0 How big was the Kingdom of David?

Dramatic finds at this season of excavations at Tel Tsafit in the Judean Lowlands add fuel to the two decade long archaeological debate as to the size or the very existence of the kingdom of David and Solomon. While the maximalists among the archaeologists claim the David’s kingdom was as…

0 Knots, Rugs, and Bridges in Beersheba

The Museum of Islamic and Near Eastern Cultures that opened recently in the Ottoman-era mosque in Beersheba aspires to serve as a bridge between cultures. > by ERETZ Staff Drought struck the Negev desert in 1891. Among the Bedouins, 1891 became known as “the year of the lemons,” because they…

0 Changing Times

The combination of the ever-evolving internet and low-cost flights is transforming the tourism industry worldwide. Israel’s tourism industry must focus its attention on individual travelers in order to thrive in the tourism 2.0 era. > by Yadin Roman Photography: israeltourism Tourism to Israel has been changing profoundly for the past…

0 A Tale of Two Houses

Norman Lourie, the founder of the Habonim Zionist youth movement in South Africa, first arrived in the Land of Israel in 1944 while serving as a military reporter attached to the South Africa Engineering Corps. The corps was employed in building the railway tunnels under the cliff of Rosh Hanikra,…


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Troglodyte Tribulations

Since the beginning of time cave dwelling has been a way of life in the South Hebron Mountains, the area bordering on the Negev desert to its south and the…

Nature & Environment
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Under the Stars in the South

The ERETZ Staff interviews Gilad Gabbai, director of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority’s Southern Region. “In the last few years, major changes have been taking place in the big…


Books & Publications
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Herod: The Life and Death of the King of Judea

The idea to publish a special album on the discovery of Herod’s grand mausoleum at Herodium by professor Ehud Netzer was born when the curators of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem,…

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