A Druze village located in the Golan area...not as interesting as Majdal Shams (which is a town we drove through, located right along the border with Syria, from which Druze relatives living in the Israeli side "shout" across the border fence to relatives living on the Syrian side. I wanted to see this for myself but we didn't have enough time to spend there and at the time we went, we weren't exactly sure where the "Shouting Hill" is, and as it was getting dark and we were hungry, we turned around and headed for a druze restaurant in Mas'ada that we'd heard about).
Close to 10% of the non-Jewish population of Israel is Druze. Most of the Druze live in Lebanon and Syria, and in the case of Israel, in the northern areas of the Golan (they have no homeland or language of their own, and are largely defined by their mysterious religion which is a curious combination of Islam with some aspects of Christianity and Judaism. Conversion to Druze is not permitted and outsiders know relatively little about this mysterious sect which has religious exemption from Israeli military service but half of whom willingly participate in the IDF and have taken Israeli citizenship). To the Westerner, a Druze may look like an Arab, with the exception that Druze men (the elders) usually sport thick mustaches and wear distinctive robes and turbans.
The Druze, although insular and secretive about their religion, are some of the friendliest people in the Middle East.
Rabbi Akiva was a Jewish scholar, killed by the Romans in the 2nd Century AD for his role in one of the many revolts against the Roman rule in today's Israel and Palestine. Once a shepherd, he rose to prominence and had over 20,000 students under him at one time. His cave tomb with a white dome is located on the mountainside behind the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood, overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
Is has been a pilgimage site for centuries, with people often praying for rain here during the drought years.
Christian Pilgrims go on a 45 minute Cruise along the Sea of Galilee via the Jesus Boats and while onboard, you can take really good shots of the surroundings and the skyline of Tiberias Municipality with views of the Central Boardwalk, the Marina, and the hillside houses above the town. taking pictures and video while cruising is simply breath taking while contemplating aboard the Jesus Boat.
the sea of galilee was the source of fresh water fish for thousands of years but the number of fish catches now is dwindling and there are now more fish farms than regular fishing in the lake, however, when you are aboard a Jesus Boat in Tiberias, the local Boat Guide will demonstrate to you how they fish at the lake during Jesus Time. don't expect however to have some fishes being caught since there are not many fishes at the lake.
while cruising along the Sea of Galilee via the Jesus Boat, they have an in house singer who sings various Christian Songs like amazing grace and a lot more and the voice of the singer is really good. he also sells Compact Discs of his various Christian Songs to Christian Pilgrims for NIS 60 per CD case (you can hear his voice at my videos here). The only problem is that the Christian Songs he sings is geared for Protestant and Evangelical Groups and not for Roman Catholics, who are not familiar with the Christian Songs he sings, hence none in my group bought a CD.
If you like this creatures then you should visit this nice farm. other wise skip it and visit other great sotes around the lake.