travelujah's Blog http://www.travelujah.com/blogs/posts/travelujah en-us Sun, 21 Jan 2018 18:33:24 -0600 (c) 2018, http://www.travelujah.com/. All rights reserved. <![CDATA[Tis the Season to ... Go to a Holy Land Church (and Christmas Mass)]]> With the arrival of Advent and the Christmas season, the Holy Land has no dearth of services and masses to attend in preparation for Christmas, be it on Dec. 25, or the Armenian Celebration on Jan. 6 or the Orthodox celebration on Jan. 7, 2013


To make it easy for you Travelujah has created the following listing, by city, church and denomination, of the services from now until the end of the Orthodox Christmas season, on Jan. 7. And as an added bonus, if you are not yet in the Holy Land, you can catch mass from the Milk Grotto live. Click here for more details.


<![CDATA[Top 10 "Must See" Sites in Bethlehem]]> You're coming to the Holy Land and perhaps you aren't sure if you should visit Bethlehem. You've always wanted to go to Bethlehem and see the Church of Nativity but what else is there? Is it worth planning a  a full day, or even two?

 

Yes. And to make it easy for you, Travelujah has created our own list of on and off the beaten path places you can visit during your next day or two day trip to Bethlehem.  Below you'll find our top "must see" sites in and around this ancient city, revered worldwide as the birthplace of Jesus Christ.

 

1. Church of the Nativity

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The monastery,...]]> <![CDATA[Ancient Christian Prayer Box Discovered in Jerusalem Excavations]]> A small prayer box from the Byzantine era was discovered in Jerusalem during archaeological excavations, proving that Christians have in fact been making pilgrimage to and living in the holy city for centuries.


The miniature box, measuring 2.2 by 1.6 cm., is made of animal bone and is adorned with a cross. It was uncovered by the Israel Antiquities Authority during excavations near the City of David, located in the Walls around Jerusalem National Park.


The inside of the box has drawings of two figures (icons) on a background lined with gold leaf....]]> <![CDATA[Russians Rate Israel among best Destinations]]> Israel ranked second out of 48 countries in a vote by Russian citizens selecting their choice for the best tourism and sightseeing country worldwide. The vote was part of a competition by National Geographic Russia Magazine and was sponsored by the Russian tourism industry.


Israel's second-place ranking placed it right after Italy, which came in first, and right before third-place Holland. Israel surpassed 22 other countries including the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland, Brazil, China. Competition organizers said the results of the vote signify the attractiveness of these destinations to the Russian market and gives an indication of future tourism to those nations.


With its amazing contrasts, the Vered HaGalil guesthouse offers breathtaking views of Israel's vast biblical sites while at the same time providing the tranquility of a country farm and the atmosphere of an American Western ranch replete with log cabins and horses.


In the region where Jesus spent the bulk of his ministry, the quaint and popular guesthouse is a great launching point for exploration of the Galilee. The guesthouse and horse ranch are styled with private, log-cabin accommodations and farm buildings.


Horseback riding is one of the main features of the ranch. A ...]]> <![CDATA[Observing the 9th of Av in Israel ]]> Many significant – and tragic – events befell Israel and the Jewish people on the exact same date on the Jewish calendar over the centuries. Because of that, Jews observe Tisha B'Av (the 9th of Av) and if you are in Israel, you can participate in nationwide prayer and fasting.


It is a solemn day that begins this year on the eve of Aug. 8 and commemorates the anniversary of the destruction of the first and second temple, which resulted in many deaths, destruction and exile. The restriction against studying Torah excepting those portions that deal with the destruction of the first and second temple, begin at midday on August 8.  At the Western Wall, the Haas Promenade in Jerusalem and synagogues around the country, congregants will pray specific prayers.

 <...]]> <![CDATA[Jerusalem Lights Up with Special Festival this Week]]> The Jerusalem Light Festival 2011 is illuminating the Old City this week in a resplendent display that is dazzling visitors each evening.


The event takes place until June 22 and is a feat in the field of light art and design. Each night the lights go on at 8 p.m. and stay lit up until midnight. This event joins prestigious light festivals worldwide, taking place in Lyon, Glasgow, Lisbon among other places.

 

Video courtesy of AllAboutJerusalem.com

...]]> <![CDATA[May Tourism Numbers Show Improvement and Set New Record]]> After four months of lagging tourism numbers compared to the record-setting level of 2010, Israel’s fortunes seem to have turned as the number of visitors to the Holy Land in the month of May was higher than the same month last year - a 5 percent increase over the former record.

Some 308,000 visitors arrived in Israel during the spring month and a total of 1,350,000 since January. In general, the numbers have been down slightly from last year. The January to May period in 2011 showed a 2 percent drop from 2010.
 
dead sea, 7 wonders“The success of the Tourism Ministry in stabilizing incoming tourism to Israel, given the geopolitical situation in the region that is affecting the image of the region and Israel within it, is both impressive and important,” said Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov. “We will continue in these efforts in the coming months.”
<![CDATA[Israel Observes Shavuot this Week]]> Israelis continue the Biblical celebrations of the harvest when they observe the Feast of Weeks, or Shavuot, beginning Tuesday night.

Shavuot, which means weeks in Hebrew, is celebrated exactly seven weeks after the first day of Passover. Many people believe that Shavuot marks the giving of the Torah to Moses at Mt. Sinai.The scriptures first mention Shavuot in Exodus 32:22: “Celebrate the Festival of Weeks with the firstfruits of the wheat harvest, and the Festival of Ingathering at the turn of the year.” The Israelites brought their first fruits to the Temple in Jerusalem
 
It is one of the three pilgrimage feasts. God commanded in Deuteronomy 16:16-17, “Three times a year all your men must appear before the LORD your God at the place He will choose.” The three feasts are Passover, Shavuot and the Feast of Tabernacles, Sukkot.

In Israel, Shavuot begins with evening prayers and a festive meal, mainly dairy. The Hebrew word for milk, halav, is 40, the number of days Moses spent on Mount Sinai when he went up to receive the Torah. Cheesecakes are especially popular ...]]>
<![CDATA[Dead Sea is a Finalist in the New 7 Wonders of Nature Campaign]]> The Israeli Tourism Ministry is calling upon fans of the Dead Sea from around the world to act as ambassadors for the lowest place on earth and vote and help promote voting for the site in their communities for the finals of the New7Wonders of Nature online global campaign.
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The Dead Sea is competing as an international site on behalf of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority against 27 other natural sites around the world. It consistently ranks among the top half of finalists as seen in each week tally. More than 1 billion people are expected to vote in the campaign, either online or via text message, for the seven winning sites. 

The Tourism Ministry is promoting the Dead Sea voting via its 14 offices overseas, its website in 11 languages and a multi-faceted inter...]]>