A 1,600-Year-Old Mosaic Unearthed in Northern Israel

April 28 2021

According to the Talmud, Rabbi Yoḥanan ben Zakkai convinced the Roman emperor to spare “Yavneh and its sages” before destroying Jerusalem in 70 CE. As a result, this city in the Galilee became for a time the major center of Jewish intellectual life. Archaeologists recently discovered a Byzantine-era mosaic there, JNS reports:

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More about: Ancient Israel, Archaeology, Galilee

 

Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel

Sept. 17 2021

Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events:

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More about: Golan Heights, Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, Syrian civil war