|This is a picture story. |
It's about an Israel you
might not know.
This could be
an important story because,
when you read about Israel,
you can easily forget
a real place.
You can forget that Israel
is more than a land
where dispute and hate dominate.
Israel is not just a 'place'. It's not just a desert.
It's something more.
It's a geographic kaleidoscope. It's got a
beauty and variety that's spell-binding.
The physical beauty of
this Israel suggests the Presence
of a Spiritual Power.
Here's a very quick look at the real Israel--
from its snow-capped
to the hot sting of a sea of salt to
the breath-taking Beauty of HaShem's fingerprint
This is the Israel you've heard about:
Courtesy of 123rf.com
This, too, is the Israel you know:
Courtesy of Times of Israel
But then, these images are also pictures of Israel:
Central Golan Heights after a rain. Courtesy of Israelvideonetwork
The Golan: Courtesy of israel21c
The Kinneret: Courtesy of kingdavidtours
The Jezreel Valley
desert farmland. Courtesy of eng.negev-net
The Jezreel Valley. Courtesy of www.BenTov.com
The Kinneret shoreline. no source listed.
Hula Valley: Courtesy of creativejewishmom
The Judean Hills. Courtesy of Israel-tour-guide
|Southern end of Dead Sea|
|Courtesy of Israeli Ministry of Tourism, www.goisrael.com|
|The Herodian. Ancient summer palace of King Herod (74-73 BCE-4 CE). Courtesy of Israeli Ministry of Tourism, www.goisrael.com|
|A view of the Mediterranean at Netanya. Israeli Ministry of Tourism, www.goisrael.com|
|Bike ride. Courtesy of Israeli Ministry of Tourism, www.goisrael.com|
|Israeli family, the Negev. Photo by Dafna Tal, Courtesy of Israeli Ministry of Tourism, www.goisrael.com|
|Photo by Itamar Grinberg. An archaeological site often called Israel's 'stonehenge'. Courtesy of Israeli Ministry of Tourism, www.goisrael.com|
|Israel's Mt Hermon. Courtesy of Israeli Ministry of Tourism, www.goisrael.com|
|Tourists flock to Israel: the Hula Valley. Courtesy of demotix.com|
The Golan Heights: green farmland and snow-capped mountains. Courtesy of petra-trip,com
|This is Israel's 'Grand Canyon'. But it isn't a canyon. it's a machtesh. What's the difference between a canyon and a machtesh? Look it up!!!! Courtesy of jerusalemhillsdailyphotoblogspot|
The view from Mt Carmel. Courtesy of tyulim.blogspot
Finally, whenever you think about Israel, please remember that there are just two reasons for Israel's success. The first reason is, HaShem protects what He loves. The second reason for Israel's success is perhaps more mundane:
Courtesy of Israel TV Channel2
Come home to Israel. It's beautiful. It's unique. It's yours.
It's a gift from HaShem--forever.