Though probably the most amazing thing we visited was at the Shrine of the Book at The Israel Museum, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world, that was found in caves around the Wadi Qumran.
What I found most interesting is the dedication to the Declaration of Establishment of the Land of Israel, the birthplace of the Jewish people, where their spiritual and religious identity is ingrained into their everyday life. The visitor sees this in hotels that separate restaurants by kosher meals (dairy/meat or fish) and a mezuzah on each hotel door; to the praying at the western wall, the Shabbat celebration on Friday nights, and the closing of business and limited use of any electronic devices for 24 hours. And if you find yourself in Jerusalem on a Friday night, visit the western wall at sunset and then enjoy a festive traditional Shabbat dinner.
But it not only the sites and attractions you will enjoy, the Mediterranean/ Middle Eastern food is fabulous. Just don’t make the same mistake we did enjoying the large selection of salads and dips like Israeli salad, pita bread, hummus, Tabbouleh, baba ghanoush, carrot and cabbage salad, just to be told your main course and of course dessert is yet to be served.