Tag Archives: Spirituality

Mincha Prayer, Flea Market, Jaffa, Israel 2009

A group of local shopkeepers in Jaffa (the historic seaport just south of Tel Aviv) meet daily to form a minyan (a quorum of 10 men) so they can recite afternoon prayers.  

Church Services, Mi’ilya North Galilee, Israel 2010

About 4% of Israel’s residents practice Christianity; most are Arab Christians and either Eastern Orthodox or Roman Catholic. Israeli law guarantees freedom of religion for all faiths and protects all holy sites.

Tisha B’Av, Jerusalem, Israel 1997

Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the month of Av, marks the destruction of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem. This event happened almost 2,000 years ago, yet Jews around the world still mourn the loss every year on Tisha B’Av. And what better place to observe this day of mourning and fasting than at the …

The Wall, Jerusalem, Israel 2010

The Kotel Ha-Maaravi, or Western Wall, is considered the holiest spot for Jews today. Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, the Kotel is the only part of the ancient Jewish Temple that remains standing. It was actually part of the retaining wall that held up the Temple Mount, on which the Temple stood. Today, …

Russian Christian Pilgrims, Sea of Galilee, Israel 2010

The Sea of Galilee (Ha-Kinneret) is a popular destination for Christian pilgrims. Many episodes in Jesus’s life, according to the New Testament, took place in and around the Sea of Galilee, including the miracle of walking on water and the miracle of the loaves and fishes.

Palmachim Beach, Israel 2002

The popular Palmachim Beach is located on the Mediterranean coast of central Israel. The area is named for the Palmach, (Hebrew acronym for Plugot Mahatz, literally, “strike forces”) an elite unit of the Haganah, the underground Jewish army in pre-state Israel.  

Ha-Kinneret, Israel

The Kinneret, also known as the Sea of Galilee, is located in the north of Israel. The Kinneret is Israel’s largest lake and provides much of the country’s drinking water.

Mosque, Tur’an, Israel 2010

Tur’an is an Arab town in the north of Israel. Its population of 11,000 is mostly Muslim. Israeli law guarantees freedom of religion for all faiths and protects all holy sites.  

Sunrise Shema, Sde Boker, Israel 2003

The people in this photograph are reciting morning prayers in the heart of the Negev Desert, just outside a kibbutz called Sde Boker. Sde Boker is where Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, chose to retire. His vision and hope was that Israelis would move to the Negev and make the barren land flourish. Over …

Moroccan Rabbi, Be’er Sheva, Israel 2008

Since 1948, nearly a million Jews have come to Israel from Arab and Muslim lands—a large portion in just the first couple of decades of Israel’s existence. They came to escape religious intolerance and poverty, and to start new lives in their historic homeland. In 1948, there were over a quarter of a million Jews …

Shema Yisrael, Medellín, Colombia, 2011

Prayer is a central focus of any Jewish community, whether it is conducted in the home, a synagogue, a community center, or outdoors. The rituals in this Latin American congregation may look like ones you have seen or participated in. Members of this community adhere to Orthodox traditions, with men and women sitting separately, and …

Speak to God, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2006

Ozeri met this young man in Tel-Aviv, at the entrance to Shuk Ha-Carmel (Carmel Market), a busy, open-air mall. The man is a member of the Bratslav sect of Hasidic Judaism. Bratslavers follow the teachings of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav (1772 – 1810), who encouraged followers to cultivate an intense, personal, joyous relationship with God. This man’s sign …