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I Love Eilat!

By Tzvi Fishman
2/4/2011, 12:00 AM

If you are looking for magnificent mountains, awe-inspiring wildernesses, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, crystal clear beaches, spirituality, fun, and all the luxury and excitement the world has to offer, you don’t have to shlep to Thailand and India – Eilat has it all!

Sunset in Eilat

We just got back from a three day, blogless, fun, and spiritually uplifting vacation to Eilat. When the Torah says that the Land of Israel doesn’t lack anything, it's right. From the snow-capped Hermone, to the forests of the Galil, and the beaches of Netanya, to the Holy City of Jerusalem, and the incredible tropic beauty of Eilat, this country has everything.

It’s interesting that in addition to Jerusalem, the top of the world, Israel also has the Yam HaMelech, which is the lowest.

Yam HaMelach

Wherever you find holiness, you’ll also find the opposite. On the one hand, if you are looking to envelope your body in mud baths, sunshine, mineral water, hot baths, warms baths, cool pools, Jacuzzis, saunas, massages, steam rooms, health clubs…. the Dead Sea is the place. But it is also the place where King David composed some of his most transcendentally spiritual Psalms. It all depends on you.

At the Spa

This week’s Torah portion talks about the Mishkan whose walls were made from the wood of Acadia trees. Driving down to Eliat, you see them all over.

Acadia Tree
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On the road.

 

Masada in the distance.
Oh beautiful for spacious skies!
Home home on the range.

 

There's nothing like praying in the wilderness.

If you’re looking for minyans, mikvahs, kosher food, and a spiritual high, they’re waiting for you in Eilat.

Morning mikvah in Eilat.

If you’re looking for luxury and beauty, you’ll find it there too.

If luxury is your thing, Eilat's got it.
Our bungalow hotel.
The Land that doesn't lack anything.

 

Sunrise at the hotel
Our sages compared the Redemption to the dawning sunrise which comes slowly slowly until the light is revealed in its full force.

 

It ain't Japan.
Get there early and give your eyeballs a break.
A relaxing cruise in the Gulf of Eilat while the mutiny in Cairo is just a short sail away.
 

We had a great time! I can’t wait to go back!

Chodesh Adar tov!