THE LARGEST HOARD OF GOLD COINS EVER FOUND IN ISRAEL RECOVERED FROM THE SEABED IN THE ANCIENT HARBOR IN CAESAREA NATIONAL PARK
The largest collection of gold coins discovered in Israel was found recently on the seabed in the ancient harbor in Caesarea National Park. A group of divers and the Marine Archaeology Unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority found the lost treasure, which consisted of almost 2,000 gold coins including a dinar, half dinar and quarter dinar, of various dimensions and weight. The oldest coin in the collection is a quarter dinar minted in Palermo, Sicily in the second half of the ninth century CE. Most of the other coins belong to the Fatimid dynasty and were minted in Egypt and North Africa. The coins are considered to be in excellent condition despite the fact that they were at the bottom of the sea for about a thousand years and they did not require any cleaning or conservation intervention. Theories surrounding the find include the shipwreck of an official treasury boat and the sinking of a large merchant ship carrying the treasure that traded with coastal Mediterranean cities.
|A 55,000-YEAR-OLD HUMAN SKULL UNCOVERED IN MANOT CAVE SUGGESTS MODERN HUMANS MIGRATED FROM AFRICA TO THE REST OF THE WORLD SOME 65,000 YEARS AGOA 55,000-year-old modern human skull was found in the Dan David-Manot Cave in the Western Galilee. This rare skull indicates that today’s human population originated in Africa and migrated from there about 65,000 years ago. According to the team of researchers from Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Israel Antiquities Authority, the discovery sheds light on one of the most dramatic periods in human evolution: the appearance of modern humans as we know them today. This is the first discovery of human remains that date to the period between 45,000-65,000 years ago evidencing the migration route from Africa to Europe through the Levant. The Manot skull was found on a bedrock ledge in a small chamber in the center of the cave and the researchers are calling the discovery “one of the most important discoveries in the study of human evolution.” While the skull is being studied, the cave is being prepared for public access.|
SYNAGOGUE WHERE JESUS LIKELY PREACHED UNCOVERED IN GALILEE
Mandatory excavations on land purchased by the Legions of Christ on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee unearthed a first-century synagogue, in which, it is believed, Jesus once preached. The purchased land is likely located on top of ruins of the ancient town of Magdala, where Jesus is believed to have spent time. The first-century synagogue is one of only seven in Israel (and the entire world) and is the first synagogue ever excavated where Jesus is believed to have walked and preached. Jesus spent almost his entire life and ministry in northern Israel and experts say it’s highly likely that he would have preached in the uncovered synagogue believed to have first been built in the year 1. A sculpted limestone block found at the center of the synagogue depicts the oldest menorah ever found on stone.
REMAINS OF 8,000-YEAR-OLD OLIVE OIL EXPOSED IN THE LOWER GALILEE – EARLIEST EVIDENCE OF THE USE OF OLIVE OIL IN ISRAEL
Researchers from the Israel Antiquities Authority contend they have found the earliest evidence of the use of olive oil in Israel, and possibly the entire Middle East, at an excavation site in the Lower Galilee. An excavation led to the testing of pottery vessels that were found at the site and were concluded to have contained olive oil from as far back as 8,000 years ago.
A 2018 demonstration against antisemitism in Berlin. Photo: Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch.
A slight drop in the number of antisemitic incidents in Berlin during the first half of this year is no excuse for complacency, the city’s antisemitism commissioner emphasized on Thursday following the publication of statistics for hate crimes targeting Jews in the German capital from January-June 2019.
“Antisemitism remains a serious problem that we cannot tolerate in Berlin,” Lorenz Korgel — the city’s commissioner for combating antisemitism — told local news outlet Berliner Morgenpost. “The number of antisemitic incidents remains at a high level. ”
People wear kippas at a demonstration in front of a Jewish synagogue denouncing an antisemitic attack on a young man wearing a kippa, in Berlin, Germany, April 25, 2018. (photo credit: FABRIZIO BENSCH / REUTERS)
The population of the State of Israel has increased 2.1% since last year, according to a report released in time for Rosh Hashanah by the Central Bureau of Statistics.
Today, there are 9.1 million citizens of Israel, of which some 6.7 million (74%) are Jewish, the report shows. The country’s citizens also include 1.9 million Arabs (21%) and 0.4% of “others,” including Christians and those of other minority groups.
A women holds up a sign against anti-Semitism at a rally in New York City on Sept. 22, 2019. Photo: Rhonda Hodas Hack.
JNS.org – Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in front of City Hall in New York on Sunday, calling on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other municipal leaders, as well as those on the national level, to act against antisemitism and the wave of antisemitic hate crimes taking place against the Orthodox Jewish community.
The beach in Tel Aviv, Israel, May 17, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Ammar Awad.
On the eve of the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, ushering in the Jewish year of 5780, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics released its traditional end-of-the-year findings.
Israel’s population now stands at 9.092 million people — 6.744 million (74.2 percent) of whom are Jews, with 1.907 million (21 percent) Arabs and 441,000 (4.8 percent) listed as “other.”
Drew Seigla and Stephanie Lynne Mason. Photo: Instagram.
Drew Seigla and Stephanie Lynne Mason play Pertshik and Hodl, whose love story takes them all the way to Siberia in the award-winning show by the National Yiddish Theatre.
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“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” — Sherlock Holmes, The Boscombe Valley Mystery
“Israel must, in the most blunt and clear way possible, illustrate to Washington that the prosperity of Jordan is a first-rate Israeli security and strategic interest.” — Former head of Mossad Ephraim Halevy at “Between Jerusalem and Amman: 25 Years Since the Signing of the Peace Agreement Between Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,” Institute for National Security Studies, Sept. 25, 2019.
A thought came to mind the other day.
For all the bluster about Judaism and anti-Semitism in America, I am not convinced that far-out-left and liberal young Jews, who have been very strident and even threatening on Israel-related issues and local American political battles, have done much on the ground to confront and quash, one way or another, attacks on Jews. They have portrayed themselves as gliding along a moral highway but have permitted immoral actions to exist quite close to home, far from Gaza (did any of them recite a public Kaddish in the town square for murdered and injured Jews, or their damaged and desecrated property)?
One of the hallmark features of Yom Kippur are the communal sins which we need to repent for. Most Jews focus on what we have done personally towards G-d and towards others. Little thought is given to how we could be better as a community. Or the sins we bear as a community.
However, the communal recitation of the Al Chet, repeated over and over on Yom Kippur is to drive the point home that we are responsible for one another
Incoming freshman Member of Knesset from the leftist, Democratic Union list, Yair Golan, did it again. Golan’s constant delegitimization of his political opponents on the right, smacks of the same delegitimization that tyrants, dictators, demagogues and assorted totalitarians always use, just before the Putsch.
In that regard, he’s right when he said recently, “I’m reminding people that the Nazis came to power democratically, so we have to be careful, very careful, so that radicals with a messianic view won’t exploit Israeli democracy to replace the system of government.” Think “
As Israeli frustration mounts about violence coming out of Gaza, the idea of a ground invasion, and once and for all to finish with Hamas aggression, becomes more appealing. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has endorsed this approach, saying, “There probably won’t be a choice but to topple the Hamas regime.” While sympathetic to this impulse, I worry that too much attention is paid to tactics and not enough to goals. The result could be harmful to Israel.