Tisha B’Av — The Saddest Day in the Jewish Calendar

tisha b’av at the western wall

Tisha B’Av literally means “the ninth of Av,” as it falls on the 9th day of Av, which is the eleventh month of the civil year and the fifth month of the ecclesiastical year of the Jewish calendar (approximately July or August in the Gregorian calendar). In Judaism, Tisha B’Av is an … Read more

Underground Jerusalem: A Visit to the Western Wall Tunnel

western wall tunnel

It may sound a little biased, but there are countless reasons why everyone should visit Israel, from the most visited spots to the often-ignored gems to rising tourism stars. Jerusalem is often the first stop for people visting Israel, especially for first-time tourists. It is the holiest city in the world, and … Read more

Blood Moons and Their Signficance to Judaism

lunar eclipse

Usually, the moon has a pale white or yellowish color. But did you know that the moon can have other colors as well? There’s also the “blue moon.” A blue moon is defined as the second of two full moons in a single calendar month, or the third of four full moons … Read more

The Solar Eclipse and What It Means to Judaism

solar eclipse

We learned about solar eclipse in school, and we have witnessed it ourselves before our eyes (of course, with the help of solar filters and even only a pair of dark sunglasses). A partial solar eclipse happens more often compared to a total solar eclipse, which is a rarer phenomenon.  In a … Read more

A Tourist’s Guide to Shabbat (the Sabbath)

A Tourist’s Guide to Shabbat (the Sabbath)

Some of the most frequently asked questions by first time visitors are: “How will the Sabbath or Shabbat or Saturday impact my trip to Israel?” “What happens?” “Can I move around?” “What will I be able to do?” This is a short guide to help and to put things in context about … Read more

Museum of Italian Jewish Art

Museum of Italian Jewish Art

One of Jerusalem’s hidden treasures is the Umberto Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art located in the downtown Jerusalem area. It contains a stunning collection and an Italian synagogue. In many ways it is almost just like visiting the famous Venice Ghetto with all the convenience of Jerusalem. Founded in 1983, the … Read more

Don’t Miss in the Jewish Quarter

Don’t Miss in the Jewish Quarter

The Jewish Quarter is one of the four quarters in the Old City of Jerusalem. Measuring 116,000 square meters, it lies in the southeastern part of the walled city. It is home to several important archaeological sites, synagogues, as well yeshivas (places of the study of Jewish texts). It has been nearly … Read more