Local traditions and culture in Jerusalem

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    Christian Necklaces

    by machomikemd Written Oct 7, 2013

    along the many religious christians Items that you can buy along the many souvenir shops and stalls around the old city and at the Mount of Olives area are assorted Christian Necklaces which can be made from wood, steel, semi precious stones and more. there are many designs and styles and the price ranges from NIS 8 to 30, depending on the design or style. many christian pilgrims buy many of these necklaces to give to friends back home.

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    Buying Crucifixes

    by machomikemd Written Oct 7, 2013

    there are tons and tons of crucifixes on sale around Jerusalem, the old city, mount of olives, etc and depending on the Christian Sect (Roman Catholics and Eastern Ortodox and Eastern Rite Christians have Jesus figure in the cross and Mainline Protestants and Evangelical Christians have no jesus figure in the cross) and the crucifixes come in different shapes and sizes and are made from different materials like olive wood, sandal wood, other hard woods, metals and more and can be with soil and incense put side by side with the crucifixes or not. you can buy assorted crucifixes here from NIS 6 to 3000, depending on the material used, the size of the crucifix and your haggling skills.

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    Buying Rosaries

    by machomikemd Written Oct 7, 2013

    Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Eastern Rite Christians all believe in the rosary (but not mainline Protestant and Evangelical Christians) and you can buy assorted kinds of rosaries all around the old city of Jerusalem like wooden rosaries or semi precious stone rosaries, steel rosaries and more and the prices vary and depends on your haggling skills. but in general, the shops in Bethlehem sell virtually the same items and kinds of rosaries that they sell in the old city of Jerusalem and they cost cheaper.

    prices of a wooden piece set of rosaries (around 5 pieces per plastic pack, made of olivewood) will cost NIS 6 to 10, depending on your haggling skills (will cost only NIS 3 to 4 in Bethlehem).

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    Hummus

    by machomikemd Written Oct 4, 2013

    The Middle east is known for it's wide variety of salads and dips and the most popular of the dips is the Hummus (it is a favorite of both the Arabs and the Israelis). Hummus is basically made from mashed chickpeas and then other ingredients like lemon juice, oilive oil, garlic and salt. this is the basic version but there are other versions also like whole chickpeas are added or olive pieces or chopped tomatoes and veggies.

    Hummus is made into a dip and is spread into pita bread or as an accompaniment to the falafel or part of the variety of salads known as the mezze. you would them erverywhere an even at the buffet breakfast of your local hotel or at middle eastern and Jewish in Jerusalem

    Hummus is a savory dip companion to pita bread and is my favorite dip.

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    Mezze

    by machomikemd Written Oct 4, 2013

    Mezze is a generic term for middle eastern small dishes (similar to the tapas of spain) and includes a wide variety of small platter servings of hummus, tabbouleh, falafel, assorted yogurts (used as dips or snacks, not as a dessert), and lots of other salads and dips. The difference of the Arabic Mezze platter from the Israeli Mezze platter is that the Arabic Mezze has little or no meat dishes as compared to the Israeli Mezze, which has some meat and fish included in the platter.

    If dining in a buffet breakfast in your local Jerusalem Hotel or restaurants, you would see these mezze platters in the buffet station and at the restaurants, they include a mini mezze platter as appetizer before the main course.

    a word of warning, these mezze platters can be filling especially if added to flat breads and you might be full even before having the main course.

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    Israeli Breads

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 4, 2013

    while walking around Jerusalem, you would see many hawkers selling assorted breads which are kosher and there is a variety of these Israeli Breads and you can buy them at the street stalls from NIS 1 to 5 per bread, depending on the size and length. Among the available breads here besides the universal Pita Bread are the Bagels (jerusalem bagels are larger, more oblong in shape than the regular bagels), Challah, Lahoh, and other sourdough breads.som,etimes they also sell assorted small servings of the mezze topping besides the assorted breads.

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    Pita Bread

    by machomikemd Written Oct 2, 2013

    Pita is the Iconic Flatbread of the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, Western China, Mediterranean, Balkans and Central Asia. And Here in Jerusalem and Israel, is also the most favorite Bread as it is Kosher too. Pita is the most famous slightly leavened flatbread in the world and is one of my favorites. It is the staple of the cuisines mentioned above and is also served during breakfast, lunch and dinnerwith the associated mezze platters. Pita bread with the assorted mezze plater dips is a meal in itself and you can be full eating eat even before the main course arrives. Pita Bread comes in assorted sizes, thickness and shapes, with some very flat and some very thick and round.

    you can get it for free hotel buffet breakfast, local israeli and middle eastern restaurants as an accompniment for the main course or at buffets or buy it at doner sandwiches or as kebab sandwiches or as falafel wraps all around Israel.

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    Pita is used to scoop sauces or dips such as hummus and taramosalata, and to wrap kebabs, gyros or falafel in the manner of sandwiches. Most pita are baked at high temperatures (450 °F or 232 °C), causing the flattened rounds of dough to puff up dramatically. When removed from the oven, the layers of baked dough remain separated inside the deflated pita, which allows the bread to be opened into pockets, creating a space for use in various dishes.

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    Macabee Beer

    by machomikemd Written Oct 2, 2013

    Macabee Beer is a close second to Goldstar Beer in Popularity in Israel and both of these popular beer brands control about 70% of the beer market in Israel where the other 30% is from the various local Microbreweries in Israel and the International Brands produced by local companies such as Carlsberg or Amstel or Guiness beer. Ironically, these competing beer brands are being brewed by just one brewer, the Tempo Beer Industry.

    Macabee Beer is a Pilsner Beer, marketed as a Czech Style Pilsner and is slighhtly bitter. Like it's competitor Goldstar Beer, it has a 4.9% Alcohol Volume and is available everywhere in 355 ml bottles and will cost from NIS 6 to 10 at stores and convenience stores up to NIS 20 at Bars and Restaurants.

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    Goldstar Beer

    by machomikemd Written Oct 2, 2013

    Goldstar Beer is the number one beer brand in Israel and Macabee Beer is a close second, both of these popular beer brands control about 70% of the beer market in Israel where the other 30% is from the various local Microbreweries in Israel and the International Brands produced by local companies such as Carlsberg or Amstel or Guiness beer.

    Goldstar beer and Macabee Beer are both produced by the local Tempo Beer Industry and Gold Star is a Pale Lager with 4.9% Alcohol Volume a;though is is marketed as Dark Lager Beer and is available everywhere in 355 ml bottles and will cost from NIS 6 to 10 at stores and convenience stores up to NIS 20 at Bars and Restaurants.

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    Israel Fridge Magnets

    by machomikemd Written Sep 30, 2013

    Aside from being an avid collector of Fridge magnets and shot glasses of my travels, buying these souvenir items in Israel is a must, but unfortunately, I cannot find any Israel type of shot glasses, only Fridge magnets and a bought this favorite souvenir of mine. they come in available shapes and sizes and can be made with wood or porcelain or bronze or steel with magnets at the back or with magnetite. they are available in the various souvenir shops all around the old city of Jerusalem, at the Galilee Sites of Tiberias or Nazareth and even at Qumran and Nahal Kalya and they cost NIS 18 to 30, depending on your haggling skills.

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    Jerusalem Fidge Magnets

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 30, 2013

    Being an avid collector of Fridge magnets and shot glasses of my travels, buying these souvenir items in Jerusalem, the site sacred to 3 major religions, is a must, but unfortunately, I cannot find any Jerusalem shot glasses, only Fridge magnets and a bought this favorite souvenir of mine. they come in available shapes and sizes and can be made with wood or porcelain or bronze or steel with magnets at the back or with magnetite. they are available in the various souvenir shops all around the old city of Jerusalem and they cost NIS 18 to 30, depending on your haggling skills.

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    roof water container

    by xaver Written Jan 8, 2012

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    After one day or two i started wondering what exactly were the black container that were present almost on any roof in the east Jerusalem, or at least in the older houses. So I asked to hotel receptionist and I got told that it was their system of water recycling as, being Jerusalem in an area with really not frequent rans, their needed to not waste the water and he told me that more than 90 percent of water there is recycled. Definitly a wise choice.

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    The Jerusalem Cross

    by Manara Updated Sep 27, 2011

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    The Jerusalem Cross is the heraldic symbol of the city. It consists of a large “cross potent” or “crutched cross” (a cross with crossbars at all the four ends) surrounded by four smaller crosses. The one you see in my picture is made of wood, but in the coat of arms of the city the crosses are gold on a silver background.
    There are several hypotheses about the symbolism tied to this cross. Most agree in considering the four small crosses as symbols of the four Gospels. Some think that the eight points of the central cross symbolize the eight Beatitudes, some think that the five crosses together represent the five wounds of Jesus.

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    Need a break?

    by unaS Updated May 7, 2010

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    Need a break in the middle of a hot summer's day in the center of town?

    Join the locals in the 'Horse Park' on King George street opposite the top of Ben Jehuda street.
    It is next door to the giant Hamashbir departmental store.

    The official name is the Moshe Bar'am Square, but the locals call it the horse park because of the statue of a horse there.

    A lovely grassy area with a small man-made waterfall and pool.
    Sit on the grass, dabble your toes in the water, cool off and relax for a while.

    On most Fridays there is a crafts fair held in the park between 10.00 and 14.30 in good weather.

    Also has a clean and well cared for public toilet!

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    "Houses from Within"

    by iblatt Written Sep 20, 2009

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    Inside the walls and courtyards of Jerusalem houses you can find a world within a world. History, architectural gems, amazing stories of the past and present, artistic masterpieces and religious icons...

    Many of these are hidden from the tourist's eye, but once a year (in September) many closed doors are opened for one weekend, the "Houses from Within" weekend (in Hebrew: "Batim mi-Bifnim"). Public buildings and private houses, religious and secular, in many neighborhoods of the new and the old city, can be visited (for free).
    Some require prior registration for the free tours, some open their gates to limited numbers of visitors on a first come, first served basis, and some hold an "open house" event.

    The whole event is organized and orchestrated by the Jerusalem Municipality, with many other contibutors. If you are in Israel on the appropriate weekend, this event is highly recommended.

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