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Mt. Sinai, also known as Mt. Horeb and Jebel Musa, translated as “the 'Mountain of Moses,” is the epicenter of a venerated holy land destination that includes the Burning Bush (Exodus 3), Elijah’s Plateau, the Plain of ar-Raaha, and the impressive Monastery of St. Chathrine at the base of Mt. Sinai.
The Christian Quarters occupying the northwest quadrant of the four quarter’s inside the walled Old City of Jerusalem, is the epicenter of Christianity worldwide. It’s the first part of Old Jerusalem most pilgrims visit, as it lies beyond the Jaffa Gate, an entrance which traditionally has welcomed Christian pilgrims for centuries.
Israeli guides certified by the Israel Ministry of Tourism are arguably among the best in the world. Professional guides can provide a wealth of information concerning holy sites, historic places, and ancient Israel. They undergo a two-year training program during which time they study the history of Israel, the Old Testament and New Testament, and the differences among the perspectives of the various Christian denominations, and they must know every inch of the country as well.
The climate in Israel is comfortable throughout the year. The autumn and spring seasons are transient and often not even felt, leaving the country with long hot summer and a short winter rain can be plentiful, but usually is intermittent.
Perched on top of Mount Carmel, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Haifa is Israel’s third largest city. It has Israel’s largest port, thriving industries, institutions of higher learning and many interesting museums. Haifa is especially well-known for the harmonious interaction among the different faiths, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and is World Center of the Bahai Faith.
For pilgrims visiting Israel, crossing into Bethlehem from Jerusalem -and back, is not a complicated matter, especially since the terminal and transit system between the two cities has been upgraded by establishing special lanes for tourist moving between them. The Israel Ministry of Tourism has also been promoting cooperation with private Israeli and Palestinian partners to develop the crossing points, and ministry representative is always present or on call at the border crossing to deal with any unanticipated matters.