0 The West Bank Water Fight

Summer after summer, thousands of Palestinians on the West Bank suffer shortages of water. Desalination, recycling, and improved infrastructure maintenance could have provided a solution long ago – but, when the issue is Israel and the Palestinians nothing is simple and straight forward. “The cuts in the quantity of water…

0 What’s in a Jewish Name?

Explaining Jewish surnames has been a hot topic for quite some time; the last few years alone have seen a bevy of new articles, blogs, and databases where anyone can find all sorts of info on his or her family’s name. However, the history of Jewish last names actually is…

0 ERETZ the Book – A Journey through the Ages

“ERETZ is indeed ‘Israel Geographic’ – a wonderful gateway to the beautiful face and vibrant character of the state and society of Israel.” Shimon Peres, Former President and Prime Minister of Israel This edition of ERETZ: The Book follows in the footsteps of the previous compendium of articles, which we…

0 Messiah :Lost in translation

by Galit Dayan Tov-el Yet another wave of violence has reared its ugly head in Israel. I watch the news from my home in Jerusalem, horrified by pictures of a 13-year old child stabbing another child, secure in his belief that this act of violence will bring him closer to heaven. I follow…

0 Celebrating Israeli Independence Day in New York

The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery at JCC Manhattan in New York will celebrate Israel’s sixty-eighth anniversary with a solo exhibition of the work of Israeli photographer Nino Herman (see “Focus on the Heart,” ERETZ 139-140). The exhibition, which will open on Israeli Independence Day, May 15, 2016, and be on…

0 Focus on the Heart

For the past three years, Nino Herman and his camera have been wandering the streets of south Tel Aviv. His photographs reveal the beauty that hides under the ugliness of these rundown streets, a splendor that many do not take the time to see. The diversity of humanity, coexistence between…

0 The Early Years: Israel in the 1950s – A Photo Album

When the War of Independence ended, the newly founded State of Israel was home to 872,000 citizens. They included some 700,000 Jews and about 150,000 Moslems, Christians, and Druze. A decade later, the state’s Jewish population had grown to almost two million. The young state, still reeling from the bloody…

0 King Herod’s Latest Suprise

For nearly two years, the Ehud Netzer Expedition at Herodium has been unearthing the grand entrance way that Herod built to his palace-fortress at Upper Herodium. Even though they have been excavating Herodium for many years, archaeologists Roi Porat, Yaakov Kalman, and Rachel Chachy-Laureys are surprised by what they…

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 The Secret Path from ’Isfiya to Yagur

One of the most delightful segments of the Israel Trail descends from ’Isfiya to Yagur. > by Yadin Roman Type: Family hike Map: Carmel Hiking and Trail Map (No. 4, available only in Hebrew) Route length: 6 km Duration of hike: 3 hours Starting point: ’Isfiya Ending point: Horse ranch…

0 Enchanted Garden

Picture lush green grass, dotted with all sorts of trees and flowers, that extends gently over small hills. A stream of turquoise water twists through the grass, creating a series of pools of different sizes and depths. The Gan Hashlosha National Park offers all this and more. Located near Kibbutz…

0 Kosher, Dairy, Vegetarian, and Vegan, Cafe Yaffo Caters to All

The Jaffa Flea Market has become one of the trendiest places in Tel Aviv lately. Every Friday, its small alleys, restaurants, and stores fill up with crowds: families with children, young urbanites, and old-timers joyfully combing the myriad of boutiques, ancient and renewed furniture emporiums, and trendy, new coffee shops.…

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