HaifaTours.com http://haifatours.com The Place To Get Info about Tours from Haifa Sun, 10 Nov 2013 10:08:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 18th June 08 http://haifatours.com/18th-june-08/ http://haifatours.com/18th-june-08/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2008 08:13:43 +0000 http://haifatours.com/?p=109 Shalom everyone,

A few Saturdays ago I took a family for a walking tour of the Old City. We started at 5 in the afternoon after the heat of the day had been blown away by the cool sea breeze that always arrives in Jerusalem in summer round about that time.

Unfortunately historic sites controlled by the Jerusalem municipality, like the Walls Walk and the David Tower Museum are closed at this time.

At this time of the year a tour doesn’t have to begin in the morning and end in the evening or late afternoon. Instead it can begin in the late afternoon, when it’s cooler and the sun sheds a more gentle light, with the last rays of the sun shining on them. Sites like the Mt. of Olives, the Kidron Valley and the Western Wall get richer and deeper colors of gold and red and end in the evening when they’re beautifully illuminated.

Working at this time of the day also gave me time to have lunch at “Spagettim” with Ettie and some friends who had come from Tel Aviv to visit Jerusalem.

We’ve just finished celebrating the festival of Shavuot. This is the second year that the family has come to our home in Jerusalem for a Shavuot meal. Ettie enjoys thrilling everyone with her brilliant cooking and baking; we had fresh, pink salmon, baked in the oven, two varieties of blintzes, sweet and salty, which Pnina, Ettie’s mother made, this being her specialty, kada-if, a cheese filled stringy pastry in honey and Ettie’s famous chocolate mouse.

The custom of eating cheese based dishes on Shavuot, the festival celebrating God giving the Torah to the Jewish People, is based on the comparison between the Torah and milk. Our dependence on Torah for our life is similar to the dependence of the baby on its mother’s milk and our eagerness for the study of Torah should be as great as a baby’s eagerness to suck the milk from its mother’s nipple.

The most vivid evocation of this image is that of a baby lamb sucking milk from the mother. This is probably also the reason why the Torah prohibits cooking a lamb in its mother’s milk (Deut 14:21). The scene of a lamb sucking milk from its mother is a sign of the desire which every living creature has for life while the scene of a lamb cooked in its mother’s milk is a sign of death. We should seek life, and hence the need to study Torah, not death which would surely come if we didn’t study Torah.

Having life we are capable then of having land and the labor of living people filled with the knowledge of Torah on the land to make it produce food is like milk flowing on the land, hence the comparison of the Promised Land as a land “flowing with milk and honey (Exodus 3:8).

The vision of the Torah is a land filled with people who are vitally alive because they are filled with the knowledge of Torah.

In such a land God will love his people and they will love Him. His love of such a nation is compared to the love song which the lover sings to her beloved praising the reason for his attraction for her; “milk and honey are under your tongue (Song of Songs 4:11).

The Torah is therefore the ultimate cause of life and hence the reason for the Shavuot celebration is the receiving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. The Torah welds God to the Jewish People but also to any person, especially including a non Jew like Ruth the Moabitess who provides a practical demonstration of the behavior a person who is filled with the knowledge of Torah; she cleaves to her mother in law, Naomi:

“Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.” But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.” When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her. ” (Ruth 1:15-18)

As you know the Story of Ruth is one of the main readings of the Bible on Shavuot.

The story of Ruth culminates in the marriage between Ruth and Boaz and is a simile of the marriage between God and the People of Israel which takes place when God gives them the Torah on Mt. Sinai on Shavuot.

The observance of the laws of Torah is the cause of the attraction which Boaz has for Ruth and the attraction which God has for the People of Israel.

Wishing you a great no news day

Yours truly

Leon Gork

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28th May 2008 http://haifatours.com/28th-may-2008/ http://haifatours.com/28th-may-2008/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2008 08:09:23 +0000 http://haifatours.com/?p=108 Shalom everyone,

All I want to write about really is what I see. What I see, however, is very little really compared to the world. I can enlarge this picture by seeing more of the world and by thinking more about what I see or imagine.

On Friday and Saturday I saw Ophir and Tamar. Each one is cute in a different way and I have to adapt myself to suite them.

I showed Ophir how I balance plastic building blocks on my head and how they fall off. He also tried to do it and we both laughed and enjoyed ourselves.

Tamar wanted me to read her a story; she chose Little Red Riding Hood from her library and we discussed the reason for Little Red Riding Hood’s downfall; it was clear that this was caused by her carelessness in not examining the credentials of the Big Bad Wolf. She should have been much more firm with him and told him just to go away and stop bothering her or she should have just ignored him. But how could she go against her own better nature which was to be kind and generous; unfortunately these characteristics don’t go together with being firm and forthright.

On Monday night I saw the opera “La Gioconda”. I recommend you to see it, especially the production by the Israel Opera Company. It’s the first time I’ve actually heard an entire audience gasp as a scene opened up on the stage. This was a mystic scene of angels and gods dancing out of heaven to earth. The melody that accompanies this scene is well known; “The Dance of the Hours.” I recommend downloading this from emusic.com, an excellent website. Once you’ve downloaded it you can save it on Windows Media player and it’s as good as having the record or the CD.

La Gioconda is a story written by Victor Hugo. It’s only a more complicated version of the Little Red Riding Hood tale. It tells about the kindness and beauty of a street singer who lives in a harbor town, where the rich ogre, a secret informer of the church, has fallen in love with her. But she’s in love with the handsome prince, but he’s in love with one of rich and beautiful married women of the town. The informer (ogre) reveals the handsome prince’s sin and has him sent to prison to await punishment of death.

La Gioconda comes to the rescue of the handsome prince and promises to give the ogre her body in return for the release of the handsome prince.

The scene of the angels and gods dancing out of heaven is a magnificent exaggeration of the god’s and angel’s adoration of La Gioconda’s act of salvation; she has offered up her glorious body to the gods to save an adulterer. This is not the purpose for which the gods blessed her with beauty.

Certainly the gods don’t sing and dance with praises for such an act which is false holiness; on the contrary they send fire and brimstone.

The result of disguising the unholy as holy is tragedy and La Gioconda kills herself, so giving the ogre her dead body. Her death demonstrates that gods vent their wrath on the good and kind people, like Gioconda we punish the real criminals in our society, the adulterer and the one who lusts, because we can identify them and catch them.

The gods take care of the punishment of the good and kind people like Gioconda because only they can identify the evil disguised as good.

We thought that La Gioconda was innocent and moral but the story shows us what the gods saw; that she committed two crimes: She aided the act of adultery and lust.

The greatness of an author like Victor Hugo or the Bible is that they don’t only describe what they see but also what the gods see. They (the Bible and the many great authors) are telling us that we too should try to see things as the gods see them.

Without their advice I started doing this when I was very young, not knowing what I was doing. In each age of my life I had a different “first thing in the morning”, which now I realize was my moment to see things as God saw them.

At first I lay in my cot examining my surroundings. A little later I told people my dreams. Later I attended to my animals; dogs, rabbits and chickens. Still later it was plants. Then it was exercise and sport. Then there was the religious period when I said my prayers. Then it was the girl friend period. Then it was exercise again. Then it was checking my e mail. Then it was meditation. Then study. Now it’s writing my no newsletter.

Recently, for the last 5 years I’ve tried writing as “my first thing”. This hasn’t been easy because I often I get side-tracked into checking my email first before doing anything else.

I would like to lie and tell you that I’m trying to find out what interests people. Unfortunately I cannot lie; the reason is that I’m an egoist and I’m easily flattered by getting mail.

I wish you all a great no news day.

Yours truly.

Leon.

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17th of May 2008 http://haifatours.com/17th-of-may-2008/ http://haifatours.com/17th-of-may-2008/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2008 08:06:05 +0000 http://haifatours.com/?p=107 Shalom everyone,

We started our Jeep Tour of the Golan Heights from the Yesod Hamaala Junction in the Huleh Valley. Lew climbed in the front with Roy, the driver and Pete and I sat with the girls Donna and Barbara in the back. We braced ourselves as the deep tread special earth gripping tires churned to leave the tarmac and head for the rough steep sloping terrain of the Golan.

Soon the parking lot was behind us, as was the hotel, filling station and other trappings of civilization located in the midst of this fertile valley, which had been a lake until 1960, when it was drained to make more place for Jewish Agricultural settlements. Now you see beautiful, leafy green fruit trees, apricots, nectarines, and grapefruit all around.

The jeep made its bumpy way over clumps of black, dried muddy earth. We stopped to break one of the clumps of earth to find shells, proving that, amazingly once there was a lake in this farmland.

As the jeep climbed the steep slope up the side of the Golan Roy opened the front window of the jeep and the cool air rushed in accompanied by drops of rain; unusual for this time of the year, May, in Israel. Looking eastwards, over the tops of the high, golden brown wheat, the Golan Heights loomed as a dark purple colored wall of vegetation in front of us.

The Golan Heights aren’t high mountains as the name leads one to believe but a plateau, 50 Km from Mt. Hermon in the North to the Yarmuk valley in the South and 15 Km from East to West, rising only about 300 meters above the Huleh Valley.

After only 10 minutes of straining, winding, bumping and twisting Roy’s Land Rover brought us to a vantage point looking down on the neat green and brown squares of Jewish farmland. At this point we were standing where Syrian soldiers had stood before 1967 looking down from their bunkers deciding which settlement would receive their murderous shells.

This was a point in the line of a canal which the Syrians had started carving into the mountainside in 1964 to collect water meant for Israel and divert it to the Syrian held Yarmuk river so that it would flow into Syria instead of Israel. That meant Israel would be left without 30% of its water supply.

This diabolical Syrian plan to destroy Israel by cutting its supply of water was brought to an end by Israeli jets which destroyed the Syrian earth moving equipment in 1966 and lead to the Six Day war which finally ended in Israel conquering the Golan putting Israeli settlements there, pushing the Syrians 15 Km to the East and so making life safer for Israelis living and farming the beautiful Huleh Valley.

After tea in the bushes we continued our bumpy, picturesque drive over little rivulets of water. Here and there we saw some gazelles grazing peacefully in the bushes below us, now and again sniffing the cool air to try and figure out who was coming to disturb their silent habitat.

The end of our fun, educational ride came as we drove through Yesod Hamaala, the first settlement established here in 1886 by brave Jewish pioneers who built the beautiful stone houses of the settlement.

We said farewell to Roy and continued along the main road through Kiryat Shmonah, the town of the eight, named after eight pioneers killed by Beduin in the settlement of Tel Hai in 1920. Their death wasn’t in vain because it lead to a new agreement, the Sykes Picot agreement which allotted the Huleh Valley to the British Mandate.

In 1948 the British left the valley and the Jews became its new owners after heavy fighting in the war of Independence.

After a half hour drive we reached the Lebanese border at Metulla, the most northern town of Israel, nestled at the head of Tanur valley, so called because it’s so narrow that it looks like the narrow chimney of an old fashioned oven.

The town ends at the apple orchards and beyond that is Lebanon, the frightening country which was once a paradise for investors and holiday makers until it descended into a quagmire of sectarian wars and fanatic religious conservatism.

Now it looks like the Hizbulla have taken over. The only thing they’re likely to do is to dress Lebanese women in burkas, rattle their Iranian weapons and rant and rave about destroying Israel. It’s absurd how they sow the seeds of war while here in Metulla we pick apples.

Now the Greenbergs and Weises are on their way home, President Bush flew out yesterday and the house feels empty. It’s only Ettie and I. Tamar, however, is a great compensation and the fun she and I have together makes up for the missing visitors.

As usual we visited Penina for Sabbath dinner, I picked up my precious cheese that Lim sent me from Holland, took a small bite, downed a good glass of Closs de Gat, which Avishai kindly left on his last visit home, watched Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and dropped down dead until 6 this morning.

I wish you all a great no news day.

Yours truly.

Leon.

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Bahai Gardens Named World Heritage Site http://haifatours.com/bahai-gardens-named-world-heritage-site/ http://haifatours.com/bahai-gardens-named-world-heritage-site/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2008 08:06:26 +0000 http://haifatours.com/?p=106 Haifa, the capital of North Israel is located on the trailing slopes of the Carmel Mountain range. Just an hour away from Tel Aviv, Haifa is the third largest city in Israel, and an excellent place to begin your travels. Haifa is a significant and special place due to the picturesque landscapes and cultural diversity. Many religions are practiced in Haifa: Judaism, Islam, Druze, and Bahai but to name a few. The social variety and the breathtaking scenery make Haifa one of the most interesting places on Earth to explore.

The Bahai Temple itself is strategically located in Haifa, and is central to the Bahai religion. The architecture of the temple is world-renowned and a wonder to behold. The nineteen Bahai Gardens which surround the Temple, and extend farther up the mountain slopes have recently been named a World Heritage Site. Each is markedly different from the others and these breathtaking gardens are separated by promenades, terraces, and fountains.

One of the most historically interesting things about the Bahai Gardens is the Shrine of Bab where the remains of the founder of Babism and the promoter of Bahai are laid to rest. The Shrine itself is often reported to be the one of the holiest places on the planet. The Bahai Garden offers free admission, guided tours, and is open all year round for the convenience of travelers.

Aside from the Bahai Temple, there are many other tours Haifa has to offer. If you are interested in seeing a hundred ancient pieces of art, seeing historic Haifa, and discussing religion with multiple religious leaders from different faiths, a guided tour is available of Beit-Hagefen, which is one of Haifa’s oldest areas. Guided tours are available for sightseers in the House of Vine, which is an Arab-Jewish Center, and which epitomizes the coexistence and tolerance between these two religions.

The Arab-Jewish center also offers guided tours for groups of tourists which cover The House of Grace, The German Colony, and Elijah’s Cave, as well as the Bahai Gardens. These guided tours usually last around four hours and are perfect for covering the uniqueness and splendor that Haifa encompasses.

The idea behind Haifa is that every single person has a right to be an individual, and the atmosphere of the neighborhoods reflects that. The small Arabic neighborhood of Wadi Nisnas is another place where guided tours are available. During the religious holidays such as Ramadan, Christmas and Hanukah, the whole vicinity becomes a huge art gallery. Paintings and artwork done by Jewish and Arab artists are displayed outdoors. Though it is possible to walk through the neighborhood alone, a guided tour lasting approximately one and a half hours will make this experience one to remember. All of the guided tours mentioned in this article are available in Hebrew, French, Arabic, and English so you can be sure to enjoy the full splendor of the experience.

The city of Haifa will not disappoint. Aside from the many historic features that this colorful and wondrous location shows, there are also zoos, restaurants, and boutiques which will give you a true taste of this unique culture.

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Haifa Maps and City Guides http://haifatours.com/haifa-maps-and-city-guides/ http://haifatours.com/haifa-maps-and-city-guides/#comments Tue, 13 May 2008 12:22:31 +0000 http://haifatours.com/haifa-maps-and-city-guides/ Here are some of the useful maps of Haifa on the web. Some of them have very useful information as tourist place of interest, museums, and other important points when visiting Haifa.

For any questions or further information about our regular tours, private tours or other travel services please contact us writing at info@haifatours.com we will be glad to assist you. Or call us to + 972 4 862 0616

Map with tourist places and other information in Haifa

Map with important places and other information

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Haifa Port Passenger Information http://haifatours.com/haifa-port-passenger-information/ http://haifatours.com/haifa-port-passenger-information/#comments Sun, 11 May 2008 12:13:01 +0000 http://haifatours.com/haifa-port-passenger-information/ Haifa’s modern passenger terminal includes a variety of facilities intended to provide maximum convenience for passengers passing through the port.

The passenger terminal has been expanded to quickly and efficiently process passengers from a number of ships at the same time. The improvements include a comfortable waiting area for persons escorting travelers and a concourse for use by those going aboard with a duty free shop, a souvenir shop, cafeteria, VAT reimbursement counter and currency exchange, Ministry of Interior services, and other travel-related services for passengers and their escorts.

Two kinds of travellers use the port:

Cruise ship passengers on vessels that generally remain in port for 1-2 days with the objective of some limited touring of the country; and liner/ferry passengers, some of whom are traveling with cars.

The passenger terminal is adjacent to a quay which allows the simultaneous docking of 3 ships. A new finger pier was built to accommodate 2 additional passenger ships. A bridge connects the terminal with one of the city’s main traffic corridors and to a railway station located next to the port. Travelers arriving with cars can go straight from the ship into the passenger hall. Following Customs and immigrations procedures, passengers leave the port for the city by way of the overhead bridge. Departing passengers go through the same process in the opposite direction.
Both long and short term parking lots are located adjacent to the terminal, complete with an elevator allowing ease of access to the passenger terminal and concourses from both the parking lots and the train station.

Source: Haifa Port 

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Jerusalem y Belen http://haifatours.com/jerusalem-y-belen/ http://haifatours.com/jerusalem-y-belen/#comments Mon, 05 May 2008 11:15:11 +0000 http://haifatours.com/jerusalem-y-belen/

Salidas: diarias excepto Viernes.

07:00 – Hertzlia
07:15 – Tel Aviv
08:30 – Jerusalem

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Precio por persona

Desde Tel Aviv
$90

Desde Jerusalén
$80

Visita panorámica de la Ciudad Antigua y la parte moderna de Jerusalén.

Descenso al valle de Cedrón, vista del Jardin del Getsemani, murallas de la Ciudad Antigua y Monte de los Olivos.

Entrada a la Ciudad Antigua, Barrio Armenio, Barrrio Judio, Cardo, Muro de los Lamentos, Barrio Musulmano, Via Dolorosa e Iglesia del Santo Sepulcro.Salida desde Jerusalén unicamente, de los hoteles principales. Entrada a Belén y visita de la Iglesia de la Natividad y Plaza del Pesebre. Vista del Campo de los Pastores y regreso a Jerusalén.

* Vestimentas modestas y pasaporte OBLIGATORIOS.

* Este tour está sujeto a regulaciones impuestas por la Autoridad Palestina.

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Caesarea, Haifa, Acre y Rosh Hanikrá http://haifatours.com/caesarea-haifa-acre-y-rosh-hanikra/ http://haifatours.com/caesarea-haifa-acre-y-rosh-hanikra/#comments Mon, 05 May 2008 10:50:13 +0000 http://haifatours.com/caesarea-haifa-acre-y-rosh-hanikra/
Salidas: Domingos, Martes y Viernes

06:15 – Jerusalén
07:30 – Tel Aviv

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Precio por persona

Desde Tel Aviv
$89

Desde Jerusalén
$99

Salida hacia el norte por la ruta de la costa, hacia Cesarea, la antigua capital romana
y puerto Herodiano, visita de las excavaciones arqueológicas y el teatro romano.

Continuacion hacia Haifa, vista panorámica de los Jardines Bahais, el puerto y la ciudad.
Rosh Ha Nikra, grutas naturales y frontera con el Libano.

Regreso por Acre, visita de la la Cripta y la ciudad subterranea de los Cruzados,
paseo por el mercado de la Ciudad Vieja.

Regreso a los hoteles.

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Nazareth, Tiberiades y Mar de la Galilea http://haifatours.com/nazareth-tiberiades-y-mar-de-la-galilea/ http://haifatours.com/nazareth-tiberiades-y-mar-de-la-galilea/#comments Mon, 05 May 2008 10:45:56 +0000 http://haifatours.com/nazareth-tiberiades-y-mar-de-la-galilea/

Salida: Lunes, Miercoles y Sábados.

06:15 – Jerusalén
07:30 – Tel Aviv

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Precio por persona

Desde Tel Aviv
$79

Desde Jerusalén
$82

Através de la Planicie de Armaguedon hacia Nazareth, para visitar la Iglesia de la Anunciación y la Carpinteria de S. José. Continuación via Kfar Cana, numberswiki.com

vista del Monte de las eatitudes y la Iglesia de la Multiplicación de los Peces y los Panes.

Visita de Capernaum, y continuación através de Tiberiades al lugar
de los Bautismos en el Rio Jordán.

De regreso, vista del Monte Tabor, tradicional sitio de la Transfiguración.

Regreso a los hoteles.

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Mazada y Mar Muerto http://haifatours.com/mazada-y-mar-muerto/ http://haifatours.com/mazada-y-mar-muerto/#comments Mon, 05 May 2008 10:42:10 +0000 http://haifatours.com/mazada-y-mar-muerto/  
Salidas: todos los dias

07:00 – Hertzlia
07:15 – Tel Aviv
08:30 – Jerusalén

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Precio por persona

Desde Tel Aviv
$99

Desde Jerusalén
$98

Descenso al Desierto de Judea, pasando por la Posada del Buen Samaritano y Jericó.
Ascensión a Mezada por teleferico, visitando la magnifica fortaleza construída
por Herodes el Grande hace 2000 more info

años. Por Ein Guedi, continuación a la playa del Mar Muerto, para disfrutar de las águas especiales de ese mar y sus cualidades terapéuticas.

De regreso, vista de las grutas de Qumran, donde se descubrieron los Manuscritos del Mar Muerto.

No olvidar traje de baño, toalla, sombrero, protector solar y zapatillas.

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