Remains of Ritual Baths and Olive-Oil Presses from the Early Talmudic Era

Sept. 14 2020

After the Romans’ brutal suppression of the Bar Kokhba revolt in 135 CE, the rabbis reconstituted the Sanhedrin in the Galilean city of Usha. Archaeologists have exploring Usha’s remains have found a unique mikveh (ritual bath), as well as olive oil and wine presses. Herewith, a virtual tour led by Anat Harrel. (Audio, 7 minutes.)

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More about: ancient Judaism, Archaeology, Mikveh, Talmud

Iran’s Attack on an Israeli Ship Is a Diplomatic Opportunity

March 1 2021

Today Prime Minister Netanyahu confirmed that the explosions that blew two holes in an Israeli-owned cargo ship on Friday were the work of Iran. The incident was followed by airstrikes on military targets in the vicinity of Damascus, likely carried out by the IDF—which might have been retaliation, but might also have been routine attempts to curtail the Iranian military buildup in Syria. But irrespective of its military response, Yoav Limor urges Jerusalem to act diplomatically as well:

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More about: Iran, Israeli Security, Joseph Biden, US-Israel relations