Points of Interest in Israel

The Western Wall, Meron, Masada, the Dead Sea, Shechem... Learn about the history of Israeli places of interest, their spiritual significance, as well as some modern-day tourist tips.

Western Wall (Kotel)
The Western Wall, or Kotel, in the Old City of Jerusalem has figured prominently in the Jewish consciousness for centuries. Generations dreamed of appearing before the old stone wall, even just once...
Cave of the Patriarchs (Me'arat Hamachpelah)
The Cave of Machpelah (Cave of the Patriarchs), located in historic Hebron, is one of the most famous pieces of real estate on earth...
Dead Sea
The Dead Sea, located near the famous biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, is a top destination for those seeking healing and peace of mind.
On a rocky plateau overlooking the Dead Sea, lies the excavated ruin of a royal citadel, the last stronghold held by Jews who refused to submit to Roman occupation. Masada is the backdrop for one of the most dramatic scenes in Jewish history.
Meron: Tomb of Rabbi Shimon ben Yochai
Meron is most well-known for being the burial site of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. Rabbi Shimon, who lived in the 2nd century CE, was the first to publicly teach the mystical dimension of the Torah known as the Kabbalah, and is the author of the Zohar.
Rachel’s Tomb (Kever Rachel)
Rachel's Tomb, located in the city of Bethlehem, lay on a deserted roadside for centuries. Rachel's descendents would come here to pour out their hearts to her. Rachel is a continuous source of comfort to her children...
Shechem (Nablus): Joseph's Tomb
Amidst the mountains of Shomron (Samaria) is a four-thousand year old city – Shechem. Very few biblical locales have as rich a history as this storied city.
Tiberias (Tveriah)
Built along the shore of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), near seventeen natural hot springs, the northern Israeli city of Tiberias is known as the "City of Water." It is considered one of the four "Holy Cities" in Israel.
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