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To Get the Most out of a Trip to Israel, Do These 11 Things

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 03.05.2015 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Just over 250 miles long and 70 miles wide at its widest point (9 miles wide at narrowest), Israel can be covered in a matter of hours. But, you'll want to stay for days -- as many as possible -- because every inch of this country is imbued with meaning.

Celebrating Lailat Al Miraj

Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion

Lailat al Miraj is a Muslim holiday that commemorates the Prophet Muhammad's nighttime journey from Mecca to the 'Farthest Mosque' in Jerusalem where ...

Want To Visit The Holy Land? First, You Have To Get In

Wardah Khalid | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Wardah Khalid

I'm standing in a tiny room located in a checkpoint facility on the Israeli/Jordanian border. An Israeli immigration agent holding my passport is grilling me while my sister, who is traveling with me, waits her turn outside. Little did I know that our ordeal was far from over.

Bethlehem: Gateway to Palestine

Rick Steves | Posted 07.16.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

If there was no border or traffic to deal with, you could bicycle from the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in...

Fabled Jerusalem: Steeped in History, Politics, and Religion

Rick Steves | Posted 07.06.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Before Columbus and the illustrious class of 1500, many maps of the world showed Jerusalem as the center of the world. Jerusalem -- holy, treasured, a...

'You Must Visit Jerusalem'

Wardah Khalid | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Wardah Khalid

Funny how in life we are united with individuals who touch our hearts in unimaginable and meaningful ways. Our meeting was especially timely for me, since just earlier that day I was debating whether or not to venture to the Holy Land.

Why Jerusalem Rocket Attacks Change Everything

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 11.19.2012 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

Many thought Hamas didn't have the technological ability to send missiles to Jerusalem. Many others believed that Hamas would never fire missiles on the city because it houses Islam's third most holy site. But those assumptions can no longer be assumed. Just Brought the City's Holy Sites to Your iPad in Stunning 3D

Hillel Fuld | Posted 12.18.2012 | Technology
Hillel Fuld

If you are following the mobile space, you probably think this post is going to be about another social app that integrates local, mobile and some oth...

Jerusalem UFO Videos Likely A Hoax, Says Israeli TV Station

Posted 11.23.2011 | Weird News

Videos of an alleged UFO in the skies above Jerusalem that took the Internet by storm in January appear to be a hoax, according to an Israeli televisi...

Navigating the Sacred and the Dangerous in the Holy Land

Kazim Ali | Posted 09.22.2011 | Religion
Kazim Ali

Nothing is simple in this place and the more you find out about what is actually happening here -- not in history or in legend but in the immediate daily lives of people living in the place -- the more complicated things become.

Muslims Celebrate Lailat al Miraj

Posted 06.05.2013 | Religion

Lailat al Miraj is a Muslim holiday that commemorates the Prophet Muhammad's nighttime journey from Mecca to the 'Farthest Mosque' in Jerusalem where ...

Claims Of UFO Sightings Over Islamic Landmark Spark Debate

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Dueling clips of a purported UFO hovering over Dome of the Rock, an Islamic shrine, on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, have created an online ruckus since s...

The Beauty We Fear Part 4: From Mark Twain to Malcom X (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
G. Roger Denson

Even when Americans began to travel to Muslim lands, from the start they displayed a more diverse response to Islam and its mosques, which over the course of a century graduated from the crude to the reverent.

The Beauty We Fear Part 2: The Great Mosques of European Novelists and Poets (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

2010-10-25-jdfdf.jpgBy the end of the 19th century, mosques became lyrical, escapist, and hallucinogenic motifs for writers who had never even set sight on them.

ReThink Review: Waiting for Armageddon -- the End of the World As They Want It

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

As a person who is not religious, it seems to me that the major difference between a cult and a religion is popularity. And as the documentary Waiting...

Israeli Police Raid Temple Mount

AP | MATTI FRIEDMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israeli police firing stun grenades faced off Sunday against masked Palestinian protesters hurling stones and plastic chairs outside...

Rocky Reasoning in Jerusalem

Olivia Sterns | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Olivia Sterns

My friend and I had wanted to visit the famous Dome of the Rock, but it was closed because a few days earlier Palestinians had thrown rocks at Jews who had entered the sacred area to pray.

To Gain a True Affinity for Arab Jerusalem, Visit It

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

Only a few tens of thousands of Arabs were able to visit Jerusalem in the past few decades while millions of Jews and non-Arab Christians are able to do so annually. How then can it "always remain Arab"?

Rabbi To Pope: Wearing Cross To Western Wall Would Be 'Inappropriate'

Jerusalem Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's May visit to Israel, the rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinovitch, has said that it is not proper to come to the sit...