Snap! Snap! Click click click…went the cameras all over Israel as Israelphiles (is that a word yet?) documented their interpretation of the beauty of Israel, the theme of Aliyah magazine’s recent photography contest. The results were awesome too!

As the old adage goes, beauty is in the eye of the behold, so too the pictures submitted reflected the beauty in nature, people, places and things – more specifically animals. Israel’s beauty was captured in the in the physical as well as the spiritual. Pictures of the cities and villages brought to mind the famous pasuk, “How lovely are your tents, O Jacob; your encampments, O Israel!”

Although there was a judging, a winner, and a top ten list to be published in our 1st edition, I believe we’re all winners when we find beauty in nearly anything!