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National traditions of Israel. Habits, mentality and the way of living

The Israelis take their culture very seriously. The historical features of the country’s development are reflected in the lifestyle of the local population. All holidays in Israel are based on the lunar calendar. It is used in calculating the dates of celebrating anniversaries of memorable events and holding religious celebrations. On these days, like on weekends, State Institutions do not work. On special holidays too, there is a stoppage of public transport system. The traditional weekend in the Country is the afternoon of Fridays and Saturdays. All festivities begin the evening preceding the significant day, and ends at sunset.
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One of the most famous traditions of the Israeli people is kosher food. The law “Kashrut” which establishes the rules for the consumption of food prohibits the simultaneous use of meat, milk, pork, certain varieties of fish and seafood. It also defines the traditional way of preparing dishes from meat. Please note that strict rules should be observed not only in the process of eating, but also when visiting holy places. Therefore men and women should dress as decent as possible. You also need to cover your head. When visiting a synagogue, different rooms are assigned to different sexes. At the entrance to the mosque, you must remove your shoes. Failure to comply with the rules can attract an expulsion from the religious institution.
All marriages in Israel are in accordance with the religious rites. If one of the spouses is a “goy” (non-Jew), the union must be concluded in another country. The most popular place for the conclusion of interethnic marriages among the Israelis is Cyprus. If it is impossible to travel to another country, the non-Jewish spouse must take up Judaism. The Jews consider the day of the wedding to be sacred. The bride and groom ought to fast and repent in their prayers. In the process of the rite, the future newlyweds are placed under a large cloak called “Chuppah”. The bride goes round the groom seven times, and then the Rabbi blesses the couple. The groom then puts the ring on the index finger of the bride’s right hand and recites the sacral vows in Hebrew. After reading the marriage contract “Kutebah”, and after the wedding blessings, the groom breaks the glass used in drinking under his feet. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The final part of the marriage ceremony is known as “Yichud”. The bride and groom are taken to a special room where they are left alone with each other for a quarter of an hour. This means that the wedding took place, since the pair was not allowed to spend time alone before this event. A Jewish wedding is celebrated for a week, and solemn receptions known as “Sheva Brachota” are held on each of the days. If the newlyweds lose the marriage contract, they cannot live together until a new contract is provided. The document highlights the duties of the husband to his wife: providing the woman with food, clothing and every necessary thing, as well as the performance of matrimonial duty. Financial provision of the needs of the spouse gives the husband the right to exercise authority over the use of his wife’s income.
Funeral traditions of Israel are quite interesting. The Israelis are distinguished by their non-trivial attitude towards death. The death of a loved one is perceived by them not as a loss, but as an ordinary event. This attitude is however not adopted in cases where the death was unnatural or sudden. All family members gather at the bedside of a dying person. In Israel, it is forbidden to cremate the bodies of the dead. Preparations for funerals are held in a hurry since the deceased has to be buried within 24 hours from the moment of death. While the body is deposited in the morgue, one of the relatives always remains with the corpse. The dead are dressed in white robes symbolizing the equality before death of people of different financial status. In Israel, outsiders are not allowed to offer condolences. The relatives of the dead should grieve in silence since it is believed that words are not enough to express sorrow.
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Most Israelis are quite tolerant towards members of other religious faiths and nationalities. Discrimination on national or religious grounds is prohibited at the legislative level. However, certain difficulties may arise when interacting with religious people and organizations. Israelis are very sensitive to their own language, “Hebrew”. A foreigner who has learned at least a few words in Hebrew receives much greater respect from the local population than one who has no command of the language. The simplicity and logic of the Israelis’ mentality are reflected in the language. The letters of the Hebrew language are written from right to left and causing all books in Israel to be opened from the end.
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Cathedrals and basilicas in Israel
♥   Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem. On the map   Photos
♥   Dormition Abbey of the Virgin Mary, Jerusalem. On the map   Photos
♥   Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. On the map   Photos
♥   Basilica of the Agony, Jerusalem. On the map   Photos
♥   Church of Our Lady of the Spasm, Jerusalem. On the map   Photos
♥   St. Anne’s Church, Jerusalem. On the map   Photos
♥   Church of St. Thomas, Jerusalem. On the map   Photos
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Unique traditions in cities of Israel

Tel Aviv
The local calendar may seem unusual for foreign visitors too. The fact is that the chronology in Tel Aviv, as well as in other cities of the country is kept according to the lunar calendar. The beginning of the month is indicated by the new moon and the beginning of a new day – by the sunset. Indeed, transferring the data to match the Europeans calendar, it can be said that the above mentioned day off begins on Friday evening. Because of this feature all national holidays are celebrated in … Read more
Jerusalem
Unlike the traditional Gregorian calendar months in Jerusalem start with the start of the lunar cycle. The middle of a month falls on the full moon, and a month ends on the day of the new moon. The beginning and the end of a day are also marked in a different way. While in most countries midnight is considered the beginning of a new day, in Jerusalem sunset tells people about the beginning of a new day. Thus, a new day comes in the evening and this is the reason why the celebration of so many … Read more
Haifa
The anticipated holiday of Hanukkah is equally fascinating; candles are its main symbols. They are usually installed in special holiday candle holders, khanukiyah. Purim is considered one of the most cheerful holidays; it is dedicated to an important historical event - the rescue of Jews from the onslaught of Haman, an Amalekite. The holiday is usually celebrated in the family circle and everyone tries to cover the table with a rich abundance of interesting treats. Constant symbols of the … Read more

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