The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha on the Sea of Galilee was fully reopened with the help of Israel President Reuven Rivlin this week, some 22 months after Jewish extremists set fire to the compound.
Two rooms in the historic church, where tradition says Jesus performed one of his most noted miracles, were badly damaged in the blaze.
A red fox climbs out of a gaping hole in the earth, tiptoeing over crumbling sidewalks dotted with old streetlamps that lean at crazy angles. Just two years ago the Ein Gedi beach was filled with children slurping on popsicles and parents lugging coolers down to the water’s edge.
But when massive sinkholes began swallowing the beach, humans beat a hasty retreat and the area became the foxes’ domain.
Over 60 years after the first excavations at Qumran, researchers from Hebrew University said Wednesday that they identified a twelfth cave near Qumran they believe contained Dead Sea Scrolls until it was plundered in the middle of the 20th century.
The latest excavation was conducted by Hebrew University and the Israel Antiquities Authority under the auspices of the IDF’s Civil Administration.
One of the few remaining unstudied major biblical sites, where according to the Bible the Ark of the Covenant was kept for two decades, will be excavated by archaeologists this summer for the first time.
Organizers hope the anticipated study of Kiryat Ye’arim (also transliterated as Kiriath Jearim) will shed light on the site’s significance during the Iron Age, the period associated with the biblical account of King David.
Going on an urban foraging tour is like putting on a pair of 3D glasses: It transforms a familiar cityscape into something completely different. Clumps of weeds turn into hefty bundles of edible greens, while abandoned lots yield stalks of wild asparagus or cones of crimson sumac.
With Tu Bishvat, the annual Jewish “holiday of the trees” that’s coming up on Saturday having turned into a platform for ecological awareness, foraging the fresh greens growing underfoot is one of the best ways to encounter nature in the cement jungle.
Yael knew she would have to prove she was Jewish. But she never expected that trying to get married would turn into a nearly yearlong investigation of her family.
In the end Yael, who asked to go by a pseudonym to protect her privacy, was barred from marrying in Israel, along with her mother and older brother. Although they had long ago immigrated to this country as Jews, their lineage did not check out with the state religious authorities.
It was easy to miss amid the noise and bustle at the Cybertech 2017 exhibition in Tel Aviv last week — a desk decked with a blue cloth and a scattering of brochures and comic books, among them Marvel Comics’ Doctor Spectrum.
Perhaps the not-so-subtle hint should have been the Israeli flag on display and the blue and white national symbols printed on the panel behind, portraying a menorah circled by the Hebrew words: “Where there is no guidance, a nation falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”
For the first time in over a decade, archaeologists are commencing new excavations atop Masada, studying previously untouched areas of the legendary desert mountain fortress, including the residences of Jewish rebels who met their doom in 74 CE.
A Tel Aviv University team, headed by Roman-period archaeologist Guy Stiebel, will conduct a month-long excavation at the UNESCO World Heritage Site starting on February 5.