Shivta is a UNESCO World heritage site in southern Israel near the Egyptian border. On the spice route in Nabatean times, the city flourished for many centuries but was finally abandoned in the 9th century. The site was excavated in the 1930’s – churches and a mosque once existed, and fragments of frescoes and mosaic floors have been found. Remains also indicate that a thriving desert agriculture once flourished.

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Journey to the end of the world
Category: Israel
Issue No. 173
 

Patricia describes the charms and attractions of Jerusalem and its people. She feels it is the magnet that draws her back time and again to visit Israel. She explains that Israel is not her country but she feels a responsibility to help, to do what she can to counter the criticism and to tell others to visit and experience Israel for themselves.

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The magic that is JERUSALEM
Category: Israel
Issue No. 172
 

Many reconstructions and new finds from Herod’s palaces in Herodium, Jericho, and other sites, are on display. This exhibition is located in the Bella and Harry Wexner Gallery until January 4, 2014.

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Shedding light on Herod’s rule
Category: Israel
Issue No. 172
 

Anthony describes the trials and tribulations he goes through in an attempt to save the planet by getting a "green" travel card for travelling on the buses and trains.

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LIFE IN THE MUDDLE EAST- SAVING THE PLANET CAN MAKE YOU ENVIRONMENTALLY UNFRIENDLY
Category: Israel
Issue No. 172
 

An in depth look at the reality and complexity of conflict in the area of Wadi-Ara where a recent Arab demonstration closed the road following on an overnight demolition of a home.This was followed a week later by the Israeli traffic police handing out roses to Arab drivers in an atmosphere of friendship and good wishes for Ramadan.

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Guns ’n roses
Category: Israel
Issue No. 171
 

Anthony writes an amusing description of his introduction to middle east cuisine, which proves to be delicious, but less heathy and much more fattening than he was lead to believe.

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LIFE IN THE MUDDLE EAST- IF THIS MED DIET IS SO GOOD FOR YOU, WHY AM I NOW AN XXL?
Category: Israel
Issue No. 171
 

Ron Adini and Tomer Kerman, launched an NGO in the name of “Nechmadut” which they labeled as “The Society for a Friendlier World” established in order to make humanity friendlier and more pleasant. Their attractive card is catching on fast. It reads: “NICE OF YOU. Thanks. You’ve made my day.” And on the reverse side is written: “Someone treated you nicely? Give him/her this card. Someone gave you this card? Evidently you’ve made his/her day.”

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ARE YOU “NECHMAD”?
Category: Israel
Issue No. 171
 

The pleasures of being a Jew in Israel warmly described and proudly related. Born in Canada, Zvi and wife Chana made aliya twice. Growing up amidst anti-Semitism, not happy to be Jewish, it was friend Chuck and fellow Labor Zionists who influenced Zvi into rethinking his views and values.

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How I went from being an anti-Semite to a Zionist
Category: Israel
Issue No. 170
 

Excited to participate in the Mount Karkom colloquium, the writer had long hoped for such an opportunity to hear Prof. Anati on his theory that Mt Karkom is Mt Sinai. Other speakers put forward their theories, including that there may have been more than one Mount Sinai.

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So is Mt Karkom actually Mount Sinai?
Category: Israel
Issue No. 170
 

Marsha Stein describes the work and life-style of the German Christian Zionist Community in Israel, and particularly those living in kibbutz Beth-El in Zichron Yaakov.

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Security at its heart, but this community prefers to stay under the radar
Category: Israel
Issue No. 170
 
 
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