Friday, March 30, 2018

March Asscent to the Temple Mount and Happy Passover

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Yehuda Lave, Spiritual Advisor and Counselor

Man/woman has a difficult task here on earth. Our bodies by their very physical nature require a certain amount of selfishness in order to survive. Yet man/woman is tasked with going beyond that selfishness and raising herself to a level of spirituality which overcomes our pure selfish behavior and replaces it with giving our lives to the service of Hashem and to the benefit of all Mankind. Man/woman is constantly faced with this balancing act between his/her needs and the will of Hashem. We must all strive to accomplish this perfect balance. With our lives devoted to Torah and Torah Values we can accomplish this balance.

As Pesach is tonight, we get a reset in our Judaism which is what Pesach is all about. I will be with friends and hope to have the best Pesach ever. I wish the same for you


Love Yehuda Lave

The memory of a righteous person is a blessing (Proverbs 10:7).


At a family therapy session, one family member said something totally uncalled for, provocative, and insulting to another person. The remark was extremely irritating to me, even as an observer, and I anticipated an explosive outburst of outrage from the recipient. To my great surprise, the latter remained quiet and merely gestured to indicate that he was dismissing the comment as being unworthy of a response.

After the session, I complimented the man on his self-restraint. He explained, "A friend of mine once had a very angry outburst. During his rage he suffered a stroke from which he never regained consciousness.

"I am not afraid that if I become angry I would also suffer a stroke. However, what I and everyone else remember of my friend are the last words of his life, which were full of bitterness and hostility. That is not the way I wish to be remembered. Since no person can know exactly when one's time is up, I made up my mind never to act in such a manner, so that if what I was doing was to be my last action on earth, I would not be remembered that way."

The Talmud tells us that when Rabbi Eliezer told his disciples that a person should do teshuvah one day before his death, they asked, "How is a person to know when one will die?" Rabbi Eliezer answered, "Precisely! Therefore one should do teshuvah every day, since tomorrow may be one's last day."

The verse cited above may be explained in the same way. People should behave in a way that they would wish others to remember them, for that can indeed be a blessing.

Today I shall ...

behave as though this day is the one by which I shall be remembered.

A Spring Time Ascent to the Temple Mount

On a beautiful spring day, I take the short walk from my home over the Kotel to the Temple Mount and I pray to my hearts content.

My Grandfather would have given his left arm to be near the Temple Mount for a moment and I walk on it at nearly any time I want (subject to our Government's self imposed restrictions). As today is almost (the 30th)  the last day of March and the Seder is tonight I share my trek to the Temple mount earlier this Month




As Pesach is tonight , we would like to share with you a few insights associated with this holiday.


This time we would like to talk about the four sons. 


The Four Sons


One of the famous sections in the Haggadah is the "Four Sons" - ארבעה בנים - "Arba'ah Banim", in which we are introduced to a wise son, a wicked son, a simple son and a son who cannot formulate a question.


In the Torah it is mentioned: "One wise - חכם,
one wicked - רשע, one simple - תם AND one who does not know how to ask a question ושאינו יודע לשאול."




The Khida in his commentary on the Haggadah, explains that there are three ways one can fulfill the commandment of telling about People of Israel going out of Egypt.


  • Ideally, the story should be told in the form of question and answer. 


The Talmud derives this from the Torah's description of Matza as "Lechem Oni" – לחם עוני the bread over which a person answers.




Please note that the common way to view the expression  לחם עוני is to relate to the word עוני as having the meaning poverty, implying that people of Israel were eating bread of poverty (affliction) in Egypt.




However in this commentary the word עוני is interpreted as being derived from the word לענות - to answer.


Thus the expression לחם עוני becomes -  bread over which a person answers.




  • The second level is to tell the story even if no one  asks. This is derived from the verse "and you shall tell your son on that day..."

You should tell him, meaning - even if he doesn't' ask.

It means that the procedure of question and answer is preferable, but not absolutely necessary. 


  • The third level is this: Even if a person is alone, he must speak about the going out of Egypt.

Then the Khida adds: When introducing the fourth son The Haggadah uses the word "and."


...AND one who does not know how to ask a question...


  • This teaches us that there is a fourth level  - even if someone has children that fit into the first three categories, he should also pay attention to the one who does not even know how to ask.

This is very important not to ignore the youngest or the least knowledgeable son, for those who are inclined to use the Haggadah as an intellectual presentation during the Seder.




It could just go over his head, leaving him with no opportunity to get the proper knowledge.  


Pesach is a family unifying and inclusive holiday.


The Haggadah gives us a wonderful opportunity to include and address each family member with no exception, based on one's individual views, needs and approaches.  



And now: 


The Hebrew Corner


Let's learn a few words and roots, addressed in this newsletter:


לַעֲנוֹת – to answer, to torture (v)


לְהֵיעָנוּת  - to respond (v, passive)


עִינּוּי  - torture (n)

עוֹנִי - poverty


מַעֲנֶה  - response, answer (n)


A more common word for "answer": תְּשׁוּבָה


מָשׁוֹב -  feedback (n)


לִשְׁאוֹל – to ask (v)

שְׁאֵלָה - question (n)

מִשְׁאָלָה - wish (n)




Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy Pesach.







Shabbat Shalom Ve'Chag Sameach,

שבת שלום וחג פסח שמח

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10 Signs of Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's is a debilitating neurodegenerative disease that affects some 44 million people around the world. In addition to its debilitating effects, Alzheimer's is also associated with a lot of stigma, so your family members or friends might be inclined to hide the truth from you. Watch this informative video to learn about 10 signs that someone is suffering from Alzheimer's:

I have one more chromosome than you. So what? | Karen Gaffney | TEDxPortland

Published on Jul 1, 2015

Karen Gaffney left the Rose City and the World in awe with a captivating talk that explored the history, current state and progress of Down Syndrome. Her idea? Inclusion. Further, we must refine our vocabulary and eradicate "the R word" as the word "retard" has no place in our daily language.

Karen is the President of a non-profit organization dedicated to championing the journey to full inclusion in families, schools, the workplace, and the community for people with developmental disabilities. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Portland, Oregon, and earned a two-year Associate of Science degree from Portland Community College. Karen has also been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Portland on May 5th, 2013, for her work in raising awareness regarding the abilities of people who have Down syndrome. She is a fearless open-water swimmer having successfully swam the English Channel, escaped Alcatraz (16 times) and conquered Lake Tahoe in 59-degree water. Karen swims to raise funds and awareness of what people with Down syndrome can do.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

See you Sunday--Shabbat Shalom and Pesach Samach

Tonight is both Shabbat and Pesach. We testify in the Kiddush tonight that G-d took us out of Mitzraim and created the world. It is the only kiddush that we do both

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

A Passover Mock Sacrifice at the Davidson Center and coins found near the Temple Mount

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Yehuda Lave, Spiritual Advisor and Counselor

If your childhood memories are clouded with images of physical or emotional abuse, neglect or trauma,one concept for dealing with them is do not try to eliminate those memories. Instead, allow them to remind you of what you need to give yourself NOW. For example, if you never heard a compliment or a word of praise, then praise yourself NOW especially for all the "little" things you do to keep yourself healthy and safe throughout the day. You made hundreds of important decisions - to brush your teeth, bathe, what to wear, what to buy, to eat healthy foods and to stop eating when full, to make phone calls to those you love and distance yourself from toxic people, etc. NOTICE, NOTICE, NOTICE. CHEER, CHEER, CHEER! There is a little child within you who has been waiting to be well-parented, with love and compassion.

Especially with Passover starting tomorrow, the holiday of thangsgiving, thank yourself and G-d for every thing in your life.

Love Yehuda Lave


The ceremony, that included that slaughtering of a lamb and a demonstration of the work of the Kohanim, was attended by senior national-religious rabbis.BY UDI SHAHAM  MARCH 26, 2018 22:37  MK Yehuda Glick participates in "Passover sacrifice" ritual on the foot of the Temple Mount  Yehuda Glick participates in "Passover sacrifice" ritual on the foot of the Temple Mount (Udi Shaham/The Jerusalem Post)


Hundreds of activists and supporters attended the annual exercise of the Passover sacrifice that was conducted for the first time next to the Southern Wall, at the foot of the Temple Mount.

In the past years, the ceremony was conducted in various locations far from the Temple Mount itself, such as the Old City, Mount Olives and Kiryat Moshe at the entrance to Jerusalem. The fact that both Israel Police and the Jerusalem Municipality permitted them to conduct the ceremony in that located might indicate a warming of ties between officials and the Temple Mount activists, as well on the growing popularity of the movement.The ceremony on Monday, which included the slaughtering of two lambs, and a demonstration of the work of the Kohanim, was attended by senior National Religious rabbis including Yisrael Ariel and Dov Lior. MK Yehudah Glick (Likud), a former senior Temple Mount activist, attended the event as well.

"I am happy that were are having it here at the foot of the Temple Mount," Glick told The Jerusalem Post. "We started here over a decade and a half ago, with just a handful of people – and now we have hundreds of people coming."

Assaf Fried, a spokesman for the Temple Mount Activists Movement, said he was thrilled with the event, adding that "when 10,000 will attend, we will do it up on the Temple Mount itself."

Left-wing activists protested against the authorities who allowed the event to take place in such location.

Video including Yehuda Glick speaking at:


A serious cat

Nothing Kosher About a Cloned Pig Author: Zach Weinberger

- Once considered outrageous to even raise in a civilized and learned conversation concerning the complex laws of kashrut, it now appears that an Israeli rabbi by the name of Yuval Cherlow has deemed it totally legit for Jews to consume pig products as long as they are cloned. 03/26/2018 Nothing Kosher About a Cloned Pig Author: Zach Weinberger Views: 366

Once considered outrageous to even raise in a civilized and learned conversation concerning the complex laws of kashrut, it now appears that an Israeli rabbi by the name of Yuval Cherlow has deemed it totally legit for Jews to consume pig products as long as they are cloned.

Last Thursday, it was reported that Rabbi Cherlow told the Ynet news web site that "Cloned meat produced from a pig shall not be defined as prohibited for consumption – including with the milk."

According to a report published in Newsweek, Cherlow is advocating for "rabbinic approval of cloned meats in order to reduce animal suffering, decrease meat industry pollution and stamp out starvation."

In an interview last Wednesday with the Israeli paper Yedioth Ahronoth, Rabbi Cherlow postulates that cloned meat would not be subject to the same Kashrut dietary laws that guide what is kosher, or "fit," for consumption by Jews. He proffers the theory that according to the halachic system of governance of the laws of kashrut, "when a pig's cell is used and food is produced from the genetic material, the cell actually loses its original identity, and therefore it cannot be defined as a prohibited food, nor can it be eaten as milk."

The New York Post reports that Rabbi Cherlow, a talmudic scholar from the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization was apparently referring to the burgeoning movement where the cells of an animal are used to grow meat in a lab, rather than to clone live animals. Cherlow also asserts that "it wouldn't even be considered as meat, so you can consume it concurrently with dairy."

Speaking to the NYP last week, Crown Heights pizza ship owner Shemi Harel said that he would be open to serve the cloned pig to his customers "if the store's certified rabbi" grants him approval to use it. He added that this might be a customer favorite because "People are curious – they've never tasted it and they're curious to try it."

On the other side of the vast spectrum of Orthodox Jewish thought, some rabbis have essentially labeled this new kashrut revelation as nothing but hogwash.

Rabbi Menachem Genack, the head of the Orthodox Union's division of kosher products told the NYP that a cloned pig is no more kosher than a traditional pig which has split hooves but does not chew its cud which renders it absolutely not kosher. "That which derives from something that is not kosher is not kosher," he told the paper.

Simcha Klein, 25, a manager at Kehilla Butcher Store in the tight Jewish enclave of Boro Park in Brooklyn told the New York Post that "I'm not a scientist, but this sounds crazy to me."

Just in Time for Passover: Coins from revolt against Romans found near Temple Mount

Archaeologists discover dozens of 'freedom coins' from Jewish Revolt against Rome in cave near Temple Mount.

Contact Editor Arutz Sheva Staff, 26/03/18 14:40 Share
The 'freedom coins' Dr. Eilat Mazar  Hebrew University

Bronze coins, the last remnants of a four-year Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire, were found near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

These bronze coins were discovered by Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar during renewed excavations at the Ophel, located below the Temple Mount's southern wall.

These 1.5cm bronze coins were left behind by Jewish residents who hid in a large cave (7x14 meters) for four years (66-70 C.E.) - from the Roman siege of Jerusalem, up until the destruction of the Second Temple and the city of Jerusalem.

While several of the coins date to the early years of the revolt, the great majority are from its final year, otherwise known as, "Year Four" (69-70 CE). Significantly, during the final year, the Hebrew inscription on the coins was changed from "For the Freedom of Zion" to "For the Redemption of Zion," a shift which reflects the changing mood of the rebels during this period of horror and famine.

"A discovery like this - ancient coins bearing the words "Freedom" and "Redemption" - found right before the Jewish Festival of Freedom - Passover - begins is incredibly moving," shared Dr. Mazar.

In addition to Hebrew inscriptions, the coins were decorated with Jewish symbols, such as the four Biblical plant species: palm, myrtle, citron and willow, and a picture of the goblet that was used in the Temple service.

Many broken pottery vessels, including jars and cooking pots, were also found in the cave. According to Mazar, it is remarkable that this cave was never discovered by subsequent residents of Jerusalem nor used again after the Second Temple period. As a result, the cave acts as a veritable time capsule of life in Jerusalem under the siege and during the four-year revolt against the Roman Empire.

The new finds all date back to the time of the rebellion and were found in the Ophel Cave directly above a Hasmonean Period layer that was situated at the base of the cave. A more complete report of these findings will be published in the third volume of the Ophel excavations; the second is being published this week.

According to Mazar, the coins were well preserved, probably because they were in use for such a short time. A similar number of "Year Four" coins were found near Robinson's Arch, near the Western Wall, by Professor Benjamin Mazar, Eilat Mazar's grandfather. He conducted the Temple Mount excavations right after Israel's Six Day War, on behalf of Hebrew University's Institute of Archaeology.

The Ophel excavations are situated within the Walls Around Jerusalem National Park, which is managed by the National Parks and Gardens Authority and the Eastern Jerusalem Development Company. Funding was generously provided by the Herbert W. Armstrong College of Edmond, Oklahoma, whose students participate in the digs

See you tomorrow

Anticipate with joy and Love the coming special holiday of Passover, where we reset ourselves with Mitzvat for the coming year. Spring is here and with it Joy

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

DC Congressman-Jews control the Weather

Mordecai was the one Jew who refused to bow down to Haman. Everyone else was bowing down and telling him that he was endangering the Jewish people by not doing so. Yet he refused. We all have an inner Mordecai, a part of us which has this strength. We strengthen this part of ourselves when we refuse to bow give in to the negative urges and habits which we all possess.
The trick is know when to bow and when to stand up.
Love Yehuda Lave

| Feast your eyes on these 7 antique and modern Seder plates

Zvi Herman    
Thursday, 22 March 1:22 PM

by ISRAEL21c

The Passover Seder is one of the most sensory-heavy rituals of the Jewish year. Themes such as captivity, redemption and renewal are materialized in the form of bitter herbs, parsley and hard-boiled egg. During the holiday, which commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from enslavement in Egypt, the star of the sensory experience is the Seder plate.

While there are specific methods of preparing and arranging the items on the plate, there are hardly any rules about the ceremonial platter itself. Throughout history Seder plates have come in many shapes and sizes. Some are as simple as a ceramic dish, some have built-in matzah holders, and other more modern designs have taken on a whole new art form.

As you prepare your own Passover Seder, here are seven Seder plates to be inspired by.

  1. The Israel Museum says this is the earliest known Seder plate in existence, dating back to pre-expulsion Spain. The Hebrew inscription in the center refers to the main components of the holiday.

    Ceramic lusterware, ca. 1480. Photo courtesy of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Nahum Slapak

  1. This Seder plate by Israeli artists Johnathan Hopp and Sarah Auslander merges past with present. The artists searched through the flea markets of Jaffa for used dinnerware and repurposed the plates by sealing ceramic decals of the Seder service over the original plate patterns.

Seder plate by Johnathan Hopp and Sarah Auslander, 2010. Photo courtesy of the Jewish Museum, New York

  1. A three-tiered Seder plate from Austria in the 19th to 20th century includes receptacles for the symbolic foods atop a cabinet of three trays for matzah.

Photo courtesy of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Yair Hovav

  1. Studio Armadillo's Tangram Seder plate is handmade in Israel from mahogany wood. Its modern, geometric design adds a playful spin to the traditional Passover table.

Tangram Seder plate by Studio Armadillo. Photo: courtesy

  1. Israeli ceramicist  Yaara Nir Kachlon created this ceramic Seder plate in her signature creamy white finish and lightweight feel.

The center dish is stamped with the Hebrew word for Passover (Pesach). The simplicity of the set is meant to highlight the Seder foods and echo Kachlon's design intent: "We should enjoy the simple things in life, but never in an ordinary way."

Seder plate by Yaara Nir Kachlon. Photo courtesy of the Jewish Museum, New York

  1. The design of  this plate, from the  late 19th to early 20th century Europe, was inspired by earlier Seder plates made in Italy. Illustrations from Passover Haggadot are stamped and hammered into the silver rim and a Hebrew inscription mentioning the order of Seder and the blessing over the matzah are in the center.

Silver plate inspired by earlier Seder plates from Italy. Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Yair Hovav

  1. Israeli ceramicists Sharon Boneh and Hani Kleinhaus of  Fresh Pottery designed this earthy ceramic plate set with six small bowls for each of the symbolic Passover foods.

    Fresh Pottery ceramic Seder plate. Photo: courtesy



An orthophoto created from a 3D model of an adult male (center) and adult female (bottom) during excavation of the 3,600-year-old burial cave at Megiddo. (Adam Prins and Robert S. Homsher)
Revelation at Armageddon

Untouched for 3,600 years, 'royal' tomb may change what we know about Canaanites

Located at the crossroads of civilization, a Tel Megiddo burial chamber includes a diadem-bedecked male skeleton, and hints that bones did not always rest in peace

Amanda Borschel-Dan is The Times of Israel's Jewish World and Archaeology editor.

Main image by Adam Prins and Robert S. Homsher
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A 3,600-year-old undisturbed Canaanite burial chamber fit for a king has been unsealed at Tel Megiddo.

Revealing opulent burial goods, the chamber gives invaluable insight into the civilization's funeral customs — and just may shift scholars' conceptions of the era's religious rites.

The surprise find, labelled Tomb 50, was unearthed during the 2016 dig season at Megiddo. Once opened, the mouth of the burial chamber revealed three intact skeletons adorned with gold and silver jewelry. Surrounding the intact skeletons were luxurious grave goods from all corners of the Middle East, and a feast of food offerings for the afterlife. In the back of the masonry-constructed chamber tomb was a "bone heap" of disarticulated relics with six other co-mingled individuals, and some jewelry.

Excavation co-director Prof. Israel Finkelstein was filmed during the exciting exposition of the tomb. His initial reaction was that the impressive burial chamber was obviously used for royalty.

"When you're here," he said to his colleagues, gesturing to the ground, "and the [Bronze Age] palace is 15-20 meters from us, and you don't have 125 [tombs] like these around us, so this may be 'the' nobility. I mean, what else can it be?" asked Finkelstein in a short movie about the 2016 dig season.

Gold torque necklace worn by an adult male buried inside the Canaanite tomb discovered at Megiddo. (Adam Prins)

After unsealing the tomb, the team saw findings which appear to confirm this hypothesis: The archaeologists discovered the intact remains of a middle-aged male bedecked with a skillfully-made gold diadem, along with other well-crafted jewelry. The two other full skeletons on display were also adorned and were of a 8-10-year-old child and a woman in her mid-30s, according to a National Geographic article, which first publicized the new find.

Detail from a gold torque necklace worn by an adult male buried inside the Canaanite tomb discovered at Megiddo. (Adam Prins)

Finkelstein has since dated the untouched tomb to the summit of the Canaanite civilization, the later phase of the Middle Bronze Age (around 1700-1600 BCE). He told The Times of Israel in a recent email it was "easy" to date, based on the vessels discovered in it and those found in the layer above it, dating to ca. 1550-1500 BCE.

Also pointing to the possibility of a royal tomb is the fact that it is adjacent to a Bronze Age palace uncovered in the 1930s. Finkelstein said the chamber "must have been used for a while, perhaps several decades. With the data at hand for now, we cannot say more."

The team will resume excavation there in a few months, during the 2018 summer dig season. Currently, DNA testing is being done on the human remains. The results will be compared with DNA from other tombs at Megiddo, as well as other ancient Canaanite DNA, such as that used in British  study released this summer which found that 93 percent of modern Lebanese ancestry comes from the Canaanites.

As to why the tomb was sealed and left untouched after the final three burials, Finkelstein said, "We have no idea. [There was] no clue from the dig, at least not for the time being."

But for the Megiddo Expedition's expert on Canaanite funerary rites, Melissa Cradic, there are many dots that can already be connected to paint a preconception-shattering picture of these "pagans" and their rituals.

Revelation at Armageddon

Known for its apocalyptic name Armageddon (a corruption of the Hebrew Har Megiddo, Mount Megiddo), the northern Israel site hosted a continuously inhabited settlement from 7,000 BCE to circa 500 BCE.

According to Tel Aviv University's Finkelstein, Megiddo appears in "all the great archives of the Middle East." In addition to the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, it is mentioned in Assyrian, Egyptian, and Hittite documents. Even in more modern periods, the ancient military and trade routes were still in use until the end of the Ottoman Empire's rule there in 1918.

A screenshot from a 3D model that depicts the exterior of the Megiddo tomb chamber and corridor before opening. The chamber is visible in the bottom right corner where two large slabs are leaning against each other. (Adam Prins)

"When a site is mentioned in so many historical records, you can make a link between the site and historical processes," said Finkelstein in the 2016 season's video. As an archaeologist who "wished to resolve problems" concerning the historical and archaeological records of the Bronze and Iron Ages, for Finkelstein, "this is the place."

Ahead of his initial excavation season in 1994, Finkelstein wrote about his site choice in a Biblical Archaeology Review article: "Because Megiddo is a cornerstone in the archaeology of Israel, the unresolved issues at the site are in many ways critical for the archaeological and historical study of the entire Levant."

The current bi-annual dig is the fourth scientific excavation of the site. It began in 1994, headed by archaeologists Finkelstein and David Ussishkin. Currently, in addition to Finkelstein, Matthew J. Adams, director of the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, is also a co-director of the Megiddo Expedition, as well as Tel Aviv University's Mario Martin.

The team works with experts in subsets of the field of archaeology, including Tel Aviv University's Dafna Langgut (archeobotany), Lidar Sapir-Hen (archeozoology), Meirav Meiri (ancient DNA), and Brown University's Rachel Kalisher (osteology).

Interior of Tomb 50, an undisturbed burial chamber from some 3,600 years ago at Megiddo, looking toward the south corridor. (Robert S. Homsher)

California-based Cradic is responsible for burial rites. Her currently embargoed doctoral dissertation focuses on Canaanite funerary rituals, using recently excavated material from Megiddo.

A gold diadem that adorned the adult male in a 3,600 year old Canaanite burial cave at Megiddo. (Adam Prins)

Back in 2016, she was onsite at the exposition of the intact tomb, which she called an "exhilarating and truly thrilling experience from start to finish… It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we all felt incredibly lucky and privileged to have unimpeded access to such an incredible context."

"The incredible state of preservation of Tomb 50 offers an important opportunity for comprehensive scientific study of the ancient population and their funerary practices. We are studying diet and health, mobility and migration, ancient DNA, organic residues, environment, and issues of identity using the osteological and material remains. We took great care to excavate extremely carefully and to collect samples for a wide range of studies in consultation with specialists at the top of their fields," said Cradic.

In a series of lengthy emails, Cradic enlightened The Times of Israel to the implications of the "royal" tomb's finds in her field of funerary rites.

An orthophoto created from a 3D model of an adult male (center) and adult female (bottom) during excavation of the 3,600-year-old burial cave at Megiddo. (Adam Prins and Robert S. Homsher)

Not just a heap of bones

Cradic, whose dissertation is under a publication embargo through 2019, recently published an article, which deals with funerary rituals from a similar "although less elite" tomb at Megiddo, in the Bulletin of the American School of Oriental Research titled, "Embodiments of Death: The Funerary Sequence and Commemoration in the Bronze Age Levant."

The article, based on Megiddo's Tomb 100, is revelatory on a number of fronts, but especially in addressing the significance of "bone heaps" that are found in a number of tombs of the era. Based on several points, including what appears to be the practice of continually moving and displaying relics of the deceased, Cradic writes that these heaps are hardly refuse that was casually "swept away."

Area of excavation at Megiddo before the tomb was revealed. The first stones of the corridor are visible in the right corner behind archaeologist Melissa Cradic. (Adam Prins)

Cradic proposes that, in fact, these bones could represent a life cycle transition in which the deceased passes into the status of "ancestor." The relics of ancestors, as opposed to normative skeletal remains, were regularly used in religious rites.

In her recent article, Cradic writes, "The commingling of skeletal remains represents the end result of a series of highly ritualized, symbolic depositional episodes in which mourners actively handled and removed deceased bodies from their original placements."

A testing ground frozen in time

The intact Tomb 50 gives Cradic an unprecedented chance to observe — Pompeii-like — a burial frozen in medias res.

Cradic said that at the mouth of the chamber, there is "abundant evidence of care and feeding of the dead through food deposits (animal bones, charred organic remains) found in situ in plates and bowls that were positioned carefully near the three intact bodies."

She also describes "relatively dense deposits of fragmented animal bones, charcoal, cooking installations, and imported Cypriot pottery directly above the tomb, which could indicate ongoing commemoration at the grave-site after it was sealed."

Perhaps, much like some Jews who gather together on a yearly anniversary of a loved one's death, these ancient Canaanites also memorialized their ancestors with a graveside meal or ritual.

Decorated bone plaques discovered inside the 3,600 Canaanite tomb at Megiddo that likely covered a box made out of wood or other perishable materials. (Adam Prins)

But it is her theory about the significance of the co-mingled relics that is most interesting. Cradic postulates that the bone heap at the back of the tomb are in the "'ancestor' category for two reasons: (1) the ritualized encounters with the original bodies after burial; (2) the special investment in the construction of the chamber and material assemblage," said Cradic.

In the "royal" tomb, we find what she calls a "ritualized deposition." "The bones became jumbled together due to being moved around within the chamber at least once," said Cradic.

In observing the jumbled relics, she said it is quite possible that they were moved before full decomposition of the flesh.

From observing the physical evidence, Cradic paints a grim, graphic picture of the environment and what took place in Tomb 50, the royal tomb, during its use.

"From the evidence of Megiddo's chamber tombs, it appears that it was an acceptable and perhaps important component of the funerary ritual to interact with corpses before full decomposition. This also allows insight into the conditions of the tomb from the perspective of the survivors, and what they may have experienced in terms of sights, smells, and tactile experiences with the corpses/skeletons."

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$10 eBay Photo Turns Out to be Picture of Jesse James Worth $2,000,000+

How's this for a lucky photo find: a 19th-century tintype photo purchased from eBay for just $10 has been identified as an extremely rare portrait of the infamous outlaw Jesse James… worth an estimated $2 million+.

Fox News reports that Justin Whiting of Spalding, U.K., was browsing eBay in July 2017 when he came across a photo that looked remarkably like the photo of outlaw Jesse James that he had seen in a book.

The original eBay listing. Screenshot by Justin Whiting/SWNS.

Having been obsessed with American outlaws for years, Whiting purchased the tintype for its Buy It Now price of $10 in July 2017.

"I noticed the picture for sale — it was $10. It was a bit blurry on the site but when I got it, it was a lot clearer," Whiting tells SWNS. "I thought to myself: 'Gee wizz, this could be a real photo!' I've been obsessed with American outlaws for years and read lots of books and study their faces."

The 45-year-old then took the photo to forensic experts in the United States, including California-based 19th-century photo expert Will Dunniway, who concluded that the photo is a genuine photo of Jesse James at around age 14.

"It was an easy match since it was compared to a longtime known image of the young Jesse James at 14," Dunniway tells Fox News. "Justin's image, however, was the same pose taken the same day by the same photographer […] [It's a] one-of-a-kind original that most likely was handled by the teenaged Jesse James himself."

Whiting has been told that the photo could fetch at least $2 million.

One Reason Americans Often are Wrong About Jews and Israel


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Billboard posted by CAMERA during the Hamas war against Israel.

{Originally posted to the author's  website}

In 2014, the media watchdog organization CAMERA  put up a billboard on Times Square accusing the NY Times of "slanting the news."


Nothing has changed; in fact, today the Times is listing so severely to port that I'm surprised to see it still afloat. I have picked a couple of articles, both by Times staffers, to prove my point.

One is a "News Analysis" article by Jonathan Weisman*, an editor in the Times' Washington bureau, called " Anti-Semitism Is Rising. Why Aren't American Jews Speaking Up?"

Weisman is rightly concerned. Jew-hatred is becoming increasingly popular and moving closer to the mainstream in the US. Extremists on both the Right and the Left are finding it easier to speak in ways that would have been taboo only a few years ago.  Anti-Jewish hate crimes have increased sharply in recent years as well. So you would think Weisman would have plenty of material.

But in 1052 words, all he is able to talk about is the so-called "alt-right," as exemplified by a couple of right-wing conspiracy theorists, Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec.

I am sure Weisman isn't making up stories about the hate mail he is getting, and that much of it has anti-Jewish themes. But can you write about anti-Semitism without mentioning the  Imams who have called for the murder of Jews from their pulpits? Can you write responsibly about it without mentioning the harassment of Jewish students on college campuses by members of organizations like Students for Justice in Palestine, some of whom  openly express admiration for Hitler? Can you write about it without discussing the prevalence of Jew-hatred in the black community, and the "intersectional" embrace of Jew-hater Louis Farrakhan by the progressive movement?

Weisman and the Times couldn't, or didn't want to. Instead, he praises the  discredited Southern Poverty Law Center (which, like him, is blind to left-wing and Muslim Jew-hatred) and attacks Jewish organizations for being – get ready – "focused on Israel!"

If the vinyl banners proclaiming "Remember Darfur" that once graced the front of many American synagogues could give way in a wave to "We Stand With Israel," why can't they now give way en masse to "We Stand Against Hate"?

I don't see a lot of liberal synagogues standing with Israel these days, but that is another topic. Weisman closes with a suggestion for American Jews: they should "[embrace] Judaism as a vital part of America pluralism — and [find] the spiritual meaning in the religion,"  which seems to mean that they should replace Judaism with political progressivism, a trend that has been underway for some time among liberal American Jews.

* David Gerstman informs me that Weisman is also the genius responsible for  the Times chart that highlighted in yellow those lawmakers who opposed the Iran deal who were Jewish.


Now let's turn to another Times staffer, the venerable Isabel Kershner, the Times' Jerusalem correspondent. In a "news" article in the Middle East section of the paper, she tries to explain why " In Israel's Poorer Periphery, Legal Woes Don't Dent Netanyahu's Appeal." Recent polls are showing PM Netanyahu's Likud  surging ahead, despite his unpopularity in the trendy parts of Tel Aviv. So Kershner goes to the not-so-trendy Kiryat Malachi (city of angels) where the mostly  mizrachi [Jews who immigrated to Israel from the Middle East and North Africa] population supports him. How can it be that they simply don't care about the corruption investigations underway against "Bibi, as he is lovingly nicknamed?"

One explanation would be that people who remember, or whose parents remember, the treatment Jews received at the hands of the Muslims among whom they lived don't trust the Israeli Left, which keeps trying to give away parts of the country to the Arabs in the name of "peace," which the Arabs will never provide. In other words, it is a disagreement over policy, and Bibi (even those who do not love him call him "Bibi") has managed to stand firm against pressure from the US and Europe to commit suicide. It also doesn't hurt that he is taking a tough line against Iran, that on his watch the economy has boomed, that he has made some major diplomatic gains for the "isolated" Jewish state, and that he has kept us out of major wars.

The corruption investigations, the details of which have been leaked on a daily basis to the media, have a smell of contrivance about them. It may turn out that some of the accusations are at least in part true, but most supporters feel that these are small matters, no politician is perfect, and his overall performance on the most important issues has been excellent.

That would be the simple answer. It explains why Bibi is popular everywhere in Israel, except among the bitter left-wing politicians that used to run the state and their academic, cultural and media partners. The real mystery Kershner should explore is not why he has so much support in the periphery, but rather, why they hate him so much in North Tel Aviv.

But Kershner misses the obvious, and implies that the answer is to be found in identity politics, the historical grievance of the  mizrachim against the Ashkenazi establishment, and perhaps in quaint North African religious beliefs. After describing her visit to the tomb of the Baba Sali (a mystical rabbi revered by the Moroccan Jewish community) and talking about amulets, she might as well have echoed  Barack Obama's 2008 remark that working-class voters "cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them…"

But the words of her (very articulate, by the way) interviewees refute this implication:

Like Mr. Begin, Mr. Netanyahu is Ashkenazi, while the current leader of the center-left Labor Party, Avi Gabbay, is the child of Moroccan immigrants. But Netanyahu supporters deride Mr. Gabbay as a political novice and disregard his ethnic origins.

"We are not racists," Mr. Ayyash [Yehuda Ayyash, 58, a greengrocer in the blue-collar town of Kiryat Malachi in southern Israel] said. "We are rightists."

And the police investigations of Netanyahu?

"We are all Bibi," said Erez Madar, 33, a hairdresser in Kiryat Malachi. "Let him have a cigar. He deserves an airplane."

Indeed, most of us agree, which is why we keep voting for him.


Sometimes people ask me why liberal Americans are often so wrong about anything connected to Jews or Israel, despite the fact that they are seemingly obsessed with these subjects.

Maybe the answer is that so many of them read the NY Times.

Report: European Union-Funded Arab School Built in Heart of Hebron Hills Archaeological Site

Photo Credit: Har Hebron Spokesperson's Office
Illegal Arab school built with European Union funding at archaeological site in southern Hebron Hills, March 19 2018

The Regavim NGO watchdog organization says it plans to petition the High Court of Justice for a second time, regarding a school that was built by the European Union in the heart of an archaeological site in the Southern Hebron Hills region – in defiance of an earlier decision by Israel's High Court of Justice.

Over the past few weeks, Arabs living in the "Hirbet Z'nutah" outpost situated in the center of an archaeological site adjacent to the local municipality's offices, have built an illegal structure with support from European Union funding.


Six months ago, the High Court of Justice dismissed a legal action that existed in the system for more than a decade regarding Hirbet Z'nutah, (High Court of Justice case #9715/07), stipulating that the demolition orders issued for the outpost's structures would not be implemented at the present time on condition that no additional construction was carried out at the site.

Arabs living at the site violated the agreement, with the support and encouragement of the European Union.

This week, Regavim announced that an additional petition would be submitted to the High Court of Justice in the coming days.

"Construction of a school on a protected archaeological site, with EU funding, is a gross and blatant violation of the High Court's decision, as well as a violation of the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage, signed in Valetta on 16.I.1992," said Yishai Hemo, Regavim Field Coordinator for Judea and Samaria.

"The offenders have sharpened their tactical skills, and have managed to pull the wool over the Court's eyes. They never intended to uphold their commitments in this matter. We will also be petitioning the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to demand that decisive action is taken in light of the European Union's illegal conduct."

DC Councilman Takes It Back: Rothschilds Aren't Controlling the Climate After All


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Trayon White Sr.

Trayon White Sr., a D.C. Council member, has caught enough flack to convince him to change his claim from last Friday, when he accused the Rothschild Jewish banking family of controlling the climate.

You'll admit it's harder to control than Hollywood.


White uploaded a video to his official Facebook page on Friday morning, shot through the windshield of a car driving in downtown DC, where he declared: "Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere this morning, man. Y'all better pay attention to this climate control, man, this climate manipulation. And DC keep talking about, 'We a resilient city.' And that's a model based off the Rothschilds controlling the climate to create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities, man. Be careful."

You'll also have to admit that even the late AH (German Chancellor 1933-45) sounded more rational regarding the influence of Jewish bankers. He never blamed them for the snow.

After the Washington Post had reported the bizarre attack on Sunday, White said he had been approached by Jews United for Justice, who helped him "understand the history of comments made against Jews."

He deleted the Facebook video and issued a message on Instagram, saying, "In response to the social media post made on Friday, as a leader I work hard everyday to combat racism and prejudices of all kinds. I want to apologize to the Jewish Community and anyone I have offended. The Jewish community have been allies with me in my journey to help people. I did not intend to be Anti-Semitic, and I see I should not have said that after learning from my colleagues. I have spoke (sic) to leaders and my friends at Jews United for Justice and they are helping me to understand the history of comments made against Jews and I am committed to figuring out ways continue to be allies with them and others. With my deepest love.. Councilmember Trayon White."

Water under the bridge, fella. Except, with this rate of success – complete conversion of an uneducated anti-Semite into uneducated philo-Semite, we should consider recruiting  Jews United for Justice to boost our hasbara efforts around the globe.

We actually visited their website and plugged in their search engine the words "Israel" and "Palestinian" and didn't receive any anti-Israel messages, so we're saying, hire them!

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