Discovering Israel from a Different Perspective

Discovering Israel from a Different Perspective

 

For us pilgrims, the best way to make our way to the Holy Land is with organized trips, trips that are so organized and packed, that we sometimes need to see a different Israel, biblical, but real, to touch the sacred land in a new way.

 

One of the more common and better ways to do this is through a private tour, where you build your own itinerary, arrive at the holy sites by car or public transportation and hire private tour guides for limited periods of time or make use of information available on the internet.  This isn’t suitable for everyone, but those who do choose this course report being immensely pleased.

 

However, there is another way, volunteering in the Holy Land – and it really doesn’t matter how, where of for whom you volunteer your time.  This approach is considered the most economical, experiential and enjoyable manner of visiting Israel.  Also here, this path is not for everyone, but it makes a pilgrimage extra special, empowering and memorable for many years to come.

 

Touching the soil of the Holy Land and giving it a helping hand

The land of milk and honey, so the Holy Land was named, and so it is - growing and flowering, teeming with greenery, sometimes without water, in an arid desert and in the heat of summer. One of the organizations that combines volunteer work with assistance to agriculturists, as well as to the country’s poor, regardless of religion, race or gender, is the Leket Israel Foundation, which trains volunteers to collect leftover fruits and vegetables from the fields of farmers, just as Ruth the Moabite did, with her mother in law, Naomi.  The produce is transported by the organization’s trucks to families in distress throughout Israel and your righteous work receives widespread recognition. More information.

 

Volunteer work constitutes a significant part of any Israeli's life., Whether it be through military service, civil service, in hospitals, schools, homes for the elderly, or, of course, in isolated agricultural farms and kibbutz settlements. Each one of these options affords a pilgrim an opportunity to experience Israel, almost in the same way as it was experienced by the first modern pilgrims beginning in the 18th century. Those pilgrims, some of them monks and nuns and some of them professional adventure seekers, understood the existing need to restore the Holy Land and to turn it into a global source for goodwill. They established hospitals, schools and even centers for higher education and professional training workshops. They all left their mark on the Holy Land. Are you willing to give it a try? We've already taken care of the first step: www.ivolunteer.org.il/Eng/

 

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