“Then Hashem your God will restore your fortunes and take you back in love. He will bring you together again from all the peoples where Hashem your God has scattered you.” Deuteronomy 30:3 (The Israel Bible™)
On Monday, the last day of Hanukkah, the Sanhedrin called out to the 70 Nations to join in the consecration of the altar for the Third Temple. A full-dress reenactment of the daily sacrifice was held and a representative of a South American nation who attended was the recipient of a miraculous fulfillment of the Messianic promise of the ingathering of the exiles. After months of intensive study, the Sanhedrin ordered a stone altar built, scheduling its dedication to take place on the last day of Hanukkah just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. The square altar is nine feet square and five feet high and is constructed of aerated concrete. The material was ruled to be fit for use in the Temple. In the Talmud, it is explained that steel may not be used to cut the stones of the altar since the Temple Service brings life into the world and steel, as it is used in war, takes life. Stones for the altar may not be cut using steel since the Temple service brings life into the world and steel though not ideal, it is light and easily transported and sized to be loaded onto a truck. The altar was constructed on a metal frame designed also for purposes of transportability. The intent was to create an altar that could be taken to the Temple Mount at a moment’s notice should the need arise. Read More: https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/118441/miracle-dedication-altar-third-temple/
First Temple-Era Biblical Weight Found in Jerusalem: Another testament to Jerusalem’s rich and ancient Jewish history, an archaeological project discovered a First Temple-era Biblical weight in Jerusalem’s Old City.
A tiny 3,000-year-old stone engraved with the ancient Hebrew letters spelling “Beka,” a weight measurement mentioned in the Bible, was recently found during the sifting of archaeological soil taking place in the Emek Tzurim National Park in Jerusalem. The weight, dated to the First Temple period, was found in archaeological soil originating from the Western Wall foundations, north of the City of David, at the foot of Robinson’s Arch. The Beka weight was used to weigh the half-Shekel donation brought by the Israelites for the Temple’s upkeep and for the census, and is mentioned in the Bible in Exodus 38:26: “One beka per head, half a Shekel, according to the holy Shekel, for each one who goes through the counting, from twenty years old and upward.” Read More: https://unitedwithisrael.org/first-temple-era-biblical-weight-found-in-jerusalem/
Historic United States Candle lighting at Western Wall with PM Netanyahu: This was a historic Chanukah candle lighting. Never before has a US Ambassador lit the Chanukah candles at the Western Wall of the Temple Mount. Never before has an US official visited the Western Wall of the Temple Mount together with the Prime Minister of Israel. This holiday, both these historic firsts took place together. Read More: https://israelunwired.com/historic-united-states-candle-lighting-at-western-wall-with-pm-netanyahu/
Jerusalem Poised to Become World’s Hottest Travel Destination in 2018: Jerusalem — built as a city that is bound firmly together, to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord. There thrones for judgment were set, the thrones of the house of David. Psalms 122:3-5 (The Israel Bible™)
Some people know Jerusalem as the City of Fire, some know it as the Holy City; however, you want to call it, Israel’s capital is turning into the world’s hottest travel destination for 2018. According to a newly released London-based Euromonitor (a strategic market research provider) report, Jerusalem is poised to see a 38-percent spike in inbound tourism by the end of the year. Overall, Israel is on-course to welcome 4.8 million visitors by December 31, which represents a 32-percent increase over a record-breaking 2017. The holy city is benefiting from “relative stability and a strong marketing push,” according to the report. Jerusalem’s gain can be seen in sharp relief to other destinations in the Middle East and Africa, with Tunisian cities such as Jerba and Sousse and Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt, dropping out of the rankings “mainly due to terrorist attacks and subsequent slumping demand.” Cairo, however, is bucking the trend of a drop in tourists in the Middle East and is seeing a resurgence of arrivals. Read More: https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/118231/jerusalem-hottest-travel-destination/
Tzfat’s Handcrafted Candles Light Up Spirituality: The city of Tzfat is famous for its deep spirituality. There’s something meaningful about the feeling of lit candles. A factory in Tzfat handcrafts unique candles for Hanukkah and the Sabbath, among other things. https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/118391/safeds-handcrafted-candles-spirituality/