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שלום
(Shalom) everybody! Idit here. Welcome to Hebrew Top Words and today, we’re going to talk about the 10 top tourist attractions in Israel. Let’s begin.
1.
אילת
(eilat)
"Eilat"
בחודשי הקיץ הטמפרטורה באילת גבוהה מאוד.
(be`khodshei ha`kaits ha`temperatura be`eilat gvoha meod.)
"In the summer months, the temperature is very high in Eilat."
That’s true. It’s a desert area, but also it’s dry heat so it’s not as bad. It’s very dry so you don’t sweat as much, but you do have to be careful not to dehydrate and also protect yourself from the UV rays, but it’s nice.
2.
ים המלח
(yam ha-melakh)
"Dead Sea"
מי ים המלח מלוחים מאוד.
(mei yam ha`melakh melukhim meod.)
"Dead Sea water is very salty."
So in Hebrew actually, the name is not the Dead Sea, but actually the salt sea which makes sense. It has an extremely high percent of salt and like phosphate I guess and other type of minerals. Supposed to be very healthy for your body unless you have any open wounds which in that case, hmm-mm, ouch. But, it is very healthy. They say that it’s because it’s so low beneath the sea level that the sun doesn’t hit there the same as other places so we don’t get as much UV as you do in places that are sea level or up which somehow makes sense, but I wouldn’t take the chance and i would still put on a lot of cream.
3.
ירושלים
(Yerushalayim)
"Jerusalem"
בירושלים חיים למעלה משמונה מאות אלף תושבים.
(be`yerushalaim khaim lemala mi`shmona meot elef toshavim.)
"There are more than eight-hundred-thousand inhabitants living in Jerusalem."
I guess so. I’ve never checked. It is a very interesting city. There is a lot to do there. Even if you’re not into all the religious things, it’s a nice place to visit, to hang around. They have some really awesome cafes, cool universities, cool subculture. Yeah, it’s nice!
4.
כנרת
(kinneret)
"The Sea of Galilee"
רכבנו סביב הכנרת.
(Rakhav’nu s’viv ha-kineret.)
"We rode around the Sea of Galilee."
Yeah, that’s a very beautiful area right there. I think one of my favorite places to go if I want to go to like a resort in Israel is around there even though down south, they have really interesting stuff too. It’s a lovely place. Unfortunately, sometimes it gets smaller and smaller because it doesn’t rain so much in Israel in sometimes, but it’s okay. We’re doing okay. It’s fun. You can do like marine sports there too. Yeah, cool place.
5.
מכתש רמון
(makhtesh ramon)
"Makhtesh Ramon"
מכתש רמון הוא המכתש הגדול בישראל.
(makhtesh ramon hu hamakhtesh hagadol beisrael)
"Makhtesh Ramon is the largest crater in Israel."
Honestly, I think it’s also the largest natural crater in the world. I know that geologists go there all the time to do research and like seminars and stuff like that. Supposed to be a super interesting place. I personally have never been maybe because my parents were too concerned about my allergies which makes sense every time I go to the desert, they just flare up. But it’s an amazing place and you should visit.
6.
מצדה
(metzada)
"Masada"
למצדה סיפור היסטורי מעניין
(lemetsada sipur histori meanyen)
"Masada has an interesting historical story."
Don’t ask me about it. I’m not that good in history. I’m good in biology, but it is very interesting to go there. You see a lot of things that were amazingly preserved because of the dry weather over there. It is in the desert. Every time I went, I got allergies again so I didn’t went there a lot, but it is interesting and sometimes you can also have amazing concerts there at night and because of the ancient buildings and ancient ruins and you see all the lights and you get like this opera show or something, it’s very intense.
7.
קיסריה
(keysariya)
"Caesarea"
בקיסריה נותרו שרידים רבים מתקופת הרומאים
(bekeisarya notru sridim rabim mitkufat haromaym)
"In Caesarea, there are many relics from the Roman era."
That’s true. It’s also another very interesting historical place and also very beautfiul, very romantic, some people get married there. There is I think even a golf course somewhere around there. They have a lot of very expensive neighborhood there. They are the homes of the richest people in Israel and it’s a beautiful place. Yeah, you should go definitely.
8.
תל אביב
(Tel Aviv)
"Tel Aviv"
תל אביב היא עיר מודרנית ותוססת.
(Tel aviv hi eer modernit ve`toseset.)
"Tel Aviv is a modern and vibrant city."
Yeah, well, that’s my favorite place in Israel obviously. This is where I was born and raised. It’s a beautiful place. It’s an awesome place. There are lots to do, great food, a lot of hipsters, I love hipsters and yeah, it’s great. If you want to have fun, go to parties, go to the beach, meet new people, that’s the place.
9.
יפו
(yafo)
"Jaffa"
יפו היא עיר נמל עתיקה.
(yafo hi ir namel atika)
"Jaffa is an old port city."
So actually Tel Aviv and Jaffa are the same jurisdiction. It’s the same city.
יפו
(yafo)
is beautiful. There are many things to do there, flea market and the beach and Andromeda’s Rock and you have some restaurants there and you have the old city. I remember actually, beautiful memory, when I was in the second grade, we had like a sunrise store so it started like around 3:00 am when we start walking through the streets of old town Jaffa and then we stood on some hills somewhere and saw the sunrise. It was amazing. It was my firs time, for me in my life, to see the sunrise. It was beautiful.
10.
שדה בוקר
(sde boker)
"Sde Boker"
משדה בוקר ניתן לצאת לטיולים במדבר
(misde boker nitan latset letiulim bamidbar)
"From Sde Boker, you can go on desert hikes."
Everything that I can’t do, desert and hikes. It is an interesting place. The first prime minister of Israel used to live there so you can see the little hut, shack that he used to live in. It teaches you a lesson about modesty and being satisfied with only having small place to live, small things, nothing fancy. Yeah.
Okay everybody, that’s it. These are the top 10 tourist attractions in Israel. Please let me know in the comments below if you visited any of them, where would you want to go first, if there’s anything that we forgot to mention that is very important that you love to go. I’ll see you all next time. Bye!
שלום
(Shalom)

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Tuesday at 6:30 pm
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Hi Patricia Canada,


Thanks for posting and for sharing this with us! sounds awsome!


Enjoy learning Hebrew and preparing for your next visit in Israel! I hope you will enjoy it at least as much as the last times! 😄😄


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Patricia Canada
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I have been to the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Caesarea, and Masada my first time visiting Israel in 2003. My second time visiting, I stayed in Jerusalem for Jerusalem Day and 70th Anniversary in May 2018, and my third time will be this year in November 2019 in Jerusalem again. I love going to the Western Wall, and this year I'm going to buy a long shofar during my visit.

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Hi Cindy Yourison, Percy and Lior!


Thanks for posting! We're happy you're enjoying our lessons!


@Lior - There are many places worth mentioning in Israel, it will be impossible to discuss them all in one lesson! Personally I think that Timna is a beautiful place! It has with very interesting geological structures - and - it is a great place for rock-climbing 😉😉😄


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There wasn't anything said about Timna. Anything interesting about Timna?

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Thank you for sharing this !

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This is great! I definitely want to visit Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.