Israel – The Magic Land at the Holy Land

The Holy Land of Israel is steeped in age-old traditions, culture, and history, holding many wonders to be explored and enjoyed. This country is blessed with a unique abundance of findings and sites, animals and plants, and various landscapes. The land mass of Israel equates to the size of New Jersey in the USA. 

Machtesh Ramon, Negev - the greatest erosion crater in Israel (and the world!)
Machtesh Ramon, Negev
The Sea of Galilee
The Sea of Galilee
The Dead Sea, the Judean Desert - the lowest place on earth
The Dead Sea, the Judean Desert
The Banias, Upper Galilee - one of the Jordan river tributaries
The Banias, Upper Galilee

The geographical location of the Land of Israel and the fact that it has been a land bridge throughout history has given the Land of Israel great importance and interest in the eyes of various rulers throughout history, believers of many religions, pilgrims, and travelers from all over the world and even in the eyes of different animals…          Traveler along the Land of Israel descends from an Alpine environment on Mount Hermon (at the north end of the land) to the central mountain range in the Galilee, Samaria and Judea, crosses desert territory in the Negev and will eventually reaches the Tropical coral beaches of Eilat, the most southern point in Israel. Traveling from the coastal plain (located along the Mediterranean Sea) eastward, crosses the Judean lowland and climbs into the towering mountains of Jerusalem, descending immediately afterward through the Judean Desert, reaching a vast cliff (part of the Syrian African Rift Valley) which descends to the Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth.

The Land of Israel is a unique tiny piece of land where you can find holy places of numerous faiths and religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Baha’i, Samaritan, Druze, etc. The two monotheistic faiths, Judaism and Christianity, were created here, while Islam – which was created in the ‘Arab Peninsula – has its 3rd holiest place on earth in the Land of Israel, the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. 

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem - the holiest place for most of the Christians
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem
The Western Wall, Jerusalem - the holiest place for Jews
The Western Wall, Jerusalem
The Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem - the 3rd most holy place for most of the Moslems
The Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

Israel is not only a land with great bonds to the past, but holds, also, well-founded links to the present, having great importance worldwide to science and technology. Israel is ranked fifth among the most innovative countries in the world. Many renowned inventions that changed the world were created here, in this fascinating land of milk and honey: The first computerized instant messaging-chatting program ICQ (the company was called ICQ based on the English phrase “I Seek You”). Try to imagine your life without a USB flash drive – yes, this was also invented here. Waze, a social network navigation application, was invented in Israel. The dripping irrigation system was invented in Israel, a land on the verge of the desert. DiscOnKey, Firewall, and the list go on and on in varied fields. 

Visiting the Land of Israel open-hearted will eventually make the visitor realize the great achievements accomplished here during the past 74 years. No doubt, there’s still a great deal of work to do, but we should keep in mind that nowhere else did a newly born state absorbed refugees numbered  2 times its local citizens – immediately after a painful independence war, waged against 5 armies. Dire as it was – the size of the achievements may just be magnified… This is indeed The Magic Land at the Holy Land. 

Hope to see you here soon!

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Shai Shvalb

Shai Shvalb

Shalom! My name is Shai Shvalb, and I am a professional private tour guide, and the owner of Know the Land. As a storyteller, I love to lead and guide my guests using my private car in the Land of Israel. I am especially enthusiastic about guiding those interested in history and archaeology, interfaith dialogue and comparison, the Bible, Israeli society, and, of course, Israeli food and markets. I guide in a deep and meaningful way, seasoned with a sense of humor.

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