How a Talmudic Anecdote and an Archaeological Discovery Helped Shape Public-Safety Measures on Israeli Beaches

The tale of the Oven of Akhnai—one of the best known talmudic stories and the subject of last week’s Mosaic podcast—describes the ancient rabbis arguing with God, and winning. To the geo-archaeologist Beverly Goodman, certain details in this story support physical evidence she has gathered that the Roman port of Caesarea, on Israel’s Mediterranean coast, was destroyed by a tsunami in the 2nd-century CE. Thanks to her research, a government committee chaired by Avi Shapira has put into place plans to mitigate the dangers if a tsunami were to occur again. Goodman, Shapira, and the historian Henry Abramson explain the discovery in an interview by Peter Gwinn. (Audio, 25 minutes. Transcript available at the link below.)

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More about: Ancient Israel, Archaeology, Israeli society, Science, Talmud

 

Bernie Sanders Denounces AIPAC’s “Bigotry” after Headlining a Conference of Bigots

Feb. 27 2020

The Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has declared that he won’t attend the annual conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which begins this Sunday, because of the “platform [it] provides for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights.” While Sanders has no qualms about libeling AIPAC—until recently a regular stop for political candidates of both parties—he has never attended one of its gatherings. Last year, however, he was the speaker for the annual conference of the Islamic Society of North America, where, writes Asra Normani, no small amount of bigotry was given a platform:

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More about: AIPAC, Anti-Semitism, BDS, Bernie Sanders, Ilhan Omar, Linda Sarsour