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The Dead Sea, a Natural Wonder at the Lowest Point on Earth

The Dead Sea, an awe-inspiring treasure, is full of natural wonders. As the closing date for the New7Wonders of Nature campaign approaches, find out how you can vote for the Dead Sea through a variety of media

The Dead Sea, an awe-inspiring treasure located at the lowest point on Earth, is full of natural wonders. It lies there quietly, majestically offering visitors and viewers alike an undeniably unique experience.

Food and Wine in Israel

What happens when you bring the culinary sophistication of the west to the spice, color and vibrancy of the east? You get a hot and dynamic food scene – one that reflects the incredible cultural diversity of Israel

The Annunciation in Nazareth

We invite you to celebrate the Annunciation Feast in Nazareth. Embrace tradition and the significance of the date by participating in the procession led by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem on the eve of the Feast

"And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for you have found grace with God. Behold you shall conceive in your womb and shall bring forth a son: and you shall call his name Jesus" Luke 1:30-31.

We invite you to celebrate the Annunciation Feast in Nazareth.

Chilean Miners Experience the Holy Land

The Chilean Miners and their spouses recently made an eight-day pilgrimage of thanks to the Holy Land as guests of the Israel Ministry of Tourism. They embarked upon a spiritual and highly emotional journey, visiting various Christian holy sites

The Chilean Miners and their spouses recently made an eight-day pilgrimage of thanks to the Holy Land as guests of the Israel Ministry of Tourism. They embarked upon a spiritual and highly emotional journey, visiting various Christian holy sites.

Chilean Miners Visit Jerusalem's Holy Sites

There were emotional scenes as 25 of the Chilean Miners and their spouses visiting Israel toured Jerusalem's Old City

There were emotional scenes this morning (Thursday), as 25 of the Chilean Miners and their spouses visiting Israel toured Jerusalem's Old City; including the Holy Sites along the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Western Wall.

The miners are on an eight day tour of the Holy Land as guests of the Israel Ministry of Tourism.

The Language of Jesus

From what we know, in Galilee towards the end of the Second Temple Period, the only language spoken by the Jews was Aramaic. We can thus assume that the language of Jesus was Aramic

Aramaic appeared in the 10th century BCE and by the 5th century, it had become the major language in the Near East, spoken and written from Egypt to India. In Eretz Israel, Hebrew was still spoken in a late dialect which would survive until approximately the end of the 2nd century CE. However, the language that was spoken by most of the population was a dialect of Aramaic known as Western Aramaic.

Pentecost

Commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles on Mount Zion, Pentecost is the perfect time for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land

When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together, when suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a violent wind which filled the entire house in which they were sitting, and there appeared to them tongues as of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves." * (Acts 2: 1-4)

12TH CENTURY FRESCO FROM MONASTERY OF MIRIAM I

Fresco considered one of most spectacular Crusader-period finds ever

An impressive 9m X 2.7m fresco discovered in excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in the Monastery of Miriam in the Gethsemane courtyard in Jerusalem was put on display for the first time when the renewed Israel Museum opened its doors to the public on July 26, 2010.

The Holy Land John Paul II Games 2010 - Pilgrims of Peace

hundreds participated in the John Paul II Games to continue his legacy and promote pilgrimage and sports as a bridge to peace

On April 25 and 26, 2010, hundreds participated in the John Paul II Games to continue his legacy and promote pilgrimage and sports as a bridge to peace. Italians, Israelis and Palestinians participated in the seventh annual Peace Marathon from Bethlehem to Jerusalem, followed by a non-competitive volleyball match.

The Holiday of the Holidays Festival in Haifa

For the seventeenth year in a row, the city of Haifa is hosting the Holiday of Holidays Festival as a testimony to the unique tolerance that is a hallmark of the mixed city of Haifa

For the seventeenth year in a row, the city of Haifa in northern Israel is hosting the Holiday of Holidays Festival. Holiday of Holidays celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah – the Festival of Lights- and Eid al-Adha - Festival of Sacrifice - testimony to the unique tolerance that is a hallmark of the mixed city of Haifa.