It not referring to the political document governing the current State of Israel. But rather the God-given covenant under which the entire nation of Abraham’s descendants abides. Because there seems to be some confusion among both Jews and Christians as to what Israel’s constitutional covenant is.
Israelis, and Jews worldwide, consider it to be the Mosaic Law. In fact, many Christians think that, too. And it’s easy to understand why. That covenant not only gave Israel the judicial, social and moral framework that distinguished it from the other nations, it revealed God’s highest standard of moral living on earth. Of course we know the nation hasn’t functioned in that covenant for over 2000 years because of the exile and destruction of the Temple. But that has not kept the Jewish people from continuing to observe a remnant of the Law’s practices, which has helped maintain their identity throughout the centuries.
Police have reportedly recommended that political leaders, including members of Knesset, be allowed to resume visits to the Temple Mount following a year-long ban imposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a bid to reduce tensions over the flashpoint holy site.
According to a Channel 2 report Tuesday, the Israel Police has proposed that cabinet ministers and MKs be allowed to visit the site as long as they fulfill 14 conditions, including prior notification of a visit, limits on visiting hours, agreeing to enter without a security entourage or journalists, and a ban on delivering speeches at the site.
A rare, ancient papyrus dating to the First Temple Period — 2,700 years ago — has been found to bear the oldest known mention of Jerusalem in Hebrew.
The fragile text, believed plundered from a cave in the Judean Desert cave, was apparently acquired by the Israel Antiquities Authority during a sting in 2012 when thieves attempted to sell it to a dealer. Radiocarbon dating has determined it is from the 7th century BCE, making it one of just three extant Hebrew papyri from that period, and predating the Dead Sea Scrolls by centuries.
KamaTech, an accelerator for ultra-Orthodox start-ups in Israel, and the Israeli investment network iAngels, launched the first VC fund exclusively for Haredi entrepreneurs in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. In the next three years, the fund, called 12 Angels, will invest some $5 million in about 30 companies focusing on education technology, e-commerce, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and fintech.
The initiative will help entrepreneurs establish their businesses in the rapidly growing ultra-Orthodox start-up scene, said KamaTech co-founder and CEO Moshe Friedman.
Police arrested 19 residents of East Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhoods on Saturday night and early Sunday morning for throwing rocks and rioting over the Jewish High Holidays, a police spokesperson said.
In the West Bank, the Israel Defense Forces and Border Police also arrested two Palestinians in separate overnight raids and confiscated money that was suspected of being “designated for terror activities,” the army said.
The Israel Defense Forces will close off the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Saturday for the Simhat Torah holiday, which begins Sunday evening. Palestinians will be barred passage into Israel for 48 hours beginning at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.
The army said exceptions would be made for medical emergencies and other “humanitarian cases,” dependent upon the approval of the Defense Ministry’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).
Israeli archaeologists found the site of a fierce battle where the Roman army bombarded and breached the walls of Jerusalem before conquering the city and destroying the Second Temple almost 2,000 years ago, officials said Thursday.
They said that the discovery, made last winter during an excavation of a construction site for the new campus of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design outside the Old City, also finally confirmed the description of the wall that was breached provided by the historian Josephus Flavius.
The Israel Police said Wednesday that eight Jewish worshipers were removed from the Temple Mount for “violating the terms of the visit,” in an apparent reference to praying at the holy site, which is forbidden for non-Muslim visitors.
Police said some 1,115 people visited the Temple Mount, where the two ancient Jewish temples stood, on Wednesday. Of that number, 275 were Jews.