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Why Tel Aviv is Israel’s new ‘aliyah capital’

Posted on January 9th, 2017
By Andrew Tobin for JTA

Meet Daniel Rubin, in many ways the new face of aliyah.

Originally from Los Angeles, Rubin, 27, moved to Israel a decade ago to study at a Jerusalem yeshiva. In the following years he served in the Israeli army and bounced back and forth between Israel and the U.S. for college and work.

But last month, he and his wife made aliyah. They settled in Tel Aviv so he could found a startup and they could enjoy the coastal city’s Mediterranean lifestyle. The couple were among about 3,000 new immigrants who made this city home in 2016, helping Tel Aviv earn the title of the “aliyah capital” of Israel for the third straight year.

“Tel Aviv is young, Tel Aviv is fun, Tel Aviv is exciting,” Rubin told JTA. “And I’m from L.A., so I love the beach.”

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15 ways Israel amazed and inspired the world in 2016

Posted on January 2nd, 2017
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c

How did Israel make a remarkable global impact over the past 12 months? Let us count the ways.

Israel ranks about 150 on the scale of countries for size, encompassing only about 10,800 square miles (28,000 square kilometers) and a population under 8.6 million. But its achievements over 68 years of modern statehood have drastically dwarfed its actual size.

Israel is a recognized world leader in many fields, including water and agricultural technology, high-tech, medical devices and humanitarian aid.

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Rare coin from King Antiochus’s rule discovered in Jerusalem

Posted on December 26th, 2016

Antiochus sparked the Maccabean revolt that led to the victory of the Maccabees and reclaiming of the Temple.

Nearly 30 years after the completion of excavations in the courtyard of Jerusalem’s Tower of David, outside the Old City’s walls, archeologists thought no stone was left unturned.

However, during routine conservation work in the popular museum’s archaeological garden, veteran archeologist and chief conservation officer at the Tower of David, Orna Cohen, spotted a metallic item flash among stones near a wall. 

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Biblical sheep in Israel for first time in millennia

Posted on December 19th, 2016
BY MELANIE LIDMAN for The Times of Israel    

119 Jacob’s sheep, a heritage breed mentioned in Genesis, began arriving last week

The sheep have landed. After three years of high-level negotiations between the Israeli and Canadian governments, 119 heritage sheep, which trace their lineage back 5,000 years to the Middle East, began arriving in Israel on November 30. It is the first time that the breed, called Jacob’s sheep, has been represented in Israel since biblical times.

Three of the 11 flights carrying the sheep have already arrived in Israel, according to Gil and Jenna Lewinsky, the shepherds who began raising these ovines on a whim in western Canada. “The first sheep arrived on the Jewish calendar the day that Noah came out of the ark, the 28th of Heshvan,” said Jenna Lewinsky.

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Rare find reveals previously unknown Roman ruler in Judea

Posted on December 12th, 2016

Large rock bearing unique inscription discovered off Tel Dor coast by University of Haifa archaeologists

Israeli divers working with the University of Haifa have found a rare archaeological artifact shedding light on a previously unknown Roman prefect of the province of Judea in the time before the Bar Kochba revolt.

A large rock bearing a 1,900-year-old inscription was discovered on the seabed off the coast, south of Haifa, in the Mediterranean Sea earlier this year, bearing the name of Gargilius Antiques and mentioning the province of Judea.

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