22 October 2018 - 14 Heshvan 5779 - י"ד חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
King Hezekiah’s royal seal discovered E-mail

The Ophel excavations at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount, conducted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Archaeology under the direction of Dr. Eilat Mazar, have unearthed an impression of the royal seal of King Hezekiah (727–698 BCE).

Measuring 9.7 X 8.6 mm, the oval impression was imprinted on a 3 mm-thick soft bulla (piece of inscibed clay) measuring 13 X 12 mm. Around the impression is the depression left by the frame of the ring in which the seal was set. The impression bears an inscription in ancient Hebrew script:

“Belonging to Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz king of Judah” and a two-winged sun, with wings turned downward, flanked by two ankh symbols symbolisng life.

The bulla originally sealed a document written on a papyrus rolled and tied with thin cords, which left their mark on the reverse of the bulla. This bulla came to light, together with many pottery shards and other finds such as figurines and seals, in Area A of the excavations (2009 season), supervised by Hagai Cohen-Klonymus.

The bulla was discovered in a refuse dump dated to the time of King Hezekiah or shortly after, and originated in the Royal Building that stood next to it and appears to have been used to store foodstuffs.

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International Council Of Jewish Women E-mail

The International Council Of Jewish Women (ICJW) represents Jewish women from all walks of life in many important international forums and is strategically positioned to confront and respond to the concerns of the Jewish community and women in general.

Globally every Jewish woman has the opportunity to align herself with ICJW which comprises a huge network of like-minded women working together for the betterment of all women.

Believing that women’s rights are human rights, ICJW lobbies for an end to discrimination against women in all spheres of life. In its battle against intolerance, ICJW campaigns alongside people of goodwill to combat racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of religious discrimination. ICJW at all times stands in support of Israel.

International Council of Jewish Women has consultative status as a non-government organisation (NGO) with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and maintains permanent delegations at the UN in New York, Geneva, Vienna and at UNESCO in Paris.

ICJW is also strongly represented at the World Jewish Congress, the Council of Europe, European Women’s Lobby, Religions for Peace and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.

In the spirit of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world – our independent affiliates and their regional divisions choose their own action priorities. Our affiliates and members in 34 countries are involved in a wide range of volunteer activities, offering care services for needy populations, promoting grassroots social welfare projects, providing leadership training for communal activists, and advocating on issues of local and national concern.

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The Baron de Rothschild’s lost ship E-mail

In a recent new study, researchers from the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies at the University of Haifa have evidence to show that a shipwreck discovered at Dor Beach in 1976 may be identified as the Baron de Rothschild’s missing ship.

The ship was one of three ships used to carry raw materi­als from France to a glass fac­tory established by the baron at Tantura. The ship vanished without a trace in the late nine­teenth century. “We know that two of the baron’s three ships were sold, but we have no in­formation concerning the third ship. The ship we have found is structurally consistent with the specifications of the Baron’s ships, carried a similar cargo, and sailed and sank during the right period,” explained Dr. Deborah Cvikel and Micky Holtzman, who are investigat­ing the shipwreck.

In 1893 the Baron de Roths­child founded a glass factory at Tantura beach in order to enable the local production of wine bottles for the winery at nearby Zichron Yaacov.

The factory was actually es­tablished and managed by Meir Dizengoff, the first mayor of Tel Aviv. The Baron even purchased three small ships to transport raw materials from factories in France to the factory at Tantura, and hired Jewish crews to man the ships. Contemporary re­cords detail the purchase of the ships and specify their models. It was also noted that the ships were damaged and required re­pairs. Two of the ships were ul­timately sold, while the fate of the third ship remains unknown.

Dr. Cvikel and Mr. Holtzman are now proposing the hypothe­sis that a two-masted shipwreck off the coast at Dor (Tantura) that was first excavated in 1999 may be the missing Baron’s missing ship. The shipwreck was excavated underwater in 1999-2000 in a study that fo­cused mainly on the structure of the ship, and again in 2008 in a study that focused mainly on its contents, which included pots, earthenware, ceramic tiles, roof tiles, barrels, crates, and sev­eral sacks. The present study is based on the processing of find­ings from the 2008 excavation.

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