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Qumran is an ancient Jewish settlement along the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, about 16 kilometers south of Jericho This settlement is most famous for [...]
Date: Sunday July 21st, 2019
    

The Dome of the Rock is one of the most iconic structures in Israel and the Middle East It is an Islamic shrine commemorating the rock from which Muhammad, the [...]
Date: Sunday July 21st, 2019
    

The Tower of David is a citadel located directly south of Jaffa Gate It was built primarily during the Ottoman Empire’s rule on previous fortresses’ [...]
Date: Wednesday July 17th, 2019
    

Jerusalem is one of the most fought-over cities in the world Its historical significance to Christians, Jews, Muslims, and more, creates political, cultural, [...]
Date: Sunday July 14th, 2019
    

The Upper Room, mentioned in Mark 14:15 and Luke 22:12, is where Yeshua ate His last Passover meal with the disciples Tradition locates this room just outside [...]
Date: Thursday July 11th, 2019
    

In the outskirts of Bethlehem, roughly one kilometer east of the Church of the Nativity, lie a number of calm, green fields While seeing the church is a must [...]
Date: Sunday July 7th, 2019
    

The ancient city of Hazor was a prominent Israelite city in the time of Joshua and the monarchy; so much so that is was called “the head of all these [...]
Date: Sunday July 7th, 2019
    

The ancient city of Sepphoris is known and referred to as the “Jewel of the Galilee” It is located in the Lower Galilee region, and is roughly six [...]
Date: Sunday July 7th, 2019
    

The ancient city of Gezer was a prominent Canaanite and Israelite city that was conquered by Joshua and fortified by King Solomon It is located about 32 [...]
Date: Thursday July 4th, 2019
    

Genesis 13:17 Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you Visiting Israel is the trip of a lifetime The last thing [...]
Date: Thursday July 4th, 2019
    

As the land of Israel is entering into the summer season, some landscapes slowly shift from green to brown as the temperatures rise, and millions of Israelis [...]
Date: Wednesday July 3rd, 2019
    

The ancient city of Gamla sits on a unique mountain overlooking the Sea of Galilee It is known as the “Masada of the North,” since it too was a Jewish [...]
Date: Sunday June 30th, 2019
    

Hebron is a biblical city located about 32 kilometers south of Jerusalem The city has been continuously inhabited since the time of the Bible, with a current [...]
Date: Sunday June 30th, 2019
    

God’s word is filled with hope Sure, the Bible is very realistic and pragmatic in its teachings regarding the human condition and its consequences, but at [...]
Date: Thursday June 27th, 2019
    

The Old City of Jerusalem has changed and evolved over time During the time of Yeshua, the city looked quite different than it does now Visiting the ancient [...]
Date: Wednesday June 26th, 2019
    

We, at SAR-EL, believe that we have been blessed with the best job in the world as we get to host God’s people visiting the land of Israel from all around [...]
Date: Thursday June 20th, 2019
    

The Soreq Cave is a beautiful geological phenomenon with stalactite formations It is the only stalactite cave in Israel, and it is known for its high [...]
Date: Wednesday June 19th, 2019
    

In the past, when a city was destroyed, the next inhabitants would come and build on top of the ruined city This created layers in a mound-like formation [...]
Date: Sunday June 16th, 2019
    

And who is like your people Israel – the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself… 2 Samuel 7:23 If you ask most people [...]
Date: Thursday June 13th, 2019
    

Megiddo is an ancient city with future significance It is located in the middle of the southern Jezreel Valley, in northern Israel Its prime location gives its [...]
Date: Wednesday June 12th, 2019
    

Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred [...]
Date: Monday June 10th, 2019
    

The Feast of Weeks is one of the three major Jewish festivals It celebrates the anniversary of God giving His people the Torah at Mt Sinai, and it marks the [...]
Date: Monday June 3rd, 2019
    

The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) is one of the three major Jewish festivals commanded in Scripture It celebrates the anniversary of God giving His people the [...]
Date: Thursday May 30th, 2019
    

Masada is a majestic desert stronghold that towers over the Dead Sea It is a flat plateau atop a mountain that sits about 1,500 feet (470 m) above the Dead Sea [...]
Date: Sunday May 26th, 2019
    

Mini Israel is a manmade park with miniature models of significant biblical and modern sites in the land of Israel It is the perfect place to visit if you are [...]
Date: Thursday May 23rd, 2019
    

Tel Dan is a unique archeological site in the northern tip of Israel with Canaanite and Israelite ruins Its nature preserve includes multiple springs that are [...]
Date: Wednesday May 22nd, 2019
    

Avdat is a Nabatean fortress in the Negev—Israel’s desert It was established in the 2nd century BC by the Nabateans, a nomadic Arab people who became [...]
Date: Tuesday May 21st, 2019
    

Politics in the Middle East are complicated, to say the least Yet, there are developments in and around Israel that offer solid hope for those who have eyes to [...]
Date: Sunday May 19th, 2019
    

Tabgha is the traditional location for several significant events in the life of Yeshua It is located on the northwestern shores of the Sea of Galilee, on the [...]
Date: Sunday May 19th, 2019
    

Shiloh is mentioned 33 times in the Old Testament It is a biblical site that served as the religious capital of Israel from the time the Israelites entered the [...]
Date: Sunday May 12th, 2019
    

Yad La-Shiryon is Israel’s memorial site for the fallen men of the Armored Corps It was established in 1982, and its name is literally translated from Hebrew [...]
Date: Sunday May 12th, 2019
    

This week, 71 years ago, the provisional government of the small Jewish community in the Promised Land declared the State of Israel a reality Facing what most [...]
Date: Wednesday May 8th, 2019
    

Israel’s Independence Hall sits between Tel-Aviv and Jaffa The hall itself is small and unimpressive, yet it housed the monumental declaration of an [...]
Date: Wednesday May 8th, 2019
    

Magdala was a major port city on the Sea of Galilee during the time of Yeshua Located just north of Tiberius, on the northwestern shore of the sea, Magdala was [...]
Date: Sunday May 5th, 2019
    

The entire area of Jerusalem is biblically referred to as “the Land of Moriah” as described in Genesis 22:2, when God tested Father Abraham He said to him, [...]
Date: Thursday May 2nd, 2019
    

Yad Vashem is the Holocaust Memorial Museum located in Jerusalem, designed to be the World’s Holocaust Remembrance Center It has many one-of-a-kind exhibits [...]
Date: Wednesday May 1st, 2019
    

With Passover behind us, the biblical calendar guides God’s people into the spring of the year giving special attention to a couple of significant and [...]
Date: Monday April 29th, 2019
    

In spite of being a small country, Israel enjoys all four seasons and has a range in temperatures that reflects the different topography When deciding upon the [...]
Date: Monday April 29th, 2019
    

Israel is a small country with diverse and unique geological traits One such trait its desert craters This type of crater was formed by erosion rather than by [...]
Date: Sunday April 28th, 2019
    

The Pools of Bethesda are the location of one of Yeshua’s healing miracles The pools are located just north of the Temple Mount near the Sheep Gate (also [...]
Date: Sunday April 28th, 2019
    

The Garden Tomb is believed by some to be the location of Yeshua’s burial The gardens provide a peaceful environment for prayer and reflection; however, the [...]
Date: Sunday April 28th, 2019
    

Anything Is Possible: Customize Your Tour To Israel! Whether you are leading your first Israel tour or your fiftieth, every trip to the Holy Land is special [...]
Date: Wednesday April 24th, 2019
    

Passover is designed to remember and celebrate how God brought His people out of slavery in Egypt This deliverance is just the beginning of God’s redemptive [...]
Date: Wednesday April 17th, 2019
    

With a record number of visitors continuing to arrive this spring, our SAR-EL team remains hard at work and committed to this labor of love as we host and [...]
Date: Monday April 15th, 2019
    

The Passover Seder is a ritual meal that marks the beginning of Passover It takes place on the 14th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar, which is sometime in [...]
Date: Sunday April 14th, 2019
    

Passover is a famous Jewish festival that remembers and celebrates the Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt In Hebrew, it is called Pesach, which [...]
Date: Wednesday April 10th, 2019
    

When did God become real for you For me For anyone All the senses we possess, seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and tasting (you can even add the “sixth [...]
Date: Monday April 8th, 2019
    

The Nimrod Fortress is one of the greatest, most impressive, and most well-preserved castles in Israel It sits on a hilltop in the Golan in the northern tip of [...]
Date: Sunday April 7th, 2019
    

The Kidron Valley lies between the Temple Mount and the Mt of Olives From Jerusalem, it runs southeast, descending 4,000 feet (1,200 m) to the Dead Sea Its [...]
Date: Wednesday April 3rd, 2019
    

Kiriath Jearim is a noteworthy biblical site that is often missed It is located on a small hilltop about 10 miles (15 km) west of Jerusalem The hilltop is [...]
Date: Sunday March 31st, 2019
    

The town of Ein Karem (Kerem) is the traditional location for the birthplace of John the Baptist Ein Karem is Hebrew for “Spring of the Vineyard;” it is [...]
Date: Sunday March 24th, 2019
    

The Western Wall is Judaism’s most holy place; it is the closest location to where the Temple stood that they have access to It is also known as the [...]
Date: Sunday March 24th, 2019
    

The Mt of Olives runs along the eastern side of the Old City of Jerusalem Biblical events from David to Yeshua happened on this mount, and multiple prophecies [...]
Date: Wednesday March 20th, 2019
    

Jericho is one of the most famous cities in the Bible It is the second most excavated city in Israel, behind Jerusalem It is known as the “oldest city on [...]
Date: Sunday March 17th, 2019
    

In Esther 9:22, Purim is dedicated as a day “of feasting and rejoicing and sending portions of food to one another and gifts to the poor” This is commanded [...]
Date: Sunday March 17th, 2019
    

In the book of Esther, Haman conspires to slaughter all Jews who worship God instead of Persian authorities; Purim is a festival that celebrates the life and [...]
Date: Wednesday March 13th, 2019
    

Visiting Israel is more than just an ordinary tour; it is a faith-building journey of discovery The Western Wall, the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy [...]
Date: Monday March 11th, 2019
    

The Jezreel Valley is a hub of biblical events and locations It is located in the north of Israel in the Lower Galilee region; the Mt Carmel mountain rage is [...]
Date: Sunday March 10th, 2019
    

Cana of Galilee is where Jesus performed His first public miracle—turning water into wine It is also the location of Jesus’ second miracle in Galilee [...]
Date: Sunday March 10th, 2019
    

The Jordan River is an important biblical location It supplies the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea with water, and houses biblical history from the time of [...]
Date: Sunday March 10th, 2019
    

The ancient ruins of Capernaum lay on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee From the 2nd century BC to the 11th century AD, Capernaum was a vibrant village on [...]
Date: Wednesday March 6th, 2019
    

The Dead Sea Scrolls are ancient manuscripts of biblical and extra-biblical texts These manuscripts were written between the 3rd century BC and 1st century AD, [...]
Date: Tuesday March 5th, 2019
    

David Ben Gurion, our legendary first Prime Minister, said once “in order to be a realist in Israel, one has to believe in miracles” The saying was not [...]
Date: Sunday March 3rd, 2019
    

The story of David and Goliath is one of the most well-known stories in the Bible Every churched child knows it, and every adult Christian can rehearse it But [...]
Date: Sunday March 3rd, 2019
    

Chorazin is an ancient city located about 25 miles (4 km) north of the Sea of Galilee Chorazin, along with Bethsaida and Capernaum, form what is known as the [...]
Date: Sunday March 3rd, 2019
    

Shechem, also known as Nablus, is one of the oldest cities in the world It is located between Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, about 34 miles (55 kilometers) [...]
Date: Sunday March 3rd, 2019
    

The Mt of Beatitudes is the traditional name for the place where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount This sermon is recorded in Matthew 5-7 and in Luke [...]
Date: Sunday March 3rd, 2019
    

For a Christian believer, there is nothing like visiting the Holy Land Visiting the place where the events of the Bible actually happened is an experience that [...]
Date: Thursday February 28th, 2019
    

The State of Israel is not just a biblical modern day miracle; it also features a number of geographical wonders that are unique worldwide One of these is the [...]
Date: Thursday February 21st, 2019
    

Mt Carmel is a coastal mountain range in northwestern Israel It stretches southeast from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jezreel Valley, and covers about 95 [...]
Date: Wednesday February 20th, 2019
    

Beit Shean is both an ancient and modern city in Israel It is located in the northeast section of Israel, at the junction of the Jezreel Valley and the Jordan [...]
Date: Sunday February 17th, 2019
    

We are pleased to introduce you to a dear friend of SAR-EL TOURS, Dr Susanna Kokkonen, who wrote the following article We hope it will speak to your heart Dr [...]
Date: Sunday February 17th, 2019
    

In our sphere of work and activities, both here in Israel and overseas, the question is often asked of us, “What is God doing in Israel these days” Most [...]
Date: Sunday February 17th, 2019
    

The Wohl Museum of Archeology preserves six compound houses from the 2nd Temple era These houses overlooked the Temple in Jerusalem, and were destroyed along [...]
Date: Wednesday February 13th, 2019
    

Ancient Jerusalem’s main street is called the Cardo A Cardo was a Roman staple that was built in each major city The name is derived from the Greek word [...]
Date: Sunday February 10th, 2019
    

Jaffa is the main port city in Judea It is located just south of Tel-Aviv on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and is also known as Joppa or Yafo Today, it [...]
Date: Sunday February 10th, 2019
    

A visit to Israel will leave you changed Different It becomes a part of you How could it not It is the land of our Biblical forefathers, the home that God gave [...]
Date: Sunday February 10th, 2019
    

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is built over the traditional place where Jesus was crucified and buried  Combined with archeological evidence, this church [...]
Date: Wednesday February 6th, 2019
    

The current wall of the Old City of Jerusalem was built by the Ottoman (Turkish) Empirein the 16th century BC In it are eight gates, seven of which are used [...]
Date: Monday February 4th, 2019
    

The Old City of Jerusalem hasn’t always been the way we know it today Originally, Jerusalem was built around the Gihon Spring on the southern slope of what [...]
Date: Monday February 4th, 2019
    

The Timna Valley is located just north of Eilat in the southern tip of Israel It is about 35 square miles (90 square kilometers), and is unique because of its [...]
Date: Monday February 4th, 2019
    

Israel’s rich history and diverse culture created some of the most unique arts and craft There are a number of Israel art museums that are popular among [...]
Date: Monday February 4th, 2019
    

Israel has some of the best hiking trails in the world where you can pass through different terrains and some of the great wonders of nature such as the Dead [...]
Date: Monday January 28th, 2019
    

In 1986, two brothers walked the shores of the Sea of Galilee hoping to find an ancient boat Their hopes were high since the water level was low, due to the [...]
Date: Monday January 28th, 2019
    

Half the land of Israel is desert, but don’t be fooled, this desert is not completely barren Yes, it is hot and dry, but there are refreshing springs [...]
Date: Monday January 28th, 2019
    

Israel has a vibrant food culture with many influences from its neighboring regions including the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and others One signature Israeli [...]
Date: Sunday January 27th, 2019
    

Of the three resurrection appearances of Yeshua found in the Gospel of Luke, the Road to Emmaus account is the first and possibly the most detailed one The [...]
Date: Thursday January 24th, 2019
    

Israel doesn’t only feature archeological and biblical sites, Israel also offers some of the best adventures that nature has to offer which includes [...]
Date: Tuesday January 22nd, 2019
    

The Hula Valley is an agricultural region in Northern Israel which is known for several interesting wonders of nature If you are into a great outdoor [...]
Date: Monday January 21st, 2019
    

One of the most famous images of the Old City of Jerusalem is the impressive picturesque wall surrounding the ancient City The Ramparts Walk atop the ancient [...]
Date: Sunday January 20th, 2019
    

The coastal cities of Israel offer great access to the Mediterranean Sea and a long coastline filled with sandy beaches that are great for recreation and [...]
Date: Tuesday January 15th, 2019
    

Tel Aviv is a beautiful and bustling city perfectly nestled in the Mediterranean coast Popular tourist attractions in the city include the promenade, Jaffa [...]
Date: Monday January 14th, 2019
    

Yarkon Park Tel Aviv is filled with great wonders Of these, there are museums, restaurants, and other tourist attractions If you’re looking for a great [...]
Date: Sunday January 13th, 2019
    

Going on an adventure to a foreign land needs to involve all your senses to be enjoyed and remembered More than the sights and sounds you can see and hear in [...]
Date: Sunday January 13th, 2019
    

Discover Legends, Bible Truths & Mystery deep beneath the City of Jerusalem The Bible offers numerous examples that Jerusalem holds a special place in [...]
Date: Wednesday January 9th, 2019
    

Jerusalem may be a popular Israel bible tour destination given its rich biblical history and archeological sites, Jerusalem also offers delicious and [...]
Date: Tuesday January 8th, 2019
    

Israel is blessed with a unique combination of climates and different terrain In Israel, you can find both dry deserts and snow-frosted mountains offering a [...]
Date: Sunday January 6th, 2019
    

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” Isaiah 7:14 God With [...]
Date: Sunday December 23rd, 2018
    

Deep in the Jordan Valley, northeast from ancient Jericho and not far from the Dead Sea, earth’s lowest point, the adventurous traveler can discover one of [...]
Date: Wednesday December 19th, 2018
    

By Avraham Ben Hod “On coming to the house, (the wise men) saw the child with his mother Miryam, and they bowed down and worshiped him They then opened [...]
Date: Wednesday December 19th, 2018