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Beit Berl is more than an institution but not completely a village - it is formally defined as an institutional community.
Berl Katznelson, one of the most important ideological thinkers and leaders of the labor movement, conceived the idea of the workers' "Beit Midrash" (or university) but died before he could realize the idea. Those who raised the gauntlet and decided to establish the Beit Midrash were Mapai leaders, among them David Ben-Gurion.
In the past, Beit Berl served as an important ideological and party center for Mapai and the Labor Party, and it also owned orchards and agricultural areas. It now includes about 1,000 acres, and houses the Institute for Education and Research in the 1950s, And the Labor Party and the Party Thought Research Department. The College awards first degrees and second degrees in a variety of fields in teaching and education (formal and informal), the arts, and the humanities and social sciences.
Berl Katzlanson was one of the founding fathers of the Israeli Labor Movement and of the thinkers of Hebrew Socialism. Unlike most of his colleagues in these circles, he was absolutely opposed to the negation of Jewish tradition and saw great importance in the connection to tradition and heritage. According to Shai Agnon, the four men who shaped the Yishuv were: "Brenner and Ruppin and our holy Rebbe Abraham Isaac HaCohen Kook and Berl Katznelson".
Archaeologist Says a Stone Pillar in the City of David is Where Abraham Met Melchizedek
JERUSALEM, Israel – An Israeli archaeologist has uncovered the remains of an altar believed to be from around the time when Abraham met the high priest Melchizedek in Jerusalem.
Archaeologist Eli Shukron has spent much of his life looking for Bible history in the City of David. Shukron gave CBN News an exclusive look at what he feels is one of his most important discoveries kept under lock and key that dates back 4000 years – a stone pillar.
Shukron says the pillar, found in the City of David, is just like the one described in Genesis 28 when Jacob had a dream in Bethel of a ladder reaching up to Heaven. After the dream, Jacob said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven! Then Jacob rose early in the morning and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it."
Shukron believes Melchizedek set a stone pillar up in Jerusalem just as Jacob did in Bethel.
We are in a very, very important place. Go back to Melchizedek. Go back to Abraham's time. Understand which way these people are worshipping God in the beginning," said Shukron.
Shukron says it contrasts with ancient worship in other places.
"If you're going at that time to other places in the world in Egypt or Mesopotamia you can see temples, gold and idols and I don't know pillars. Here it's simple. The stone, animals, animals, sacrifice. The stone is the house of God. No gold and diamonds. Everything is simple. This is what God wants us to be, simple. It's fantastic. For what? For what reason? To connect with God."
Shukron says the combination of the altar for sacrifice, the blood channel, the olive press for anointing oil, the place to tie up the sacrificial animals; where they divided the sacrifice that led him to believe this was the place where Melchizedek met Abraham.
Genesis 14 describes the meeting: " Then Melchizedek King of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: Blessed be Abram of God most high, possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand. And he gave him a tithe of all."
After Melchizedek blessed Abraham, Abraham gave him a tithe.
"Why give him a tithe? Because he was worshipping God," Shukron said.
The blessing of bread and wine is a tradition and way of life that continues some 4000 years later.
"What are we doing today? The Jewish, the Christian. What are we doing? We are blessing the bread and wine in a different way but blessing bread and wine," Shukron said. "Where [did] all [of that start?] Here in the City of David in the Temple of Melchizedek. This is the place. This is where we are and this is amazing to understand that."
This area is still being excavated and one day the public should be able to see for themselves where Shukron believes Abraham met Melchizedek.
Shaggy dog story
A guy is driving around the back woods ofMontana and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: 'Talking Dog For Sale '
He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard.
The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.
'You talk?' he asks.
'Yep,' the Lab replies. After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says 'So, what's your story?'
The Lab looks up and says, 'Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so... I told the CIA.
In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.' 'I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running...
But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals.'
'I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired.'
The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.
'Ten dollars,' the guy says.
'Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?'
'Because he's a Liar. He's never been out of the yard.