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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.

Final Thoughts on My Week in Palestine

Rick Steves | Posted 07.22.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

During my week in Palestine, I was in the care of three great guides: Husam Jubran (, Kamal Mukarker (,...

Modern Day Knights Return To Jerusalem

Anav Silverman | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion
Anav Silverman

While the functions of the Order of St. Lazarus are slightly different today in Jerusalem -- it no longer treats lepers and wounded knights -- the organization seeks to heal minds, spirits and bodies regardless of religious and political borders.

'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.

Words, Well-Rooted, Can Have Power Beyond Jerusalem

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 05.26.2013 | World
Norma Cook Everist

So quickly President Obama flew to the Middle East and back; excerpts from his speech in Jerusalem deserve a longer look.

Who Will Save the Holy Land, Brokering a 'New Jerusalem'?

Noel Irwin Hentschel | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Noel Irwin Hentschel

I submit that only divine Intervention can save the Holy Land. God is the only hope for achieving a "New Jerusalem."

Israeli-Palestinian Textbook Study Overlooks Core Issue

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.06.2013 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

It is clear that however well-meaning the sponsors and researchers of the textbook study may have been, the lack of sufficient historical, social and geopolitical context distort the findings and render this study distorted and counterproductive.

Israeli PM Conducts Twitter Diplomacy in Arabic

Anav Silverman | Posted 03.02.2013 | World
Anav Silverman

In general, Middle East leaders are increasingly utilizing Twitter to engage people, according to a study called Twiplomacy conducted by the global public relations consultancy Burson-Marsteller in August of this year.

Modern Day Zionist Brings Thousands To Israel

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 02.06.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

Through his Zionism and his love of helping people discover that same beauty and inspiration that he found in Israel 30 years ago, Larry Ritter is doing his part to keep Israel's tourism industry vibrant and strong.

A Yom Kippur Dream For Israel/Palestine

Morgan Guyton | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

It's quite presumptuous for a Christian to write about an Israeli political issue in the context of a Jewish holiday, but I do so as someone who has been blessed immeasurably by Jewish thinkers and public figures.

A Stranger In A Strange Land

Andrew Luisi | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Andrew Luisi

Throughout my study in The Holy Land, I have come to the simple realization that "holiness" is everywhere; the question is whether one can approach eye level with their neighbors and finally see the truth that lies beneath the surface.

Nothing Is Impervious to F*#kery

David Freid | Posted 07.03.2012 | World
David Freid

A funny thing happened on the way to Israel, and I can now say something I never thought I'd say: I've been deported. Denied admittance and turned away at the velvet rope like a Hollywood nightclub I'm not Hollywood enough for.

Holy Tensions: Lessons From A Christian Pilgrimage To The Holy Land

Charles Howard | Posted 05.23.2012 | Religion
Charles Howard

Walking with a rabbi friend along a road that has held up the feet of sojourners for thousands of years, we considered the various sides of the some of the complexities within the Holy Land.

PHOTOS: Cerebral Cruising Towards Antiquity

Yvonne Yorke | Posted 04.11.2012 | Travel
Yvonne Yorke

After several attempts to catch a taxi back to the ship, one of the local shopkeepers voluntarily came out of his store and helped me flag down a taxi and give the driver directions.

PHOTOS: Finding Sodom In Madaba, Jordan's Historic City

Bob Schulman | Posted 04.08.2012 | Travel
Bob Schulman

To put it mildly, the ancient Jordanian city of Madaba has a bit of history: Moses may have first looked at The Promised Land from atop nearby Mount Nebo.

The Israel/Palestine Zero Sum Game

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 11.23.2011 | World
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

So long as the official mascots of Palestinian Statehood are four murderers, so long as Palestinian officials speak of a Judenrein Palestine, no one but the Arabs themselves can bring peace to the Holy Land.

Meet the "Other" Today at TEDxJaffa Live From Israel

Karin Kloosterman | Posted 11.07.2011 | World
Karin Kloosterman

More than people know, Jaffa is a lens through which the world can understand cultural diversity and cultural freedom in Israel.

Glenn Beck's Visit, a Distraction for Israel and the World

Anav Silverman | Posted 10.25.2011 | World
Anav Silverman

While Beck's visit elicited a range of responses, from politicians, news commentators and social activists, there were those who were rather blasé about his visit. Speaking to an Israeli security guard, Iyov, outside the event, I asked him what he thought of Glenn Beck. "Who is Glenn Beck?" was his response.

Ramadan In Ramallah

Kazim Ali | Posted 10.02.2011 | Religion
Kazim Ali

Fasting is a turning away from "received" knowledge and an embracing of the knowledge of the body itself. Each passing day it becomes harder to believe that the conflict in this part of the world has anything to do with religion.

Christian Leaders Call For Holy Land Protection

Posted 09.19.2011 | Religion

By Martin Revis Religion News Service LONDON (RNS/ENInews) Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams on Tuesday (July 19) ended a conference on the ...

10 Holy Pilgrimage Destinations

Posted 07.23.2011 | Religion

One thing that most, if not all, of the world's religious traditions have in common is a strong reverence for specific holy sites that are important t...

Finding Joy On The Sea Of Galilee

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

The joy of the dancers and their friends ignited joy in me. It reminded me that it doesn't take much to connect to it. Joy has the power to lead us out of our minds and into our souls.

Bethlehem Shepherds Are A Dying Breed In Israel

The Guardian | Ana Carbajosa in Bethlehem | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

If an "angel of the Lord" were to appear in the sky over Bethlehem today, there would be scarcely any shepherds keeping watch over their flocks to wit...

The United States of Crazy in Israel-Palestine

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

In their goals and in their view of governance, Hamas, Kahanists and Haredim have much in common. Why not just let them run the Holy Land?

My Brother, My Enemy: A Video Tour Behind the Front Lines of the Battle of Ideas in the Islamic World

Philip Smucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Philip Smucker

I've traveled through the Holy Land, Africa, and Asia on a quest to understand what Muslims think about America and to discover what motivates young men and women to take up arms against my own nation. Here's what I found.