Who Wanted Pandemic Lock downs? by Jeffrey Tucker and Israeli company makes 3-D-printed rib-eye steak and PA damages site of Joshua's altar and 10 awesome Israeli archeological sites you never heard of and Coronavirus Israel Live: Chief Rabbi Removes Judge After He Refused to Receive Vaccine
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Coronavirus Israel Live: Chief Rabbi Removes Judge After He Refused to Receive Vaccine
This week, Rabbi David Lau, the chief Ashkenazi rabbi of Israel and the president of its rabbinical courts, ordered that a rabbinical court judge scheduled to sit on a panel be replaced for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The judge was scheduled to sit on a panel at an IDF base to hear cases of soldiers who are seeking to convert to Judaism. the IDF and officials from the rabbinical courts administration asked that the judge be replaced by a judge who has been vaccinated after they discovered that the judge refuses to get vaccinated.
Rabbi Lau did not object, the question of whether the unvaccinated judge can be barred from sitting on other judicial panels until he is vaccinated is currently being reviewed.
All judges must be vaccinated, Rabbi Lau's office said on Tuesday, noting that in his opinion, a judge who refuses to get vaccinated should be barred from serving in such a capacity – to the greatest extent that it is legally possible to do so – so that they not endanger the health of court attendees. (Aaron Rabinowitz)
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Who Wanted Pandemic Lockdowns? by Jeffrey Tucker
People of the future will look back at these 11 months and be very confused. How could virtually the entire world have thrown out settled practices of civil, economic, and cultural liberties for a virus that resisted every attempt to control it?
This virus is not Ebola and it has come nowhere near approaching the death rates associated with H1N1 of 1918. By some measures, it's not been as deadly as 1957-58, a virus that came and went without much public attention at all. New pathogens are part of life, and there was and is nothing particularly unusual about this one.
The enduring question now and for many years to come will be: why? We all asked the question a thousand times, and it has been asked of us the same number of times. It is too early to say, and the answer will likely be similar to other epic events in history such as the Great War or the Fall of Rome.
The answer to the question of why is: multiple causes. I'm not prepared to weigh them yet.
And yet, it seems reasonable to observe that many groups and sectors had a kind of hankering for a pandemic. They turned a widespread and mostly manageable pathogen – doctor/patient relationships and reasonable cautions on the part of the vulnerable – and converted it into the basis for a global panic that overthrew centuries of progress in law and liberty.
The tech companies who became so enraptured with the digital world – and we can include online retailers in this – that they forgot all the people who cannot and do not want to live entirely outside the physical world.
The pharmaceutical companies with hundreds of billions of investment in labs and distribution circles who wanted to ply their wares in the midst of emergencies, in addition to the PCR testing industry.
Public health intellectuals who for at least a decade and a half had fallen for the romance of computer modeling and were itching to try out a new method for disease mitigation.
The mega-billionaire Bill Gates who found himself vexed by computer viruses that were wrecking his Windows operating system and thereby developed a passion for blocking viruses in general, while failing to understand the difference between biology and computer hardware.
Government officials who like to try out new uses of power.
Media companies who live on clicks and know with certainty that public panic is the best way to guarantee consumer attention, especially if they are locked at home with nothing else to do.
The Chinese government which was supremely annoyed at the Trump administration's trade policies and successfully trolled the West into believing that China nixed the virus through totalitarian controls.
Rabid opponents of the Trump administration, who had failed to wreck it through accusations of Russian collusion and then impeachment over a phone call to Ukraine, finally turned to create tremendous social, economic, and political chaos by massively overblowing the severity of a widespread viral pathogen, which itself became a metaphor for the political infection they believed afflicted the country.
School teachers unions who have been wanting to strike for years in order to extract pay and benefits from the taxpayer but worried that doing so would turn their public against them; for them, lockdowns were the perfect excuse to find another way.
A ruling class population that has lost touch with people who cannot live on their computers, increasingly detached from the flow of life as it exists in the physical world and thereby failed to empathize with the suffering of others under lockdown.
No one interest group could have achieved this on its own. It required a perfect storm. It doesn't have to be a conspiracy much less a specific plot. It only requires that the right confluence of events present themselves in a way that prompts action and cooperation.
I might add one more push for a pandemic that touches on the general philosophy of life. The world is overflowing these days with people who are consumed by ideology. They have a perception that something is fundamentally wrong with the world and are consumed with a burning passion to fix it. They long for a big change, mighty drama, epic shifts in history. For them, the marginally improving world of bourgeois existence seems dull and uneventful. The pandemic was for them something exciting and momentous: it presented a chance for the big change.
That we will look back with astonishment at what has happened to the world is a near certainty. The folly! And people of the future will never stop asking that great question of why. The answer is finally unsatisfying. It was a massive screw up by people and groups who wanted to try something completely new, none of whom were willing to bear responsibility for the results. It will be up to the rest of us to pick up the pieces and get life on the right track again.
Israeli company makes 3-D-printed ribeye steak
Israeli company Aleph Farms announces it has produced the world's first "slaughter-free steak."
The Israeli company Aleph Farms announced Tuesday that it had produced the world's first "slaughter-free steak," using a mix of 3-D printing technology and real cow cells. The startup boasted that it tastes like "a delicious tender, juicy ribeye steak you'd buy from the butcher."
Faculty at the country's famed Technion-Israel Institute of Technology aided in the process, Bloomberg reported.
The "bio-printing" phenomenon takes live cells and replicates them to mimic a natural organism or product. Aleph Farms' technology is in demand, and the company is partnering with Mitsubishi to bring its meat alternative to Japan.
Stones from ancient site believed to be altar of Biblical prophet taken by the PA, crushed to make new road.
In recent months, the Palestinian Authority has paved a new road near the altar of the Biblical Prophet Joshua on Mount Ebal, north of the city of Nablus (Shechem) in Samaria.
The road is intended to connect the village of Atzira a-Shamalia and the city of Nablus. In response to an urgent question on the subject submitted by MK Michal Shir in the Knesset about two months ago, Minister in the Defense Ministry Michael Biton replied that the works were approved by the Civil Administration and that there was no damage to the archeological site.
The 'Shomrin al Hanetzach' (preservers of eternity) organization has documented that in recent weeks the Palestinian Authority has carried out work with heavy machinery that has breached the site.
Stones making up one side of an ancient fence were crushed using a gravel crusher to serve as a substrate for the new road. The PA is operating unhindered due to the site's location in Area B.
The physical damage to the site is a direct continuation of the attitude PA's attitude towards the site over the years, who set themselves the goal of suppressing the Israeli presence and visits to the site. According to PA officials, identifying the site as a Jewish altar is a falsification of Palestinian history which they are working to combat. In the video, it can be seen that the stone was crushed knowingly and intentionally.
Samaria Regional Council chairman Yossi Dagan called on the authorities to immediately stop the destruction of the archaeological site. "This is a direct and unfortunate continuation of the contempt of all concerned regarding the historic sites of the Jewish people and the State of Israel," said Dagan. "From the National Park of Ancient Samaria through Tel Aroma to the altar of Joshua son of Nun, it is shocking to see how the Palestinian Authority brazenly destroys the archeological sites dear to all mankind."
"I am shocked to see that those who are supposed to be protecting this place are behaving with appalling helplessness, from the political echelons to the superiors in the field, to the point of criminal neglect, the consequences of which are before us," Dagan added.
The chairman of the "Religious Zionism" party, MK Bezalel Smotrich, responded to the destruction: "An insane failure with irreversible results. Religious Zionism will demand the closure of the Civil Administration, as this is another of its many failures, and the transfer of responsibility for the management of the territory in Judea and Samaria to the government ministries directly. De facto sovereignty."
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10 awesome Israeli archeological sites you never heard of
Find out where the largest Philistine city, largest Canaanite city, largest ancient city gate and largest Neolithic village were discovered.
Our list was compiled with the help of Bar-Ilan University archeologist Prof. Aren Maeir. He has directed excavations and surveys in Jerusalem (the Western Wall Tunnels, Mamilla, Kikar Safra, Malha), the Beit She'an Valley and Tel Yavneh. He's widely known for his ongoing work at Tel es-Safi, the site that opens our list.
Maeir notes that these sites are open to the public. Many have well-marked paths with excellent signage explaining what you're seeing.
In case you're wondering, "tel" (as in Tel Aviv) is a mound formed from the accumulated remains of human dwellings built on top of one another for thousands of years.
Bar-Ilan University archeologist Aren Maeir at Tel es-Safi (Philistine Gath) with finds from the late 9th century BCE. Photo by Maria Eniukhina/Tel es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project
Maeir has coauthored two volumes on the fascinating findings of his excavations at Tel es-Safi for nearly 25 years.
In this site of the biblical city of Gath — home of David's giant nemesis Goliath – Maeir's international summer diggers have revealed ruins of ancient Canaanite, Philistine and Judean settlements spanning six millennia.
Unearthed treasures include a temple, city gate, the earliest known siege system in the world and the earliest deciphered Philistine inscription. It's also a public park with a well-marked trail and "an astounding view of the region," says Maeir.
"This was the largest Philistine city in the region before it was destroyed in the ninth century [BCE] by the Arameans, and was one of the most important biblical sites," Maeir tells ISRAEL21c.
The biblical Azekah was the lowlands arena where that mismatched fight between David and Goliath took place.
Tel Azekah excavations since 2012 by Tel Aviv University's Prof. Oded Lipschits and Yuval Gadot, and Prof. Manfred Oeming of Heidelberg University, have revealed monumental remains of temples, palaces, and fortification systems, as well as rare artifacts such as intact vessels, coins and seals dating from the Early Bronze Age to the Byzantine Period.
The southern Iron Age city gate of Khirbet Qeiyafa, with the Valley of Elah in front. Photo: courtesy
Twenty miles southwest of Jerusalem, to the south of modern Beit Shemesh on the edge of the Elah Valley, Khirbet Qeiyafa is thought by Hebrew University archeologist Prof. Yosef Garfinkel to have been the seat of the early kingdom of Judea.
About 20% of the ancient city was excavated by Garfinkel and Israel Antiquities Authority archeologist Saar Ganor between 2007 and 2013. The findings indicate a well-planned fortified city was here as early as the late 11th to early 10th centuries BCE.
People can explore the site, including unearthed First Temple-era fortifications, temples and gates, and pottery and metal objects. A marked path was recently upgraded by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.
An archeology volunteer sitting near a Byzantine hermit's cell at Tel Dor, 2011. Photo by Lang Gito
Tel Dor was the site of the most important harbor on Israel's northern Mediterranean coast until the founding of Caesarea in about 25 BCE.
Located south of Haifa, Tel Dor's documented history begins in the Late Bronze Age although the town was founded in the Middle Bronze Age, about 2000 BCE. Dor was successively ruled by different nations until the end of its 3,000-year existence in the Crusader period.
The newest expedition to Tel Dor was launched in 2003, directed by archeologists Ilan Sharon of Hebrew University and Ayelet Gilboa of Haifa University. The park here is being renovated and will be accessible to strollers and people with mobility limitations.
Tel Kabri sits in the midst of modern avocado plantations in the Western Galilee.
The Middle Bronze Age Canaanite city was excavated by archeologists Assaf Yasur-Landau from Haifa University and Eric Cline from George Washington University. They found a well-preserved palace with beautiful frescos done in the unique style of Minoa (ancient Crete).
Between 2013 and 2015, they excavated an Iron Age wine storage complex. Analysis of residues in the ceramic jugs found there, done at Brandeis University, revealed wines seasoned with honey, herbs and spices including cinnamon. This find made international news.
Tel Abel Beth Maacah
Situated on Israel's northern border close to beautiful Tel Dan National Park, Tel Abel Beth Maacah has yielded important finds showing it to be a cultic center from biblical times.
"It was here that one of most important finds in all of Israel was discovered: an Aramaic royal inscription mentioning a king of the house of David," says Maeir.
Six seasons of excavations at this tel were directed by Hebrew University's Naama Yahalom-Mack and Nava Panitz-Cohen with Prof. Robert Mullins from Azusa Pacific University of Los Angeles from 2013-2108.
Pottery from the Early Bronze Age was found here, but the earliest architectural remains excavated so far date to the Middle Bronze Age and include fortifications, graves, a sewage installation, a courtyard house, and numerous baby jar burials.
Remains from the Late Bronze Age include a hoard of silver in a jar.
Tel Hatzor excavations. Photo courtesy of Hebrew University
"Hatzor was the largest city in the land during the Canaanite Middle to Late Bronze Age. During the Israelite Iron Age period, Hazor became a fortified site," says Maeir. As many as 15,000 Canaanites lived here in the second millennium BCE.
Excavations at 200-acre Tel Hatzor started in the 1950s under Israeli archeology rock star Prof. Yigael Yadin of Dead Sea Scrolls and Masada fame. Digs continue to this day under the auspices of Hebrew University archeologists Prof. Amnon Ben-Tor and Shlomit Bechar.
Extensive architectural remains uncovered at Hatzor include Israelite fortifications, administrative and domestic buildings, and impressive Canaanite palatial structures and temples. A wealth of small finds, including several cuneiform tablets, statues and figurines, jewelry and weapons were also discovered.
The Iron Age fishing village Bethsaida on the northern side of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) may or may not be the Bethsaida mentioned in the Gospels as the birthplace of the Apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip – a site called El Araj also makes that claim to fame – but today it's a lovely private park with an entry fee.
Bethsaida ("house of the hunt" in Hebrew) has been excavated for the last 25 years. The Et-Tel archeological site covers 20 acres and its first layer of settlement is from the 10th century BCE, when this area was part of the Aramaean kingdom of Geshur. Excavations have revealed a stele of an Aramean moon god, grand palaces and the largest city gate of the biblical period ever excavated in Israel.
Today, Motza is a lovely suburb west of Jerusalem. It's also mentioned in the Bible.
The archeological site Tel Motza was excavated extensively by the Israel Antiquities Authority prior to construction of a section of Highway 1 to Jerusalem in 1993, 2002, 2003 2012 and 2013, confirming that this is the same as the biblical Motza first mentioned in the book of Joshua.
Motza was settled continuously during the Iron Age II (10th to 6th centuries BCE). Judging by its dozens of silos and two storage buildings, the site was a royal granary supplying Jerusalem.
In July 2019, when Highway 1 was being expanded again, Motza was discovered to contain remains of what may be the largest Neolithic village ever found.
Ongoing excavations directed by Shua Kisilevitz and Prof. Oded Lipschits Tel Aviv University aim to fully unearth an Iron Age temple complex found at Motza, which is intriguing because it is from the same era when the first Holy Temple in nearby Jerusalem was standing.
Aerial view of a Tel Arad fortress. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
At the national park of Tel Arad in the northern Negev, archeologists have unearthed a Judean fortress from the Iron Age with a unique temple and remarkable water facility, and an Early Bronze Age Canaanite planned city underneath it.
Canaanite Arad was surrounded by a thick, tall wall with wicket gates and towers protruded from it. Remains of residential homes, a palace, temples, fortresses, city gate and remarkable water facility have been unearthed.
One of the temples, in use from the ninth to the end of the eighth century BCE, concurrently with the first Holy Temple in Jerusalem, was built according to the plan of the desert Tabernacle described in the Bible. Pottery shards bearing inscribed names of priestly families mentioned in the Bible were found here.
Close to the southern wall of the fortress an archive was found, containing 17 ostraca – potsherds used as writing surfaces — written mostly in ancient Hebrew script.