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Archaeologists Claim They've Discovered the Trojan Horse in Turkey
Turkish archaeologists claim they have found what they believe are pieces of the Trojan Horse. According to a report by newsit .Turkish archaeologists excavating the site of the historical city of Troy on the hills of Hisarlik have unearthed a large wooden structure. Historians and archaeologists think what they have discovered are remains of the legendary Trojan Horse.
The excavations brought to light dozens of fir planks and beams up to 15 meters (49 feet) long. The remnants were assembled in a strange form, that led the experts to suspect they belong to the Trojan Horse. The wooden structure was inside the walls of the ancient city of Troy.
The Trojan Horse is considered by most to have been a mythical structure. The horse is commonly associated with Homer's epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey.
The classic epic poems tell the story of the Trojan War and Odysseus' long journey back to Ithaca, but curiously enough, they do not feature the iconic wooden horse. In fact, the Iliad closes out right before the war is over.
The story of the Trojan Horse comes in at the very end of the war, as it is used as a strategy to seize Troy and win the war completely. The story of the Trojan Horse is featured most prominently in the Aeneid by Virgil, a Latin text from the time of Augustus' rule in Rome. Historians suggest that the ancient writer was using the image of the horse as an analogy for a war machine, or even perhaps a natural disaster.
The structure found fits the description by Virgil, Augustus and Quintus Smyrnaeus. So archaeologists have started to consider that the discovery is indeed the remains of the subterfuge Greeks used to conquer ancient Troy.
Another discovery that supports the archaeologists' claims is a damaged bronze plate with the inscription "For their return home, the Greeks dedicate this offering to Athena." Quintus Smyrnaeus refers to the particular plate in his epic poem "Posthomerica." The plate was also found on the site.
Can the pieces of the Trojan Horse be scientifically verified?
The two archaeologists leading the excavation, Boston University professors Christine Morris and Chris Wilson, say that they have a "high level of confidence" that the structure is indeed linked to the legendary horse. They say that all the tests performed up to now have only confirmed their theory.
"The carbon dating tests and other analysis have all suggested that the wooden pieces and other artifacts date from the 12th or 11th centuries B.C.," says Professor Morris. "This matches the dates cited for the Trojan War, by many ancient historians like Eratosthenes or Proclus. The assembly of the work also matches the description made by many sources. I don't want to sound overconfident, but I'm pretty certain that we found the real thing!"
10 of the best underground attractions in Israel
Watch the ultimate guide to cool sightseeing in Israel, quite literally.
When tourism resumes in Israel, whether it's in the rainy winter or the sizzling summer, outdoor conditions are irrelevant if you do your sightseeing underground.
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10. Templar's Tunnels, Acre (Akko): The Templars were a military-monastic order who – in the name of the pope – helped pilgrims and the sick from Europe to visit the holy sites of the Land of Israel.1187, the Templars settled in Acre and built a fortress. The tunnel is 150 meters (492 feet) long and extends from the fortress in the west to the city's port in the east.
9. Stalactite Caves, Beit Shemesh: This nature reserve encompasses an extensive natural woodland area and the largest and most beautiful stalactite-stalagmite cave in Israel.
8. Herodion Tunnels, Herodion National Park: When the Jews rebelled against Roman oppression in the first and second centuries, they established a complex system of underground tunnels and cisterns inside the Herodion (Herodium) hill near Jerusalem to safeguard the watersupply and stay hidden from the enemy.
7. Western Wall Tunnels, Jerusalem: The Western Wall stretches along almost half a kilometer, but only a small portion is visible at the Western Wall Plaza. Touring the Western Wall Tunnels provides access to the segments hidden from view. The ancient subterranean spaces include large stone arches, water pits, an ancient water aqueduct and more.
6. Beit Guvrin Caves: About 800 bell shaped caves are in this national park, some linked by underground tunnels. The Bell Caves were quarried during the fourth to ninth century for chalk used to make roads, plaster and mortar.
5. Under the Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem: These are the excavated ruins of the Roman-era street below the present Via Dolorosa in the Old City (which dates only from the Middle Ages), where Jesus walked to the Crucifixion.
4. Pool of the Arches, Ramla: This underground water reservoir was built in 789 CE and now offers rowboats for rent.
3. Siloam Water Tunnel, Jerusalem: Also known as Hezekiah's Tunnel, this water channel was carved in biblical times beneath the City of David in eastern Jerusalem to ensure a continuous water supply to the city in the face of the Assyrian siege in 721 BCE.
2. Blue Caves, Rosh Hanikra: These grottoes at the foot of a dramatic cliff leading into the Mediterranean Sea were created following a series of subterranean tremors that cracked the rock. Watching rainwater and sea waves flowing through these cracks makes for a unique experience.
1. Salt Cave at Mount Sodom, Dead Sea: This mountain, which is 80 percent salt, is at the southern tip of the Dead-Sea and is where the biblical story of Sodom and Gemorah took place.
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September two is here, time to start seriously thinking about Rosh Hashana on Sept 6
Sept 1, (yesterday) was one of my Father's favorite jokes and I retell it in his memory.
There was a sign that said the Barnum and Bailey Circus, the word's greatest circus was coming to town Sept 1.
The dumbbell said, he didn't want to see the second greatest Circus in the world he wanted to see the First greatest Circus in the world.
Ha ha, Dad here is memories to you
How Did Brisket Become a Rosh Hashanah Tradition?
From Ezra to the present: On eating meat on Rosh Hashanah
In many families, Bubby's brisket is up there with round raisin challah, apples and honey, pomegranates, fish heads and the other traditional foods that invariably grace our Rosh Hashanah dinner tables. But where does this tradition come from, and does it have any true significance?
In the Times of Ezra
It was Rosh Hashanah in Jerusalem and the Jews who had recently returned from the Babylonain exile to rebuild the Holy Temple gathered "as one person" to hear the Torah read by Ezra the Scribe. After hearing the Torah, the nation began to mourn and weep, realizing that it was the Day of Judgement and they had not fulfilled the Torah laws properly.
However, "Nehemiah . . . and Ezra the priest . . . said to all the people, 'This day is holy to the L‑rd your G‑d; neither mourn nor weep . . . Go eat succulent (literally "fatty") foods and drink sweet beverages and send portions to whoever has nothing prepared, for the day is holy to our L‑rd, and do not be sad, for the joy of the L‑rd is your strength.' "1
Thus, although Rosh Hashanah is a solemn day of judgment, it is also a day of festivities and rejoicing, for we are certain that the ultimate judge, "our Father our King," will judge us favorably.2
Since the verse specifies fatty meat as exemplifying the tasty food one is to eat on this day, many have the custom to eat meat during the Rosh Hashanah meal.3
Not for Everyone
I would be remiss if I didn't note that some had the custom to specifically refrain from eating meat on Rosh Hashanah.
This is based on the writings of Rabbi Yosef Caro (author of the Code of Jewish Law) in his work Maggid Meisharim, where he describes an angel called a maggid that would come to teach him mystical and esoteric teachings of the Torah (which are not included in the Code of Jewish Law). One thing the angel told him was to refrain from eating meat on Rosh Hashanah.4
However, as many note, the angel himself qualified his statement by saying, "Although Ezra said to go eat 'fatty foods,' he was speaking to the general populace, but I am talking to unique, outstanding individuals." Thus, this is not a custom to be followed by the general public.5
Some do eat meat but are particular not to eat beef, since they do not want to hint at the sin of the Golden Calf, for which we are still paying the price.6
Others, however, note that in Mishnaic times the custom was seemingly to eat beef on Rosh Hashanah. 7 Indeed, the general custom (as recorded by the vast majority of both earlier and later halachic authorities) does not follow these alternative opinions, and beef is de rigueur on many Rosh Hashanah tables as per the basic meaning of Ezra's instructions.8
Brisket became a popular "traditional" Jewish dish on Rosh Hashanah (and other Jewish holidays, for that matter) for a number of reasons.
Being a tougher cut of meat, it isn't easily grilled and takes a lot longer to cook than some other cuts. This in turn made it a cheaper cut of meat (my, how things have changed!), allowing even Jews with limited income to purchase some in honor of the holiday.
Additionally, brisket is a larger cut of meat, making it ideal for large family gatherings.
Neither of these reasons have the slightest religious significance, and if you prefer a different cut, there is no objection from a traditional perspective.
Food for the Needy
The Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory—would often quote the verse in Ezra mentioned above, calling attention to its second part: "Go eat . . . and send portions to whoever has nothing prepared."9
As we shop and cook for our holiday meals, let's not forget about those less fortunate. Perhaps send them food or a gift card. Or better yet, invite them to your home for the holiday meal.
In this merit, may we all be blessed with a wonderful, healthy, sweet new year!
In addition to sources cited in fn. 3, see for example, Rashi on Talmud, Avoda Zarah 5b; Rabbi Yehudah HaChassid, Sefer Gematriot, vol. 2, Parshat Massei 5; Levush, Orach Chaim 583:2; Ben Ish Chai, year 1, Nitzavim 5; Kaf Hachaim, Orach Chaim 597:11; Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 129:9.