Animals and Ancient Jerusalem’s Economy

Beginning in the late 8th century BCE, the city of Jerusalem underwent more than a century of growth and expansion, during which the local economy became more centered on the capital. Lidar Sapir-Hen, Yuval Gadot, and Israel Finkelstein explain their recent findings on the economic role of livestock in this period, based on the study of artifacts and ancient animal remains from the area around the Western Wall and Tel Moza, a site located just outside Jerusalem:

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More about: Ancient Israel, Archaeology, Economics, History & Ideas, Jerusalem

Thoughts on Yitzhak Rabin’s Assassination, a Quarter-Century On

On the Jewish calendar, today is the 25th anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzḥak Rabin’s assassination at the hands of a fellow Jewish Israeli. Rabin, after a long and impressive career in the military and in politics, had not long beforehand signed the Oslo Accords, and was murdered by a zealous opponent of that decision. Reflecting on the occasion, David Horovitz writes:

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More about: Israeli politics, Oslo Accords, Yitzhak Rabin