Israel Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by machomikemd
  • Local Customs
    by machomikemd
  • Local Customs
    by machomikemd

Israel Local Customs

  • Tradition

    Jerusalem Local Customs

    YOM HAZIKARON Memorial Day - A day honoring Israeli soldiers who have died in the country's never-ending wars - over 23,169 soldiers at last count...It is always the day before Independence Day - usually in May, but sometimes in late April. This is a national holiday, not a religious one. Shops are open (although many of them close early) and...

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  • Local Food

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Local Customs

    Your Own Pocket Concierge A new App that going to help to look the best places to be in the city! is called "Reserved" you can download it to your iPhone or android, it shows you the best restaurants and reserve table, explore the city nightlife bars, book a hotel room & flights, all of these in english and you can do it through the app. For...

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  • Panorama Shopping Mall

    Haifa Local Customs

    Go to the Panorama Shopping Mall. They have excellent Israeli items as well as the usual wares. The Panorama Center was established in 1986. It is located in the heart of the Carmel, adjacent to the Dan Panorama Hotel. There are 4,000 square meters of commercial space and 150 parking spaces.

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  • Religious Holidays

    Jerusalem Local Customs

    Good Friday, the day on which Jesus was crucified, according to the Christian belief, is a festive day in the Old City of Jerusalem. Pilgrims from every continent flock to the Via Dolorosa Church of the Holy Sepulchre. They carry wooden crosses of different sizes, small ones which they hold close to their bosom or huge ones which are a heavy load...

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  • Language

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Local Customs

    Your Own Pocket Concierge A new App that going to help to look the best places to be in the city! is called "Reserved" you can download it to your iPhone or android, it shows you the best restaurants and reserve table, explore the city nightlife bars, book a hotel room & flights, all of these in english and you can do it through the app. For...

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  • Israeli Currency

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Local Customs

    The Israeli Currency is NIS = New Israeli Shekel, in in short as we say Shekel. From time to time im updating here the Currency rates just to give an idea of the aprx current rate: If you must have an updated one then check it on the web. According to May 19th, 2007: 1 Euro = 5.5 Shekels 1 USD= 3.97 Shekels

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  • Independence Day

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Local Customs

    This photo was taken in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on the eve of our Indepence Day (26.4). It shows part of a fireworks display and people watching it. We were celebrating 56 years since Israel was declared a state.

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  • Mimouna Celebrations

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Local Customs

    The Mimouna is unique to Moroccan Jewry, and its festivities are celebrated by Israel's Moroccan Jewish community immediately following the conclusion of Passover. The community opens its doors to all who may decide to enter with warm hospitality and the entire following day is spent in celebration of friendship and peace. Tables are set with...

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  • Phone Calls

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Local Customs

    Making a phonecall? Buy a phonecard at the local store. Just put it in and dial the landcode, arecode without a zero and the number. Calling in Tel Aviv? Area code is three. Furthermore just dial the number. At the tourist office at the main busstation of Tel Aviv you can get all areacodes of Israel.

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  • Weather

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Local Customs

    Here is some information about the weather in Israël. I went in august, when a heatwave was there. The temperature in Tel Aviv was then about 38 degrees Celcius, this is not normal for the end of august, it should be between 28 and 35 degrees Celcius at this time. But I got used to it though. In Jerusalem it was 37 degrees Celcius at that time, in...

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  • Wear a costume for the Purim Festival!

    The Purim holiday is celebrated each year during the Hebrew month of Adar, which falls in the month of February or March. It is basically a religious Jewish holiday, celebrating the miraculous salvation of the Jewish community in ancient Shushan, the Persian capital during the reign of Ahasuerus. Over the centuries it has developed into the...

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  • The "Mikve" Party

    The Mikve is actually a Jewish ritual bath. Used by both men and women it is traditionally done by the woman the day before her wedding. You could usually find a ritual bath of this sort in many homes of the rich and in special places devoted to the ritual bathing. For instance here in our town of Arad we have two of these, one for the Ashkanazik...

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  • Henna Party, decorations

    Well what is a party without a reception also, so the first photo shows Tal and I greeting her guests.The second photo shows the bowl of Henna, the paste that is used in the ceremony, it is decorated with the "draje", colorful almond candies in a hard sweet covering.The third photo shows the simple table setting, we decided to keep it simple and...

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  • Henna Party, traditional costumes

    Of course during the Henna Party, like in most cases where old traditions are honored, the guests of honor, in this case Tal and Itzik, dress in traditional Moroccan costumes. But here we arranged for many of the guests to have costumes available.Shown in the first photo is one of the "true" Moroccans at the party, Aunt Lulu wore her dress from...

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  • Henna Party the "Baskets"

    One of the main occurances during the Henna is the giving of the gifts. Today these are arranged in baskets that traditionally were decorated with gold chains and trinkets. The baskets are given to both the bride and groom. The bride receives from the grooms family and the groom from the brides family.The baskets themselves, which can range from...

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  • Henna Party, the costumes,...

    No, the Red, White and Blue is not for the American Flag, but they represent different beliefs that colors bring health, luck and happiness.The truth is that during the Henna party, leading up to our daughter Tal's wedding to Itzik we were all healthy, I am lucky to have such a wonderful daughter and son in law, and there was enough happiness to...

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  • Henna Party 31-7-2012, the Henna

    One of the parts of the Henna celebration is the giving of gifts from the parents of the bride and groom.As you can see here the gifts of gold, jewelery, watches and such are displayed and then actually placed on the bride and groom by the parents.After the giving of the gifts begins the actual application of the Henna paste itself. In some...

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  • Henna Party VTers come to "help" us...

    On August 2, 2012, our daughter Tal got married to her now husband Itzik. Itzik if from a Moroccan/Iraqi family and part of their traditions call for a Henna Party before the wedding, so we prepared for the celebrations on July 31, 2012.I will be showing/sharing all aspects, from the customary decorations, the dancing, the costumes, the gifts and...

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  • Sunsets over Jerusalem and Sinai

    I was lucky to fill up my collection of beautiful sunrises and sunsets over the great places all over the world. This time it was a very picturesque sunset over Old City of Jerusalem which I admired from the Mount of Olive. You can watch my 6 min 56 sec HD Video Sunset over Jerusalem out of my Youtube channel.I watched another magnificent sunset...

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  • Singing and dancing in Israel

    What can tell more about local customs than local people singing and dancing? I enjoyed Jewish singing and dancing in Jewish Quarter in Jewish Passover in Jerusalem.You can watch my 3 min 25 sec HD Video Jerusalem Singing and dancing in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City.I also enjoyed Jewish children singing on Jaffa Square:4 min 39 sec HD Video ...

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  • Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Once a year, on the 27th of the Hebrew month Nissan, a week after the end of Passover, Israel observes a day of remembrance for the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.On the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies are held all over the country. Holocaust survivors tell their chilling, hair-raising stories, and light torches in memory...

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  • Folk Dancing: Join in the Circle!

    Israeli folk dancing is a very popular activity in Israel. In many towns and cities, during the summer months, you can watch (and participate in) folk dancing in the town square or on the promenade in the warm evenings. You can see the young and the old (but mainly middle aged...) go through the dance movements, some are graceful and some are...

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  • Ossuaries

    As we approached Dominus Flevit on the Mount of Olives, we wandered by this necropolis containing several ossuaries. FYI: Ossuaries are "chests, buildings, wells or sites made to serve as the final resting place of human skeletal remains*"I found it interesting to learn that a Jerusalem necropolis is made up of tombs placed in important areas...

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  • The Golden Menorah

    A golden menorah, weighing a half ton and containing 95 pounds of pure gold. It was crafted by a group using exact descriptions of the original menorah once standing in the Jewish Temple on Mt. Moriah, also known as, the Temple Mount.The menorah's home was originally at the Cardo, but was relocated to its new site near the staircase on the Western...

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  • Have a Falafel

    Never having tasted a falafel, I was anxious to try this typical food item, which consists of an oversize pita, chickpeas or fava beans and lettuce. Finding it tasty, I ordered it a few more times during our travel through Israel.I sampled my first falafel in the Jewish Quarter at a small stand, costing me $6 including beverage. The chickpeas were...

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  • The Mezuzah

    We noticed mezuzahs affixed to doorposts most places we traveled. The mezuzah contains two separate scriptures from the Torah known as Shema and Vehaya.Mostly of clay, but also of metal, they contain a piece of parchment with these scriptures* written carefully on them which are rolled up left to right and placed within. Both passages contain these...

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  • Compare them

    Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are both large cities with very different 'atmospheres'.Jerusalem is the religious centre of the 3 major monotheistic religions. The atmosphere is permeated with it.Tel Aviv is the social and play centre of Israel (also Eilat). It is 'the city than never sleeps'. Beaches, promenades, clubs, bars, discos...whatever you...

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  • Eating "street food", the Falafel

    Each country has its finger food and street food (or "fast" food if you like).....Here in Israel the most popular are schwarma and falafel. The Falafel is a pita bread split in half and then filled with falafel balls (made from ground fried chick peas), to which is then added salads, hot peppers (pilpel harief), hot sauce (schug), french fries...

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  • Cactus Fruit - Tzabar/ Sabra

    Prickly from outside, sweet from inside, like typical Israeli.Soil's gift, pure organic (ballady), straight from the field. Best to be eaten in Summer after 2 hours in the fridge.

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  • Before Yom Kipur - atonement on the...

    A day before Yom Kippur (day of atonement) there is a night of atonement (layla slihot) on the western wall (Ha'kotel Ha'maaravi).A lot of people come to pray for god and the Jewish quarter is full with people.Even if you are not a religious person it is a fascinating thing to see and if you want to pray it is a powerful experience.

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  • Pride Parade in Tel Aviv

    For those who come to Israel and Tel Aviv in June , every year the pride parade is taking place here.The parade is for Transexuals , Lesbians and Homosexuals fight for Equal Rights.In June 2007 i came also to take pictures but this year we were more photographers than marchers.The parade is characterized by colorful people , drag queens , people...

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  • Dress Code

    Thats a pretty easy one... In general i would say casual. no need for fency clothes. When visiting the the Holly places in Jerusalem, You are expected to be covered, so you may want to take with you a long shirt / Jacket and to wear long pants or a long skirt, especially in the ultra orthodox neighborhoods (in case you plan to visit there) there...

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  • Local Currency

    The Local Currency in Israel is NIS - New Israeli Shekelor as we call it shortly- shekel.The rate for the shekel is:1 Euro = 5.54 shekels updated on May 2007'1 US $ = 3.99 shekels updated on May 2007All aprx. rates.Change places can be found all over tel aviv especially in the main streets. You can also change at the banks and maybe at the...

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  • Smoking

    Unlike in many other places In North America and in Europe, Smoking in Public is still allowed in Israel.When i say in Public, i mean in the streets, in most retsaurants, cafe's and Bars etc.However, Many restaurants and Cafe's have 'devided' the places to a Smokers and none smokers area. So you can chose but If you suffer of smoke youbetter check...

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  • Yom Kippur

    The main Jewish relisgious season is sometime during September /October. Thats a factor that should be taken on consideration while planning your trip unless if you do want to be here around this times.The main problem for tourists will be Yom Kippur, This holiday is basically a fast holiday(and NO it has nothing to do with the Yom Kippur War),...

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  • Kiss the Mezuzah

    A mezuzah (plural: mezuzot) is a decorated case containing a strip of parchment inscribed with Hebrew verses from the Bible (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; 11:12-21). Mezuzot are affixed to the doorpost of Jewish homes. In Israel, you will see them everywhere, on the doors of homes, offices, shops, and even the security entrance to the Western Wall. The...

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  • The Israeli Wine

    Wine is well liked in Israel, but lately it looks like wineries are even more popular. The amount of wineries that pop out every year is unbelievable. There are huge, and well known like "Golan", "Bynianina", "Gamla" and there are small, family owned wineries that can be found in pretty much every part of the country. Bottom line, there are many...

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  • Yom HaZikaron - Memorial Day

    More than most people, Israelis recognize that no state is given on a silver platter. Each year we compartmentalize our feelings by observing YOM HAZIKARON, our somber memorial day for some twenty thousand fallen comrades, before celebrating YOM HAATZMAUT, our festive independence day.The picture showsEpisode from my teen-age days, as the editor of...

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  • Glossary of Israeli / Jewish / Zionist...

    Aliyah = literally, ascent; the term for immigration to Israel, which is a step up in Jewish & Zionist ethos.Ashkenazi = Ashkenaz is the area roughly in modern day Germany and France which was a center of Jewish living and learning a thousand years ago; more broadly, Ashkenazi refers to Jews of European descent.Bet HaMikdash =the Holy Temple, built...

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  • Hebrew Calander

    tishrey, Heshvan, kislev, tevet, shvat, adar, nisan, eiyar, sivan, tamuz, av, elul We have our unique 12 months that are different from the most widely used Gregorian calendar of January-......-December.Our New Year (Hebrew: Rosh HaShannah, verbally, the head of the year) always falls in autumn season, actually in September. In the history of our...

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  • Shalosh Regalim

    Many of the six hundred and thirteeen Jewish commandments [taryag mitzvot] require residency in Israel and service in the Temple to fulfill.The SHALOSH REGALIM, the three festivals mandating pilgrimages to Jerusalem, the sacred feasts of:- Pesach [Passover]- Shavuot [Weeks]- Sukkot [Tabernacles]are tied to the land. As agricultural festivals they...

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  • We call it Sufganiya

    This is "sufganiya", or simply a doughnut, our traditional Hanukkah pastry. It's fried in oil and then filled with a jelly. Most of Israelis will tell you that they are happy to be able to get those delicious dougnuts only during the Hanukkah, because most of us put on a lot of weight enjoing this special holiday treat. Lately, our bakeries decided...

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  • Sabra

    This is our desert "rose" - preakly pear cactus. We call it "sabres" and this is where the name Sabra or Tzabar takes its roots from. Tzabar is how we call native born Israelis. Why to describe an Israeli as a cactus you'd ask. Because exactly like this fruit we may appear defensive and tough from the outside, but we're are actually very nice and...

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  • Jahnun

    As our country has many cultural faces so does our cuisine. Jahnun is a Yemenite dish made of dough and served with tomato sauce (or better mashed fresh tomatoes) and a boiled egg. It is our traditional Saturday morning food however you can always treat it as a meal that will fill you up for a good few hours. It is hard to describe its taste so you...

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  • Gefilte Fish

    What you see on the picture is our famous Gefilte Fish. The name came from Yiddish and means "Filled Fish" although we don't fill it with anything. We just separate it from its bones and make slightly sweet fish balls, which we later eat with homemade horseradish. This dish is very popular among Ashkenazi (mainly European) Jews. My Mom is an...

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