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In the 18th
year of King Yoshiyahu's reign he sends Shafan the Scribe to Chilkiah
the Priest in the Temple with instructions to check the situation in the
Temple and repair whatever needs repair. During the course of the work
Chilkiah finds a Torah scroll.
Chilkiah the Priest turns to Shafan the Scribe "I have found a Torah scroll in the house of the Lord" (Kings II, 22;8).
updates the King on the progress of the repairs in the Temple and
reports the news that a hidden Torah scroll had been discovered. Shafan
reads to the King from the verse where the Torah had been opened: "The
Lord shall bring you, and your king whom you have set to rule over you,
to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known" (Deuteronomy
Yoshiyahu , when hearing these words read from the Torah, is shocked
and he rends his garments out of total distraught. (Kings II, 22;11)
King orders his servants to hide five important items to prevent them
from falling into the hands of the enemy who will destroy the Temple:
the Holy Ark, the flask of mannah, Aaron's flowering staff, the oil of
anointment and the case which the Philistines had sent as a gift.
(Tosefta Sotah chapter 13)
Five crowns appear atop the letter "tzadi" in the word "tzintzenet" (flask), thereby alluding to the five items listed above.
The Three Musketeers at the Kotel
my pal Yehuda Glick, Former MK, and one of the three musketeers, indicted for ‘walking too slowly’ on Temple Mount – report
January 12, 2022
Knesset Member Yehuda Glick on Temple Mount, Aug. 29, 2017. (Youtube/Screenshot)
Yehuda Glick to face charges nearly two years after an incident which stemmed from him “walking too slowly” on the Temple Mount.
By Lauren Marcus, World Israel News
Former Knesset member and right-wing activist Yehuda Glick
was slapped with an indictment by the Israeli police on Wednesday, over
an incident in which security forces allege he “walked too slowly”
during a visit to the Temple Mount.
According to Hebrew language media, Glick has been banned from the holiest site in Judaism until further notice.
The incident over which he is now facing criminal charges began when Glick allegedly “walked too slowly, contrary to police instructions” at the Temple Mount in February 2020.
Police say that Glick had left his original tour group in order to
spend more time at the site, and refused to join another tour group.
Security policies at the Temple Mount require that Jewish visitors tour
the compound in a group, accompanied by armed guards.
When Glick declined to join another organized group and continued to walk around the site, he was detained by police.
At the police station, he then allegedly removed police documents,
including a memo about his conduct at the site, from an interrogator’s
desk while the detective left the room.
Because of this action, police say, he should be charged with obstructing the course of an investigation.
In September 2021, Glick was turned away from the entrance gate at
the Temple Mount and was told he was banned from the site, but not given
an explanation as to why.
It’s unclear why the Israeli police waited nearly two years to indict Glick over the alleged theft of police documents.
Several right-wing NGOS have come to Glick’s defense, charging that the police ban and indictment are politically-motivated.
Tom Nisani, CEO of Beyadenu, which supports the rights of Jews to
pray and visit the Temple Mount, said the potential charges against
Glick were not made in the interest of public safety.
“Beyadenu opposes the indictment against former Knesset member Yehuda
Glick, which stems from a desire to silence, persecute, and limit paths
for those who dare to fight for the rights of Jews on the Temple
Mount,” Nisani said.
“We are Yehuda, we are with you, and with everyone who is persecuted
by the police. We will continue to fight for the Temple Mount.”
Arava Desert Was the Startup Hub of Ancient Canaan
Photo Credit: Doron Horowitz/Flash90
A new Tel Aviv University study has determined that thanks to advanced management methods and impressive technological creativity, about three thousand years ago, the Arava Valley’s copper industry managed to thrive and become the largest and most advanced smelting center in the ancient world. The study was conducted by graduate student David Luria of TAU’s Jacob M. Alkow Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures and Sonia & Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology and is being published in the prestigious journal PLOS ONE (Copper technology in the Arabah during the Iron Age and the role of the indigenous population in the industry).
According to Luria, the copper industry in Canaan at that time was concentrated in two large mining areas – one in Timna (north of Eilat) and the other in Faynan (in the northern Arava, in Jordan). Previous research on the subject has claimed that the high level of technology employed there was made possible thanks to Egyptian technologies brought to the region during the voyage of the Egyptian Pharoah Shishak in 925 BC. This theory was strengthened in 2014 following the discovery of a scarab bearing the figure of Shishak in Faynan, and again later in 2019, following the development of a new scientific model that claimed that a sudden technological leap had taken place around the time of Shishak’s journey.
Luria, on the other hand, argues that the great economic and technological success of the copper industry in the Arava was not related to Egyptian capabilities, but rather to the talent of the Arava people, who learned to use the two advanced methods we know today as “trial and error” and “scaling up.” “Obviously these terms were not in use in ancient times, but the application of their practical principles was made possible due to a basic understanding of engineering and common sense, which were seen in other places in the ancient world as well,” says Luria.
Luria explains that the “trial and error” method allowed the Arava metalworkers to slowly improve technological processes, as well as to increase the volume and quality of production. In addition, “scaling up” made it possible to increase the dimensions of the existing means of production using materials and processes that were common at the time, thereby developing advanced production equipment within a short amount of time and with minimum cost and technological risk.
“Shishak’s expedition was not intended to physically take over the copper mines in the Arava, but rather to formulate a long-term agreement with the Arava people in order to bolster local production and thus increase copper exports to Egypt, which was suffering from local production difficulties at the time,” Luria says.
“It appears that the secret of the success of the ancient copper industry in the Arava lies in the skills and abilities of efficient managers, who were assisted at every stage of their decision-making by talented technological experts. Archeology today can’t identify who these executives were, but a careful analysis of the deposits left in the area can tell us an accurate story. These findings are the residues of copper production that have accumulated as heaps of waste that can be dated, and whose size allows us to assess the volume of production at any given time. Moreover, by conducting a chemical analysis of the copper content remaining in the waste, we can determine the quality of the production; when the amount of copper in the waste diminishes, we can conclude that the process had become more efficient.”
Luria also says that traces detected at these sites show that throughout the production period, the management team was able to close inefficient mines and open more efficient ones. Moreover, at certain points, a decision was taken to reuse waste from earlier periods, which was produced in less efficient processes in which a lot of copper remained, rather than use the pure mineral. These decisions could not have been made without an excellent technical team that backed management decisions with regular technological testing. The management also engaged in extensive marketing of copper throughout the ancient world.
“The important lesson to take away from this technological success is that the high-tech savvy of individuals – educated and energetic people who lived here in the first millennium BCE – succeeded, just like it does today, in bringing about a huge revolution in the local economy,” Luria concludes. “As they say, there is nothing new under the sun.”
Editor's note On January 5, 2022 my wife and I visited the Timna national park and saw the copper mines with our own two eyes. I have You tube pictures below. Yehuda
This is a lake just like out of a Horror Film! Travellers and tourists beware of such danger when you around this lake.
The Bloody Lake of Tanzania
Ever heard of a lake that could eat away your skin and flesh within moments if you touch the water? Well, that is Lake Natron in Tanzania! Do not be fooled by the stunning red water of the lake. The beautiful crust is made from an alkaline mineral which is extremely corrosive, with a pH of almost 12! Small animals that come in contact with the lake rarely survive the caustic waters.
6 amazing Lake Natron facts
Here are some facts you'll want to share with others for the wow factor!
1. Phantom rain
Lake Natron receives only 400 mm of rain a year, and much of that is ‘phantom rain’ – rain that evaporates before hitting the surface. This is because the lake is in a desert.
2. A volcano-fed lake
The lake has no outlets, and receives most of its water from springs and episodic streams. Because the water coming into the lake leaches through the volcanic material of nearby Mt Ol Doinyo Lengai, the lake’s water is highly alkaline.
3. The lake's water is poisonous
Lake Natron contains large salt, soda and magnesite deposits. This is a good environment for the growth of a kind of bacteria that damages the innards of the organisms that drink it.
4. Flamingoes thrive where others perish
Flamingos aren't negatively affected by the bacteria in Lake Natron that harms most other birds. The lake is actually the largest breeding ground in the world for lesser flamingoes!
5. The water sometimes turns red
The water of Lake Natron sometimes turns red (or orange-red) because of the algae that thrives in its hypersaline environment. This red tinge to the water can even be seen from space!
6. The lake is really hot
The lake's temperature can rise to 60 °C (140 °F) in summer! There are also hot springs on its eastern shore.
Jerusalem mayor Moshe Lion signs occupancy permit for largest synagogue in the world
Ger synagogue covers 377,000 square feet and was built to the highest standards of safety and beauty.
MK Yaakov Litzman with Mayor Moshe Lion Public relations
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion and his deputy Eliezer Rauchberger have signed the occupancy permit (tofes arba) authorizing use of a new building, for the largest synagogue in the world, the Ger beit medrash on Yirmiyahu Street in Jerusalem.
enormous structure covers 35,000 square meters (377 thousand square
feet), with the newly built wing occupying 12,000 square meters (130
thousand square feet).
Ophir May of the Jerusalem municipality
oversaw the progress of the construction, which complies with the
highest safety standards. The ceremony of signing the permit was a
modest event that took place in the mayor’s private office, with Mayor
Lion handing the permit to MK Yaakov Litzman, the Knesset representative
of the Ger Hassidic group, and Rabbi Yohanan Weitzman, a Gerrer
representative who sits on the Jerusalem city council.
aren’t many mayors who go around with the knowledge that they signed the
permit for the largest synagogue in the world,” said Mayor Lion. “This
is a truly historic occasion. The Ger Hassidic group is a cornerstone of
Jerusalem and we are delighted to have finally reached the finish line
with such success. Mazel tov, Gerrer hassidim, mazel tov!”
The Ger synagogue in JerusalemPublic relations
Rauchberger, who is also the head of the Jerusalem council’s
construction and planning committee, noted that, “A construction project
of this scope is something that Jerusalem has never seen before in
recent history. We incorporated every conceivable safety feature and
took into account the long-term goals for the building as well. I had
the merit of accompanying this project for the duration and I am
delighted that together with the representatives of Ger who were in
charge of this project, we have reached its completion in minimum time
with maximum splendor and beauty.”
“Three generations from now, Gerrer hassidim will enter the main Gerrer beit medrash
and still remember which mayor it was who signed on the occupancy
permit for this project,” added MK Litzman. “I would like to thank the
mayor for all the assistance he provided for this project and in
general, and may the great merit of this mitzvah stand in your stead and bring you success in all your work for the benefit of the community.”
Weitzman added, “Throughout the construction process, both the mayor
and Rabbi Rauchberger and their team of experts made themselves
available whenever the need arose, from the weightiest questions to the
tiniest of details. I have no doubt that we would not have been able to
complete the project with such success without their continual
assistance. Thank you!”