The Holy Land Tour is a Life Changing Experience.

Misinformation and Reality

What does an average person know about Israel? We didn’t know a lot when we lived in Soviet Union. And what we knew was nothing but misinformation. Mass Media, TV, socialist political propaganda did a good job in brain-washing us. Internet with its world wide web was way ahead in future. The iron curtain was very strong. There was absolutely no way to learn the truth. And nevertheless, people managed to dig out separate pieces of information from underground. Bible was prohibited and reading it could bring troubles. People were prosecuted just for possessing the Book or for having foreign connections. And still, the most courageous ones managed to spread the word of truth.

We were not courageous, we were average. We were satisfied with what we had, because we didn’t know anything else. We knew that Israel was a militarized society, and imagination drew a gray colored picture of dusty streets with marching soldiers and running tanks. Little did we know that Israel was a blooming place revived from sands and bogs. Land of milk and honey, Eretz Halav Udvash. I'd wish we had an opportunity to visit Holy Land before.

Now Israeli tours are very popular and there are many different tours of the holy land: Christian holy land tours, Israel vacation packages (that include hotels in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Tiberia and Eilat), Israel tour packages (including car rental in Israel) and also private Holy Land tours.

Holy Land tours can cover anything you are looking for and even more. In any case, visiting Holy Land and touring Israel will be a life changing experience for those who had love for Israel before and for those who didn’t know truth about this Holy Land.

Israel trip can change your vision after you see for yourself the beauty and courage of this land.

Eucalypts were brought from Australia and planted in swamp areas in Israel for drainage of soil.
Eucalypts were brought from Australia and planted in swamp areas in Israel for drainage of soil.

Eretz Halav U Dvash


In the years of Ottoman Empire occupying Palestine (as Israel was named those days), Turks root out the green woods to make coal. For many years Palestine became an empty land of sand, stones and swamps. When Jews got the Promised Land back they blew a new life into it. It took years of hard work and sweat to make it Eretz Halav Udvash (Land of Milk and Honey) again. Every single tree in Israel is hand planted. The first tree used to die, but roots stayed under the ground. The second tree planted in the same place often times died as well, leaving its roots mingled with the roots of the first tree. And only the third tree usually acclimatized successfully, its roots being strengthened with the roots of previous trees. This is also true about people coming back to live in the land of their ancestors, in the land from where they were driven away so many times. The third generation used to develop deep roots in the country.



Keren Kayemet Le Israel Logo  (The Jewish National Fund)
Keren Kayemet Le Israel Logo (The Jewish National Fund)

You can cross Israel by a car in several hours


Now Israel is blooming, very much with the help of Keren Kayemet Le Israel (The Jewish National Fund), nonprofit corporation which is planting trees and shrubs, cleaning the sites and promoting tourism to the most wonderful land in the Universe.

When we came to USA for the first time, to meet my friend with whom I fell in love over letters and phone talks, we visited Wisconsin, land of lakes and woods. My son, still a child then, said with genuine admiration, “Wow, just to think how much work it took to plant all those woods!”.

When my future husband was planning to visit us in Israel, people around used to tell him, “You must be out of your mind to go to this dangerous place,” for what my husband would answer, “I think it won’t be more life threatening than going to suburbs of metropolitan cities here in the U.S”.

Israel spreads from north to south for 292 miles and from west to east for 84 miles in the widest place. You can cross it in several hours. It has several climate zones, from snow on the Mount Hermon to desert and tropics. When my friends living in Israel got married, they got a book about places to visit in Israel. They were travelling by car every other weekend by the book sites. They are married for 11 years by now. They didn’t cover the entire book yet.

Not to make this hub too long, I will break my story in parts. I will say nothing about political side of the country on purpose, as it is not the point here. I would just like to show Israel, the beautiful land I love.





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OneLove 8 years ago

israel sounds SO beautiful. it has always appealed to me and now that i read about it of how you described it; its even better :)thank you for taking your time to do all of this, people like me really appreciate those, like you, who enlighten and inspire the rest of the world!!

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ReuVera 8 years ago from USA Author

Thank you, OneLove, for reading and for all nice words for me and for Israel. I'm happy you liked my article. I'm going to write more about my understanding of Israel.

May I ask a question? Who are you? I mean, do I know you?

OneLove 8 years ago

oh no problem :) my friend and i have been wantin to go here for a while. and my friend's brother's sister is friends with your son. so he was talking to her and we ended up on here :) his sister wants to travel the world so we were just doing a bit of research. we want to get her some tickets to travel for her graduation present next year. and she had told us she wanted to travel to the middle eastern. so we thought of israel :)

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ReuVera 8 years ago from USA Author

Oh, it will be an amazing experience. Fly there El Al, Israeli air company, it's the best air carrier, checked!

OneLove 8 years ago

well thanks SOOO much for your help. we hope that we can learn more about this as the time nears for her to graduate and hopefully we can send her here :)

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SirDent 8 years ago

One of these days, I also will be able to go to Israel and see the glorious temple that God will build there. Nice hub Ruevera.

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ReuVera 8 years ago from USA Author

I am sure you will visit Israel one day, SirDent. Israel needs people like you and you'll be blessed. I'll write more about things that are not so well-known, about places which are out of the common tourist routs.

interested 8 years ago

Please, Reuvera, write more about Israel. especially something that mass media don't give us to know. how people live there and if its really dangerous just to be there.

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cristina327 8 years ago from Manila

Great hub.Great information. I always love to here information about Israel. Thanks for sharing it.

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ReuVera 8 years ago from USA Author

You are welcome, cristina327 and thank you for reading and commenting.

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ReuVera 8 years ago from USA Author

Interested, sorry, I missed your comment. Your question made me sad. I’d wish I can answer it “no, it’s not dangerous just to be there”. We lived in Israel for 10 years and we didn’t live under the bed. We were leading regular life, travelling, walking on the beach, enjoying life, laughing . But every day was like there might be no tomorrow. You just don’t think about it, otherwise you’ll get crazy. I was more optimistic being in Israel, than now, watching it from here. It’s not dangerous being in Israel, you now just don’t know when your neighbors from the south (Hamas, using Gaza as their live shield) are going to throw rockets on your towns. And you feel helpless and upset that your government is not really able to protect you. I hope it will be resolved soon.

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sjk6101983 7 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

Hello, I'm friends with your son. He refered me to this page on more than one occasion so I finally decided to sign up! :) Israel sounds so beautiful, and I wish I could go there! I've seen a lot of items about it on the History Channel and so forth, but I just wish I could go there and see it in person!

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ReuVera 7 years ago from USA Author

sjk, I hope you will go there some day and I'm sure it will be great experience. Thank you for reading and I have more hubs about Israel, you are more than welcome to check them.

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sjk6101983 7 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

Yeah, I've reading them, in between applying for fashion merchandising jobs, going for interviews for them, etc. =) I actually was going to go there last winter, but one, I couldn't get the money on time, and two, I couldn't get off of work for that many days. I have a weird job--let's just explain it like that.

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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Thank you for introducing us to the Israel you know and love. Will look forward to reading more articles from you...and thanks for becoming my fan. Intend to become yours as well.

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ReuVera 7 years ago from USA Author

Thank you, Peggy, for everything. I liked your writings too (that's why I became your fan!) and I am reading, I'll get to commenting too.

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kittychemist 5 years ago from Ogden, Utah

Shalom! I really love your hub. I'm new here, usually on FB or You tube:) I'm Jewish also but my religion is Mormon/LDS. My Mom and Dad are respectively Hellenistic Jew (Mom) and Dad is Ashkenazi Jew. I'm from LI, NY:). I am so concerned as are many other of our fellow Jews with Israel/Iran situation. I see it as inevitable, but I'm praying for peace. Israel is in our blood! That is why we feel so deeply about the land and the people. I watched a neat documentary on YouTube on scientific proof of ancient Israel's Hebrew alphabet discovered dating back to 1208 BC or so. Some artifacts found in Caanan etc. I wish I could remember the name: something like "Nova Channel: Israel and Caanan" I'll have to find out the name. I love learning about our history.

SaMans 4 years ago

i want to go but it is to expensive, but still... i wont stop believing because i have a greater GOD! :)

GOD bless!

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