May/June 2006

Land of Israel

What Israel looks like at 58 years old


In this issue of Israel My Glory, our authors take you on a tour of the beautiful, modern state of Israel. Sites include En Gedi, the Dead Sea, Qumran, Hebron, the Jezreel and Jordan Valleys, Galilee, the Golan Heights, and more. Tom Simcox also explains why Israel has bloomed under Jewish control but was a desert wasteland while under Ottoman reign. It also includes part three of Steve Herzig’s “The World of the Hasidim.”

Features

Bulldozing Caterpillar

The Church of England’s vote to divest from companies doing business in Israel is causing a stir, even among Anglicans. But it has made a few things crystal clear.

Judah’s Inheritance: The Dead Sea, En Gedi, Qumran, Hebron

Many of King David’s words were inspired by the animals at En Gedi. Visit En Gedi, the Dead Sea, Qumran, and Hebron through this excellent article.

The ‘Heart’ of the Promised Land: The Shephelah, Jezreel Valley, and Jordan Valley

The Shephelah, Jezreel Valley, and Jordan Valley are key areas in Israel. Learn what’s happening there today, as well as what happened thousands of years ago.

Touring Northern Israel

Let a well-known journalist, whose home is Israel, take you on a wonderful tour of what he calls the most beautiful part of the Holy Land.

The Ottoman Legacy

The Muslim Ottoman Turks pillaged the land when they controlled it. Today it’s blooming like a rose. Is there a reason why? There certainly is.


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Praying at the Wall

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The World of the Hasidim Conclusion

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