Imagine Mount Meron, multiply it by four and five times, and then add dozens of similar mountains at different altitudes. Imagine the cliff on Mount Arbel in the north of the Sea of Galilee, multiply its height ten or twenty times, and its width a hundred times. If you can imagine these sights, you can visualize the Epirus region of Greece. The view is charming and fascinating. It has torrential rivers and snowy peaks. This is a mountainous region like our Galilee, but at greater intensities.
Thessaloniki is a particularly interesting destination for the Orthodox Jewish public. It was the only city in the Diaspora with a majority of Jewish inhabitants, while the Gentiles were the minority. The census of 1734 stated that the Thessaloniki population totaled 40,000 comprising of 20,000 Jews, 10,000 Muslims and 9,000 Christians. In a census conducted in 1880, Thessaloniki`s population numbered 85,000 – 50,000 Jews, 20,000 Moslems and 15,000 Christians. להמשך קריאה
The north of Greece is full of tourist attractions with stunning views like Switzerland, just about two hours flight from Tel Aviv, and with very low airfares and hotels. There are beautiful trekking in all kinds of difficulty levels, in forests alongside many streams and springs. Jewish travelers might be very interested to visit the town of Veria, which is a 30-40 minute drive from Salonika.
About a year ago, the Debrecen newspapers published a decision by the city council to place copper memorial stones with the names of Holocaust victims (Stolpeisteine) on the sidewalks in front of the entrances to their homes. A similar memorial project was done in the streets of Berlin and Budapest.
WIZZ AIR recently launched a new line that goes from Israel directly to the city of Debrecen in Hungary. The great thing about WIZZ AIR is that the tickets are sold at a very low price, and the distance you will be traveling is only about three and a half hours. I had the opportunity to visit Debrecen, a city I had never visited before.
For centuries, Hungary was an important Jewish diaspora. In Hungary, there were Hassidic courts, including the Munkacz Hasidism, Sighet, Sphinka, Tash, and the Pepah Hassidim. Some of the Jewish towns are no longer part of Hungary following the 1920 Trianon Treaty, which transferred territories from Austro-Hungary to Romania and the Czech Republic. Many important and influential Admorim lived and were active in north Hungary. להמשך קריאה
Most of us are accustomed to making winter vacations at the Dead Sea or in warm Eilat. But recently, a vacation in Cyprus is becoming a much more attractive alternative. The weather in Cyprus is similar to ours, and so is the duration of the flight and the landscapes. But, prices in Cyprus are much cheaper compared to Eilat. להמשך קריאה