The best Israel tours mainly stay in Jerusalem because there are so many places to go in this one city, but the best vacation to Israel 2013 also take cheap holidays to Tel Aviv and holidays on Red Sea, where you can swim with the dolphins in Eilat. This article explains the two holiest places to visit in Israel for Jews and Muslims. The article “Israel Tourist Attractions” is a continuation of this article of the other holy sites for Christians and Baha’is in Israel.Israel holidays 2013
The Western Wall
One of the first places that the best tours to Israel go is to the Wailing Wall, also known as the Western Wall and the kotel in Hebrew. The Western Wall is located in the Old City of Jerusalem and is a piece of the wall built by Herod that surrounded the Temple Mount (and the Holy of Holies) of the Second Temple. You will find that the Israel best tours will explain how it is the closest place that Jews can get to the Holy of Holies, which was the holiest place in Judaism, where only the high priest, the kohan gadol, could enter once a year on Yom Kippur to atone for all of the Jewish nations’ sins. It is the closest place for Jews to pray to, because the Al Aqsa Mosque is built directly on the Holy of Holies (and besides, religious Jews would not go much closer since we are not certain exactly where the exact placement of the Holy of Holies is today).
Incidentally, the best Israel tours may not take you to the Tomb of the Patriarchs because it is in Hevron, which is a very dangerous place to visit in Israel. Currently, the burial places of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah (Rachel, the fourth matriarch, has her own burial not here, where best vacation to Israel 2013 also generally do not go to because it is not safe) is underneath a mosque in Hevron and can only be visited by Jews during Parshat Chaya Sarah, a Torah portion that many Jews make a pilgrimage to Hevron, and therefore Hevron is swarming with soldiers to protect the pilgrims.
The Dome of the Rock
The next place in Israel tours 2013 go to is the Dome of the Rock, which is in Jerusalem. This Islamic shrine covers the foundation stone of the First and Second Temples, which is also thought to be the rock where Abraham was going to sacrifice Isaac (this is believed by Jewish historians). The best tours to Israel explain how Muslims believe the rock is where Abraham was going to sacrifice Ishmael, and is also where Mohammed ascended to heaven with the angel Gabriel. However, if you plan to adhere to travel to Israel safety, non-Muslims can only enter the Dome of the Rock at specific times of the day and cannot enter the actual praying sections, but the best Israel tours companies will know all of this. You should never try to visit the Dome of the Rock or Al Aqsa Mosque (mentioned below) without being on the Israel tours 2013. Israel tours 2012
Al Aqsa Mosque
This mosque, as the best Israel vacation 2013 will explain, is the place where Mohammed made his famous Night Journey from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca to this mosque in Jerusalem, where he was transported by an al-buraq (A mythological steed from the heavens that supposedly transported prophets). This mosque is the third holiest place in Islam, after Mecca and Medina.