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Jerusalem Travel Guide

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

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Early Jerusalem: The Spring of Gihon

Today at the City of David archaeological site south of the Old City wall, you can explore part of the Spring of Gihon, the lifeblood of the...

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Top Reasons to Go

The Old City: For an astonishing montage of religions and cultures, the heart of Jerusalem—with the Holy Sepulcher, Arab bazaar, and Western...

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Jews in the Old City

The history of Jewish life in the Old City has been marked by the trials of conflict and the joys of creating and rebuilding community. Here...

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Israel's Electoral System

Take two Israelis," runs the old quip, "and you've got three political parties!" The saying isn’t without a kernel of truth in a nation where...

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Me'a She'arim

The name of this neighborhood just north of Downtown is the biblical "hundredfold," describing the bountiful blessing God gave Isaac (Genesis...

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A Good Walk in Center City

Jerusalem is a good city to stroll. Beyond its shrines and antiquities, the limestone buildings, shaded courtyards, and colorful peoplescapes...

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Ramadan

The holiest month of the Islamic year is Ramadan, when believers fast from sunrise to sunset every day. Special sweets are enjoyed at family...

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A Walk on the Via Dolorosa

The Old City's main Jewish and Muslim sites can be visited individually, but the primary Christian shrines—the Via Dolorosa (or Way of the...

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Shavuot

The Feast of Weeks, a spring holiday, marks the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. Explanations for the connection with eating dairy foods are...

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Passover Matzoh

The journey from slavery in Egypt to freedom, remembered during the weeklong Passover holiday each spring, inspires the preparation of unleavened...

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Holiday Foods in Israel

You know it's a holiday when special treats suddenly appear in bakeries, street stalls, supermarkets, and restaurants. Round doughnuts dabbed...

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Hanukkah

As winter approaches, Hanukkah celebrates a 2nd-century BC victory over the Greeks; the story includes a miraculous amount of oil for the Temple...

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Purim

This early-spring holiday commemorates a victory in which food helped win the day, the 6th-century BC triumph over the evil Haman. On Purim...

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Rosh Hashanah

During the New Year holiday each fall, sweet is the byword, indicating wishes for a sweet year: apple slices dipped in honey are nibbled,...

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A Walk in the City of David

This walk-through-time adventure is a heady combination of mysterious tunnels and ancient remains. The climax is wading through the 2,700-year...

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The Quarters of the Old City

Today the third of a square mile within the Old City walls is home to some 35,000 Jerusalemites, representing a babel of languages, a plethora...

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Jerusalem Through the Ages

The first known mention of Jerusalem is in Egyptian "hate texts" of the 20th century BC, but many archaeologists give the city a considerably...

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