Archive for the ‘History’ Category


Mind-blowing 1,600-year-old biblical mosaics paint new picture of Galilean life

editor 13 July 2018

By Amanda Borschel-Dan.. With its rich and vivid finds, Byzantine-period synagogue at Huqoq busts scholars’ earlier notions of a drab Jewish settlement in decline. In its eighth dig season, the vibrant mosaic flooring of a fifth century synagogue excavated in the small ancient Galilee village of Huqoq continues to surprise. The 2018 Huqoq dig has uncovered unprecedented depictions of biblical stories, including the Israelite spies in Canaan. [Photo top right: Female face in Huqoq mosaic. A monumental synagogue building dating to the Late Roman period (ca. 4th-5th centuries C.E.) has been discovered in archaeological excavations at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee. Photo by Jim Haberman/Flash90].  (more…)


1,900 Year-Old Coin Found in Jerusalem

editor 5 July 2018

By JNS.. “Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly.” I Chronicles 29:9. A rare coin minted 1,949 years ago was found last ‎week ‎in a dig in the City of ‎David in ‎Jerusalem.‎ Reut Vilf of the ‎City of David Foundation said the ‎coin, discovered ‎in the sewage system ‎running ‎beneath ancient ‎Jerusalem, dates back to the year 69 ‎CE, the fourth year ‎of the Jewish revolt against ‎Rome and the year in ‎which the rebels despaired.‎ [Photo top right: 1,949 year-old coin found at the Emek Zurim sifting project. | Credit: City of David archive].  (more…)


3,000-Year-Old Head Depicts Biblical King – But Which King Is it?

editor 13 June 2018

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz.. “[Yoav’s men] came and besieged him in Abel of Beth-maacah; they threw up a siegemound against the city and it stood against the rampart. All the troops with Yoav were engaged in battering the wall.” II Samuel 20:15. A recently revealed archaeological find may allow modern day people to see what a Biblical king looked like but a mystery still remains: which Biblical king is he? [Photo top right: Glass head of mystery king (Photo from Facebook Tel Abel Beth Maacah)].  (more…)


The Last Things He Saw

editor 9 June 2018

By Jeffrey Greenberg.. Chasing the ghosts of my uncle, who was killed in action in Normandy during WWII. In a manila envelope in the top drawer of her dresser, my mother kept a Scottish Grenadiers’ cap with a red checkered band and ribbons falling from its back. Her brother Monroe had sent it to her from Great Britain a few months before D-Day. [Photo top right: Monroe J. Molensky | Credit: – – – – Jean-François Pellouais].  (more…)


Paraguay Follows Trump and Guatemala, Opens Embassy in Jerusalem

editor 24 May 2018

By Tazpit Press Service.. “May Hashem bless you from Tzion; may you share the prosperity of Yerushalayim all the days of your life.” Psalms 128:5 . Paraguay officially moved its embassy to Jerusalem Monday (May 21, 2018), becoming the third country to make the move in the past week, after the United States and Guatemala moved their embassies to the capital on May 14 and 16 (2018), respectively. [Photo top right: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes at the official opening ceremony of the Paraguay embassy in Jerusalem on May 21, 2018. (Photo by Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)].  (more…)


What Miracle Can Be Greater?

editor 15 May 2018

By Marvin Hier.. Fortunate are we and our children and grandchildren that we live at a time in history where with our own eyes we have seen the fulfilment of this great miracle. I remember in my Yeshiva days reading about the great 18th Century scholar, Rabbi Yaakov Emden’s commentary that the continued existence of the Jewish people is a miracle as great or even greater than G-d’s splitting of the Red Sea. Miracles greater than at the time of the Exodus? No way. [Photo top right: Thousands of Jewish wave the Israeli flags as they celebrate Jerusalem Day by dancing through Damascus Gate on their way to the Western Wall. Jerusalem Day celebrations mark the 51th anniversary of its capture of Arab east Jerusalem in the Six Day War of 1967. May 13, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90].  (more…)


Yom Yerushalayim / יום ירושלים

editor 11 May 2018

By C4Israel International.. Jerusalem Day (Hebrew: יום ירושלים, Yom Yerushalayim) is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in June 1967. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel declared Jerusalem Day a minor religious holiday to thank God for victory in the Six-Day War and for answering the 2,000-year-old prayer of “Next Year in Jerusalem”. Jerusalem Day starts at sundown on Saturday May 12, 2018. [Photo top right: Jewish people pray at the Western Wall as part of celebrations for Jerusalem Day, commemorating the Jewish victory in Jerusalem in 1967. June 1 2011. Photo by Nicky Kelvin/Flash90].  (more…)


Israel and Anne Frank’s Jewishness

editor 23 April 2018

By Caroline Glick.. On the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the New Israel Fund announced it signed a partnership agreement with Anne Frank Fonds, the foundation Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank, established in 1963 to administer the profits from the sales of her diary. Frank’s diary has sold more than 30 million copies in 60 languages since it was first published in 1947. Its sales and global reach make it the most famous book authored by a Jew aside from the Bible. (more…)


Israel at 70: Flourishing against All Odds (+Video)

editor 18 April 2018

By Ambassador Dore Gold.. Israel is celebrating 70 years of national independence, and there’s a huge irony in that number. For it was in the year 70 that the last Jewish Commonwealth was destroyed by the Roman Empire, and the Temple, the center of gravity of the Jewish people, was destroyed. The rebirth of Israel is nothing short of a miracle. It involved dedication, commitment of a national movement that began with the establishment of Zionism, which is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people. (more…)


Palestinians ‘Peoplehood’ Based on a Big Lie

editor 11 April 2018

By Eli E. Hertz.. The Palestinians claim that they are an ancient and indigenous people fails to stand up to historic scrutiny. Most Palestinian Arabs were newcomers to British Mandate Palestine. Until the 1967 Six-Day War made it expedient for Arabs to create a Palestinian peoplehood, local Arabs simply considered themselves part of the ‘great Arab nation’ or ‘southern Syrians.’

“Repeat a lie often enough and people will begin to believe it.”
Nazi propaganda master Joseph Goebbels

“All [that Palestinians] can agree on as a community is what they want to destroy, not what they want to build.”
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman

There is no age-old Palestinian people. Most so-called Palestinians are relative newcomers to the Land of Israel. (more…)


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