Another Ancient Site Opens in Jerusalem

Ancient Roman Square excavated and now open to the public (Photo credit: Ilanit Chernick) Beneath Damascus Gate in the north wall of the Old City lies an ancient Roman square (or plaza), thought to be where Roman Emperor Hadrian paraded his troops after squashing the Bar Kochba Revolt in 135 AD. The Damascus Gate of …

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Reflections on Tisha B’Av

Sundown on August 10 marked the beginning of Tisha B'Av, the saddest day in Israel's history. Imagine all these things happening on the same Jewish calendar day (ninth of the month of Av): The decree that Israelites would wander in the desert for 40 years after leaving Egypt, until a new generation would enter the …

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An Historical Look at “Palestine”

As we launched week 6, we discovered who the Palestinians are and the relatively recent advent of Palestinianism.  Today we’ll take a closer look at the Israel vs Palestine issue before moving on to discuss terrorism and its threat to Israel. Many scholars believe that “Palestine” originated from Plesheth, the same root word as our …

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A Brief History of Palestine

As we launched week 6, we discovered who the Palestinians are and the relatively recent advent of Palestinianism.  Today we’ll take a closer look at the Israel vs Palestine issue before moving on to discuss terrorism and its threat to Israel. Many scholars believe that “Palestine” originated from Plesheth, the same root word as our …

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