7 Israel Facts You Probably Didn’t Know
When you think of Israel, you probably think of guys with funny hair and long beards and the Star of David. But Israel is so much more than just religion.
Jewish people are known to worship on Shabat, the seventh day of the week.
It’s a number of completion, and as such here are seven interesting Israel facts that you might not have known about the small yet interesting country.
Seven Days, Seven Facts
From the interesting to the exotic, Israel has a lot to offer. Maybe you’ll find something worth visiting for.
1) Fun Under the Sun
Israel is home to over 130 beaches, and all of them are beautiful. You can also go to learn Matkot, a sort of beach tennis that’s Israel’s unspoken national sport.
2) Lowest shall be the Greatest
The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth. It sits at over a thousand feet below sea level, but luckily it won’t be going too much further.
The salt content is so heavy you can float with ease, and the mud is nutrient-rich, go ahead and take a mud bath!
3) A Country of Treasures
Not only is Israel a country where you can literally take a hike and find an interesting artifact lying around, but it’s also the country with the highest amount of startup companies per capita.
If you’re looking to invest as well, it’s extremely friendly for foreign investors. You can check out thejerusalemportfolio.com for more information.
4) Bringing the Dead Back to Life
Israel is the only country in the world to have the accolade of resurrecting a dead language.
Hebrew was largely supplanted as a spoken language after the 5th century CE. It was only kept alive by Rabbinic literature and things the like.
There were some small communities that spoke derivatives, but it wasn’t until the Zionist revivals that Modern Hebrew caught traction. As of 2020, there are over 5 million speakers of Hebrew.
5) Was Blind and Now I See
The country is home to the only theater company in the world that has only blind and deaf actors.
Located in the port city of Jaffa, Na Laga’at is a non-profit cultural arts center that tries to provide memorable experiences for all people, including blind and/or deaf people.
If that wasn’t enticing, they also have a restaurant called Black Out, where you have a purely blind dining experience. All the while being served by blind waiters and waitresses.
6) The Great Assembly
This country is firmly rooted in their traditions of old. Israel’s government is run by their parliament called the Knesset.
It has 120 seats for its representatives which was modeled after the Knesset HaGedolah (translated as the Great Assembly), the Second Temple-era leadership body that was composed of 120 prophets, sages, and scribes.
7) Stewards of the Vineyard
Israel since ancient times has been a wine country. Even today, for a country half the size of Lake Michigan, they have over three hundred wineries.
about seventy of these wineries produce over fifty tons of grapes or more per year, and about ten of them produce over 90 percent of the country’s wine.
Know Your Israel Facts
There are so many more Israel facts to learn. But why read about it when you can live it? Make your way to the country of Israel and be amazed at what this little country with big amenities has to offer.
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