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Hurva Synagogue in Jerusalem’s Old City
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Hurva Synagogue in Jerusalem’s Old City

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The Hurva Synagogue is located in the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City. The synagogue was built in the 18th century, and has gone through many upheavals: It was destroyed by Muslims, rebuilt in the 19th century, destroyed again, and in 1948 – after the Old City was occupied – it was renovated yet again, and it was reopened in March 2010.

A sound and light show is screened on the structure’s eastern wall, surveying the synagogue’s 800-year history (the show is presented free of charge in the evening hours).

The Hurva Synagogue is named after Rabbi Yehuda he-Hasid, who headed Poland’s Jewish community in the 18th century. Rabbi Yehuda he-Hasid immigrated to the land of Israel, with his students, some 300 years ago, to advance the Messianic Era. The rabbi and his students bought an abandoned plot on which to build a synagogue, financed by loans which they used to pay the landowners. Rabbi Yehuda he-Hasid died just days after an acquisition agreement was reached; his students remained a flock without a shepherd, but were able to raise funds from the Diaspora and take out loans from local Arab residents in order to continue the plan to construct a splendid synagogue. After some twenty years, Muslims set the synagogue and the Torah scrolls in it ablaze, claiming that they were not paid what they had been owed, and that the place had become The Ruin of Yehuda he-Hasid. Because of the debt, the Ashkenazi Jews were expelled from Jerusalem and those who wanted to enter the city had to disguise themselves as Sephardic Jews – in dress and style – so as not to be identified.

After 140 years, during Turkish rule, the decree against Ashkenazi Jews was reversed and construction of the synagogue was renewed, funded by Moses Montefiore and Baron Alphonse, a brother of Baron Edmond Benjamin James de Rothschild. The structure of the splendid synagogue was planned in the neo-Byzantine style, which characterized many houses of worship throughout the Ottoman Empire and included four square towers with four 16-meters arches between them. Over the arches rose a large, spectacular dome. The synagogue became a spiritual center in Jerusalem’s Old City, until the 1948 War of Independence. During the war, the synagogue was bombed, the structure collapsed and was destroyed, and only two pillars remained standing. After the 1967 Six Day War, as part of renovation activities in the Jewish Quarter, wide-spread construction work commenced, alongside archaeological digs in which artifacts from different eras were discovered, including: Mikvehs (ritual baths) from the time of the Second Temple and a street from the Byzantine Period, which are displayed in the synagogue basement. The synagogue was inaugurated and reopened on March 15, 2010.

Get Ready for Adventure: Exploring Israel by Car

Get Ready for Adventure: Exploring Israel by Car

Are you planning a trip to Israel? If so, why not rent a car and get ready to explore the country like never before? With a car, you can take your time and visit some of the most famous attractions in this beautiful land. Whether it's awe-inspiring archaeological sites, vibrant cities, or religious sites that call out to you, there is something for everyone in Israel. Let's take a look at some of the best places to visit when you rent a car and hit the road. Tel Aviv – The Modern Jewel of Israel Tel Aviv is known worldwide as one of the most modern cities in Israel, boasting nightlife, culture, innovative restaurants, shopping and more. When you visit Tel Aviv in your rental car, be sure to check out all that this city has to offer such as Old Jaffa with its winding alleyways and stunning views from atop HaTachana compound. You won’t want to miss out on taking pictures near Kikar Rabin or exploring Sarona Market by day or night. And don't forget about the beautiful beaches along the Mediterranean Sea! A big parking place near the Carmel Market, Old Train Station, Jaffa and in front of the Tel Aviv Beach - is the Charles Clore parking! The Dead Sea - Float Away Your Worries No trip to Israel would be complete without visiting The Dead Sea. This unique body of water is located at the lowest point on Earth’s surface and is known for its extraordinarily high mineral content which makes floating effortless! Pack your sunscreen because temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) during peak season. There are plenty of activities around The Dead Sea such as boat rides along its shoreline or spas where one can enjoy mud baths with natural minerals from the sea itself! It's an experience like no other! Jerusalem – A City Filled with History Jerusalem holds an important place throughout history as one of the oldest cities in existence today. When you drive through Jerusalem with your rental car, be sure to check out some of its most celebrated attractions including Mount Zion where King David’s Tomb is located; Yemin Moshe which features 19th century homes; and Mahane Yehuda market which has been around since 1887! Not only are these places historically significant but they also provide visitors with a glimpse into everyday life in Jerusalem today. Whether you're looking for adventure or relaxation, rent a car when visiting Israel so that you can make your own journey instead of relying on public transportation or guided tours. With your own set of wheels at your disposal, you will have access to some truly amazing attractions that are off-the-beaten path such as those mentioned above plus much more! So what are you waiting for? Get ready to explore Israel like never before!

Unforgettable Horseback Riding on the Beautiful Beaches of Israel at Dor Horse Farm

Unforgettable Horseback Riding on the Beautiful Beaches of Israel at Dor Horse Farm

Looking for a thrilling and unforgettable horse riding experience on the beautiful beaches of Israel? Look no further than Dor Horse Farm, located in the stunning Moshav Dor. Our farm offers a wide range of activities for families, groups, and couples, including horseback riding on the breathtaking Carmel beach. Our horse riding trips range from one-hour rides to full-day adventures, all while surrounded by magnificent cliffs, fish ponds, and stunning views. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced rider, our skilled and experienced guides will accompany you every step of the way to ensure your safety and enjoyment. At Dor Horse Farm, we specialize in horse breeding and improvement, horse training, and horseback riding trips. Our farm is located in the heart of the Carmel beach, just north of Caesarea and south of Atlit, on the most beautiful stretch of coast in Israel. The beach is surrounded by magnificent islands, bays, and fish ponds, making it the perfect location for an exciting and unique horse riding experience. We offer a variety of horse riding experiences, including romantic rides for couples with the option of a meal, fun days for groups, and even training and social events for employees. We also offer horse riding trips for children from the age of 7, making it a fun and unforgettable experience for the whole family. No previous horse riding experience is necessary, and our farm is open every day of the week from sunrise to sunset. We invite you to come and experience the sea, the open spaces, and the freedom that comes with horseback riding at Dor Horse Farm. For more information or to book your horse riding adventure, visit our website or call us at 054-3544-325. We look forward to hosting you and making your next adventure unforgettable.

Gan Hashlosha - The Sakhne, a unique spring water pools national park

Gan Hashlosha - The Sakhne, a unique spring water pools national park

The spectacular water site of Gan Hashlosha is a perfect place for the whole family to enjoy. Throughout the year, the water temperature remains constant at 28 degrees. Located between kibbutzim Beit Alfa and Nir David, it has naturally warm water where visitors can swim all year. It is named in memory of three Jewish pioneers who came to survey the land on behalf of the Jewish National Fund in 1938, when their car rode over a land mine and all three were killed. Gan Hashlosha - (Sakhne) is located at the foot of the Gilboa and is considered one of the most visited and most beautiful water vacation sites in Israel. In the garden area is a spring, from which clear and warm water flows all year round, filling huge pools and a beautiful waterfall system. The water springs at a constant temperature of 28 degrees, which makes bathing warm and pleasant even in winter. Gan Hashlosha (Sakhne) is a spectacularly beautiful water site, which is a perfect recreation place for the whole family. The spring in the garden springs all year round, at a constant temperature of 28 degrees. The giant pools in the garden are surrounded by spacious lawns, rich vegetation and ornamental trees, picnic areas and grill facilities. Faucets, showers with hot water and restrooms are available to visitors - and everything is clean and maintained by dedicated and professional staff. You can also purchase coffee, light food and bathroom equipment at the convenience store. Gan Hashlosha is open every day of the week and throughout the year.

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