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One of our greatest joys at SAR-EL Tours & Conferences is our call to serve Christians from all over the world as they visit Israel This connection between [...]
Date: Friday November 15th, 2019
    

With security tensions on Israel’s southern border, we are mindful today of one of Israel’s best-known “songs of ascent,” the famous Psalms of praise [...]
Date: Tuesday November 12th, 2019
    

Aphek is a biblical site mentioned in both the New and Old Testaments It is located in a strategic geographic location: between the hill country and the [...]
Date: Sunday November 10th, 2019
    

Tel Arad is a biblical site located in the Negev, west of the Dead Sea It has been a desirable dwelling place throughout history due to its position along two [...]
Date: Sunday November 10th, 2019
    

Accounting for more than half the country, the Negev region is the reason Israel is reputed to be a desert But even the desert is not without its own beauty [...]
Date: Tuesday November 5th, 2019
    

Israel’s Coastal region is found where the rolling hills of the Shephelah smooth into a wide plain reaching toward the Mediterranean Sea In ancient times, [...]
Date: Monday November 4th, 2019
    

The Church of the Annunciation marks the traditional location for the home of Mary, Yeshua’s mother It is believed that here the angel Gabriel appeared to [...]
Date: Tuesday October 29th, 2019
    

Shephelah is a Hebrew word meaning low, and was the name given to the foothills between the hill country of Judah and the coastal plain In biblical times, [...]
Date: Tuesday October 29th, 2019
    

Caesarea Philippi is located 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the Sea of Galilee on the foothills of Mount Hermon It is a fertile and lush region with a [...]
Date: Sunday October 27th, 2019
    

I will return the captivity of my people Israel, and they will rebuild desolate cities and settle them - Amos 9:14 It is easy to say Israel is unlike any [...]
Date: Wednesday October 23rd, 2019
    

There are many geographical locations in Israel that fit perfectly with the biblical narrative These locations prove biblical historicity and bring the Bible [...]
Date: Tuesday October 22nd, 2019
    

Colossians 3:2 "Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth" One thing is always certain when traveling to another [...]
Date: Thursday October 17th, 2019
    

Tucked between the Jordan Rift Valley and the Judean Hills is a patch of desert The Judean Wilderness is often referenced in the biblical narrative, and though [...]
Date: Tuesday October 15th, 2019
    

The Way of the Patriarchs is an ancient road that travels north to south through Israel It is called the Way of the Patriarchs because the [...]
Date: Thursday October 10th, 2019
    

None have fulfilled the law of innocence - none are exempt from the law of repentance! Last night we worshiped by the Western Wall in Jerusalem with [...]
Date: Tuesday October 8th, 2019
    

            The Eastern border of the Promised Land runs along the path of the Jordan River and the deep valley through which it flows Home to the [...]
Date: Sunday October 6th, 2019
    

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the specific day God designated as a solemn day of repentance It follows the Ten Days of Awe and Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish [...]
Date: Sunday October 6th, 2019
    

            Sheltered between the mountains of the Samarian hill country and the ridges of Lower Galilee lies the Jezreel Valley  With Mt Carmel [...]
Date: Sunday October 6th, 2019
    

            Bursting with biblical history and scenic landscapes, Galilee is one of the most visited regions in Israel Its popularity is well [...]
Date: Thursday October 3rd, 2019
    

“Parasha” Synagogue Reading for This Week   Goodbyes are always hard and especially if you are a man like Moses Deliverer, judge, prophet, [...]
Date: Thursday October 3rd, 2019
    

Beit Guvrin is located in the southern part of the Judea region in Israel—about 60 kilometers southwest of Jerusalem This site was inhabited from the First [...]
Date: Sunday September 29th, 2019
    

The modern city of Beersheba (also known as Be’er Sheva) is located in southern Israel, on the northern border of the Negev desert; it is the largest city in [...]
Date: Sunday September 29th, 2019
    

“Shana Tova” greetings to our friends around the world In the Hebrew language, “Shana Tova” means, “May You Have a Good Year,” and it is the [...]
Date: Thursday September 26th, 2019
    

The Golan Heights, Biblically known as Bashan, was added to modern day Israel at the end of the Six Day War in 1967 Formerly controlled by neighboring Syria, [...]
Date: Monday September 23rd, 2019
    

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish new year It is celebrated on the first day of the Jewish month of Tishri, and normally takes place in either September or October [...]
Date: Sunday September 22nd, 2019
    

Situated between on the continents of Asia, Europe, and Africa is the narrow strip of land God once promised to the descendants of Abraham God promised to [...]
Date: Wednesday September 18th, 2019
    

Tuesday, September 17th, marks Election Day in Israel for the 21st Knesset (Parliament) In Israel, Election Day is regarded as a nation-wide free day from all [...]
Date: Tuesday September 17th, 2019
    

Tel Ashkelon is an ancient port city along the Mediterranean Sea It sits about 13 kilometers (8 miles) north of the border with the Gaza Strip, and about 50 [...]
Date: Sunday September 15th, 2019
    

When the Prophet Daniel predicted the invasion of Judea by Antiochus hundreds of years before it occurred during the power struggles of the collapsing Greek [...]
Date: Wednesday September 4th, 2019
    

The ancient Tabernacle and its items foreshadow Yeshua, His work, and our faith in Him As believers in Yeshua, learning about the Tabernacle and understanding [...]
Date: Wednesday September 4th, 2019
    

The biblical site of Bethany is famous for being the place where Yeshua raised Lazarus from the dead It is located near Jerusalem on the eastern slope of the [...]
Date: Tuesday September 3rd, 2019
    

Nestled in the Judean hill directly West of the Mt of Olives stands Mt Moriah, the Temple Mount  If Jerusalem is considered the Holy City, it is certainly [...]
Date: Sunday September 1st, 2019
    

About three miles southeast of Bethlehem, amid the rolling fields where Angels once announced the birth of Yeshua, there is an unnaturally tall cone-shaped [...]
Date: Sunday August 25th, 2019
    

In the eighth century BC the brutal nation of Assyria ravaged the Middle East, building an empire In 722BC they defeated the northern kingdom of Israel and [...]
Date: Wednesday August 21st, 2019
    

Olive oil plays a significant role in the Bible and in the lives of the biblical characters The Hebrew word for oil (shemen שמן), which refers to olive oil, [...]
Date: Wednesday August 14th, 2019
    

The Philistine people were seafarers, who, after suffering defeat at the hands of the Egyptians, settled in the land of Canaan along the coastal plain in the [...]
Date: Wednesday August 14th, 2019
    

Caesarea Maritima is an ancient Roman city on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, between Haifa and Tel-Aviv The city ruins are maintained and preserved as an [...]
Date: Sunday August 11th, 2019
    

Tisha B’av is a date on the Jewish calendar It is literally translated as the “ninth of the month of Av,” and usually falls between July and August on [...]
Date: Thursday August 8th, 2019
    

Anyone who has traveled abroad knows how humbling it can be to try to communicate in a foreign country It doesn’t matter your level of education, or how many [...]
Date: Thursday August 8th, 2019
    

Mount Hermon is a part of the Anti-Lebanon Mountain Range which runs northeast-southwest, starting in Syria and Lebanon and ending in Israel The highest peak [...]
Date: Monday August 5th, 2019
    

A Torah scroll is the first five books of the Bible written on special paper made from a kosher animal’s skin The Torah scroll is the holiest object to the [...]
Date: Wednesday July 31st, 2019
    

The Israel National Trail is a hiking route that leads through the entire country of Israel from north to south It starts at Dan on the border with Lebanon and [...]
Date: Tuesday July 30th, 2019
    

By Yehuda Glick President of the Shalom Jerusalem Foundation and former Member of Knesset This week marks the 115th anniversary of the death of one of the [...]
Date: Monday July 29th, 2019
    

According to Jewish tradition, the people of Israel read the Scriptures in a pattern that covers the Torah (five books of Moses), the Prophets and the Writings [...]
Date: Sunday July 28th, 2019
    

The Via Dolorosa is the traditional route that commemorates Yeshua’s final journey from judgment by Pilate to crucifixion and burial It is a zigzag pathway [...]
Date: Sunday July 28th, 2019
    

Want to experience what life was like in a tent made from goat and camel hair These types of tents are likely similar to the ones in which Abraham lived as he [...]
Date: Sunday July 28th, 2019
    

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