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The Times of Israel (Link)
- Michael Horovitz (August 30, 2023)
Archaeologists recently unearthed two unique structures used for an
unclear purpose during the First Temple period 2,800 years ago in
Jerusalem’s Old City, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Wednesday.
The installations, dating to around the 9th century BCE and found at
the City of David archaeological site, were likely an important part of
the economy, due to their proximity to the royal palace and temple, the
Researchers have struggled to pinpoint their precise use since no
site of its kind has ever been found in Israel.
“The excavators found the first installation at the northeastern end
of the Givati Parking Lot excavation, which includes a series of at
least nine channels that were smoothed. On top of the rock cliff that
encloses the installation to the south can be found seven drain pipes,
which carried liquid from the top of the cliff, which served as an
activity area, to the channel installation,” the IAA said in its
description of the site.
The second site includes five channels that could carry liquids,
according to the statement.
Dr. Yiftah Shalev, a senior researcher at the IAA, said efforts to
identify the exact purpose of the site have been fruitless.
Israel Today (Link)
- Ryan Jones (July 16, 2023)
Again the biblical red heifer is in the news, sparking renewed discussion
about a future Third Temple in Jerusalem.
Hundreds of Israelis reportedly visited the Jewish settlement of Shiloh in
central Samaria last week to welcome the first of three pure red heifers to
arrive from the United States. Shiloh was the first biblical capital of Israel
and the place where the Tabernacle stood for hundreds of years before King David
moved it to Jerusalem.
The three red heifers will be housed at the Ancient Shiloh heritage site
and a center will open there dedicated to researching the phenomenon. The heifers
will be kept in a fenced-off area, and visitors will not be able to touch the
The mysterious red heifer, or Parah Adumah, is first mentioned
in the Book of Numbers, when God instructs Moses and Aaron to take “a perfectly
red unblemished cow, upon which no yoke was laid.” The ashes of a red heifer
are necessary for purification prior to conducting biblical sacrificial ceremonies.
Jewish Press (Link)
- Hana Levi Julian (June 7, 2023)
Likud Knesset member Amit Halevi is promoting a plan to divide the Temple
Mount between Jews and Muslims.
Under the plan, Muslims will receive the southern Al Aqsa Mosque and its
annexes and the Jews will receive the central and northern area, including the
Dome of the Rock, the place on which it is believed that the Holy of Holies
stood in the Temple.
In addition, Halevi suggests removing the Kingdom of Jordan’s authority over
the Temple Mount by launching a process to remove its decades-long political
status achieved through agreements with Israel.
The Temple Mount is not considered to be under Israeli sovereignty due to
Jordan’s political status there, Halevi noted, saying it is a “sin to history”
to give status to a foreign nation on the sacred site.
“Why not give them status in the Dizengoff Center as well? This is a terrible
mistake. This status should be abolished. I know it’s an agreement between countries,
but we have to deal with it. It requires change even if the process that will