The State of Israel, is on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea.
It is a parliamentary democracy and the world's only Jewish state.
Israel is bordered by Lebanon and Syria to the north, Jordan to the east
and Egypt to the south-west. As of 2005, the population was estimated
at 7,205,500 people.
The name "Israel" is rooted in the Hebrew
Bible, the Tanakh, where Jacob is renamed Israel after wrestling with a
mysterious adversary ("a man", and later "G-d" according to Genesis
32:24–30; or "the angel", according to Hosea 12:4). Israel means "he who
has wrestled with God". The nation fathered by Jacob, were then called
"the children of Israel" or the "Israelites".
Learn more about the locations you may visit on your trip to Israel.
Tzfat Israel Tour content provided by the American-Israeli Cooperative
Enterprise(AICE). To find more information about the sites on our trip
and general facts about Israel visit the Virtual Israel Experience at AICE's Web site.
Resources to Israeli and Jewish news, Jewish culture, Jewish
organizations and social groups, religious links and political sites.
Book list - Find a list of books both fiction and no-fiction that explore Jewish culture and Israel's history.