The Startling Discovery in the Judean Desert!

Tishrei 25, 5777

October 27, 2016


Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours

Shooting attack: Palestinian terrorists fired at police in Abu Dis.

Thwarted stabbing attack: Two terrorists armed with knives were captured near security fence in Migdal Oz.

“Rock” and Molotov attacks: Terrorists assaulted Israelis at Huwara, on the Jerusalem Light Rail, at Zeita, on the Husan Bypass Road, at Azzun, Al Hader, the Mt. of Olives, Mt. Holly, Makel, Givat Ze’ev, Psagot, Rachel’s Tomb, A-Tur, Benjamin, Hevron, Halhul, Hebron Hills, Sair, on Road 443, and numerous other places.

All told, there were more than 40 attacks yesterday.

How did Israel react to the above terrorism?

The IDF’s hideous COGAT unit approved an extension in the fishing area for Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Gaza “in recognition of the fishing season.”

By the way, the idiotic head of COGAT, Gen. Yoav Mordecai, had a special Facebook message yesterday for Palestinians living in Gaza:

“Please stop building tunnels into Israel. More than 30 Palestinians have died in the last two years from work related accidents and who knows how. If you see someone approaching a tunnel, try to stop them, and tell them not to work there.”


What a pathetic joke.

The boycott of Israel?

Yesterday it was announced that Singapore Airlines will begin direct flights from Singapore to Tel Aviv next summer. Around the same time, Cathay Pacific will launch flights to Hong Kong, and All Nippon Airways will begin servicing Tokyo.

These decisions come on the heels of the immensely successful new routes operated by China’s Hainan Airlines which is now flying from Tel Aviv to Beijing. Hainan is expected to expand its service to Shanghai in the near future.


A Startling Discovery in the Judean Desert!

The cave where the papyrus was found.

The cave near Nahal Hever where the papyrus was found. The site is close to the Dead Sea.

Those of us who live in Israel were made aware of the incredible news several weeks ago though the public announcement was not made until yesterday by the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The oldest use of the word “Jerusalem” in Hebrew has been discovered on a piece of papyrus found in a cave in the Judean Desert.

The Jerusalem papyrus.

The Jerusalem papyrus: 11 cm x 2.5 cm.

The papyrus reads:

“From the female servant of the king, from Naharata two wineskins to Jerusalem.”

Carbon dated to the 7th century BCE (between 2600 and 2700 years ago), the discovery is remarkable for many reasons:

1. This is only the third such papyrus in Hebrew ever found from the time of the First Jewish Temple (the other two were the Marzeah Papyrus and the Quram Palimpsest). It pre-dates the Dead Sea Scrolls by at least 600 years.

2. The papyrus indicates the centrality and administrative outreach of the Jewish Kingdom of Judah (from Jerusalem to Naharata). Naharata is mentioned in Joshua 16:7 as being on the border between the Jewish territories of Benjamin and Ephraim.

3. Again, it is the first and only one to contain the word “Jerusalem”. Written in what is linguistically known as proto-Hebrew, Jerusalem is spelled “Yerushalayim”–the way it is spelled 4 times in the Bible.  Today, this is the way Israelis pronounce our capital city.

4. The papyrus was apparently written by a woman (or a person working for a woman). In what was a male-dominated society, the appearance of this woman indicates that she was a person of note.

5. Also remarkable is the way that this discovery was kept under wraps. The Antiquities Authority first came into possession of the papyrus in 2012 through an anonymous person who apparently purchased it from a gang of 14 antiquity-looters in Hevron.  The looters have subsequently been convicted of theft and sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Who knows how many more treasures await in the Judean caves? And how many may have already been found? Of course, the world will not care and UNESCO will dismiss the discovery, but we see the information in the Torah continue to be proved everyday.





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