26 September 2018 - 17 Tishri 5779 - י"ז תשרי ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Arts & Culture
White Night shines in Tel Aviv E-mail

Initiated in 2005 to celebrate the recognition of Tel Aviv’s White City (the city’s magnificent collection of Bauhaus buildings) as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the annual White Night event in TelAviv is a gathering at which the city comes alive.

This year’s event took place on 28 June. Concerts, shows and other cultural activities promote the city’s architecture. Outdoor performances run until late at night, and art centres and clubs stay open very late and are mostly free to enter.

Many of the Bauhaus buildings on Rothschild and Bialik Streets are lit up throughout the night, with special spotlights highlighting their unique architectural elements.

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Jerusalem Wine Festival 2018 E-mail

One of the most anticipated events of the summer in Jerusalem each year is the Jerusalem Wine Festival. This year, the four-day event will take place in July at the Israel Museum. As always, it will feature dozens of Israel’s best wineries, live music and a vibrant crowd.

This year, the 14th Jerusalem Wine Festival will open on 26 July, on the eve of Tu B’Av, with an evening of wine and love. Tu B’Av is known as Jewish Valentine’s Day, and there will be a special performance by two Israeli rock bands, Red Band and Mercedes Band.

The annual Wine Festival is held in the beautiful Japanese Art Garden of the Israel Museum, with dozens of famous and local boutique wineries showcasing hundreds of different types of wines.

Free wine-tasting and sampling is the norm. Also on offer from many vendors are delicious appetisers and finger foods, ranging from cheeses to chocolates, olive oils and unique sauces and jams.

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Hidden script uncovered in fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls E-mail

Using advanced imaging equipment at the Dead Sea Scrolls’ conservation labs, an Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) researcher has discovered letters that are invisible to the naked eye.

The advanced imaging technology, which was especially developed for the Dead Sea Scrolls, revealed script that, until now, could not be seen.

During the 1950s, archaeologists and Bedouin peoples discovered, in the caves near Qumran, tens of thousands parchment and papyrus fragments written 2,000 years ago and belonging to approximately 1,000 different manuscripts.

Due to their small size and precarious physical state, some of these fragments were placed in boxes without being sorted or deciphered. Recently, as part of a project to digitise the Scrolls, sample examinations were conducted on items from these boxes. The examinations revealed that although no script can be seen with the naked eye, the new imaging technology (originally developed for NASA) used in the digitisation project can identify script on some fragments. The identification of new letters and words provides new data for the study of the scrolls. One of the fragments may even indicate the existence of a hitherto unknown manuscript.

The fragments were presented last month as part of an international conference, The Dead Sea Scrolls at Seventy: Clear a Path in the Wilderness, and provide new information on one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century.

The new script was discovered by Oren Ableman, a scroll researcher at the Dead Sea Scrolls Unit of the IAA and a PhD student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. When he examined a few dozen fragments that were discovered in “Cave 11” near Qumran, he was excited to discover traces of ink on many fragments that appeared blank to the naked eye.

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