Sep 29, 2010

Peace Upon Israel


On Thursday Sept. 20, for the first time in nine years, Israel's Chief Rabbi's prayed at the ancient synagogue*, in one of the world's oldest cities, Jericho. Shalom Al Yisrael (Peace Upon Israel) dates to the 6th century and was discovered in 1936, during the British Mandate. There are several magnificent mosaics, including the Ark of the Covenant. Although under Palestinian Authority, under the 1995 Oslo Accords, Jews were to have access to the site.
*The synagogue is located in the ancient city of Jericho (Yericho in Hebrew), north of the Dead Sea in the Jordan Valley. Some 1,500 years old, it was discovered in 1936 by D.C. Baramki of the Antiquities Authority under the British Mandate. Its 10x13 meter mosaic floor features images of a menorah, shofar, lulav, Holy Ark, and the Hebrew words "Shalom Al Yisrael” (Peace Upon Israel).

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