New Discoveries Show That the Ancient Incense Route Was a Two-Way Street

Mentioned in the book of Genesis, the Middle East’s incense route for many centuries brought myrrh, frankincense, and other goods from present-day Yemen to the Levant, and from there to the entire Mediterranean world. A recent study of trash heaps left behind by the caravans that traversed this path between shows that, contrary to what archaeologists previously believed, commerce along this route went in both directions. Amanda Borschel-Dan writes:

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Is American Jewish Liberalism Dying?

June 30 2022

In the 1930s, a Republic Jewish judge, observing his coreligionists’ commitment to the Democratic party, quipped, in Yiddish, that Jews have three velt (worlds): di velt (this world), yene velt (the next world), and Roosevelt. Since then, Jewish devotion has attenuated somewhat, although Jews still overwhelming lean Democratic. Most American Jews, however, are unfamiliar with the terms “this world” or “the next world” in any language. Carefully examining a wealth of statistical data, Samuel J. Abrams and Jack Wertheimer argue that the sort of robust Jewish liberalism that characterized U.S. Jewry a few decades ago is in steep decline. Jews, they explain, are undergoing their own version of what political scientists call the “great sort,” whereby politics, religion, and place of residence increasingly align:

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More about: American Jewish History, American Jewry, Liberalism, U.S. Politics