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A secret pleasure on any Holy Land tour is discovering a place which is largely overlooked by the crowds but offers a unique atmosphere or experience not found anywhere else. Nazareth is certainly significant for any traveler seeking follow in the footsteps of Jesus and, of course, visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is a favorite stop for most Christian travelers; but have you ever heard of Nahal Amud? If the answer is, "what the heck is nahal amud," then you are like virtually every other tourist to the Holy Land (and even many native Israelis). And that's a shame, because Nahal Amud is one of the most beautiful places in the Galilee and in all of Israel. It is a great a place to meditate in nature and to experience the holy land in much the same way Jesus experienced it.
Part of the Israel Trail
Nahal Amud is actually part of the larger Israel Trail, a national trail that runs from north to south, beginning in the upper Galilee and ending in the mountains just north of the southern port city of Eilat. The Israel trail is rather long and those who do hike the entire trail typically take more th
You can now Bless Israel by helping it stay green during your next visitl.
Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund is offering groups of 15 or more the opportunity to participate in a new "Forester for Day" program. The new ecological initiative engages visitors in a full day's activities focusing on Israel's forests, guaranteeing a greener tomorrow for Israel.
The program also educates people about protecting the forests including keeping the area safe from fires. In 2010, the Carmel Mountains suffered a devastating forest fire that cost tens of thousands of dunams of forests as well as communities.
The new program runs for 2-3 hours and is available Sunday-Thursday 8 am - 3pm and Friday 8 - noon. Program participants will have the opportunity to work side-by-side in groups with KKL-JNF foresters to clear underbrush, prune trees, prepare fire breaks and forest paths in the Carmel Region forests.
The forester for a day program is available for groups of 15 - 150 and is offered with advance planning in English, French, German and Spanish. The cost is $18 per person. Upon completion, each participant receives a KKL-JNF hat, pin and certificate of appreciation.
Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael - Jewish National Fund is leading the quest for a more environmental Israel: open spaces, forests, recreation areas and appreciation for Israel's natural and cultural h
Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you."
Eduward has been in Israel for three months, living in Jerusalem and volunteering for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, before he made his first trip to the Galilee.
Like many tourists, the Galilee was not at the top of Eduward's list of things to do. However, after an invitation to walk the newly redeveloped Gospel Trail prompted him to visit, Eduward quickly realized that the Galilee offers much more than he had ever anticipated.
Walking where Jesus walked was an emotional trip and the high point of Eduward's visit to Israel.
"I'm recommending the
While the common thread in all of Travelujah's reporting has been our focus on faith and the Holy Land, I can't help but take a moment here personally express my sadness in the events that have occurred in Japan since last Friday. The horrific earthquake and subsequent tsunamis have caused enormous destruction, terrible loss of life, and have forever changed the lives of the people of Japan and, I believe, all of us, regardless of faith.
I found the piece below "The Church's Response to Japan" by Daniel Darling on Crosswalk and thought it should be shared with all of you.
The images we are seeing from Japan are almost so overwhelming, they can't be believed. The wall of water from the tsunami, the rising body counts, the nuclear fears, and the staggering number of missing people. What got me was the fury of the storm, scooping houses and businesses and cars as if they were children's toys. My heart sank and grieved, because there were people in those cars. Moms, dads, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters, pastors, friends, babysitters, mailmen, delivery people. If we believe there are no unwanted souls in God's world, we must grieve at even one life cut short by the storm.
So how does the church respond? The first instinct is to look away... to click off the Internet window with
By CHARLES LEVINSON republished from the Wall Street Journal
JERUSALEM-On Nov. 28, 1978, as Iran was hurtling toward Islamic revolution, zoologist Mike Van Grevenbroek landed at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport, coming from Tel Aviv, carrying a blow-dart gun disguised as a cane and secret orders from an Israeli general.
His mission: to capture four Persian fallow deer and deliver them to Israel before the shah's government collapsed.
It marked the daring climax of a years-long cloak-and-dagger effort to reintroduce the animals of the Holy Scriptures of Judaism to Israel.
In December 2009, Israeli wildlife officials added another chapter to the endangered ruminant's unlikely comeback when they released four descendants of those original deer into the Jerus
Hanukkah celebrates the triumph of light over darkness in nature as well as in history. In the second century BCE, a small but devoted group of Jews, led by the Maccabees, defeated the much larger and more powerful Syrian-Greek army. Jewish tradition was thus kept from disappearing into the sea of the surrounding pagan culture.
In nature, Hanukkah comes at the darkest time of the year. Hanukkah always falls close to December 21, the winter solstice, when daylight hours are at their least. And Hanukkah begins on the 25th of the lunar month of Kislev, when the moon is approaching the end of its waning and its light is dim. It is at this time of the shortest days and the darkest nights that we celebrate the holiday of light, increasing light by adding a new candle in the Hanukkah menorah on each of the eight nights of the holiday. We light a candle instead of cursing the darkness.
In ancient Israel, the source of light was not the wax candles most of us use today, but burning olive oil. Interestingly, the olive harvest and oil-producing season always comes very close to Hanukkah.
Escaping the heat of the last weeks of summer and looking to travel north? Sound familiar? Just like Americans and others who must cope with the summer heat, Israelis too head to the hills during the summer in order to enjoy the nature, the breezes, the serenity, family and of course, the WATER. Abundant, flowing water - something you don't see much of in Israel, is a beautiful site to behold in the north and the country's residents, Arabs and Jews alike, appreciate it. You want to see how people mix? Head to the campgrounds, and to the sites where there is water, several of which we visited during our brief weekend stay, including Horshat Tal, Banias (Caesarea Philipi and Tel Dan).
Camping is complicated, especially with kids. We chose the campground of Horshat Tal, a beautiful park, located in the Northern Galilee and one