My name is Marty Friedlander, and I have been a tour educator in Israel for the past 30 years - full time for the past seven. I positively LOVE to show people my adopted homeland, which I consider the most remarkable place to live in the world. Israel possesses every possible contrast you can dream of, it is the focal point of incredible historical, geographical, political, cultural and religious processes. And we're right in the middle of it all! Play the word association game with "Israel" and what do you get? "It's mishpocha," "It's complicated," "I found my roots," and "Simply inspiring" are a few of the more popular submissions, along with "dynamic" "spiritually uplifting" and "just plain gorgeous". Israel is one of those places where there are never six degrees of separation; usually two suffice. Spend a week here and it gets under your skin; spend a month it feels like home.