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May 29, 2015 / 11 Sivan, 5775
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Section of Ancient Jerusalem’s Lower Aqueduct Discovered

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

A section of Jerusalem’s Lower Aqueduct, which conveyed water to the city more than 2,000 years ago, was exposed during the construction install a modern sewer system for Arabs in the villages of Umm Tuba and Sur Bahar, near HaHoma in southern Jerusalem.

The Israel Antiquities Authority conducted an archaeological excavation there following the discovery of the aqueduct.

Excavation director Yaakov Billig said:

The Lower Aqueduct to Jerusalem, which the Hashmonean kings constructed more than two thousand years ago in order to provide water to Jerusalem, operated intermittently until about 100 ago. The aqueduct begins at the ‘En ‘Eitam spring, near Solomon’s Pools south of Bethlehem, and is approximately 21 kilometers (12 miles) long.

Despite its length, it flows along a very gentle downward slope whereby the water level falls just one meter per kilometer. At first, the water was conveyed inside an open channel and about 500 years ago, during the Ottoman period, a terra cotta pipe was installed inside the channel in order to better protect the water.

The aqueduct’s route was built in open areas in the past, but with the expansion of Jerusalem in the modern era, it now runs through a number of neighborhoods: Umm Tuba, Sur Bahar, East Talpiot and Abu Tor.

Since this is one of Jerusalem’s principal sources of water, the city’s rulers took care to preserve it for 2,000 years, until it was replaced about a century ago by a modern electrically operated system.

Due to its historical and archaeological importance, the Israel Antiquities Authority is taking steps to prevent any damage to the aqueduct and is working to expose sections of its remains, study them and make them accessible to the general public.

The Umm Tuba section of the aqueduct was documented, studied, and covered up again for the sake of future generations.

Running Out of Burial Space, Jerusalem Will Bury You in a Cave

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

After building up above-ground, vertically stacked, hi-rise grave niches in Jerusalem’s Har HaMenuchot cemetery, Jerusalem is looking down, way down, and is planning to build a $50 million underground catacomb system for burying the dead underneath Har HaMenuchot.

Har HaMenuchot currently holds 150,000 bodies and is running out of room.

Phase 1 of the “subterranean city of the dead” as the Washington Post called it, will hold 22,000 bodies in underground crypts linked together on three floors by elevators, intersecting tunnels and air conditioning.

The cost is being footed by pre-sales to Jews overseas at a cost of between $5000 to $10,000. People are dying to get in.

Israelis get free burials – one of the perks of citizenship — though reserving a specific grave next to your loved one costs extra. There’s always a catch.

The digging of the catacombs is being done by a robot borer, as there’s too much dust in the digging process for a human.

It’s estimated the phase one’s 22,000 crypts will be filled within 7 years. After that, more digging.

Hit-and-Terrorist Cousin of Mercaz HaRav Mass Murderer

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

The Jerusalem Arab terrorist who ran over two police officers and tried to kill them is the cousin of the driver who carried out the massacre of eight Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva students in Jerusalem in 2008, according to Arab media.

Wednesday’s hit-and-run terrorist was identified as Amran Omar abu Dahim, 42, from the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood located between the Talpiot and A-Tur neighborhoods in southeastern Jerusalem.

He is the cousin of Ala abu Dahim, who drove his vehicle in 2008 to the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva in Jerusalem, entered the building with a violin case and then pulled out a rifle and gunned down yeshiva students,.

The massacre shocked the world, even the bleeding-heart liberals since it occurred at a widely-known yeshiva that is located less than a mile from the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem.

Today’s terrorist hit three police officers, two of whom were evacuated to Jerusalem hospitals for treatment of moderate and light injuries.

Arabs claimed that it was an accident and that police executed an innocent man.

Israel’s 5-Year Upgrade Plan for Western Wall

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Israel’s new government has approved a five-year plan to upgrade and further develop the area around the Western Wall.

The project is already raising tensions because the Palestinian Authority is demanding Israel hand over the Old City plus much of the rest of Israel’s capital, as well as all of Judea, Samaria and Gaza to create a new Arab country to be called “Palestine.”

The Western Wall is part of the Temple Mount compound, Judaism’s holiest site, the sole remnant of the ancient Holy Temple of Jerusalem.

The Temple Mount area is also sacred to Muslims, and is considered the third holiest site in Islam.

To both, the site represents the heartbeat of the religious universe.

Israel plans to develop the area with upgraded infrastructure, improved archaeological activity and, further development of the Western Wall site, and underground tunnels that run along the length of the Wall.

Muslims at the Kotel

Monday, May 18th, 2015

A group of Muslim tourists visited the Kotel the other week.

They weren’t yelled at, they weren’t assaulted, they didn’t need police protection.

If they chose to, they could have even prayed.

What a shame a Jew can’t do the same on the Temple Mount.

Jerusalem of Fire

Monday, May 18th, 2015

The forested hills of Jerusalem are alive with the sounds of crackling as a wild fire blocks a main artery leading to the holy city.

Firefighters are battling the blaze, which was blocking Route 1 on Monday as IDF aerial firefighters swung into action.

The hillsides of Jerusalem are blazing as another wildfire sweeps through its forests.

The hillsides of Jerusalem are blazing as another wildfire sweeps through its forests.

The area has been experiencing a heat wave, which officials said may have contributed to the start of the fire.

A fire was also reported on the slopes at the Givat Shaul cemetery in Emek Ha’Arazim, closing off traffic to the nearby tunnel in the area. Firefighters and police were on the scene there as well.

Five fire trucks headed for the entrance of Jerusalem as reports of another fire breaking out came in to central dispatch.

A Christian center in Jerusalem was also set ablaze and vandalized on Monday as well.

Two synagogues in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev were also deliberately set on fire, officials said. An investigation was launched, but no arrests have been made thus far.

In fact, fires have been popping up all over the capital. The country is extremely dry due to current weather conditions, making the area vulnerable to brush fires — or, for that matter, any attempted arson by terrorists as has happened in the past.

A mini-van went up in flames yesterday near the A-Zaim checkpoint, according to the Israel Hatzoloh medical emergency organization. Firefighters extinguished the blaze.

1,400-Year-Old Wine Press Mysteriously Appears in Jerusalem

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

By Michael Zeff

While jogging in a Jerusalem neighborhood park, a local Jerusalemite stumbled upon an ancient ruin which hadn’t previously been there.

The Jerusalem resident immediately reported the strange discovery to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), who confirmed that they had no archaeological excavations going on in that neighborhood or any knowledge of any ruins.

After arriving at the scene, IAA archaeologists were surprised to discover a 1,400 year old wine press fully and meticulously excavated and exposed to the world.

“Our team was shocked,” IAA spokesperson told the Tazpit News Agency, “They saw a carefully exposed ancient wine press where none existed before, where not a single archaeologist has ever even been digging”.

The mystery kept bothering IAA officials, until the IAA team who took over maintenance of the site discovered that the ancient wine press had been discovered and excavated by local children.

The neighborhood kids, it appears, are avid archaeology fans and at first were simply “playing pretend” in the forest surrounding the neighborhood, until their game turned into reality.

The children were commended by the IAA for their care of the ruin, and the gentle work they put into exposing the wine press while carefully preserving it at the same time.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/1400-year-old-wine-press-mysteriously-appears-in-jerusalem/2015/05/17/

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