For convenient home delivery, call 201-837-8818 or bit.ly/jsubscribe
IT’S YOUR PAPER, TOO
Tell us: What makes marriage last?
Have you been happily married for decades? What do you think makes your marriage work?
We’re working on a story about marriages that work, and we’d like to hear your secret. Do you have a secret?Please let us know how you do it at email@example.com.
Candlelighting: Friday, December 6, 4:10 p.m.Shabbat ends: Saturday, December 7, 5:13 p.m.
First-ever Hasmonean house discovered in Jerusalem
The Israel Antiquities Authority says it has found a house dating back to the Hasmonean period in archaeological excavations in Jerusalem.The impressive building from the second century BCE is being unearthed in excavations the Israel Antiquities Authority is directing in the Giv’ati parking lot, located in the City of David in the Walls Around Jerusalem National Park.
“The importance of this discovery is primarily because of the conspicuous paucity of buildings from the Hasmonean city of Jerusalem in archaeological research, despite the many excavations that have been conducted to date. Apart from several remains of the city’s fortifications that were discovered in different parts of Jerusalem, as well as pottery and other small finds, none of the Hasmonean city’s buildings have been uncovered so far, and this discovery bridges a certain gap in Jerusalem’s settlement sequence,” said Dr. Doron Ben Ami and Yana Tchekhanovets, the excavation directors on behalf to the Israel Antiquities Authority.
“The Hasmonean city, which is well-known to us from the historical descriptions that appear in the works of Josephus, has suddenly acquired tangible expression,” they added.The archaeologists say the building’s broad walls, more than one meter thick, are made of roughly hewn limestone blocks that were arranged as headers and stretchers, a construction method characteristic of the Hasmonean period.Although many pottery vessels were discovered inside the building, it was mainly the coins that surprised the researchers. These indicated the structure was erected in the early second century BCE and continued into the Hasmonean period, during which time significant changes were made inside it.
VIVA SARAH PRESS / ISRAEL21C.ORG
Israeli Jewish and Arab bands tour as one
Two rock groups, Orphaned Land and Khalas, one Jewish and one Arab, have just wrapped up a joint tour across Europe, serving up heavy metal beats infused with a message of coexistence.Orphaned Land is Israel’s most successful band in the Arab world.Its goal always has been to unite listeners through music. “I am inspired by all religions but I have discovered that music is the strongest religion,” Orphaned Land lead singer Kobi Farhi said.“Our music has no nation and no religion.”Sky News covered Orphaned Land and Khalas’s joint performances in the U.K., the Netherlands, and France. Mr. Farhi told the British station that he and Khalas guitarist Abed Hathut “have succeeded to grow above the conflict. Whether we come from an Arab, Jewish, Israeli, Muslim background, we adopted music as our religion above anything else.“We share ideas, we talk about life. We talk about history. It’s a strong, deep friendship. One of the most interesting friendships I have discovered in my life. And I’m learning every day, being a friend of Abed, how much we are brainwashed.”Khalas – Arabic Rock Orchestra band mates are based in Acco. Their music combines traditional Arabic rhythms with electric guitars and Arabic lyrics.Orphaned Land hails from the central city of Petah Tikva. The group sings in Hebrew.The two bands say their collaboration shows that peace is possible.
VIVA SARAH PRESS / ISRAEL21C.ORG
Back to Bali: Israel’s Bennett joins trade forum in Indonesia
Economy Minister Naftali Bennett became the first Israeli cabinet member to visit Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, in more than a dozen years.
Mr. Bennett was representing Israel at a conference of the World Trade Organization in Bali. Shimon Peres had visited Indonesia in 2000, when he was Israel’s minister of regional cooperation.At the trade conference, which included representatives from countries including Canada, Mexico, Russia, Vietnam and India, Mr. Bennett stressed the importance of Israel expanding its free-trade relations and upgrading the free-trade agreements it already has signed.“Economic ties can create bridges for peace,” Mr. Bennett said in his speech. “As minister of economy, I anxiously await the day I can sit down and sign free-trade agreements with all of Israel’s neighbors, as well as other Arab and Muslim states in the wider region.”While the majority of Indonesia is Muslim, Bali, an island and the country’s smallest province, is 85 percent Hindu.
JTA WIRE SERVICEASSAF PERETZ, COURTESY OF THE ISRAEL ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY