Steve Kramer describes ESRA's winter hike in the Lower Galilee region near Tiberias. The weather, the views, and the fun and challenge of criss-crossing the Arbel stream on foot made it an unforgettable experience.

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Take a hike...and a soaking, too
Category: Israel
Issue No. 169
 

An ESRA tour to the Harel forest near Jerusalem reveals the history hidden in the Machal and Gachal sites. The group visited memorial sites to the fallen commanders and soldiers

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‘Hidden history’ awaiting us just meters off Route 1
Category: Israel
Issue No. 169
 

Amy Avgar visited the Samaritan community in Luzia at the foot of Mount Gerizim, an area that is mentioned in the Bible. The Samaritans claim to be descended from the tribes of Ephraim and Menasseh. They follow Jewish law, celebrate the festivals and Shabbat, and serve in the army.

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Traveling back in time-The Samaritans
Category: Israel
Issue No. 168
 

The walking group "Raanan" started as a tribute 33 years ago to the memory of Raanan who was killed in an accident. This account of a 3-day trek in the Negev describes stunning views, walks and climbs – altogether challenging, worthwhile and enjoyable.

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Three Days Trekking in the Negev and Eilat
Category: Israel
Issue No. 168
 

A descriptive journey through Nahal Zin at Sde Boker where David and Paula Ben-Gurion are buried. The spectacular views, sculptured rock formations, thriving vegetation and numerous Ibex, pre–historic rock paintings, are just some of the outstanding scenes to be seen on a journey through this part of the Negev.

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Spectacular sight from Ben-Gurion’s simple, solitary tomb
Category: Israel
Issue No. 168
 

The author discusses voter apathy and recommends that voting in Israel should not only be a right and a privilege, but an obligation as well.

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The way we are
Category: Israel
Issue No. 168
 

A tiul in the far north of Israel, just after a rainy season, through lush green fields and flowing water.

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A Wet Walk in the Holy Land, 1961
Category: Israel
Issue No. 168
 

The transformation of Kibbutz Kramim began six years ago - from 12 families to almost 50 and the waiting list is long. It is no longer a “socialized kibbutz”, but is classified as a “renewed kibbutz”. While it has retained essential kibbutz features, it has grown significantly and, as part of its growth, offers comfortable accommodation to visitors.

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KRAMIM – a rekindled kibbutz
Category: Israel
Issue No. 168
 

Amusing and insightful description by a bus commuter on the pleasures and displeasures of traveling by bus.

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Bus is Best
Category: Israel
Issue No. 168
 

On a hot summer's day in Nahariya the author sees a hoopoe for the first time while taking care of three children from a split family.

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The Jumble Bird
Category: Israel
Issue No. 168
 
 
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