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Canada Post to issue 2017 HANUKKAH Stamp

The Canada Post Hanukkah stamp features a geometric design of a Jewish Menorah, that symbolizes the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, following the victory of the Maccabean Revolt over the Greeks in the 2nd century BCE.



Alongside the usual candles, donuts and dreidels that traditionally mark the holiday of Hanukkah, Canada Post is adding a stamp recognizing the Jewish “festival of lights” to this year’s celebrations.

The stamp features a geometric design representing different types of menorahs and a strong contrast between light and dark, creating the appearance of flickering candles.

Hanukkah is also written “Hanoukka” on the stamp, reflecting Canada’s second official language, French. Continue Reading »

2nd Temple floor tiles reconstructed from debris discarded by Palestinians


Israeli Archaeologists reconstructed decorative tiles from Second Temple period using the discarded multi-colored tiles with geometric designs that were a gift from Roman Caesar Augustus to King Herod, known to have adorned the Temple compound and surrounding buildings.

By Yori Yalon


Striking in their modernity: Researchers have completed the first-ever reconstruction of archaeological elements from the Second Temple — a number of floor tiles that are believed to have adorned the porticos that surrounded the Temple compound, and possibly other important structures in the area, as well.

From left: Frankie Snyder, who reconstructed the tile designs, Dr. Gabriel Barkay, and Zachi Dvira  – Photo: Dudi Vaaknin

The tiles, a gift from the Roman Caesar Augustus to King Herod (who ruled Judea from 37 to 4 BCE), were created using different types of colored stone cut and arranged in clean geometric designs. Continue Reading »

Archaeology supports historical and biblical accounts of both Temples’ destruction


The destruction of the First and Second Temples, supported by archaeological findings, coins, burnt houses, etc., including various historical testimonies, all support the biblical accounts of both Temples’ destruction.

By Tal Barkai


For nearly two thousand years, Jews have mourned the destruction of the Temples. They have traditionally relied on the account of the First Temple’s destruction as told in the Bible and the external accounts for the destruction of the Second Temple—but over the past decade, archaeological findings supporting the Jewish canon have been adding evidence.

Flavius Josephus, first-century Romano-Jewish scholar, historian and hagiographer.

Prof. Aren Maeir, an expert on the First-Temple period from Bar Ilan University’s Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, “From a chronological historical standpoint, we’re talking about the year 586 BCE, when Jerusalem was destroyed.

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2000yr-old synagogue unearthed by Sea of Galilee reveal ancient treasures


Second Temple era bronze incense shovel & jug were recently discovered at the excavation site of the ancient Jewish settlement of Mandala.



The excavation of a 2,000-year old Jewish settlement and synagogue from the Second Temple period in Mandala, located on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, recently revealed rare and well-preserved antiquities, including a bronze incense shovel and jug.

An aerial view of the settlement uncovered in excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority at Migdal. – Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority

The dig, overseen by the Israel Antiquities Authority prior to the construction of a building there, took place in an area considered to be the crossroads of Jewish and Christian history for its historical and religious significance for both Jews and Christians.

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Unearthed Steps to the Temple Mount Baffle Archaeologists Digging in City of David

A unique stepped structure, maybe the Temple Era ‘Stone of Claims’, has been excavated on the subterranean street ascending from the Siloam Pool to the Temple Mount.

By Arutz Sheva staff

An intriguing find consisting of an impressive pyramid-shaped staircase constructed of large ashlar stones was uncovered in an archaeological excavation currently conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The excavation is located in the Jerusalem Walls National Park in the City of David, site of ancient Jerusalem, and is being carried out in cooperation with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the City of David Foundation.

Dr. Joe Uziel atop unique find.

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2nd Temple-era ritual bath found beneath Jerusalem living room

During home renovations, a family from Jerusalem discovered a 2,000 yr-old mikveh right underneath their floors, verifying that there was an earlier Jewish settlement at the site.

By Itay Blumenthal


Renovations in a Jerusalem home recently uncovered an ancient mikveh (ritual bath) dating from the Second Temple Period, believed to be over 2,000 years old.

The couple that lives in the home installed wooden doors leading to the mikveh and invited representatives of the Israel Antiquities Authority to document the discovery.

They were on Wednesday to receive a certificate of appreciation from the Authority for reporting the discovery.

The mikveh is considered relatively large, at 3.5 meters long, 2.4 meters wide and 1.8 meters deep. Continue Reading »