in Tel Aviv

Check out Neve Tzedek, the trendy Tel Aviv neighborhood featured in this video [03:45], published by the online news magazine Israel 21c. Neve Tzedek was founded in 1887 by Jewish families who left the over-crowded port city of Jaffa, 22 years before the establishment of

Remembering Israeli War Hero Ariel Sharon

Remembering Israeli War Hero Ariel Sharon

This video [03:27], published by the CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network), recounts the dramatic life of Israeli war hero and former prime minister, Ariel Sharon. Sharon fought in all of Israels three major wars– the War of Independence, the Six-Day War, and the Yom Kippur War,

Be’er Sheva River Park: A Jewel in Israel’s Desert

Be’er Sheva River Park: A Jewel in Israel’s Desert

In Hebrew with English subtitles, this video (01:00) shows how JNF-KKL’s Beersheva River Park restoration project has transformed a garbage dump into a flourishing park, realizing David Ben Gurion’s visions for the Negev. 

JNF Blueprint Negev: Be’er Sheva

JNF Blueprint Negev: Be’er Sheva

This video (04:17) highlights JNF’s commitment to transform Be’ersheva through investment in the environment, culture, people and infrastructure of the city. From the biblical history of Abraham in the area through the modern Be’ersheva River Park project, see how the capital city of the Negev is

The Jerusalem Light Rail:  A Microcosm of the City’s Diversity

The Jerusalem Light Rail:  A Microcosm of the City’s Diversity

Produced by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this video (02:01) introduces the Jerusalem Light Rail, the first  in Israel, constructed in 2011. Built along the line that once divided the city, prior to the reunification of Jerusalem in the Six Day War, the train spans ancient and

The Hurva Synagogue: A Symbol of Rebuilt Jerusalem

The Hurva Synagogue: A Symbol of Rebuilt Jerusalem

This post tells the story behind the historic Hurva Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. Originally built in the 18th century, the synagogue was destroyed by Muslims in 1721, rebuilt in 1864, and tdestroyed again during the War of Independence

Cyclists Ride the Ben Shemen Forest’s Blue Trail

Cyclists Ride the Ben Shemen Forest’s Blue Trail

Come along for the ride as the two cyclists in this clip (2:16) tackle the Ben Shemen Forest’s single-track Herzl Trail, also known as the “Blue Trail.” Located near Modi’in, the Ben Shemen Forest is a hidden gem right in the center of the country!

Special Needs Children Planting Israel’s Future

Special Needs Children Planting Israel’s Future

This clip (4:14) depicts a moving event hosted in the Ben Shemen Forest each year: a Tu Bishvat tree-planting celebration for Israeli children with special needs. This joint initiative between MADA Youth and KKL-JNF cultivates a love of the land in children who tend to

Top-Notch Bike Trails in Ben Shemen Forest

Top-Notch Bike Trails in Ben Shemen Forest

The inauguration of KKL-JNF’s Ben Shemen Forest bike trails in 2011 was an exciting moment for Israel, as this Jerusalem Post article explains. The forest, initially purchased by the KKL-JNF in 1907, was the first and largest afforestation initiative in the history of the State

Left for Dead in 1948: The Battle that Shaped Ariel Sharon

Left for Dead in 1948: The Battle that Shaped Ariel Sharon

This Times of Israel article tells the story of how a young Ariel Sharon led his battalion in one of the most important military missions of his career: the Battle of Latrun. Were it not for the selflessness of one of his young soldiers, himself

Drying the Hula Lake: A Firsthand Account

Drying the Hula Lake: A Firsthand Account

In this brief clip (1:14), Nahum Bendel, artist and former employee of one of Israel’s oldest construction companies, documents his firsthand experiences working in the Hula Valley swamps. In the 1950s, the KKL-JNF embarked on an ambitious mission to drain the Hula Lake and convert

Rehab for a River

Rehab for a River

This informative article from non-profit news magazine ISRAEL21c walks us through what it took to transform Israel’s Yarkon River from an ecological disaster to a beautiful center for recreation and nature. Years of hard work and partnered efforts from the KKL-JNF, the Yarkon River Authority, and

Restoring Tel Aviv’s Yarkon River

Restoring Tel Aviv’s Yarkon River

This clip (2:42) introduces the quiet oasis of greenery and serenity located in the heart of the urban metropolis of Gush Dan: the Yarkon River. Beginning in the 1950s, the Yarkon River became increasingly polluted until sewage and disease replaced the fresh waters that once

The Makings of a World-Renowned Bird-Watching Site

The Makings of a World-Renowned Bird-Watching Site

This brief clip (1:00) describes the amazing work that KKL-JNF has done to rehabilitate and revive the now world-renowned Hula Valley. What used to be a malaria-infested swamp region is today a bustling hub of flora and fauna and one of the most prominent bird-watching

Hula Lake Valley: A Bird Oasis in the Galilee

Hula Lake Valley: A Bird Oasis in the Galilee

This clip (6:11) introduces KKL-JNF’s Hula Lake Park visitors center. With no fewer than 500 million birds passing through yearly on their migratory path, the Hula Valley is one of the most prominent bird-watching sites in the entire world. It was one the KKL-JNF’s first and

Israel’s Amazing Tank Museum

Israel’s Amazing Tank Museum

Check out Israel’s world-renowned tank collection and learn about the fascinating story of Latrun in this video tour (3:45) of the Yad LaShiryon Armoured Corps Museum and Memorial. Latrun was the site of important military battles from 1948’s War of Independence until 1967, when it

Uri Avnery’s Battle of Latrun Story

Uri Avnery’s Battle of Latrun Story

In this clip (2:43), the late political activist Uri Avnery recounts part of his experience in the Battle for Latrun in 1948. Located on the main road from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Latrun played a key strategic role in accessing Jerusalem. While the battles in

The Fundamental Role of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael in Israel’s Existence

The Fundamental Role of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael in Israel’s Existence

This video [07:45], narrated by Larry King and published by Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF), traces the organization’s history, from its establishment in 1901  at the fifth Zionist Congress, until modern times. Today, KKL-JNF not only raises money for Israel, it also contributes to

The Changing Balance Between the Jewish and Non-Jewish Population of Jerusalem

The Changing Balance Between the Jewish and Non-Jewish Population of Jerusalem

This graph is included in an article published by the Jewish People Policy Institute, an independent professional policy think tank. The graph illustrates the changing demographics of Jerusalem from 1922–2015. Since the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967, the non-Jewish residents of East Jerusalem were included, and

The Historical and Current Significance of the Knesset

The Historical and Current Significance of the Knesset

This film [10:03], produced by Lapam, Israel’s Government Advertising Agency, illustrates the importance of the Knesset, and the historical decisions and crucial moments which took place there.  After moving its temporary quarters around, the Knesset began meeting in the modest Froumine House in Jerusalem’s city

Before Bauhaus: “White City, Black City” Remembers Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s Forgotten History

Before Bauhaus: “White City, Black City” Remembers Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s Forgotten History

Written by urban planner Jesse Fox in Haaretz, this article is a summary and review of Sharon Rotbard’s “White City, Black City: Architecture and War in Tel Aviv and Jaffa.” This controversial book challenges the idyllic founding myth of Tel Aviv’s “White City” by revealing the

The White City: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The White City: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

This article from the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality website explains why UNESCO proclaimed a historic area of Tel Aviv as a World Cultural Heritage site. It tells the story behind the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus-style buildings, as well as the unique architectural features of this modern movement.

White Night in Tel Aviv

White Night in Tel Aviv

From i24NEWS, this video (02:27) introduces “White Night,” an all-night cultural event in Tel Aviv celebrated each year since UNESCO named a neighborhood of the city a World Heritage Site for its unique Bauhaus architecture in 2003. Mostly free to the public, the festivities include

The White City of Tel Aviv

The White City of Tel Aviv

This informative video (01:35) introduces the unique architectural story of “The White City” of Tel Aviv, a UNESCO World Heritage site made up of more than 4000 Bauhaus-style buildings. Through interviews with local architects, the video explains the symbolism behind this style and why it

Jerusalem’s Changing Demographics

Jerusalem’s Changing Demographics

The above graphs are from the publication “Facts and Trends 2018.”  They present Jerusalem’s population in comparison to other major Israeli cities, the nature of Jerusalem’s Jewish religious identification, the geographical distribution of Jerusalem’s population, and the city’s Jewish population compared to its Arab population. This

How did the Tower of David Get its Name?

How did the Tower of David Get its Name?

This informative article [4 pgs.] from the official website of the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, offers a brief explanation of the history of this ancient citadel, known as the Tower of David. Accompanied by photographs, the article clarifies that, though

The Old City of Jerusalem: a Tour of the Ramparts

The Old City of Jerusalem: a Tour of the Ramparts

This video [03:46], produced for the Jerusalem Development Authority by the Israeli audio touring company, Tour-man, guides viewers through the Old City of Jerusalem’s Northern Ramparts. The tour starts at Jaffa Gate, and ends at the Lions’ Gate, while providing panoramic views of new Jerusalem

The Split Between East and West Jerusalem

The Split Between East and West Jerusalem

This video [04:47], published by i24NEWS, an Israeli international news channel based in Tel Aviv, presents the difficult dilemma of the Palestinians in East Jerusalem.They are not citizens, but rather have “Jerusalem residence status,” while paying municipal taxes to Israel. Osama Abu Halaf, a lawyer

A Brief Background on the Ultra-Orthodox Vote in Jerusalem

A Brief Background on the Ultra-Orthodox Vote in Jerusalem

In this video [04:39], published by i24NEWS, an Israeli international news channel based in Tel Aviv, Dr.Gilad Malach, head of the ultra-orthodox program of the Israel democracy Institute, explains the background behind the ultra-orthodox vote in Jerusalem’s political realm. The ultra-orthodox coalition has been able

Jerusalem’s Diverse and Changing Population

Jerusalem’s Diverse and Changing Population

This video [04:20] , published by i24NEWS, an Israeli international news channel based in Tel Aviv, portrays the deep social divisions among the diverse population in Jerusalem. The current  population is comprised of 38% Arabs and 62%, Jews, yet projections show that by 2040 the

The Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem: an Architectural Gem

The Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem: an Architectural Gem

This video, published by the Jewish Learning Institute, an organization committed to making Jewish learning accessible and meaningful to Jews of all backgrounds, shows the unique architectural design of the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem. While the Supreme Court building serves practical bureaucratic purposes, it’s

An Overview of the Knesset

An Overview of the Knesset

This video [01:42], produced by the Israel Project, an American educational organization committed to informing global media about Israel, explains in brief how the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, functions. The Knesset is comprised of one legislative body, which has been meeting in Jerusalem since February

History of Jerusalem’s Tower of David

History of Jerusalem’s Tower of David

This video [05:43], published by i24NEWS, an Israel-based international news channel, briefly explains the multi-layered history of Jerusalem’s “Tower of David,” a medieval fortress  originally dating back to King Herod (73 B.C.E. — 4 B.C.E.). Though named after the infamous King David, the fortress holds

Bursting the ‘Bubble’ as Tel Aviv Turns 100

Bursting the ‘Bubble’ as Tel Aviv Turns 100

In this article, Lisa Goldman explores how the vision of the “First Hebrew City” has been achieved in “one of Zionism’s greatest success stories.” Tracing the city’s development from its modest founding in 1909 to its emergence as a modern cultural and economic center, she

The Walls Surrounding the Old City of Jerusalem

The Walls Surrounding the Old City of Jerusalem

In this video [10:36] produced by i24NEWS, an Israel-based international news channel, tour guide Asaf Salomon explains the history of the walls encompassing the Old City of Jerusalem, rebuilt by the Ottomans primarily for protective reasons in the 1500s. Today visitors can walk along the

Tel Aviv Celebrates 100 Years

Tel Aviv Celebrates 100 Years

Produced by ISRAEL21c in honor of Tel Aviv’s 100th birthday, this video (03:16) celebrates how far Israel has come since its founding in 1909. It tells the story of the establishment of the city, the origin and significance of its name, and how it has

A Brief History of Tel Aviv

A Brief History of Tel Aviv

From the Tel Aviv Municipality website, this article summarizes the history of the First Hebrew City, from its founding in 1909, through its development into a modern “garden city” in the 1920s, its rapid expansion during the Fifth Aliyah of the 1930s, its transformation to the White

Shrinking Sea of Galilee Has Some Hoping for a Miracle

Shrinking Sea of Galilee Has Some Hoping for a Miracle

This article from i24NEWS warns readers of the shrinking of the Sea of Galilee (also known as the Kinneret), often seen as a symbol of Israel’s water challenges. Citing drought, irrigated agriculture, pumping, diversions, and general overuse as factors endangering Israel’s main source of water, the

Golan Heights: History & Overview

Golan Heights: History & Overview

This article from the Jewish Virtual Library presents a historical overview of the Golan heights from biblical through modern times, a description of the local Druze and Jewish population groups, an economic profile of the region, a summary of the security situation and relationships with neighboring

KKL-JNF: Moving Forward With the Galilee

KKL-JNF: Moving Forward With the Galilee

From the website of Karen Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund, Israel’s largest green organization, this site summarizes the organization’s activities in the Galilee, including projects in the fields of water management, tourism, research, community development, environmental sustainability and education. With facts and figures of the region,

Tourist Attractions in the Haifa Region

Tourist Attractions in the Haifa Region

This article presents a roundup of the best attractions in Haifa and the surrounding areas, including holy shrines, museums, parks, beaches, archaeological sits and national landmarks, and interesting neighbourhoods to wander around. With a map of the tourist attractions and a basic description, picture and address for each

Startup Guide: Tel Aviv

Startup Guide: Tel Aviv

Startup Guide: Tel Aviv is a website dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs with Tel Aviv’s dynamic startup scene, providing an introduction to the city’s startup ecosystem and insider information, such as the best local co-working hubs. Tel Aviv is one of more than 20 cities across Europe, the Middle

A Tale of Two Cities: Jerusalem & Tel Aviv in an Age of Globalization

A Tale of Two Cities: Jerusalem & Tel Aviv in an Age of Globalization

In this academic article (13 pages), Prof. Nurit Alfasi of Ben Gurion University and Prof. Tovi Fenster of Tel Aviv University compare the impact of globalization on “local Jerusalem” and “global Tel Aviv,” arguing that the cultural, political and economic differences between the cities are connected to the

The Mythography of Tel Aviv

The Mythography of Tel Aviv

Produced by Leadel, a Jewish Media Hub that focuses on Jewish identity in the 21st century, this video (09:41) explores the vision, myths and culture which fueled Tel Aviv’s development from a small neighborhood build on sand dunes to the bustling cultural and economic metropolis of

Trees Rooted in Tel Aviv’s History

Trees Rooted in Tel Aviv’s History

An ode to Israel’s trees in honor of Tu B’shvat, this Times of Israel Blog post follows tree historian Yaacov Shkolnik of the Jewish National Fund to four of his favorite trees in the Tel Aviv region, each one telling a different story about Zionism, pioneering, and the

The White City of Tel Aviv: The Modern Movement

The White City of Tel Aviv: The Modern Movement

From the UNESCO website, this video (01:58) and accompanying article explore the history, architectural vision and symbolism behind “The White City” of Tel Aviv, the world’s largest collection of International or Bauhaus style buildings and one of the first “modern” UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The article

Jerusalem: Facts and Trends 2018

Jerusalem: Facts and Trends 2018

“Jerusalem: Facts and Trends 2018” is a 102 page long publication from the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research that presents the main trends occurring in the city in a wide range of areas, including demography, employment, education, construction and tourism. With short texts, graphs, and

Sharing Sacred Space: Holy Places in Jerusalem Between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam

Sharing Sacred Space: Holy Places in Jerusalem Between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam

In this academic article (14 pages), Professor Ora Limor from the Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies at the Open University explores how believers of different religions share sacred sites. Arguing that the more deeply the traditions of sanctity are associated with multiple religions, the

The Road to Jerusalem

The Road to Jerusalem

This article from the Jewish Virtual Library takes readers on a virtual tour of Jerusalem, introducing the important landmarks, architectural features, diverse population and unique atmosphere of Israel’s capital, which blends together the ancient and modern in an unparalleled way. The first in a series of articles, the virtual tour

Jerusalem: Three Religions, One City

Jerusalem: Three Religions, One City

 From the PBS LearningMedia Sacred Journeys series, this engaging video (03:59) explores Jerusalem as a sacred city that holds some of the holiest sites for the three major monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. A source of both faith and conflict, the video references Jerusalem’s long

The Bedouins of the Negev: A Population Transforming

The Bedouins of the Negev: A Population Transforming

This very short article presents a snapshot of Israel’s Bedouin population, including a summary of the complex cultural changes underway in their society. 

10 Reasons Why Hiking in the Negev Should Be on Your Bucket List

10 Reasons Why Hiking in the Negev Should Be on Your Bucket List

From the website of The Green Backpackers desert hostel and hikers base camp in Mitzpe Ramon, this blog post points out some of the unique cultural, geological, and technical factors that make hiking in Israel’s Negev Desert so special, from surprising springtime blooms, diverse landscapes and

Top 10 Things To Do In The Negev Desert

Top 10 Things To Do In The Negev Desert

This article from Culture Trip reveals some of the best attractions to visit in the Negev Desert, including archaeological sites, geological phenomenons, historical monuments, culinary and cultural experiences, nature reserves, and hiking trails. 

An Introduction to the Al-Aqsa Mosque

An Introduction to the Al-Aqsa Mosque

This informative article introduces the history and significance of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, located on the Haram al-Sharif, the third holiest site in Islam. (Photo credit: Richard Sevcik, Shutterstock)

An Introduction to the Dome of the Rock

An Introduction to the Dome of the Rock

Written by Dr. Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis, an archaeologist and architectural historian, this article explains the history, design and political and religious significance of the Dome of the Rock. A thorough introduction to the importance of this site in Islam, this article was published on the website

Muhammad’s Night Journey to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Ascension from the Dome of the Rock

Muhammad’s Night Journey to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Ascension from the Dome of the Rock

This short video (01:17) briefly describes the physical and spiritual Night Journey described in the Quran and other Muslim teachings, in which the angel Gabriel led Muhammad to “the farthest mosque,” understood to be the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. There, Muhammad

The History & Significance of the Dome of the Rock in Islam & Judaism

The History & Significance of the Dome of the Rock in Islam & Judaism

Produced by Andrew Henry, a Ph.D student in Religious Studies and creator of the Religion for Breakfast YouTube channel, this informative video (09:40) explains the history of the Dome of the Rock, its significance in Islam and Judaism, and its controversial role in modern politics. The video describes

The Construction, Spiritual Significance & A 3D Virtual Tour of Solomon’s Temple

The Construction, Spiritual Significance & A 3D Virtual Tour of Solomon’s Temple

This lengthy video (16:30) is a dramatic, animated short film in which King Solomon describes to King Rehoboam, his son and successor, the construction, worship and significance of the First Temple, including a 3D tour of the building. Created with a religious agenda, King Solomon

The Second Temple & its Destruction: A Look into the Psyche of Ancient Judaism

The Second Temple & its Destruction: A Look into the Psyche of Ancient Judaism

An except from Rabbi Irving Greenberg’s “The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays,” this article describes the unimaginable shattering of the Jewish people and way of life that resulted from the destruction of the Second Temple, including the famine, massacre, slavery and civil war between the people

The Talmudic Tale of Kamtza & Bar Kamtza and the Destruction of the Second Temple

The Talmudic Tale of Kamtza & Bar Kamtza and the Destruction of the Second Temple

Created by Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence, this animated video (04:03) retells the famous Talmudic tale of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza as an example of the “baseless hatred” among the Jewish nation that ultimately led to the destruction of the Second Temple, according to rabbinic thought. 

The Roman Siege of Jerusalem and the Destruction of the Second Temple

The Roman Siege of Jerusalem and the Destruction of the Second Temple

Created by HistoryPod a daily “on this day” YouTube history channel, this brief video (02:44) recalls the Roman attack on Jerusalem, as part of the First Jewish-Roman War. With a historical and military focus, the video describes the siege, famine and massacre of the war that ultimately

An Introduction to the Sacred Jewish Temples

An Introduction to the Sacred Jewish Temples

Produced by Christian historian and author, Kelly Warman-Stallings, this video (08:11) provides an introduction to the history of the First and Second Temples based on the Hebrew and Christian Bibles and other ancient texts, including their building, significance and destruction, as well as various Jewish

The Babylonian Conquest and the Destruction of the First Temple

The Babylonian Conquest and the Destruction of the First Temple

Produced by Megalim, the City of David Institute for Jerusalem Studies, this informative video (07:32) recalls the history of the Babylonian conquest of the Kingdom of Judah and the eventual destruction of the First Temple. From the archaeological site of the City of David where

What Was the Holy Temple?

What Was the Holy Temple?

Written by Rabbi Mendy Hecht for AskMoses.com, this thorough article describes the physical structure of the First and Second Temples, as well as their spiritual significance and centrality to Jewish life and worship during temple times. Toward the end of the article, the author suggests

Virtual Tour of the Second Temple

Virtual Tour of the Second Temple

This fascinating video (12:29) takes viewers on a virtual tour of an animated 3D reconstruction of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem following King Herod’s expansion project. Despite the poorly written onscreen explanations, this video presents an excellent insight into what the Second Temple may have actually

Jewish History from the Building of the First Temple through the Destruction of the Second Temple

Jewish History from the Building of the First Temple through the Destruction of the Second Temple

This post presents four short, informative videos in which Jewish historian Rabbi Berel Wein explains the period of Jewish history from the building of the First Temple through the destruction of the Second Temple, as well as the difference between the two Temples. The first video (05:22), featured

Photographs & Explanations of the Closed Sites of the Temple Mount

Photographs & Explanations of the Closed Sites of the Temple Mount

Compiled by Ron Peled of the All About Jerusalem city tour guide website, this 18-page document contains photographs and descriptions of some of the sites on the Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif Compound that are closed to the non-Muslim public, including the inside of the Al-Aqsa

The Layout of the Temple Mount During the Crusader period

The Layout of the Temple Mount During the Crusader period

In this informal yet informative video (03:36), archaeologist Frankie Snyder draws a diagram and describes the the layout of the Temple Mount during the Crusader period and what happened afterward. Snyder works for The Temple Mount Sifting Project, an archaeological project begun in 2004 whose aim is the

Solomon’s Stables

Solomon’s Stables

From the GoJerusalem City Guide website, this article describes the history and significance of Solomon’s Stables, a large underground space located beneath the southeastern corner of the Temple Mount. Widely believed to have been built by King Herod, these vaulted arches were used as storage

Thorough Virtual Tour of Haram-Al Sharif

Thorough Virtual Tour of Haram-Al Sharif

Created for AramcoWorld Magazine, which aims to broaden knowledge of the Arab and Muslim worlds, this link opens up a detailed, interactive virtual tour of the Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount Complex. An interactive map highlights 26 different sites and views of the complex, each

Interactive Virtual Tour of Haram al-Sharif

Interactive Virtual Tour of Haram al-Sharif

Produced by Al Jazeera, a state-funded Qatari news network, this interactive video (06:37) provides a detailed virtual tour of the Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount Complex, including the Dome of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa / Al-Qibli Mosque and many of the other historical and religious landmarks on the 14

What Makes Jerusalem So Holy to All Monotheistic Faiths?

What Makes Jerusalem So Holy to All Monotheistic Faiths?

Written by Erica Chernovsky of the BBC, this informative article explains why Jerusalem is sacred to each of the three monotheistic religions by looking at the historical and religious significance of three main holy sites in the Old City: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Jerusalem: Sacred to the Three Monotheistic Faiths

Jerusalem: Sacred to the Three Monotheistic Faiths

This video (05:09) provides a general introduction to the historic city of Jerusalem and its significance to each of the three monotheistic religions. The video briefly discusses the city’s religious history and sacred sites according to each tradition, including the Western Wall and ancient Temples in

Jerusalem’s Sacred Christian Sites

Jerusalem’s Sacred Christian Sites

Published on the website of the Holy Land Voyager, a Christian tour agency, this article describes the significance of Jerusalem in Christianity. Exploring the historical and spiritual meaning behind some of the city’s sacred Christian sites, this article discusses places where Jesus prayed, preached, was

The Spiritual Significance of Jerusalem in Christianity Through Scriptures & Prophecy

The Spiritual Significance of Jerusalem in Christianity Through Scriptures & Prophecy

Created by the One for Israel Ministry, an evangelical organization that seeks to share the Gospel of Jesus with Israelis, this video (06:38) describes the spiritual significance of Jerusalem according to biblical scriptures. Defining Jerusalem as the dwelling place of God on earth, this video

The Significance of Jerusalem in Christianity

The Significance of Jerusalem in Christianity

Produced by Voice of America News, a U.S. government-funded international multimedia agency, this video (04:00) explores the significance of Jerusalem in Christianity as the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, home to sacred sites, such as the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy

The History of Jerusalem’s Importance in Islam

The History of Jerusalem’s Importance in Islam

Produced by Israel for Tourists, this informative video (02:53) provides a historical approach to the significance of Jerusalem in Islam, describing it as a “political outcome stemming from religious beliefs.” The video emphasizes that, despite the fact that Muhammad never visited Jerusalem and the Dome

Why was Jerusalem Important to the First Muslims?

Why was Jerusalem Important to the First Muslims?

Written by Robert G. Hoyland, a Professor of Early Islamic Middle Eastern History at New York University, this thorough article discusses why Jerusalem became so important to Islam in the beginning of the religion. The author discusses how the building of the Dome of the Rock and

Why is Jerusalem So Important for Muslims?

Why is Jerusalem So Important for Muslims?

This introductory video (01:00) provides a list of the different reasons why Jerusalem is considered sacred according to Muslim tradition.   

The Significance of Jerusalem in Islam

The Significance of Jerusalem in Islam

This introductory article from ThoughtCo clearly explains the religious significance of Jerusalem in Islam. Known in Arabic as Al-Quds or Baitul-Maqdis (“The Noble, Sacred Place), the city is sacred to Muslims because of the biblical roots of the monotheistic religion, its status as the first Qiblah (place toward

IDF: The Military Story of the Six Day War

IDF: The Military Story of the Six Day War

Produced by the Israel Defense Forces in Hebrew with English subtitles, this video (09:04) describes Israel’s military victory against four enemy armies on three fronts during the Six Day War. With animated maps, archival footage, and quotes from major military leaders, the video focuses on major

Six Days of Miracles: The Religious Significance of the Six Day War

Six Days of Miracles: The Religious Significance of the Six Day War

Created by the World Mizrahi religious Zionist organization, this uplifting video (10:09) interprets Israel’s surprising and total victory in the Six Day War as a modern-day miracle. Employing biblical language, the video emphasizes the Divine hand and religious significance of some of Israel’s greatest military achievements of

BBC Archives: Tensions in Jerusalem Following the Six Day War

BBC Archives: Tensions in Jerusalem Following the Six Day War

From the archives of the BBC, this video (03:20) presents the tensions in Jerusalem immediately following the Six Day War. The video presents the psychological effect of Israel’s unification of Jerusalem and conquest of sacred sites on Jews and Arabs alike, contrasting footage of jubilant Israeli civilians and schoolchildren

Battles on the Road to Jerusalem During the War of Independence

Battles on the Road to Jerusalem During the War of Independence

Produced by i24News to mark 70 years since the establishment of the State of Israel, this video (05:26) looks back on some of the fiercest and most significant battles of the War of Independence, the battles of Sha’ar Hagai (Bab al-Wad) and Castel, both of which took

Mayor Nir Barkat: Jerusalem as the Eternal Capital

Mayor Nir Barkat: Jerusalem as the Eternal Capital

In this short video (0:53), Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat affirms that the city of Jerusalem is the spiritual, national, united capital of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

President Reuven Rivlin’s Speech at Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

President Reuven Rivlin’s Speech at Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

This video (06:52) presents Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin’s speech at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem in 2018. He speaks of the Jewish people’s eternal connection to Jerusalem, Jerusalem’s status as the capital city of the State of Israel, Jerusalem’s commitment to all of her

The Battles of the Paratroopers in the Six Day War

The Battles of the Paratroopers in the Six Day War

From the official website of Ammunition Hill, this link provides detailed information about the role of the Paratrooper Brigade during the Six Day War, including the conquest of Ammunition Hill and the Old City of Jerusalem. 

Soldiers Describe the Battle for Ammunition Hill & Jerusalem: 50 Years Later

Soldiers Describe the Battle for Ammunition Hill & Jerusalem: 50 Years Later

Written by journalist Paul Auster to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, this article from the Jerusalem Post describes a meeting of the surviving soldiers who fought in the bloody battle for Ammunition Hill. Emphasizing the heroic actions of ordinary men in

Israeli & Jordanian Veterans Meet On Ammunition Hill 50 Years Later

Israeli & Jordanian Veterans Meet On Ammunition Hill 50 Years Later

This article from the Times of Israel describes a unique encounter between Israeli and Jordanian veterans of the Six Day War on Ammunition Hill, 50 years after the war. The article describes an atmopshere or mutual honor, respect and a hope for lasting peace.

PM Ariel Sharon’s Address at the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill

PM Ariel Sharon’s Address at the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill

This post presents the text of then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s speech at the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill on 6 June 2005, in which he pays tribute to the heroic soldiers who died in the bloody battle on the site during the Six

Inspired by 1967: A Panel Discussion with Yossi Klein Halevi, Michael Oren & Nir Barkat

Inspired by 1967: A Panel Discussion with Yossi Klein Halevi, Michael Oren & Nir Barkat

Held in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, this video (17:30) presents a panel discussion about the impact of the war and the reunification of Jerusalem on Israeli society, featuring Yossi Klein Halevy, Michael Oren and Nir Barkat. The three speakers

The Significance of Ammunition Hill

The Significance of Ammunition Hill

This home video (02:50) takes viewers on a brief tour of the bunkers and trenches of Ammunition Hill, emphasizing the heroism of the soldiers and the importance of the battle and the reunification of Jerusalem on a national and personal level. 

The Battle for Ammunition Hill: An Interview with Abraham Rabinovitch

The Battle for Ammunition Hill: An Interview with Abraham Rabinovitch

In this video (05:12), Abraham Rabinovich, author of “”The Battle for Jerusalem,” describes the battle for Ammunition Hill, including the strategic importance of the site, the lack of preparedness of the IDF, the fierce fighting between the Israeli and Jordanian soldiers, and the heroism of regular soldiers following

Ammunition Hill Memorial Site: Telling the Story

Ammunition Hill Memorial Site: Telling the Story

Produced by the Jewish National Fund, this video (02:09) describes the Memorial Site of Ammunition Hill as a symbol of Jewish and Israeli heroism. With clips from the head tour guide of the site and a veteran IDF soldier who fought in the battle for Ammunition Hill in

The Wall of Honor at Ammunition Hill: A Tribute to Jewish Soldiers Around the World

The Wall of Honor at Ammunition Hill: A Tribute to Jewish Soldiers Around the World

Produced by the Jewish National Fund, this video (06:32) introduces the Wall of Honor at Ammunition Hill, a tribute to the courage, heroism and sacrifice of Jewish soldiers who have served in the armed forces of the countries in which they have lived throughout the

IDF Veteran Yaki Hetz Returns to Ammunition Hill: 50 Years Later

IDF Veteran Yaki Hetz Returns to Ammunition Hill: 50 Years Later

In this video (04:19), produced by i24News to mark 50 years since the Six Day War, Yaakov “Yaki” Hetz, a decorated IDF veteran returns to Ammunition Hill, recalling the fear, chaos and ultimate victory of the battle in which he lost 36 of his fellow Israeli soldiers.

The Strategic Importance of the Battle for Ammunition Hill

The Strategic Importance of the Battle for Ammunition Hill

This video (07:40) recalls the bloody battle of Ammunition Hill, explaining why this strategic site needed to be conquered in order to liberate the Old City of Jerusalem. With useful maps, diagrams, photographs and explanations, this is a helpful resource for understanding the military background

Interviews with Soldiers from Ammunition Hill: 40 Years Later

Interviews with Soldiers from Ammunition Hill: 40 Years Later

In this video (04:02), three IDF veterans recall the bloody battle of Ammunition Hill during the Six Day War. With honesty, humor and pain, they describe the lack of preparation, the chaos, and the fear of the battle, as well as the sense of despair and

The Battle for Jerusalem in the Six Day War: Survival of a Nation

The Battle for Jerusalem in the Six Day War: Survival of a Nation

Produced by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, this moving video (08:29) tells the story of Israel’s 1967 battles for Jerusalem and the ensuing liberation of the Old City and the Western Wall. With fascinating archival footage and animated maps, the video describes key battles of the Six

An Interview with the Director of “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem”

An Interview with the Director of “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem”

Filmed at Ammunition Hill, this video (06:47) presents an interview with Erin Zimmerman, the director of the Christian Broadcasting Network’s documentary, “In Our Hands,” which tells the story of the battle for Jerusalem in the Six Day War. Combining dramatic reenactments, interviews with veterans, and

The Conquest of Armon Hanatziv in 1967

The Conquest of Armon Hanatziv in 1967

From the Ammunition Hill Memorial Site website, this lengthy article provides a detailed account of the military conquest of Armon Hanatziv by the Jerusalem Brigade in the Six Day War. The featured photograph shows a soldier looking out over the Old City of Jerusalem on

The Peace Forest

The Peace Forest

This article, from Shalom Israel Tours, introduces the history and attractions of the Peace Forest. The forest was planted by Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund, an organization dedicated to building a connection between the Jewish people and the land of Israel, settling the land, and environmental preservation. KKL-JNF

The Hasmonean Aqueduct Tunnel in Armon Hanatziv

The Hasmonean Aqueduct Tunnel in Armon Hanatziv

Written by Ron Peled from AllAboutJerusalem.com, this article provides a detailed description of the 2000 year old aqueduct that once brought water from Bethlehem to the Temple Mount, including the complex construction of the lengthy underground tunnel, as well as more recent history.  The Hasmonean Aqueduct

Psalm 125:2 – The Mountains Surrounding Jerusalem

Psalm 125:2 – The Mountains Surrounding Jerusalem

This post presents the Hebrew and English text of the second verse of Psalm 125, in which God’s protection for His people is compared to the mountains surrounding the holy city of Jerusalem. When looking out over the panoramic view of Jerusalem from the Armon Hanatziv

Armon Hanatziv: The Palace of the Governor

Armon Hanatziv: The Palace of the Governor

From World Jewish Heritage Wiki, this article presents the modern history of the Armon Hanatziv government structure in Jerusalem from the period of the British Mandate through the Independence War of 1948 and the Six Day War of 1967. Created by the World Jewish Heritage

The Tolerance Monument Near Armon Hanatziv

The Tolerance Monument Near Armon Hanatziv

This post presents a video and article introducing the Tolerance Monument, a symbolic statue located in the Tolerance Park between the Arab village of Jebel Mukaber and the Jewish neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv. Produced by the Jerusalem Foundation, the video (04:28) depicts the construction and installation

Introducing the Holy City from the Armon Hanatziv Promenade

Introducing the Holy City from the Armon Hanatziv Promenade

This low quality video (0:54) presents tour guide Muki Jankelowitz introducing a group to the significance of Jerusalem from the Armon Hanatziv Promenade, with a backdrop of the panoramic views of the city. He describes Jerusalem as the eternal holy city and a focal point

The Hasmonean Water Tunnel

The Hasmonean Water Tunnel

Created by Israel Inside Out, this low quality video (01:47) introduces the 2000 year old Hasmonean aqueduct located near the Armon Hanatziv promenade and also provides panoramic views from this site with captions noting important landmarks. 

Armon Hanatziv Attractions: Hasmonean Aqueduct & Segway Tours

Armon Hanatziv Attractions: Hasmonean Aqueduct & Segway Tours

Created by the City of David, this video (03:01) highlights some of the activities and attractions offered at the Armon Hanatziv promenade, including a virtual tour through a 2000 year old water aqueduct that once brought water from Bethlehem to the Temple Mount. This video

The History & Spiritual Significance of Armon Hanatziv

The History & Spiritual Significance of Armon Hanatziv

In this video (03:04), tour guide Rabbi David Ebstein provides a comprehensive introduction to Armon Hanatziv, including its biblical history, its role in the British Mandate period and the Six Day War, and the spiritual symbolism of the site on a personal and national level. Despite the fact

The Modern History of Armon Hanatziv

The Modern History of Armon Hanatziv

This short video (0:52) provides a brief historical timeline of the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, from its founding in 1928, through Israel’s wars, to its contested international status today.   

An Introduction to the Armon Hanatziv Promenade

An Introduction to the Armon Hanatziv Promenade

From the Jerusalem Insiders’ Guide website, this article provides a comprehensive introduction to the Armon Hanatziv Promenade, including a detailed description of the panoramic view and a survey of the historical significance of the area from biblical through modern times. To see the full article, which includes

A Virtual Guide of the Western Wall Tunnels

A Virtual Guide of the Western Wall Tunnels

Created by All About Jerusalem, this video (05:08) takes viewers on a virtual tour of the Western Wall Tunnels, the continuation of the exposed Western Wall which extends for almost half a kilometer underneath the Muslim Quarter of the Old City. The guide highlights fascinating archaeological findings, emphasizing the

A Virtual Tour of the Southern Wall Excavations

A Virtual Tour of the Southern Wall Excavations

Created by All About Jerusalem, in this video (03:13), tour guide and archaeologist Danny Herman, takes viewers on a virtual tour of the archaeological excavations of the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Stepping back two thousand years to the Second Temple Period, Herman presents fascinating archaeological evidence to this

A Brief Virtual Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem

A Brief Virtual Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem

Created by the Israeli branch of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world’s largest Christian television, network, this video (06:14) takes viewers on a virtual guide of the Old City of Jerusalem, including sacred sites, such as the Via Dolorosa, the Western Wall and the Temple

The Legends of Zedekiah’s Cave

The Legends of Zedekiah’s Cave

Created by All About Jerusalem, this video (03:27) introduces the mysterious site of Zedekiah’s Cave (also known as King Solomon’s Quarries and the Cave of the Kings), a 5 acre underground quarry beneath the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. A site shrouded in mystery and legend, it

The Sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem

The Sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem

Written by Sarah Tuttle-Singer, the New Media editor at the Times of Israel, this blog post describes the atmosphere and sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the unique and the common, the sacred and the mundane. Tuttle-Singer’s book, “Jerusalem Drawn and Quartered,” describes her year living

The History of the Old City of Jerusalem

The History of the Old City of Jerusalem

From HaAtika, the official website of the Old City of Jerusalem, this post presents a concise history of the Old City, from King David’s conquest of the city in 1000 BCE until the return of the Old City to Israeli control  in the Six Day

Touring the Four Quarters of the Old City from the Rooftops

Touring the Four Quarters of the Old City from the Rooftops

This video (06:21) from Israeli tour guide, Itay Rotem, presents an excellent introduction to the four quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem. From the rooftops of the Old City, Rotem provides basic information about the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Armenian quarters, including some basic

20 Famous Quotes About Jerusalem

20 Famous Quotes About Jerusalem

This post presents a selection of famous quotes about the power and role of Jerusalem from a wide range of sources, including the Bible, politicians, authors, poets and religious leaders. Famous Quotes About Jerusalem “For three thousand years, Jerusalem has been the center of Jewish

Quotes from the Sages About Jerusalem

Quotes from the Sages About Jerusalem

This post presents a collection of quotes from rabbinic liturgy describing the significance of Jerusalem in Jewish tradition.  Quotes from the Sages About Jerusalem “Whoever did not see Jerusalem in her glory has never seen a beautiful city” — Sukkah 51b “Ten measures of beauty

Liberating the Old City of Jerusalem: A Personal Story

Liberating the Old City of Jerusalem: A Personal Story

Created by the Israel Defense Forces, this moving video (01:04) recalls the liberation of the Old City of Jerusalem and the Western Wall in the Six Day War through the eyes of the three paratroopers featured in the iconic photograph by David Rubinger

Ancient Maps of Jerusalem

Ancient Maps of Jerusalem

Created by the the Jerusalem Municipality, this article presents images and explanations of a collection of ancient maps of Jerusalem, many of which convey more about the way in which those who made them perceived the Holy City than the geographical realities of Jerusalem at

Jaffa Gate

Jaffa Gate

This informative video (03:11) tells the story of the history and significance of Jaffa Gate, one of the main entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem in both ancient and modern times. This video was created by All About Jerusalem, a website providing up-to-date, innovative

The Walls & Gates of the Old City of Jerusalem

The Walls & Gates of the Old City of Jerusalem

In this informative video (03:30), local tour guide Jenni Menashe gives an entertaining introduction to the history and significance of the walls and gates of the Old City of Jerusalem. This video was created for the Discovery Channel in celebration of 40 years since the

The Gates of the Old City

The Gates of the Old City

This post presents a map of the seven gates in the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, along with a brief explanation of the history of each one. This article is from Go Israel, the official website of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. The Gates

12 Things You Need to Know About Moses Montefiore: Jewish Benefactor Extraordinaire

12 Things You Need to Know About Moses Montefiore: Jewish Benefactor Extraordinaire

This article provides both basic biographical information and lesser known facts and anecdotes about Sir Moses Montefiore, the British Jewish philanthropist that founded the first Jerusalem neighborhoods outside of the walls of the Old City. It was posted on Streets of Israel, a blog that

Tranquil Dwellings: The Story of Mishkenot Sha’ananim

Tranquil Dwellings: The Story of Mishkenot Sha’ananim

Written by Israeli tour guides, Shmuel and Aviva Bar Am, this article tells the story of Mishkenot Sha’ananim and Yemin Moshe, the first neighborhoods built outside of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. The article offers general information, interesting anecdotes, and stories of the

The History of the Windmill: Official Brochure

The History of the Windmill: Official Brochure

Created by the Jerusalem Foundation, this 10-page brochure details the history of Jerusalem’s iconic windmill, from the initial construction by Sir Moses Montefiore, damage sustained during the War of Independence, renovation following the Six Day War, and the windmill’s full restoration in 2012. With interesting historical stories

The Story Behind Jerusalem’s Iconic Windmill

The Story Behind Jerusalem’s Iconic Windmill

In Hebrew with English subtitles, this fascinating video (12:58) tells the story behind the iconic windmill of Jerusalem, showing how the flour mill constructed by Sir Moses Montefiore at the end of the 19th century became a symbol of Jerusalem, representing ingenuity, progress, and the return

The Jewish Journey of Sir Moses Montefiore

The Jewish Journey of Sir Moses Montefiore

Created by Orthodox Rabbi, Netanel Friedman, this video (04:23) explores Sir Moses Montefiore’s personal connection to Judaism throughout his life. After describing some of the British Jewish philanthropist’s famous contributions to the Jewish people, including the founding of the Yemin Moshe neighborhood in Jerusalem, Rabbi Friedman discusses Montefiore’s

Sir Moses Montefiore: “A Great Jew Devoted to the Jewish People”

Sir Moses Montefiore: “A Great Jew Devoted to the Jewish People”

In this short video (03:12), Jewish historian Rabbi Berel Wein, introduces the life and legacy of Sir Moses Montefiore, the British Jewish philanthropist who founded the first Jerusalem neighborhood outside of the walls of the Old City in 1860. Rabbi Wein focuses on how Montefiore

How Did Moses Montiefiore Convince People to Move to Yemin Moshe?

How Did Moses Montiefiore Convince People to Move to Yemin Moshe?

This short video (02:53), provides a brief introduction to the history of the Yemin Moshe neighborhood in Jerusalem, focusing on how Moses Montefiore convinced poor Jews to move beyond the walls of the Old City. This video was created by L’Chaim Yerushalayim, a joint program of

The Significance of the Temple Mount in Judaism, Islam & Christianity

The Significance of the Temple Mount in Judaism, Islam & Christianity

In this simple video (05:10), archaeology student and Jerusalem tour guide, Nir Ortal, outlines the significance of the Temple Mount in each of the three Abrahamic religious, explaining when and why the site gained importance in each tradition from a balanced, archaeological perspective. 

Why Israelis and Palestinians Both Claim Jerusalem

Why Israelis and Palestinians Both Claim Jerusalem

Created by Vox, a liberal-leaning American news and opinion website, this video (05:00) explains the religious and historical reasons why both Israelis and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital, serving as a major obstacle in the peace process and the cause of much violence and conflict. This relatively balanced

Jerusalem: The Eternal Jewish Capital

Jerusalem: The Eternal Jewish Capital

Featuring Danny Ayalon, former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Israeli Ambassador to the US, this animated video (04:00) presents the historical, religious, cultural and physical connection of the Jews to Jerusalem from biblical to modern times. In light of US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the

Zionism in Animation: A Concise History of Jerusalem

Zionism in Animation: A Concise History of Jerusalem

Part of The Jewish Story In Animation, a Zionist educational initiative, this animated video (01:45) presents a concise summary of the history of Jerusalem from biblical times through the reunification of the city in 1967. With excellent graphics, a scrolling timeline and dramatic music, this high quality video emphasizes events

Celebrating 3500 years of Jewish History in Jerusalem

Celebrating 3500 years of Jewish History in Jerusalem

Modeled after a Facebook-generated video, this creative video (01:36) celebrates the Jewish presence in Jerusalem from biblical to modern times, highlighting significant political and religious events from a Jewish perspective. Created in 2017 in honor of the 50 year anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem following

The Contributions of Different Populations to Jerusalem Throughout History

The Contributions of Different Populations to Jerusalem Throughout History

Produced by Emek Shaveh, this animated video (02:38) briefly summarizes the history of Jerusalem from prehistoric to modern times, focusing on the cultural and industrial contributions of each of the populations who lived in the city throughout the ages. The perspective of this video is

An Animated History of Jerusalem: 4000 Years in 5 Minutes

An Animated History of Jerusalem: 4000 Years in 5 Minutes

Produced by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, an independent research institute specializing in public diplomacy and foreign policy, this comprehensive video (05:15) summarizes the long and tumultuous history of Jerusalem from biblical through modern times. With interesting animations and a scrolling timeline, this high quality

Women of the Wall: Liberating the Western Wall Again

Women of the Wall: Liberating the Western Wall Again

Created by the Women of the Wall in 2013, this promotional video (05:03) introduces the goals and challenges faced by this multi-denominational feminist organization whose goal is to secure the rights of women to pray at the Western Wall in a fashion that includes singing, reading aloud

The History of Yom Kippur

The History of Yom Kippur

This article from ReformJudaism.org presents the historical development of the focus and rituals of Yom Kippur, from its biblical origins as a day centered on the Temple services to a day focussing on atonement, prayer, fasting and self-purification following the destruction of the Temple. The

Educational Resources for Exploring the Western Wall Controversies

Educational Resources for Exploring the Western Wall Controversies

This post provides three different resources designed to help guide discussions and programming concerning some of the religious and political controversies surrounding the Western Wall. Created in 2003, some of the resources are slightly outdated, but still provide useful context for the exploration of these

Rabbi Tzvi Yehudah Kook: Behind Our Wall

Rabbi Tzvi Yehudah Kook: Behind Our Wall

An English translation of an excerpt from an article written by Rav Tzvi Yehudah Kook in 1937, this piece describes the Western Wall as a symbol of the eternal nature of the people of Israel and of the Divine Presence in the world. Rav Tzvi

Sacred Siteseeing: A Virtual Tour of the Western Wall

Sacred Siteseeing: A Virtual Tour of the Western Wall

In this video (5:15) from Chabad.org, tour guide, Rabbi Mordechai Weiss, takes viewers on a virtual tour of the Western Wall, the Southern Wall Excavations and the Western Wall tunnels, focusing on the historical and spiritual significance of these sites according to Jewish tradition. 

Six Reasons Why The Western Wall Is Holy

Six Reasons Why The Western Wall Is Holy

This article from Aish.com provides historical and spiritual reasons for why the Western Wall is a holy site in Jewish tradition. Among the explanations provided, Rabbi Shraga Simmons says that the Western Wall is the site of the ancient temple, a place of pilgrimage for people of all nations, a focus

The Ancient Significance of Mount Moriah

The Ancient Significance of Mount Moriah

This article briefly lists some of the ancient biblical stories that allegedly took place on Mount Moriah (later known as the Temple Mount), according to Jewish tradition. Although the Torah does not explicitly connect the creation of the world, the creation of Adam, the sacrifice

An Archaeological Approach to the Significance of the Western Wall & The Temple Mount

An Archaeological Approach to the Significance of the Western Wall & The Temple Mount

In this informative video (4:50), Ze’ev Orenstein, the Director of International Affairs at the City of David, presents the historical and biblical significance of the Western Wall and the Temple Mount. Filmed at the Southern Wall Excavation site located in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park (Davidson Center), Orenstein highlights

What is the Western Wall?

What is the Western Wall?

This short introductory video briefly summarizes the historical and religious significance of the Western Wall, the holiest site in Jewish tradition, also mentioning its role in modern political and religious controversies. This video was created by My Jewish Learning, a website empowering Jewish discovery for anyone

Rabbi Sacks on Jerusalem: The 50th Anniversary of Reunification

Rabbi Sacks on Jerusalem: The 50th Anniversary of Reunification

In this moving video (7:15), Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the previous Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, tells the moving story of the Jewish love affair with Jerusalem. He describes how the Jewish people never stopped yearning for Jerusalem, remembering the holy city in prayer, liturgy and

Mourning Rituals at the Western Wall

Mourning Rituals at the Western Wall

In this post from JewishAnswers.org, Rabbi David Stadley (Orthodox) answers the question of what prayers should be said at the Western Wall. While mentioning that it is a special place for all prayers, Rabbi Stadley explains that most of the prayers and customs for visiting

Reenactment of the Biblical Shavuot First-Fruits & Twin Loaves Offerings

Reenactment of the Biblical Shavuot First-Fruits & Twin Loaves Offerings

This 4-minute long video presents a reenactment of the first-fruit and twin loaves offerings, as they were performed in the ancient Temple in Jerusalem on the festival of Shavuot. Due to the lack of commandments associated with this holiday, many customs observed today do not have Biblical

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10 Must-Have Apps for Visiting Israel

10 Must-Have Apps for Visiting Israel

This useful article from The Jerusalem Post presents ten must-have smartphone apps for visitors to Israel, including navigation apps whether you are by foot, car, taxi or public transportation, as well as apps for laundry services, dating, emergencies and tourism. The featured video introduces Waze, a

13 Things to Know Before Travelling to Israel

13 Things to Know Before Travelling to Israel

From public transportation, tipping and language to unique aspects of Israeli culture, this article by Rebecca Gomby from Culture Trip, provides tourists with practical, humorous and interesting insights into Israeli society that will help them prepare for a visit to Israel.  13 Things to Know

Upcoming Events & Attractions in Israel

Upcoming Events & Attractions in Israel

This post provides four different resources to find upcoming cultural events and attractions throughout the country, including festivals, concerts, lectures, comedy shows, art exhibits and more. With the option to filter by city, region, date and type on most sites, it is easy to find

Views of the Ella Valley

Views of the Ella Valley

Created as part of an effort to protect the Ella Valley from construction plans, this video (03:15) showcases the sweeping views, flowered landscapes and archaeological sites of this unique area.   

A Day in Be’er Sheva River Park

A Day in Be’er Sheva River Park

This video (01:11) presents some of the highlights of the restored Be’ersheva River Park, from a children’s park to historical sites to a giant outdoor amphitheatre. For more information about all that the park has to offer, click here. 

Promotional Video for Tel Aviv White Night

Promotional Video for Tel Aviv White Night

Produced by the Israel Ministry of Tourism, this promotional video (0:52) encourages tourists from around the world to visit Israel for the “White Night” festival in Tel Aviv, an annual all-night cultural event that marks UNESCO’s proclamation of “The White City” as a World Heritage

Map of the White City of Tel Aviv

Map of the White City of Tel Aviv

This map of Tel Aviv highlights the areas of the city that feature Bauhaus architecture. Unfortunately, the map does not include street names, so it must be compared with a more detailed map, such as this one. 

10 Must-See Bauhaus Buildings in Tel Aviv’s White City

10 Must-See Bauhaus Buildings in Tel Aviv’s White City

This short video (01:02) features ten of Tel Aviv’s most impressive Bauhaus-style buildings, part of the unique architectural collection that led to UNESCO’s proclamation of “The White City” as a World Heritage site.

The Flavors of Mahane Yehuda Market

The Flavors of Mahane Yehuda Market

This video, [02:37], published by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, portrays the vibrant atmosphere of the outdoor Mahane Yehuda market, a colorful microcosm of the diverse population of Jerusalem. Focusing  on three unique ethnic cafes, this film invites viewers to taste the delicious food

Hayim Nahman Bialik on the First Hebrew City

Hayim Nahman Bialik on the First Hebrew City

This writing by Hayim Nahman Bialik (1873-1934), the national poet of Israel, expresses the inspiration and wonder he felt being part of the creation of the First Hebrew City – Tel Aviv.  Hayim Nahman Bialik on the First Hebrew City A Hebrew creation such as

Amos Oz: Jerusalem vs. Tel Aviv

Amos Oz: Jerusalem vs. Tel Aviv

This post presents an exert from Amos Oz’s “A Tale of Love and Darkness” that compares the culture, atmosphere and people of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in the early years of the state. The book describes the early life of Oz, one of Israel’s most

The Machane Yehuda Market: A Reflection of Jerusalem

The Machane Yehuda Market: A Reflection of Jerusalem

This video [01:30], published by the Official Youtube Channel of the State of Israel, offers a glimpse into the bustling Machane Yehuda market in Jerusalem. Shoppers can find everything they need here: fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, cheese, household items, clothes, and plenty of cafes

Mayor Ron Huldai: Innovation in Tel Aviv’s Past, Present & Future

Mayor Ron Huldai: Innovation in Tel Aviv’s Past, Present & Future

This video (10:20) presents Tel Aviv Mayor, Ron Huldai, speaking at the 2015 Tel Aviv Cities Summit, a conference that brings together urban leaders from around the world. Mayor Huldai shows how the innovation, resilience and creativity that led to the establishment of the city continue to

Tel Aviv: 100 Years in 15 Minutes

Tel Aviv: 100 Years in 15 Minutes

Comprised of photographs and video footage from the the Tel Aviv archives, this video spans the impressive century-long journey of Tel Aviv, from its modest founding through decades of development until today. 

Second Temple Archaeology

Second Temple Archaeology

This link opens up Bible History Online’s page about significant archaeological discoveries related to the Second Temple, including photographs and descriptions of inscriptions and coins from the area where the Temple once stood that reference the Temple worship and political events of the time.

Diagram of the Temple Mount Expansions

Diagram of the Temple Mount Expansions

This post presents two diagrams depicting the size and layout of the Temple Mount during the First and Second Temple Periods. Both images compare the size of Solomon’s 500 cubit square platform with the extension to the south added by the Hasmoneans in 165 BCE and the

PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Statement Regarding the Temple Mount

PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Statement Regarding the Temple Mount

Filmed in 2015, amid rising tensions and violence between Israelis and Palestinians regarding an alleged change to the security arrangements by the Israeli authorities in regards to the Temple Mount, this video presents Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official statement on the issue, in which he

The Legend of Napoleon on Tisha B’Av

The Legend of Napoleon on Tisha B’Av

This post retells the legend of Napoleon Bonaparte’s impressions upon stumbling upon a group of Jews mourning the destruction of the Temple on Tisha B’Av in Paris. Although several different versions of the story have been told over time, with the earliest mention in 1891,

The Story Behind the Six Day War’s Most Famous Photo

The Story Behind the Six Day War’s Most Famous Photo

Produced by the Christian Broadcasting Network, this short interview (04:26) with photographer David Rubinger reveals the story behind the iconic picture of the Six Day War of three paratroopers in front of the newly-liberated Western Wall. Rubinger recalls the period leading up to this historic moment, his

BBC Archives: Tensions in Jerusalem Following the Six Day War

BBC Archives: Tensions in Jerusalem Following the Six Day War

From the archives of the BBC, this video (03:20) presents the tensions in Jerusalem immediately following the Six Day War. The video presents the psychological effect of Israel’s unification of Jerusalem and conquest of sacred sites on Jews and Arabs alike, contrasting footage of jubilant Israeli civilians and schoolchildren

Letters from Jerusalem: 1947-1948

Letters from Jerusalem: 1947-1948

This link provides a sample of letters that capture the spirit of the new country from the book “Letters from Jerusalem, 1947-1948” by Zipporah Porath, a young American woman who came to study in Jerusalem in 1947 and ultimately served in the Hagana during the War of

President Reuven Rivlin’s Speech at Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

President Reuven Rivlin’s Speech at Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

This video (06:52) presents Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin’s speech at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem in 2018. He speaks of the Jewish people’s eternal connection to Jerusalem, Jerusalem’s status as the capital city of the State of Israel, Jerusalem’s commitment to all of her

Natan Yonatan: Everyone Has a Jerusalem

Natan Yonatan: Everyone Has a Jerusalem

This post presents an English translation of a Hebrew poem about Jerusalem written by celebrated Israeli poet, Natan Yonatan (1923-2004).  Everyone Has a Jerusalem For everyone there is a city and her name is Jerusalem He is the gatherer, the gatherer of dreams Until you

Rabbi Yehuda Halevi: Jerusalem

Rabbi Yehuda Halevi: Jerusalem

This post presents medieval Spanish Jewish physician poet and philosopher Rabbi Yehuda Halevi’s poem “Jerusalem,” translated to English by Robert Mezey. The poem expresses his deep desire to return to the holy city of Jerusalem. He died shortly after arriving in the Land of Israel

Ethiopian Jews Celebrate Sigd in Jerusalem

Ethiopian Jews Celebrate Sigd in Jerusalem

Produced by the Christian Broadcasting Network, this short news segment (02:26) introduces the ancient Ethiopian Jewish holiday of Sigd, which symbolizes the acceptance of the Torah and yearning for Jerusalem. Filmed at the annual national ceremony, the video includes an explanation of how the holiday was

PM Ariel Sharon’s Address at the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill

PM Ariel Sharon’s Address at the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill

This post presents the text of then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s speech at the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill on 6 June 2005, in which he pays tribute to the heroic soldiers who died in the bloody battle on the site during the Six

Trailer for “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem”

Trailer for “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem”

This video (1:31) is a trailer for the Christian Broadcasting Network’s documentary, “In Our Hands,” which tells the story of the battle for Jerusalem in the Six Day War. Combining dramatic reenactments, interviews with veterans, and archival footage, this docudrama focuses on the role of the

An Interview with the Director of “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem”

An Interview with the Director of “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem”

Filmed at Ammunition Hill, this video (06:47) presents an interview with Erin Zimmerman, the director of the Christian Broadcasting Network’s documentary, “In Our Hands,” which tells the story of the battle for Jerusalem in the Six Day War. Combining dramatic reenactments, interviews with veterans, and

Genesis 22:1-18 – The Binding of Isaac

Genesis 22:1-18 – The Binding of Isaac

This post presents an English translation of the biblical text of the Binding of Isaac, as told in Genesis Chapter 22. According to Jewish tradition, God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son on Mount Moriah, on what would later become the site of the Temple.

Psalm 125:2 – The Mountains Surrounding Jerusalem

Psalm 125:2 – The Mountains Surrounding Jerusalem

This post presents the Hebrew and English text of the second verse of Psalm 125, in which God’s protection for His people is compared to the mountains surrounding the holy city of Jerusalem. When looking out over the panoramic view of Jerusalem from the Armon Hanatziv

A Slideshow of the Tayelet

A Slideshow of the Tayelet

This low quality video (01:43) presents a slideshow of photographs from the Armon Hanatziv Promenade set to the song “Shut Up” by Dean Meldau. Among the images are those of the panoramic views of Jerusalem and the Tolerance Monument. 

Tisha B’Av at the Tayelet

Tisha B’Av at the Tayelet

This low quality video (01:18) shows the Armon Hanatziv Promenade on Tisha B’av, where people gather together, overlooking the Old City and the Temple Mount, to read Kinot (Elegies), hear the reading of Eicha (Lamentations), and sing and pray for redemption. Tisha B’av – the 9th of the Hebrew

The Hasmonean Water Tunnel

The Hasmonean Water Tunnel

Created by Israel Inside Out, this low quality video (01:47) introduces the 2000 year old Hasmonean aqueduct located near the Armon Hanatziv promenade and also provides panoramic views from this site with captions noting important landmarks. 

An Animated 3D Reconstruction of the City of David and the Temple

An Animated 3D Reconstruction of the City of David and the Temple

A short clip from the 3D movie from the City of David tour, this video (01:22) shows an animated recreation of what the City of David and the Temple might have looked like, based on the most up-to-date archaeological finds and theories.     

The Old City, Now and Then: 1925 and 2012

The Old City, Now and Then: 1925 and 2012

This video (06:47) compares video footage from the holy sites of the Old City in 1925 and 2012, including Jaffa Gate, Damascus Gate, the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, the Mount of Olives, Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and Al Aqsa Mosque. The footage

Musical Light Show in Zedekiah’s Cave

Musical Light Show in Zedekiah’s Cave

This video (01:02) presents a short clip from a fascinating musical light show in Zedekiah’s Cave (also called Solomon’s Quarries and the Cave of the Kings), a 5 acre underground quarry beneath the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. This performance was by Pyromania,

Assassin’s Creed Meets Parkour in the Old City

Assassin’s Creed Meets Parkour in the Old City

This entertaining video (03:39) features two talented daredevils flipping and jumping over the rooftops and alleyways of the Old City of Jerusalem. A cross between Assassin’s Creed, an action-adventure stealth video game, and parkour, a training discipline developed from military obstacle course training, this video showcases the

Maps of Each of the Four Quarters of the Old City

Maps of Each of the Four Quarters of the Old City

From HaAtika, the official website of the Old City of Jerusalem, this post presents a clear map of the gates, streets and some major attractions of the Old City of Jerusalem, plus a map for each of the four quarters – the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Armenian. For more

Voices of Jerusalem: Celebrating 50 Year’s Since the Reunification

Voices of Jerusalem: Celebrating 50 Year’s Since the Reunification

Produced by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat in celebration of the 50th anniversary since the reunification of the city during the Six Day War, this video (02:48) conveys the uniqueness of Jerusalem through iconic images and the voices of locals. 

Light Show on the Old City Walls: A Timeline of Jerusalem

Light Show on the Old City Walls: A Timeline of Jerusalem

This video (09:52) presents a beautiful light show on the walls of the Old City, created as part of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. To the backdrop of songs about Jerusalem, the light show features an innovative timeline of the history of

The Sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem

The Sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem

Produced by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this video shows clips from the world music festival in the Old City of Jerusalem, including brief interviews with artists describing the unique atmosphere of the Old City. 

20 Famous Quotes About Jerusalem

20 Famous Quotes About Jerusalem

This post presents a selection of famous quotes about the power and role of Jerusalem from a wide range of sources, including the Bible, politicians, authors, poets and religious leaders. Famous Quotes About Jerusalem “For three thousand years, Jerusalem has been the center of Jewish

Quotes from the Sages About Jerusalem

Quotes from the Sages About Jerusalem

This post presents a collection of quotes from rabbinic liturgy describing the significance of Jerusalem in Jewish tradition.  Quotes from the Sages About Jerusalem “Whoever did not see Jerusalem in her glory has never seen a beautiful city” — Sukkah 51b “Ten measures of beauty

Liberating the Old City of Jerusalem: A Personal Story

Liberating the Old City of Jerusalem: A Personal Story

Created by the Israel Defense Forces, this moving video (01:04) recalls the liberation of the Old City of Jerusalem and the Western Wall in the Six Day War through the eyes of the three paratroopers featured in the iconic photograph by David Rubinger

The Old City of Jerusalem: A Magical City of Splendor

The Old City of Jerusalem: A Magical City of Splendor

Produced by the Israel Ministry of Tourism, this video (01:29) presents some of the highlights of the Old City of Jerusalem, as well as quotes from locals and tourists describing the uniqueness of the Holy City, sacred to the three monotheistic religions. 

Ancient Maps of Jerusalem

Ancient Maps of Jerusalem

Created by the the Jerusalem Municipality, this article presents images and explanations of a collection of ancient maps of Jerusalem, many of which convey more about the way in which those who made them perceived the Holy City than the geographical realities of Jerusalem at

Tourist Map of the Old City of Jerusalem

Tourist Map of the Old City of Jerusalem

Created by iTravelJerusalem, this comprehensive map highlights the main tourist attraction and historical sites in the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, believed to be the processional path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. 

The Church Bells of the Holy Sepulchre

The Church Bells of the Holy Sepulchre

This video (01:58) presents the ringing of the bells of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter of the Old City, one of the most sacred sites to Christians, identified as the place both of the crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus. With a

The Jerusalem Festival of Light in the Old City

The Jerusalem Festival of Light in the Old City

This video (01:34) presents some highlights from the The 2017 Jerusalem Festival of Light in 2017, an annual event in which the ancient architecture of the Old City is brought to light with innovative installations and performances created by some of the leading light artists

15 Old City of Jerusalem Audio Walking Tours & Mobile App

15 Old City of Jerusalem Audio Walking Tours & Mobile App

This post presents links to the audio guides for 15 different walking tours of the Old City, created by the Jerusalem Development Authority as a guide for independent tourists. The videos take tourists on a fascinating journey through the churches, synagogues, mosques, marketplaces and historical points of

Jerusalem: Not Quite What You Expected – Yemin Moshe

Jerusalem: Not Quite What You Expected – Yemin Moshe

This short animated video, featuring two imaginary creatures playing on Jerusalem’s iconic windmill, was part of a 50th anniversary project of the Jerusalem Foundation that aimed to bring a fresh perspective to Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Foundation. As the first video in this campaign, this video

Jerusalem’s Restored Windmill Spins for the First Time

Jerusalem’s Restored Windmill Spins for the First Time

Shared by the Jerusalem Foundation, this very short video shows the exciting moment when the iconic windmill of Jerusalem spun for the first time in almost 120 years at a ceremony marking its restoration in 2012. A symbol of modern Jerusalem, the windmill was built

Sir Moses Montefiore’s Coat of Arms

Sir Moses Montefiore’s Coat of Arms

This post presents a picture and basic explanation of Sir Moses Montefiore’s Coat of Arms, which features symbols of Judaism and the Land of Israel, including a Lion of Judah, a cedar tree, and two Stars of David, alongside the word “Jerusalem” written in Hebrew,

Shabechi Yerushalayim: A Musical Performance at the Re-dedication of the Windmill

Shabechi Yerushalayim: A Musical Performance at the Re-dedication of the Windmill

This video presents a musical performance at the ceremony marking the re-dedication of Jerusalem’s iconic windmill in 2012, where the restored landmark spun again for the first time in almost 120 years. The featured song is Shabechi Yerushalayim, written by Avihu Medina, whose lyrics, from Psalms 147:12,

A Timeline of Mishkenot Sha’ananim: 1855-2013

A Timeline of Mishkenot Sha’ananim: 1855-2013

This link will open up an illustrated timeline of Mishekenot Sha’ananim, the first neighborhood established outside of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, starting from the purchasing of the land by Sir Moses Montefiore in 1855 to the 2013 international conference entitled ‘Moses Montefiore:

Sir Moses Montefiore & The Windmill on the Old Shekel Note

Sir Moses Montefiore & The Windmill on the Old Shekel Note

This post features a picture of a one shekel note from 1980-1985, when the Old Israeli Shekel was the currency of the State of Israel. The Old Israeli Shekel banknotes commemorated the founding fathers of Israel and the different gates of the Old City of Jerusalem.

The Windmill in Yemin Moshe: Now & Then

The Windmill in Yemin Moshe: Now & Then

This short, artistic video (0:37) compares an old photograph of the famous windmill in Yemin Moshe in 1955 with a photograph of the same spot in 2016, highlighting how progress comes alongside preservation in Jerusalem. Produced by Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal, the fundraising arm of the Zionist

Windmill of Yemin Moshe: A Poem by Yehuda Amichai

Windmill of Yemin Moshe: A Poem by Yehuda Amichai

The post presents “Windmill of Yemin Moshe,” a poem written by iconic Israeli poet, Yehuda Amichai, about the famous windmill build by Sir Moses Montefiore in Yemin Moshe, the Jerusalem neighbourhood in which Amichai lived. This poem was published in “Poems of Jerusalem,” translated by Glenda Abramson and

S.Y. Agnon on the Windmill

S.Y. Agnon on the Windmill

This post presents a short quote about the windmill built by Sir Moses Montefiore outside of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem from S.Y. Agnon’s book “Only Yesterday.” Montefiore built the windmill in order to provide work for the poor Jews of Jerusalem, encourage

Interactive Israel Tourism Map

Interactive Israel Tourism Map

This interactive map divides Israel into 19 regions, each of which can be zoomed in on to display major attractions, holy sites, national parks, wildlife and more. By clicking on the blue “S” icons beside some of these sites, you can see more detailed information, including a

Where To Eat Shabbat Meals in Israel

Where To Eat Shabbat Meals in Israel

This post offers information about how you can get set up for Shabbat meals in different locations throughout Israel. Please note that some are free events at private homes or public centers, while others are cultural and culinary experiences for pay. 1. ANYWHERE IN ISRAEL

Transportation in Israel

Transportation in Israel

This article by Israeli tour guide, Oren Cahanovitc, explains everything you need to know to get around Israel by car or public transportation. He provides links and basic information regarding car rentals, trains, buses, and moniyot sherut (service taxis), introduces the most popular transportation apps, and gives tips

Top 5 Foods You Have to Try in Israel

Top 5 Foods You Have to Try in Israel

Written by Ashley of  iGoogledIsrael, an online travel guide, restaurant reviewer and events calendar, this article provides a guide to the top five Israeli dishes – falafel, hummus, shwarma, jachnun, and shakshooka – including the origins of the cuisines and tips for where, when and how to eat

Grocery Shopping in Israel

Grocery Shopping in Israel

Aimed at new immigrants, this article from The Jerusalem Post provides a basic guide to the different ways to go grocery shopping in Israel, including at a major supermarket, a shuk (outdoor markets), a makolet (minimart), and online. With introductions to major grocery stores, basic

Ask Israelis: What Defines Israeli Culture?

Ask Israelis: What Defines Israeli Culture?

Created by Corey Gil-Shuster from The Ask Project, this video (07:44) asks local Jewish Israelis what defines Israeli culture. Their answers touch on everything from food and values to language, religion and politics, providing visitors with a great introduction to unique aspects of Israeli society. The

A Guide to Ordering Coffee in Israel

A Guide to Ordering Coffee in Israel

This post will help you navigate Israeli coffee culture and make sure you get the type of coffee you want. The video, created by Tamar Pross, the founder of Citizen Café Tel Aviv, demonstrates how to order a cappuccino, espresso, black coffee and iced coffee in

Tipping in Israel: When and How Much?

Tipping in Israel: When and How Much?

Written by Ashley of  iGoogledIsrael, an online travel guide, restaurant reviewer and events calendar, this useful article provides information about tipping etiquette in Israel, including who to tip, who not to tip, and how much is generally expected in each industry.  Tipping in Israel: When and How Much?

A Practical & Educational Tour of the Israeli Wallet

A Practical & Educational Tour of the Israeli Wallet

This article by Israeli tour guide, Oren Cahanovitc, provides an introduction to the coins and bills used in Israel, including an explanation of the worth of each unit as well as a virtual tour of the featured images and individuals.  

A Humorous Guide to Israeli Slang

A Humorous Guide to Israeli Slang

Created by Renny Grinshpan, a Canadian immigrant to Israel known for her creative and comedic videos, this funny video serves as an alphabetic introduction to some of the most popular slang words and phrases in Israel. Although some of them are slightly inappropriate and some

Useful Hebrew Words and Phrases

Useful Hebrew Words and Phrases

Created by Arza World, a travel and tourism organization primarily serving the Reform Jewish community, this 2-page Israel-Hebrew dictionary provides a lexicon of basic Hebrew words and phrases to help you communicate in Israel. With Hebrew, English and transliteration, this is a useful resource for

Upcoming Events & Attractions in Haifa

Upcoming Events & Attractions in Haifa

This post provides four different resources to find upcoming cultural events and attractions in Haifa, including festivals, concerts, lectures, art exhibits and more. 1. Haifa Tourist Board Festival Page The Haifa Tourist Board website provides official information about Haifa’s many annual cultural festivals, including festivals for

Haifa Municipality: Culture, Leisure and Sports

Haifa Municipality: Culture, Leisure and Sports

This article from the Haifa Municipality website for English-speaking immigrants provides information about culture, leisure and sports in the city, including entertainment, libraries, museums, community centers, tourist attractions, parks, sports facilities, beaches, and water sports. With links to relevant website, this is a useful resource

Public Transportation in Haifa

Public Transportation in Haifa

This article from EL AL provides everything you need to know to get around Haifa using public transportation, including busses, trains, the light-rail, service taxis, and the country’s only underground train system. With basic information about each public transport system and links to the relevant websites and

How to Stay Fit in Haifa

How to Stay Fit in Haifa

This post offers links to all of the fitness centers you need to stay active and fit during your time in Haifa.  1. Haifa Sports Centers Haifa has several major sports center, such as the sports facilities at the Technion University, which includes a gym,

Haifa Maps: Attractions & Public Transportation Routes

Haifa Maps: Attractions & Public Transportation Routes

This post provides several useful maps for visitors to Haifa – an English map presenting local sites and attractions, an English map of the Metronit Light Rail Routes, and a Hebrew map of local bus routes.  Haifa Tourism Map This English map presents the different

Where to Eat Shabbat Meals in Haifa

Where to Eat Shabbat Meals in Haifa

This post offers information about how you can get set up for Shabbat meals in Haifa. Please note that some are free events at private homes or public centers, while others are cultural and culinary experiences for pay. 1. Anywhere in Israel Anywhere in Israel sets

Haifa Walking Tours

Haifa Walking Tours

This post presents resources for interesting free and private tours exploring the sites, food and nature of Haifa. The featured video introduces the Haifa Street Food Tour, a private tour of the multicultural city through its culinary scene.  1. Free Tours Haifa Free Tours Haifa is

Top 18 Things to Do in Haifa for Free

Top 18 Things to Do in Haifa for Free

This article from ISRAEL21c presents a roundup of the best free attractions that Haifa has to offer, including holy shrines and places of worship, beautiful views, gardens and beaches, museums and national landmarks offering free tours, and interesting neighbourhoods to wander around. With introductions and pictures for each

How to Stay Fit in Jerusalem

How to Stay Fit in Jerusalem

This post offers links to all of the fitness centers you need to stay active and fit during your time in Jerusalem. 1. Fun in Jerusalem: Gyms & Pools Fun in Jerusalem offers a list of best major gyms and pools located in central Jerusalem, including

Upcoming Events & Attractions in Jerusalem

Upcoming Events & Attractions in Jerusalem

This post provides four different resources to find upcoming cultural events and attractions in Jerusalem including festivals, concerts, lectures, comedy shows, art exhibits and more. 1. Fun in Jerusalem Fun in Jerusalem’s Event Calendar provides up-to-date information about activities, attractions and events in the Jerusalem area,

Where to Eat Shabbat Meals in Jerusalem

Where to Eat Shabbat Meals in Jerusalem

This post offers information about how you can get set up for Shabbat meals in Jerusalem. Please note that some are free events at private homes or public centers, while others are cultural and culinary experiences for pay. 1. Get Shabbat Get Shabbat sets guests

Jerusalem Maps: Attractions & Public Transportation Routes

Jerusalem Maps: Attractions & Public Transportation Routes

This post provides useful maps for visitors to Jerusalem, including those that highlight tourist attractions and bus routes. This link provides a comprehensive and interactive unofficial English map of all of the bus routes, major stops and points of interest in Jerusalem. To learn more about how

Public Transportation in Jerusalem

Public Transportation in Jerusalem

This post provides links to websites that can help you get around Jerusalem using public transportation. This article explains how to use the public busses and light rail in Jerusalem, including information about fares and routes. This link provides a comprehensive and interactive unofficial English map

Top 18 Things to Do in Jerusalem for Free

Top 18 Things to Do in Jerusalem for Free

This article from ISRAEL21c presents a roundup of the best free attractions that Jerusalem has to offer, including holy sites and archaeology, food and art markets, beautiful views and gardens, museums and national landmarks offering free tours, and interesting neighborhoods to wander around. With introductions and pictures

Jerusalem Walking Tours

Jerusalem Walking Tours

This comprehensive article from ISRAEL21c presents 11 walking tours that explore different aspects of Jerusalem, including the holy sites of the Old City, ancient archaeological remnants, modern historical, political and cultural landmarks, food, photography, national memorials, and even a late night pub crawl. The article provides basic

Upcoming Events & Attractions in Tel Aviv

Upcoming Events & Attractions in Tel Aviv

This post provides four different resources to find upcoming cultural events and attractions in Tel Aviv, including festivals, concerts, lectures, comedy shows, art exhibits and more. 1. Secret Tel Aviv Secret Tel Aviv’s Event Calendar provides all of the basic information you need about upcoming events

Where to Eat Shabbat Meals in Tel Aviv

Where to Eat Shabbat Meals in Tel Aviv

This post offers information about how you can get set up for Shabbat meals in Tel Aviv. Please note that some are free events at private homes or public centers, where others are cultural and culinary experiences for pay. 1. Chabad on the Coast Chabad

How to Stay Fit in Tel Aviv

How to Stay Fit in Tel Aviv

This post offers links to all of the fitness centers you need to stay active and fit during your time in Tel Aviv. 1. Secret Tel Aviv For Secret Tel Aviv’s list of the best gyms, pools and studios in the city, click here, and for

Getting Around Tel Aviv: By Public Transportation, Bicycle, Apps & More

Getting Around Tel Aviv: By Public Transportation, Bicycle, Apps & More

The transportation section of the Tel Aviv Municipality website provides everything you need to know to get around the city by car, bus, train, bicycle and taxi, including basic information about fares and routes and links to relevant websites. Use the navigation bar on the

Tel Aviv Map: Attractions & Public Transportation Routes

Tel Aviv Map: Attractions & Public Transportation Routes

Created by the Dan bus company, this map of Tel Aviv highlights sites of interest as well as public transportation routes.  

Top 15 Things to Do in Tel Aviv for Free

Top 15 Things to Do in Tel Aviv for Free

This article from Bein Harim Tours presents a roundup of the best free attractions that Tel Aviv has to offer, including beaches, markets, walking tours, museums, galleries, parks and historical sites. The featured video from Traveler’s Check provides an aerial tour of Tel Aviv’s beaches

Top Apps for Navigating Tel Aviv

Top Apps for Navigating Tel Aviv

This useful article from Culture Trip presents nine must-have smartphone apps for Tel Aviv, including navigation apps whether you are by foot, car, taxi or public transportation, and tourism apps to help you find the best local tourist attractions and events. The featured video introduces

Top 10 Tourism Apps for Exploring Israel

Top 10 Tourism Apps for Exploring Israel

This useful article from ISRAEL21c offers ten virtual tourism apps that will help you get the most of your trip to Israel without having to hire a tour guide. Some of the apps include attractions and information about the whole country, while others are geared

Free Organized Walking Tours of Tel Aviv

Free Organized Walking Tours of Tel Aviv

This post directs you to the websites of several different companies offering regular free walking tours in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. The above video from ISRAEL21c features colorful snippets from the Jaffa Flea Market, a highlight of the free daily walking tour of Old Jaffa. To see some more

Recommended Tel Aviv Apartment Rental Contract (English)

Recommended Tel Aviv Apartment Rental Contract (English)

Although there is no obligatory uniform apartment rental contract in Israel, this recommended lease agreement was drafted by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality in plain, clear English in order to create a norm that protects the basic rights of both the landlord and renter. Whether your future

Sample Israeli Apartment Rental Contract (Hebrew & English)

Sample Israeli Apartment Rental Contract (Hebrew & English)

Although there is no obligatory uniform apartment rental contract in Israel, this post presents an English translation of a standard contract from UNadlan. To see a standard Hebrew contract, click here. Whether your future landlord provides you with an apartment rental contract in Hebrew or English,

Hanukkah in the Old City of Jerusalem

Hanukkah in the Old City of Jerusalem

This short video (01:55) captures the magical festive atmosphere of Hanukkah in the Old City of Jerusalem, including tables of sufganiyot, the giant menorah at the Western Wall, and families lighting their Hannukah candles in the windows and alleyways. 

Prayers Ascend to Heaven at the Western Wall

Prayers Ascend to Heaven at the Western Wall

Through beautiful imagery and animation, this video conveys the power of prayer, depicting the traditional Jewish belief that prayers of all types from all around the world ascend to heaven at the Western Wall. This video was produced by Aish.com to inspire meaningful prayer on

Tzelofhad’s Daughters: A Feminist Poem About the Western Wall

Tzelofhad’s Daughters: A Feminist Poem About the Western Wall

This thought provoking poem by progressive Jewish feminist, Abby Caplin, draws a parallel between the biblical Daughters of Tzelofhad and the modern Women of the Wall. Both groups fight for gender equality within Judaism; the biblical women who argued that they should be able to inherit their

The Western Wall: A Poem

The Western Wall: A Poem

This poem by Anthony Shacknofsky conveys the significance of the Western Wall through a poetic summary of the history of this sacred site, from the days of the Temple, through destruction and exile, to the Jewish return in modern times. Originally published in Poetica Magazine in

A Selection of Yehuda Amichai’s Poems About Jerusalem

A Selection of Yehuda Amichai’s Poems About Jerusalem

This post offers the English translation of a selection of poems about Jerusalem, written by the iconic poet, Yehuda Amichai, who spent much of his life in the city. Some of the poems mention significant sites in Jerusalem, including the Western Wall, Ammunition Hill, the Temple

Footage from the Liberation of the Western Wall and the Temple Mount in 1967: “The Temple Mount is in Our Hands”

Footage from the Liberation of the Western Wall and the Temple Mount in 1967: “The Temple Mount is in Our Hands”

This short video from the Israel Defense Forces presents actual footage from the historic moment when Israeli soldiers overcame Arab troops and reached the Western Wall during the Six Day War in 1967.    

Quotes from Israeli Leaders Upon the Liberation of the Western Wall in 1967

Quotes from Israeli Leaders Upon the Liberation of the Western Wall in 1967

An excerpt from a longer article about the liberation of the Western Wall in the Six Day War in 1967 and the Israeli commitment to preserving freedom of worship for all at Jerusalem’s holy sites, this post presents moving quotes from military, political and religious

Educational Resources for Exploring the Western Wall Controversies

Educational Resources for Exploring the Western Wall Controversies

This post provides three different resources designed to help guide discussions and programming concerning some of the religious and political controversies surrounding the Western Wall. Created in 2003, some of the resources are slightly outdated, but still provide useful context for the exploration of these

Activity Booklet for Children Visiting the Western Wall

Activity Booklet for Children Visiting the Western Wall

This small booklet contains engaging games, activities, coloring pages, introductory information and fun assignments designed for children visiting the Western Wall. Created by the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, a governmental body established by the Ministry of Religion to cultivate, develop and preserve the Western Wall and its tunnels,

Live Stream of the Western Wall

Live Stream of the Western Wall

This link opens up the Western Wall camera from Aish.com, where people from all over the world can see a live stream of one of the world’s holiest sites from the comfort of their own home. 

Celebrities Visit the Western Wall

Celebrities Visit the Western Wall

This simple video is a slideshow of photographs of famous people visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem, including political leaders such as Barack Obama, George Bush, and Bill Clinton, religious leaders such as Pope Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II, and the 14th Dalai Lama, and celebrities

Haim Hefer: The Paratroopers Are Crying

Haim Hefer: The Paratroopers Are Crying

In this moving poem, Israeli songwriter, poet and writer, Haim Hefer, poetically describes the historic moment of the liberation of the Western Wall by Israeli paratroopers in the Six Day War in 1967. The Paratroopers Are Crying This Kotel has heard many prayers This Kotel has

Australian Students Visit the Western Wall for the First Time

Australian Students Visit the Western Wall for the First Time

This moving video captures the moment that 29 Jewish high school students from Australia visit the Western Wall for the first time, after learning and dreaming about it for 16 years. Visiting this holy site is often an emotional experience, as can be seen in

Young Adults Celebrate Their Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Israel

Young Adults Celebrate Their Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Israel

This 3 minute long video from Taglit-Birthright Israel shares the experiences of young adult participants who held their Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Israel. Whether they were celebrating for the first or second time, all agreed that this was a meaningful milestone that made them feel more connected

Reenactment of the Biblical Shavuot First-Fruits & Twin Loaves Offerings

Reenactment of the Biblical Shavuot First-Fruits & Twin Loaves Offerings

This 4-minute long video presents a reenactment of the first-fruit and twin loaves offerings, as they were performed in the ancient Temple in Jerusalem on the festival of Shavuot. Due to the lack of commandments associated with this holiday, many customs observed today do not have Biblical

S.Y. Agnon’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

S.Y. Agnon’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

This post presents the audio recording (Hebrew) and translated text of a short excerpt from Israeli author Shai (Shmuel Yosef) Agnon’s acceptance speech after being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Although Agnon himself was born in the Diaspora, he describes his deep feeling that

The Masorti Movement’s Transitional Ceremony between Yom Ha’Zikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut

The Masorti Movement’s Transitional Ceremony between Yom Ha’Zikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut

This link opens up a PDF file of Twilight: Moving from Memorial to Independence, a ceremony written by the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel to mark the transition between Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut. This booklet, which contains readings, poems, meditations, prayers, stories, and a festive Ma’ariv

Beit Tefilah Israeli’s Transitional Ceremony between Yom Ha’Zikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Beit Tefilah Israeli’s Transitional Ceremony between Yom Ha’Zikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut

This link opens up a PDF file of Havdalah: A Transitional Ceremony between Yom Ha’Zikaron and Yom Ha’Atzmaut, a Hebrew and English ceremony written by Beit Tefilah Israeli that celebrates Israel’s national triumph, yet expresses the sorrow for a dream of peace, still unfulfilled. This sensitive ceremony,

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