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Shabbat Hagadol

In Jewish history and culture, shabbat has been an honored and special day every week, as the welcoming of the shabbat happens at sunset on Fridays. Families gather to celebrate Shabbat dinner and take a day of rest to honor the Lord. Once a year this day becomes even more special as the celebration of Pesach (Passover) approaches. The final shabbat before Pesach is called “Shabbat Hagadol” or “The Great Shabbat. This day is called “The Great Shabbat” for several reasons all connected to the Exodus. For one, the slaves in Egypt are said to have purchased their sacrificial lambs on the 10th day of Nisan, the Hebrew calendar’s month that corresponds with March/April on the Gregorian or “civil” calendar. This purchase would eventually provide the needed blood for the door posts of the Hebrew houses to spare them from the plague of the [...]

The Mediterranean Sea

When you arrive in Israel, one of the first things you will see when you get there is no ruins or archeological hot spots, but a big expanse of blue beauty. This body of water might look like any other body of water in the world but it’s so much more important than just that. This is the famous Mediterranean Sea. The Mediterranean Sea is connected to the Atlantic Ocean and almost completely enclosed by land. It is about 970,000 square miles and is around 4,900 feet deep, but at points gets as deep as 17,000 feet deep. In addition to it’s coastline in Israel, it also is bordered by Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Lebanon, Montenegro, Greece, Turkey, Albania, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco along with other territories and islands. In Israel, Tel Aviv is located right on the [...]

UPDATE FROM IMMANUEL TOURS

A state of emergency is in effect in Israel and the staff of Immanuel Tours is in “Home isolation” until this great pestilence, the Coronavirus is finally overcome. Until then we want to assure our Immanuel Tours family that we are committed to continue our ministry to serve the cause of Christian Tours and pilgrimages to the Holy Land, the Land of Israel.  In spite of the fact that our office in Nes Ziona is temporarily closed with just a minimal staff present we continue to work from our homes to reply to e-mails and as far as is possible to be in contact with the many people, pastors and Christian organizations, whom we have served and especially with those whom it has been our privilege to serve for many years. Of course we welcome also those who want to use our services for the [...]

Israel’s Flowers of the Field

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” Matthew 6:28-29 On a hillside in the Galilee, Jesus spoke to a crowd that had followed him, eagerly seeking teaching. This area would have been a perfect natural auditorium, allowing him to be heard by the crowd. With a backdrop and setting of the sea below and birds and flowers all around them, (perhaps evidence that it was spring) He gave the most radical message they had ever heard. The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most well-known teachings of Jesus, recorded in Matthew chapters 5-7. In this sermon, instructions of how to live our lives are condensed into one meaningful and engaging sermon. In [...]

Coronavirus: A Sign of the Times? A Message From Philip Meyers

“He who dwelleth in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of t he Almighty. I will say of the Lord, he is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Surely he will save from the fowlers snare and from the deadly pestilence”. Psalm 91, 1-3 NIV. The  “deadly pestilence” called COD-19 Coronavirus is certainly a mighty blow upon us and as we remain in necessary isolation at our home in Nes Ziona, we have plenty of time to be still before God and to ponder what it all means for us, our family and friends, and indeed for all mankind. Is God speaking to us in a special way through this pandemic ?  Are we close to the  end of time and the second coming of Jesus, the Messiah ? The verses of scripture quoted [...]

Teach Your Children To Love God and Israel

As the world encounters the historic pandemic and we work together to stay apart as a society, families are finding children home from school around the world. These families will have an unprecedented amount of time together. While many may find this confinement to be a discouraging time, we encourage you to use this time for God’s purpose as ”we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28). An excellent way of doing this is to take the time of less distractions and more time together and use it to realign our focuses on our Lord and take this time to teach our children to love the Lord our God and instill the values and teachings of his Son, Jesus and teaching them about the place where [...]

WHY ARE YOU AFRAID? A Message about Coronavirus from Immanuel Tours

That is the question which Jesus asked his disciples as they contended with the mighty storm, of  Seismic strength, in their fishing boat, on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus was with them fast asleep in the stern of the boat and  his disciples roused him and said unto him “Master careth thou not that we perish “? (Mark 4:38).  Just as that great storm on the Sea of Galilee 2000 years ago so now we are in the midst of a mighty storm which threatens our lives, our wellbeing and our future. The epidemic which we have come to know as the CORONA VIRUS has just a few days ago been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.  So now many people including ourselves are asking Jesus that same question and he gives us the same reply as that he gave to the disciples [...]

Jesus: The Great Physician

Jesus is the “Great Physician” according to Mark 2:17. He came to cure the sick and poor in spirit and to heal our souls and restore our relationship with God. In his time on earth, to show his power not only did he heal spriits and of course provide “the cure” on the cross of the horrible affliction of sin, but he also healed many physical maladies, including death itself. While he likely did more miracles than we even know, we do know about some of them as related in the Gospels. These acts took place across Israel and today some of them you are actually able to visit. Capernaum Capernaum held much importance in the ministry of Jesus. Not only did he live there, but several of his disciples also were from there, including Peter. With so much time spent there, he of [...]

COVID-19 and Israel Travel

As news of the spread of COVID-19 continues to grow, the Israeli government has made the decision to restrict entry into Israel, mandating that anyone who enters Israel from any foreign country be quarantined for 14 days. This goes into effect as of Monday, March 9 and is expected to last two weeks, or until further government policy is stated. We at Immanuel Tours are complying with all government regulations. We know this will create a very stressful and disappointing situation with those who were scheduled to be here during this time. We are here to help and discuss the situation with anyone who has questions and concerns related to their travel. As is always our policy, the health and safety of our guests is of the utmost importance to us. In addition to complying to the government imposed regulations, once tours continue to [...]

Israeli Food: Traditional Cuisine, Diet, & Famous Dishes

Top 10 Israeli Foods You Must Try With over thousands of years of culinary tradition, Israeli food is one of the most delicious and healthy cuisines in the world. Israeli cuisine has adopted dishes both from local traditions and from the Jews of the Diaspora. Additionally, influences from the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Asia, Africa, and Europe all have contributed to the different foods of Israel. Below we list the top 10 contemporary as well as traditional Israeli food you must try. Most Popular Israeili Foods 1. Hummus Comprised primarily of chickpeas, tahini (a type of sesame-based condiment), and lemon, hummus is a staple in the Israeli diet. It is rich and creamy in texture with a nutty, smooth flavor. Locals eat hummus not only as a dip for vegetables or bread but as a main dish making it extremely versatile. Due to its [...]

How to Prepare for Your Israel Trip

How to Prepare for your Trip For many people, their Christian Holy Land tour is the first or farthest they have traveled of their home country. There are man questions about what their trip will be like, but also what they should be doing to prepare for their pilgrimage. Here is a list of things to do to prepare in order to make your journey as smooth, enjoyable and meaningful as possible. Get Your Travel Documents If you are coming from outside of Israel, you will need a passport at the very least. This should be done as soon as possible to make sure you don’t run out of time if there is a hold up in processing times. There are apps that can help with the process, such as epassportphoto.com which allows you to take your photo at home with your phone and [...]

Where You Can Walk in Jesus’s Footsteps

Walk in The Footsteps of Jesus When people come to the Holy Land, they of course want to “walk in Jesus’s footsteps”. We agree that this is a wonderful thing! However, not everywhere can be confirmed as having been exactly where He was. For instance, in Jerusalem, there are places that can be tied to Jesus, but much of the city is about 20 feet higher than Jesus would have been due to the continual destruction and rebuilding of the city upon the rubble during its tumultuous history. This is made evident when you see sites such as the Cardo, the ancient Roman street that served as a main passageway that lies 20 feet beneath the current level of the city. So, where can you visit and really know “Jesus was here”? The list continues to grow as excavations take place and reveal ancient [...]

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