Blog 2018-01-10T17:14:54+00:00

Taste the Blessings of Israel!

There are many wonderful things about travel and everyone has their favorites. Whether is be visiting interesting sites, going to shows, seeing museums, shopping, or enjoying the hotel, Israel has something to make anyone’s travel bug wish list satisfied. There is one area in particular surely everyone can agree is a favorite when traveling… food! Israel has a vibrant food scene that is known throughout the world. Much like America, Israel’s food culture is diverse since it incorporates items from around the globe that those returning to Israel after the Dispora brought with them. Whether you have a sweet tooth or more interested in savory bites, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Here are a few to be sure to try when you are in Israel:   Falafel – This is a quintessential Middle Eastern dish that is deep-fried chickpea dough. Some believe [...]

Holy Week in Israel. He is Risen!

We praise God that are able once again together with Christians everywhere to celebrate and commemorate the Holy Week of Easter and we who live in Israel are conscious of the privilege we have to be able to do so in Jerusalem, the city of God, where all the momentous and life changing events of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, the Messiah took place. The Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, which this year falls on March 25, 2018, and we can join multitudes of Christians from around the world to walk in the Palm Sunday procession singing praises and waving palm fronds just as it was 2000 years ago when Jesus made his triumphal entrance into the city of Jerusalem riding on a colt, the foal of a donkey. We can follow in his steps down the “Palm Sunday Road” [...]

Purim: Honoring the story of Esther and Mordecai

While there are many holidays that include costumes around the world, if you see children in adorable costumes in late February or early March in Israel, it is likely Purim! Purim takes place about a month before Passover every year on the 14th- 15th day of the Jewish month of Adar (likely March on the Gregorian calendar) and celebrates the story of Esther and the saving of Jewish people from Haman in the Persian Empire. Esther, an orphan raised by her loving uncle, Mordecai, concealed her identity as a Jew when she was chosen by the Persian King to be the new Queen. Haman, the King’s Grand Vizier and descendent of Agag, king of the Amalekites who were largely wiped out by David and Saul, despised the Jews. He wished to have all the Jews of the land wiped out and cast lots, or [...]

The City of David

Shake yourself from the dust, rise up, O captive Jerusalem; Loose yourself from the chains around your neck, O captive daughter of Zion. –Isaiah 52:2   When most people think of Jerusalem, they immediately imagine biblical times, with a triumphant David entering the city and the Temple with the Ark of the Covenant being God’s earthly home among them or where Jesus taught and so many other events took place. They may also think that the Old City is where this all took place, but that isn’t entirely the case. About 150 yeas ago, everyone thought that the Old City was the Jerusalem of ancient and in its entirety. A British officer in the Royal Engineers was hired to excavate and explore under the Temple Mount. His discoveries included the discovery of a series of tunnels and a water shaft that would become known [...]

The Young Life of Phillip Meyers

In celebration of Phillip Meyer's 50 years of serving Christian pilgrims coming to Israel, we have asked him to share about his remarkable life. Over the next year, we will share more about Phillip and Berit, as well as Immanuel Tours and how Phillip as one of the original tour operators in the country has made an impression on the entire industry!    I was born in Oberzwehren outside Kassel in June 1931 just two years before Hitler came to power in Germany. My father, a Jewish tailor had left Poland for Hamburg in the early 1920's, intending to embark on a ship to New York. Instead he met a Hebrew Christian pastor whose testimony introduced him to the Messiah. His life changed again when he met and married my mother, a fellow believer though not Jewish. Unfortunately her parents never accepted her marrying [...]

Journey to Christmas: Locations of King Herod

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem  and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”  When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.  When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler     who will shepherd my people Israel.” Matthew 2:1-6   While Christmas today is seen as a time of hope, love and even fun, it [...]

Journey to Christmas: Nazareth

The story of Christmas is really a journey through Israel. In this series, we will be taking you through the story, one location at a time, and making Christ’s birth come to life for you. "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip.” John 1:46 In the last edition of our series we learned about the events of Zachariah and Elizabeth in a town in the land of Judah which today is called Ein Karem. Approximately 90 miles north of Ein Karem there was a little town in the hills of Galilee called Nazareth, a place that was known to be of poor circumstance and little consequence. It was a small town which had agriculture as its main occupation along with a few trades supporting that, such as carpentry. It was so unimportant that little mention has ever [...]

Christmas Story: Judea

The Christmas Story: Judea The story of Christmas is really a journey through Israel. In this series, we will be taking you through the story, one location at a time, and making Christ’s birth come to life for you.  In the beginning there was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. – John 1:1 In the southwestern area of the Jerusalem hills there is a small community of 2000 residents that daily sees its population multiply daily. They come as part of pilgrimages from around the world, answering a “cry from the wilderness”. The beginning of the Christmas story does not begin with Jesus’s birth, but the beginning of time itself, with Christ being present as part of the Trinity. All of history and prophecy led to the [...]

American Thanksgiving Ties to Judaism

“Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. 3 For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.” – Psalm 95:2 While Israel celebrated Sukkot during the High Holy Days, celebrations of Thanksgiving take place at different times around the world, this week taking place in the United States. Most people think of turkeys, pilgrims and Native Americans in relation to American Thanksgiving, however it has more ties to Israel and Judaism than most people realize. While Puritans were indeed Christians, they heavily drew from the Old Testament, and in fact referred to themselves as “Christian Israel”. They believed that they were a covenanted people, gaining favor from God as long as they kept His commands. With this [...]

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