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Magical Israel, a journey through 5,000 years of History

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Ep 2 : From Jerusalem to Be'er Sheba - English Version with French subs

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The series' Magical Israel’ shows the beauty of the land of the Bible in all its variety. The structure is a National Geographic'-like TV series, filmed in high definition. It tells of the many unique and rich sites in Israel, brought from a wide cultural and historical perspective. There are only a few countries in the world where history, culture, archeology and religion is so up for grabs as in Israel. The country is the birthplace of three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In the course of more than 3000 years the country exerted a magical appeal to a multitude of rulers and peoples: Israelites, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Christians, Arabs, Crusaders, Mamelukes, Ottomans, British. And apart from the various ethnic groups such as Christian and Muslim Arabs, Jews, Bedouins and Druze, and also the numerous pilgrims with their different religious backgrounds visited this region for centuries. They left all their visible traces.
The many, sometimes beautiful, relics and special places, to which so many were attracted - to this day - are ideally suited for a range of interesting TV programs. It's not just Jewish sites. The Holy Land has a magnetic attraction for many and it is the broad spectrum of cultures that together provide a fascinating picture: Magic Israel.

Part 1 From Akko to Tel Aviv

Acre, a 5000 years old city, it’s about the rulers and religions, the underground Crusader City and the magnificent Bahai gardens and the tomb of the Bahai prophet. This part shows also the impressive Crusaders Fortress of Belvoir,
twenty miles south of Lake Tiberias located on a hill. It offers a breathtaking view over the Jordan Valley. It was built around 1100 for Muslims to stop invading the Holy Land. The historic fort is still largely intact.
Kfar Nahum (Capernaum), is oldest synagogue in the early Byzantine period in Tiberias. In this northern part of Israel we find Degania: The first kibutz (1910) on Lake Tiberias. This episode also features Jaffa and Tel Aviv: Historical Jaffa, the oldest port in the world, the ancient and picturesque town of Neve Tsedek Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv: And we see the modernist Archtecture: Bauhaus.

Part 2 From Jerusalem to Be'er Sheba

The City of David is the birthplace of the City of Jerusalem. It is the place where 3000 years ago King David established his kingdom and where the history of the People of Israel was written. It is within walking distance of the Old City of Jerusalem and the Western Wall and is one of the most special places in Israel.In the year 1004 BCE King David conquered the city from the Jebusites and established his capital. Here the People of Israel united under King David's reign, the Holy Ark was brought to it, the First Temple by King Solomon built, wars, kings and prophets lived here. The remains of the City of David are still being excavated. A feast for archaeologists.
Close by we find Ein Karem with the fascinating monastry “The Sisters of Zion”
The "Source of Mary", situated in the picturesque village of Ein Karem, ancient near Jerusalem, is the beginning of the history of the "Convent of the Sisters of Zion" in that place. The founder of this monastery, Alphonse Ratisbonne, saw a rainbow appear from this source that ended on the mountain top on the other side. Mary's voice told him in a house that place for the children of Israel to build. Ratisbonne, a jew born into a prominent family from Alsace, converted to Christianity in 1855 and had gone to the Holy Land. Using a
Lebanese Christian he knew in 1861 the area on the mountain to buy and set up an orphanage. He devoted his entire life in service to God. Along with the religious order he founded, the Sisters of Zion, he had the calling to Christian jew and closer together.
Most sisters speak or learn the Hebrew language and the common liturgical prayer in Hebrew dedicated. On the grounds of the monastery is a small museum. Two original cedar trees from Lebanon, then by Ratisbonne himself brought to this place, is a jewel for the monastery. The beautifully landscaped gardens, a serenity reigns. The view over the mountains of Judea is breathtaking beautiful, especially at sunset.
Live in the monastery a number of nuns in seclusion. Most of them are now, out. Partly, they provide their service by producing icons.

Dead Sea: Qumran (the Dead Sea Scrolls), Masada Negev desert: from the Iron Age Excavations at Tel Arad and Tel Sheva, Be'er Sheba to the source of Avraham, Yeroecham a huge crater in the oldest fossil in the world 80 million years old

Part 3. From Safed to Tiberias

Safed is the mystical city of the Kabbalists with its many ancient synagogues is one of the four holy cities in Israel. The city lies at an altitude of 900 m. Here are the remains of a fortress. On the southern slope of the mountain lies the old Jewish quarter, some houses from the 16th century. From that time, the mystical interpretations of Torah (Kabbalah) came from local rabbis. Now the city has 20,000 inhabitants. Remarkably, the Ari Synagogue, named after Rabbi Ari the Lion ', who as an influential rabbi and mystic in the 16th century taught. Also interesting is that the synagogue was named after Joseph Caro, whose Torah interpretations, especially by the Jews in the Diaspora were appreciated. Furthermore, here is the old Jewish cemetery.
The artists' quarter Qiryath Hazayarim very picturesque. In the narrow cobbled alleys are workshops and shops under one roof. Here you can about the shoulder including glass blowers, candle makers, weavers and blacksmiths art watch.

In this region we find the Druze village of Piki'in town, Jews lived here since the bilical times untill today. Close by in Galilea we find the Roman city of Zippori.
Zippori or Sepphoris, near Nazareth, one of the most beautiful places in Galilee. It is described by the historian Josephus Flavius in the first century, as a special place in Galilee. The place is mentioned in many early sources and was founded by the Greeks. The Romans made it the capital of the North. On several coins from the time the city "the city of peace" mentioned. The city later became a center of Jewish study and spiritual life, the Sanhedrin, the Jewish court of Rabbi Yehuda Hanassi. During the Byzantine era, the Christian population grew significantly, many churches were built, and after the occupation by the Arabs in the middle of the seventh century the city was neglected. Later the city was expanded by the Crusaders. Excavations were many, very richly decorated mosaics, discovered that the Roman character of the city show. There is a beautiful amphitheater and a Roman villa. The old main street, still present, with its deep ruts in the large, more than 2000 years old cobblestones show that the city was visited by many centuries and was the trade route.


01 From Akko to Tel Aviv
02 From Jerusalem to Be'es Sheba
03 From Safed to Tiberias

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