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Want to learn more about Israel? Read our in-depth articles on a variety of topics.

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Israel Today

Israelis are at once warmly hospitable and feisty. The country’s ethnic, religious, and political mix, endlessly fascinating, can be exasperating...

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Israel with Kids

Fortunately, it's easy to keep the kids busy in Israel. Let them expend energy exploring Crusader castles or caves in nature reserves. For fun...

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Israel's Best Beaches

Whether you'd like to take a dip, jog along the boardwalk at dawn or sunset, have a glass of wine or beer at a beachfront café, or just commune...

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Israel's Major Holidays

Time is figured in different ways in Israel. The Western Gregorian calendar—the solar year from January to December—is the basis of day-to-day...

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Israel: People, Religion, and State

I could not conceive of a small country having so large a history,” wrote Mark Twain after his visit to the Holy Land in 1867. The rich history...

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Rooftopping in Jerusalem

Historical Jerusalem is about shrines and antiquities, but some thirty-five thousand people live within the Old City walls. From the Ramparts...

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Old City of Jerusalem

Its golden stones are saturated with history, sanctified by pilgrim prayers, and scarred by war. Explore the exotic medieval Church of the Holy...

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Customs of the Country

Western-style social graces aren’t the strong suit of the average Israeli. But, despite the country’s legendary informality, the traditions...

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Archaeology

In an earlier generation, archaeology was something of an Israeli national pastime; but it’s still exciting to walk, Bible in hand, in the footsteps...

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Falafel and Shawarma

Falafel sandwiches are a fast-food staple in Israel, and stands are found from the busy streets of downtown Tel Aviv to the ultra-Orthodox areas...

Restaurants

Flavors of Israel

Many Israelis divide the day into at least six excuses to eat. There's breakfast, a 10 am snack, a quick lunch, a 5 pm coffee break (around...

Hotels

Israel Lodging Primer

Israel has plenty of hotels belonging to major international hotel chains and smaller national networks, as well as independently run lodgings...

Shopping

Israel's Markets

Israel's main markets are found in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. As for bargaining (not done at produce stalls)—sure, give it a go, but these days...

Performing Arts

Israel and the Performing Arts

Israel has a wealth of cultural activity that reflects both its ethnic diversity and its cosmopolitanism. Innovation and experimentation cross...

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