Yeah, ok, so the land of Israel is freaking gorgeous — from the rolling hills of the Golan in the North,  to the vast open space of deserts in the South.

 

The ancient and the modern blend together seamlessly in the cities, and fields flourish in between.

 

Sure, this is a beautiful country geographically speaking.

 

But the people in all of its cultural complexities,  make Israel all the more magnificent.

At sunset. Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

At sunset.
Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

 

A wedding in Jaffa.

A wedding in Jaffa.

 

 

Submitted by Rahel Sharon Jaskow

Submitted by Rahel Sharon Jaskow

 

Submitted by Irene Rabinowitz

Submitted by Irene Rabinowitz

 

Mazel Tovvvv!!!! Submitted by Koby Benmeleh

Mazel Tovvvv!!!!
Submitted by Koby Benmeleh

 

Beautiful people of Israel

Security is tight on the bus.
Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

 

Salafists in Jerusalem.

Salafists in Jerusalem.

 

 

 

A great smile. Photo by Natan Epstein.

A great smile.
Photo by Natan Epstein.

 

Party! Submitted by Miriam Young

Party!
Submitted by Miriam Young

 

Photo by Larry Weinberg

Photo by Larry Weinberg

 

 

 

A woman in the Israeli Air Force. Photo submitted by Beth Sense.

A woman in the Israeli Air Force.
Photo submitted by Beth Sensel.

 

 

Awesome. Submitted by Oded Sharon

Awesome.
Submitted by Oded Sharon

 

Springtime. Submitted by Shoshanna Jaskoll

Springtime.
Submitted by Shoshanna Jaskoll

 

An Israeli selfie. Photo by Dave Bender.

An Israeli selfie.
Photo by Dave Bender.

 

 

David and Erika Lang - a beautiful couple.

David and Erika Lange – a beautiful couple.

 

Adorable. Submitted by Gary Rudoren

Adorable.
Submitted by Gary Rudoren

 

A Christian pilgrim prays at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Photo Yifa Yaakov

A Christian pilgrim prays at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
Photo Yifa Yaakov

 

Remember, the sister always wins. Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

Remember, the sister always wins.
Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

 

A combat soldier in a moment of quiet prayer. Photo by Yael Portal.

A combat soldier in a moment of quiet prayer.
Photo by Yael Portal.

 

 

Beautiful. Submitted by Hilary Faverman

Beautiful.
Submitted by Hilary Faverman

 

 

Submitted by Zahava D. Englard

Submitted by Zahava D. Englard

 

Beautiful people of Israel

 

Shiny happy kids. Photo by Etana Hecht

Shiny happy kids.
Photo by Etana Hecht

 

Barry Rubin, may he be of blessed memory.  Submitted by Laure-Elise Singer

Barry Rubin, may he be of blessed memory.
Submitted by Laure-Elise Singer

 

 

Life is full of tough decisions. Submitted by Jessica Steinberg.

Life is full of tough decisions.
Submitted by Jessica Steinberg.

 

Submitted by Zahava D. Englard

Submitted by Zahava D. Englard

 

Completing a Sefer Torah. Photo by Laura Ben-David

Completing a Sefer Torah.
Photo by Laura Ben-David

 

An aba and baby. Submitted by Elie Leshem

An aba and baby.
Submitted by Elie Leshem

 

Beautiful baby Photo by Gaby Shine Markowitz.

Beautiful baby
Photo by Gaby Shine Markowitz.

 

 

Peace out. Photo by Sharon Altshul

Peace out.
Photo by Sharon Altshul

 

 

 

Submitted by Nicholas Jagdeo

Submitted by Nicholas Jagdeo

 

Shaindy Pakow

Shaindy Pakow

 

A newly inducted soldier. Photo submitted by Elena Luria

A newly inducted soldier.
Photo submitted by Elena Luria

 

Herzl photobomb. Submitted by Josiah Ching

Herzl photobomb.
Submitted by Josiah Ching

 

 

 

A glowing family. Photo by Baruch Landa

A glowing family.
Photo by Baruch Landa

 

A moment frozen in time. Photo by Laura Ben-David.

A moment frozen in time.
Photo by Laura Ben-David.

 

 

Submitted by Rahel Sharon Jaskow

Submitted by Rahel Sharon Jaskow

 

Submitted by Zahava D. Englard

Submitted by Zahava D. Englard

 

Submitted by Guy Prives

Submitted by Guy Prives

 

Aba and child.  Submitted by Avraham Hermon

Aba and child.
Submitted by Avraham Hermon

 

 

Rainbow girls at the Jerusalem Museum. Submitted by Bernice Keren.

Rainbow girls at the Jerusalem Museum.
Submitted by Bernice Keren.

 

Gorgeous couple.  Photo by Hillel Fuld.

Gorgeous couple.
Photo by Hillel Fuld.

 

Who says we don't have autumn in Israel? Photo by Laura Ben-David

Who says we don’t have autumn in Israel?
Photo by Laura Ben-David

 

Photo by Sharon Altshul

Photo by Sharon Altshul

 

A woman in the shuk. Photo by Gary Rudoren.

A woman in the shuk.
Photo by Gary Rudoren.

 

It's all in the details. Photo by Avraham Hermon

It’s all in the details.
Photo by Avraham Hermon

 

 

Photo by Judy Balint

Photo by Judy Balint

 

Photo by Yaniv Golan

Photo by Yaniv Golan

 

A man sits near Mamilla Mall. Photo by Laura Ben-David

A man sits near Mamilla Mall.
Photo by Laura Ben-David

 

 

Jaffa oranges. In Jaffa.

Jaffa oranges. In Jaffa.

 

Shadow and sun in Jaffa. Photo by Leanne Ravid.

Shadow and sun in Jaffa.
Photo by Leanne Ravid.

 

 

The faithful in prayer.  Photo by Jaeheon, Kim.

The faithful in prayer.
Photo by Jaeheon, Kim.

 

 

A shop keeper sits across from his shop in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City. Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

A shop keeper sits across from his shop in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City.
Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

 

Photo by Corinne Berzon

Photo by Corinne Berzon

 

Photo by Ellen Cohen

Photo by Ellen Cohen

 

 

Riding the bus. Submitted by Aliza Saltzburg

Riding the light rail.
Submitted by Aliza Saltzburg

 

Photo by Yaniv Golan

Photo by Yaniv Golan

 

 

Succot in Tel Aviv. Photo by Sarah Vanunu

Succot in Tel Aviv.
Photo by Sarah Vanunu

 

Photo by Yaniv Golan

Photo by Yaniv Golan

 

 

Hanging out on Yermiyahu Street. Submitted by Sarah Vanunu

Hanging out on Yermiyahu Street.
Submitted by Sarah Vanunu

 

 

Happy people.  Submitted by Deborah Pardo.

Happy people.
Submitted by Deborah Pardo.

 

Photo by Judy Balint

Photo by Judy Balint

 

Reflections. Submitted by John Sekulow.

Reflections.
Submitted by John Sekulow.

 

What a smile! Submitted by Devora Mason

What a smile!
Submitted by Devora Mason

 

No caption required. Submitted by Alon Shabo.

No caption required.
Submitted by Alon Shabo.

 

 

Submitted by Yisrael Medad

Submitted by Yisrael Medad

 

At the Western Wall. Submitted by Shanie Reichman

At the Western Wall.
Submitted by Shanie Reichman

 

Beautiful faces of Israel

The greeter at Dr. Shakshuka in Yafo.
Photo by Ariela Solomon Naparstek

 

Family is everything. Submitted by Bernice Keren.

Family is everything.
Submitted by Bernice Keren.

 

Wind.

Wind.

 

Beautiful faces of Israel

Photo by Yaniv Golan

 

Photo by Yaniv Golan

Photo by Yaniv Golan

 

Photo by Yaniv Golan

Photo by Yaniv Golan

 

Photo by Yaniv Golan

Photo by Yaniv Golan

 

 

Fierce. Photo by Elie Leshem.

Fierce.
Photo by Elie Leshem.

 

Too cool for school.  Photo by Elie Leshem.

Too cool for school.
Photo by Elie Leshem.

 

Street music. Photo by Yael Sasonov

Street music.
Photo by Yael Sasonov

 

Photo by Yael Sasonov

Photo by Yael Sasonov

 

Submitted by Jeffrey Woolf

Submitted by Jeffrey Woolf

 

Submitted by Laella Saffer

Submitted by Laella Saffer

 

 

 

An angel in Jaffa. Submitted by Miriam Young.

An angel in Jaffa.
Submitted by Miriam Young.

 

 

The eyes have it.

The eyes have it.

 

 

 

A father, daughter, and a sea of red anemones.  Submitted by Linda Amar

A father, daughter, and a sea of red anemones.
Submitted by Linda Amar

 

#OnlyInIsrael Photo by Emily Schrader

#OnlyInIsrael
Photo by Emily Schrader

 

 

A stunning moment. Photo by Elie Klein

A stunning moment.
Photo by Elie Klein

 

Young entrepreneurs of the old city.  Photo submitted by Chris Humphreys

Young entrepreneurs of the old city.
Photo submitted by Chris Humphreys

 

Jewish Man Escorted Off Temple Mount.  Photo Brandon Weinstock

Jewish Man Escorted Off Temple Mount.
Photo Brandon Weinstock

 

Chillin' in the Dead Sea  Photo by Brandon Weinstock.

Chillin’ in the Dead Sea
Photo by Brandon Weinstock.

 

 

 

Got pictures of beautiful people in Israel? Send them to me at sarah@timesofisrael.com.

 

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