The State of Israel is a country in the Middle East that is located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Israel is the only Jewish state in the world.
The modern state of Israel identifies its roots with the ancient Land of Israel, a central concept for Judaism for more than 3,000 years. Since its foundation, the borders of Israel and even the right to exist of the State itself has been subject to controversy, especially among its Arab neighbors.
The origins of the Israeli celebrations are deeply religious and during them entire Israel stops. Every week, from Saturday sunset to Saturday, Saturday is celebrated, during which no work is allowed. Between February and March in Israel the Purim takes place, in which with banquets in the synagogues and exchange of gifts, the day in which Mordecai and Esther liberated the Jewish people Persia is commemorated.
The Passover feast in April recalls the liberating exodus of the Jews who followed Moses from Egypt to the Promised Land. October is the time of the fast of Yom Kippur, the most important celebration of the Jewish calendar. This celebration consists of 25 hours of almost total abstinence and fasting, as well as prayers, confession and contemplation to purify the soul and body.
In addition to the festivities and dates of the Jewish religious calendar, the month of Muslim fasting, Ramadan, is also contemplated in Israel, during which you do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset and culminates with the feast, prayers , meetings and gifts of Eid al-Fitr.
What to visit in Israel?
On your trip to Israel you should not miss Caesarea, Masada, Bet Shean, Tel Hazor, Bet Guvrin, all of them are grouped into National Parks. Tel Aviv, Haifa, Herzliya and Jerusalem, meanwhile, have the most important art museums, and many villages and kibbutz have small museums.
The Israel Museum in its capital, Jerusalem, is one of the most important cultural institutions in Israel, where the Dead Sea Manuscripts are housed together with an extensive collection of Jewish popular and religious art and European art.
The National Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, is the world’s largest accommodation of archives related to information about the Holocaust. The Beth Hatefutsoth (Diaspora Museum), on the campus of the University of Tel Aviv, is an interactive museum dedicated to the history of Jewish communities around the world.
What is the best time to travel to Israel?
In general, the best time to travel to Israel is the spring months between March and June. However, to visit the desert areas, the cooler winter months are preferred.