The seal of the Temple treasurer

Dozens of clay seal impressions (bullae) excavated near Temple Mount show evidence of the Jerusalem Temple treasury in the late 8th century BCE. Some have patterns of woven bags that would have contained silver coins. One has the name of treasury manager Hisilyahu son of Immer.

Educational resources for Tu Bishvat

Despite it being a Shmitta year in Israel (e.g., no tree planting in the Biblical borders of Israel) there are many activities that can be conducted to celebrate Tu Bishvat – the New Year for Trees. Also, see how Israel celebrated Tu Bishvat in the past.

Conversations on Zionism – Reclaiming the narrative

Jewish National Fund-USA is hosting on zoom a series of interviews, panel discussions and more – to highlight the beautiful and diverse facets of modern Zionism, and its positive impact on many aspects of our lives. View details and register at. (episodes 13 onwards) (previous episodes)

The REAL history of Israel

Fast exciting (17 min) video showing all the facts that tells the story about the Jewish people and their eternal connection to the Land of Israel. The only nation on earth that inhabits the same land, bears the same name, speaks the same language, and worships the same God that it did 3,000 years ago.

Birthright initiatives

Onward Israel, and its 6 to 10-week work & study programs, is merging with Birthright Israel and its free 10-day Israel trips. Birthright has also launched ‘Birthright Israel Labs’, to bring Israel and Jewish content to alumni and potential future trip participants, in a language and format they can relate to.

Women-only IDF unit

In March, the Israel Defense Forces plans to launch a new company for female soldiers only, to cater to religious women. It follows requests from the heads of women’s religious studies colleges, whose students want to serve in combat units but are unable, due to their religious background.

The copper startup of the ancient world

A new Tel Aviv University study has determined that about three thousand years ago, the Arava Valley’s copper industry became the largest and most advanced smelting center in the ancient world. This was due to advanced management methods and impressive technological creativity.

Where it all began

For a limited time, the City of David Foundation is offering free premium access to its virtual “Unearthed” tour of the City of David in Jerusalem.  It is fascinating.  Free registration is required.  Then watch Israel’s Ambassador to Italy give a tour in Italian (English subtitles).

Israel’s image

Israel’s Public Diplomacy Forum has met for the first time in several years, “to lead a unified, precise and clear message on significant issues and events”. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stated that Israel’s image is “a main component of our national security and our national strength”.

BDS Fail

An anti-Israel group in Canada promoting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel has been found to be using software from Israel’s Wix to circulate its message. The response to the hypocritic organization went viral and the BDS site no longer exists.