What tourists should not do in Israel
Israel is a free country. You will be convinced of this after you pass strict passport control at the airport and find yourself in crazy Tel Aviv, where homosexual couples and freaks of all stripes freely walk around the streets …
Israel is a free country
Freedom is felt in other cities. But in the Holy Land there are taboos that are better not to break.
Wearing indecent clothing in religious neighborhoods
At the entrance to the religious quarters of Israeli cities are warning signs: “It is forbidden to enter with an organized tourist group and in indecent clothing.” Ultra-Orthodox Jews are extremely negative about t-shirts, shorts, short skirts and a neckline. For tourists who want to see with their own eyes the focus of Israeli color and feel the atmosphere of the pre-war European ghetto, there is a dress code.
Dress code in religious quarters of Israeli cities
Men should be in long trousers, a shirt and closed boots, always with a covered head. Women need to close their knees and elbows. Pants and, especially, jeans will not work: in a religious quarter you can only wear a wide skirt that covers your knees, a loose shirt or sweater with long sleeves. Clothing should not emphasize the figure. An unmarried woman is supposed to walk with her head uncovered, but long hair needs to be bundled. If a woman is married, a scarf should be on her head.
If a woman is married, a scarf should be on her head
In tourist areas and secular cities, you can dress as you like, but in the whole country both men and women are forbidden to drive a car with a bare torso.
Defiantly behaving in a religious quarter
If you find yourself in the authentic Jerusalem quarter of the Mea Shearim, do not provoke the orthodox behavior that is unacceptable to them. If you decide to walk around the religious quarter as a couple, it is better not to demonstrate romantic manifestations and passion. Do not hold hands, hug and kiss.
Authentic Jerusalem quarter Mea Shearim
You can’t point fingers at local residents, speak in a mocking and condemning tone, laugh at them, look at something outlandish. In religious quarters there are even posters with the inscription: “This is not a zoo!”
You cannot drive into orthodox quarters on Shabbat by car: they can be stoned. According to the laws of the Torah, on Saturday it is impossible to light and extinguish a fire, namely, such processes occur in an internal combustion engine.
There is no official ban on photo and video shooting, but the orthodox do not like to be photographed, they look at the photographer with a sizzling look or turn away from the camera. After sunset on Friday and before sunset on Saturday, Orthodox Jews – men in black frock coats and hats, and women in dark, covered clothing – cannot be photographed. On Shabbat, orthodoxes cannot participate in creative processes.
Disrespecting Yom Kippur
On the Day of Atonement, life in Israel freezes: all Jews do not work, do not drive, do not eat and do not drink. If you find yourself in a country in Yom Kippur (in September 2018 – September 19), do not resent the closed restaurants and the lack of transport.
Fasting Yom Kippur
Better not plan trips on this day, buy food the day before or find an Arabian restaurant.
Taking photographs of strategic military installations
If you photograph a military facility in Israel, certain areas of the airport and its employees, a power station or port facilities, be prepared for the fact that a person will come up to you and ask you to remove the photos from the camera or phone.