Few places on earth exude such as a palpable sense of history and time as Israel. Sacred to billions, its lands are overflowing with biblical sites and ancient ruins, from the Temple Mount in Old Jerusalem to Christ’s birthplace in Bethlehem. However, Israel is far more than a giant museum or religious shrine. The country is one of the most technologically innovative in the world and cities like Tel Aviv are humming with commerce and culture while offering an enticing array of cutting edge cuisine and nightlife. For diversions, on any given weekend, you might find yourself taking a salt bath in the Dead Sea, skin diving in the Red Sea off the shores of Eilat, clubbing in Tel Aviv or ascending the heights of Masada.