5 Ways to Celebrate Rosh Hashanah in Israel

Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish Year. According to Jewish tradition, it is the day GOD created Adam and Eve. It is also the day GOD determines the fate of every one of us for the upcoming year. Will we become rich? Will we stay strong and healthy? Or is our fate doomed … Read more

Top Facebook Posts from Backpack Israel 2019

Hi everyone! 2020 is almost here and I guess it’s a good time to start summarizing the year of 2019. In 2019 I put a lot of focus on my Facebook page – Backpack Israel, so in order to summarize the year, I thought it would be a good idea to go over the posts … Read more

Jews in Israel: 8 Questions you Might Ask

Men praying next to the Western Wall

Israel defines itself as a Jewish and democratic state. Does it mean that everyone here is Jewish? No. There are many Muslims and Christians in Israel, who are free to believe in whatever they want and to observe their rituals. But in this post I would like to focus on the Jewish people of Israel. … Read more

The History of Jewish and Muslim Jerusalem

jerusalem

At 4:00 PM on the 14th of May 1948, David Ben Gurion declared the independence of the State of Israel. In his declaration, he did not mention Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He didn’t mention the capital of Israel at all. This is because he agreed to the UNSCOP Partition Plan, which stated that … Read more

The UN Vote that Led to the Independence War

Celebrating after the UN vote

  70 years ago, in 1947, the British had a mandate over the Land of Israel (called Palestine back then). Unfortunately for them, the Arabs and Jewish people living under their mandate were giving them a hard time. During May 1947, they asked the UN to try and find a solution for the Arab-Jewish conflict, … Read more

WHERE, WHEN and HOW MUCH in Hebrew

In Israel, when we don’t understand something, we say it’s like Chinese, “Ze kmo Sinit”. That’s because Chinese seems like a very complicated language, with wierd letters and even wierder pronunciation of words. When I travelled to China alone a few years ago, I really didn’t understand much of what the locals were saying, but … Read more

Shalom! 10 Useful Words and Phrases in Israel

Shalom everyone! Today I want to give you some words that might come in handy for you while travelling in Israel. Language is an integral part of a culture, and learning the language of the country you’re visiting can really enhance your experience! Most of the people in Israel understand English very well, but if you want … Read more

Let’s Talk Symbols

About a year ago I travelled to South Africa, to take part in a volunteering program with monkeys. When we made our way back, everyone to their homes, we sat in the small airport and had our last chats. One of the girls in the program was French. She was holding on to her reddish … Read more

There’s Going to be Peace in Israel

Peace? In Israel? A few weeks ago I discovered about a movement, that has been active, it turns out, since 2014. The movement is named “Women Wage Peace” (נשים עושות שלום; نساء يصنعن السلام) and it is led by decisive women, Israelis and Palestinians, who want to stop the violence between our two nations.  During two full … Read more

My Name Means Something

When I was travelling around South Africa, I met many locals, working in the different reserves and wildlife rehabilitation centers. They had wonderful names. The names I remember clearly are Lovemore and Pretty. When I met Western travellers, they were really impressed by the names, too. You won’t hear many names like these in Europe or … Read more

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