THE WAY WE ARE: ISRAEL. EPAL’S PROJECTS WORKS. SHALOM. INTRODUCTION.
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EPAL’S PROJECTS WORKS
Israel is a small country in the Middle East. Our correspondents live in the city of Kfar-Saba and study in a school called Bar-Lev Junior High School. Michal - JoãoYammit - Daniela Dana - TelmoNoya - Ivan But just Michal replied to every email sent!
Location of Israel in the Middle East
The State of Israel is a country in the Middle East, the far southeast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is a democratic parliamentary republic founded on 14 May 1948. It is the only Jewish state in the world. Although Israel has never officially defined its borders, which currently divides the north with Lebanon, Syria and Jordan to the east and Egypt in the southwest.
The name Israel, which in Hebrew means one who struggles with God, has its origin in the passage from the book of Genesis the first of the Hebrew Bible (Torah ) in which Jacob fighting an angel and receives the name of Israel. The nation that was founded by Jacob, is called alternately "The Children of Israel", "The People of Israel," or "Israeli."
Jerusalem, isthe capital declared (notrecognizedbytheinternationalcommunity) of Israel anditslargestcitybothinareaandinpopulation, with 732,100 residentsinanareaof 125.1 squarekilometersor 49 miles (includingthedisputedareaofEastJerusalem). LocatedinMountainsbetweentheMediterraneanSeaandthenorthernDeadSea, modernJerusalemhasgrown to theoutskirtsoftheoldcity.
Israel was created with the purpose to be a homeland for the Jewish people and is often referred to as the Jewish state. The Law of Return grants all Jews and Jewish lineage the right to Israeli citizenship. Just over three quarters, or 75% of the population are Jews from various Jewish sources. Approximately 68% of Israeli Jews born in the country, 22% are immigrants from Europe and the Americas and 10% are immigrants from Asia and Africa (including the Arab world). The religious affiliation of Israeli Jews varies widely: 55% say they are "traditional," while 20% consider themselves "secular Jews", 17% define themselves as "Orthodox Jews", the final 8% define themselves as "haredi Jews."
Israel is a country very hot, and almost absence of precipitation and consequently Israel suffers for lack of enough water. The maximum temperature ever reached in Israel is 43 º C.
KfarSabais a cityintheSharonregion, oftheCenterDistrictof Israel. According to the Israel Central BureauofStatistics (CBS), attheendof 2007, KfarSabahad a total populationof 81,600.
Kfar Saba (ancient Capharsaba) was an important settlement belonging to the Tribe of Ephraim in the southern Sharon during the Second Temple period. It is mentioned for the first time in the writings of Josephus, in his account of the attempt of Alexander Jannaeus to halt an invasion from the North led by Antiochus (Antiquities, book 13, chapter 15). Kfar Saba also appears in the Talmud in connection to corn tithing and the Capharsaba sycamore fig tree. The settlement was likely named after a person called Saba, though this person's importance is not known.
The culture of a country like Israel, fascinated us, and we have learned much from our correspondents, although only Michal replied to all mails. We conclude, then, that the culture of Israel is not very different from ours, just changing our religion, despite the existing confrontations Israel can keep their culture alive.
João Moreno, N.º10
Daniela Cordeiro, N.º7
Ivan Raposo, N.º9
Telmo Ferreira, N.º13