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October 1, 2016 / 28 Elul, 5776

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Rare Cache of Silver Coins From Hasmonean Period Found in Modi’in

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

More proof that Jews lived and prospered in the Land of Israel long before the so-called “Palestinian Arabs” ever walked this piece of real estate…

During the time of the Hasmoneans, a Jewish family of means owned an estate in Modi’in which had an olive grove and a press with which to produce olive oil, as well as vineyards and wine presses for the production of wine. And the family patriarch was a coin collector.

He was clearly a man of means: but something must have happened, and the family was forced to flee. Just before quitting their estate, he hid his coins between the massive stones in a wall, hoping to retrieve them later. But it was not to be, and it is only now, millennia later, his fellow Jews have discovered the treasure, and are learning his story.

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The hoard of silver coins dating to the Hasmonean period (126 BCE) was exposed in April, in an archaeological excavation the Israel Antiquities Authority is currently conducting near Modi‘in, with the participation of local youth. The excavation is being carried out prior to the construction of a new neighborhood, at the initiative of the Modi‘in-Maccabim-Re‘ut municipality. The treasure was hidden in a rock crevice, up against a wall of an impressive agricultural estate that was discovered during the excavation there.

 IAA archaeologist Shahar Krispin during the discovery of the silver coin hoard that was found in the estate house in Modi'in.

IAA archaeologist Shahar Krispin during the discovery of the silver coin hoard that was found in the estate house in Modi’in.

Avraham Tendler, director of the excavation on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, said “This is a rare cache of silver coins from the Hasmonean period comprised of shekels and half-shekels (tetradrachms and didrachms) that were minted in the city of Tyre and bear the images of the king, Antiochus VII and his brother Demetrius II.

“The cache that we found is compelling evidence that one of the members of the estate who had saved his income for months needed to leave the house for some unknown reason. He buried his money in the hope of coming back and collecting it, but was apparently unfortunate and never returned.

“It is exciting to think that the coin hoard was waiting here 2,140 years until we exposed it,” Tendler said.

“The cache, which consists of 16 coins, contains one or two coins from every year between 135–126 BCE, and a total of nine consecutive years are represented, explained Dr. Donald Tzvi Ariel, head of the Coin Department at the Israel Antiquities Authority.

“It seems that some thought went into collecting the coins, and it is possible that the person who buried the cache was a coin collector. He acted in just the same way as stamp and coin collectors manage collections today.”

“The findings from our excavation show that it was a Jewish family that established an agricultural estate on this hill during the Hasmonean period,” Tendler added.

Aerial photograph of the Hasmonean estate house in Modi'in.

Aerial photograph of the Hasmonean estate house in Modi’in.

“The family members planted olive trees and vineyards on the neighboring hills and grew grain in valleys. An industrial area that includes an olive press and storehouses where the olive oil was kept is currently being uncovered next to the estate.

“Dozens of rock-hewn winepresses that reflect the importance of viticulture and the wine industry in the area were exposed in the cultivation plots next to the estate. The estate house was built of massive walls in order to provide security from the attacks of marauding bandits.”

Hana Levi Julian

Stone Throwers Cause Car Accident on 443

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Stone throwers on Road 443 hit a car near the Maccabim checkpoint on Wednesday night.

As a result of the attack, the driver lost control of his vehicle.

He is being treated for light injuries.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Driver ‘Neutralized’ by IDF Soldiers in Foiled Ramming Attack on Highway 443

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Arab terrorists failed in an attempted vehicle terror attack on Highway 443 on Sunday afternoon next to the Maccabim checkpoint north of Jerusalem, close to Modi’in.

Maccabim checkpoint on Highway 443 near Modi'in.

Maccabim checkpoint on Highway 443 near Modi’in.

The terrorists tried to ram their car into the soldiers standing guard at the checkpoint.

The driver was shot by IDF soldiers at the site. Magen David Adom medics who arrived at the scene provided emergency treatment to the attacker and he was being evacuated for medical care to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center. MDA medics said he was in very serious condition with a number of gunshot wounds.

No Israelis were reported injured in the report.

Hana Levi Julian

Rock-Throwing Resumes on Highway 443 to Jerusalem

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Palestinian Authority rock-throwing terrorists returned to action Wednesday morning and threw stone and rocks at passing Israeli cars on Highway 443, which connects Jerusalem with Modi’in.

No injuries were reported, so most media source have ignored the attacks.

After all, they were harmless.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Burning Terrorist Ambush Neutralized on Highway 443

Monday, July 13th, 2015

A pile of blazing tires on the old Jerusalem highway (Highway 443) stopped commuters in their tracks early Monday morning.

The ambush, located just 500 meters (about 1/3 mile) from the Maccabim checkpoint, blocked the approach from Modi’in to Jerusalem close to the line that separates pre-1967 from Area A of the Palestinian Authority territory.

It was the two firefighting crews sent to the scene to extinguish the flames who discovered the blaze was actually a cover for something a little more ominous.

Terrorists had hidden a gas cylinder among the burning tires blocking the Jerusalem-bound side of the road.

The bomb squad was called to the scene and sappers were able to neutralize the threat in short order.

Police reported no injuries and no property damage as a result of the incident. An investigation has been launched.

Hana Levi Julian

Explosive Terror Attack Thwarted Near Maccabim

Monday, July 13th, 2015

A terror attack was averted at 3 AM Monday morning.

Terrorists placed burning tires and a gas balloon (gas tank/canister) along Highway 443 (Modiin-Jerusalem highway), about 1/2 a kilometer south of the Maccabim checkpoint, near the Arab village of Hirbhat el-Mitzbach, east of Modiin.

The highway was shut down as sappers and the fire department responded.

The sappers blew up the gas canister in a controlled explosion, according to the police.

The fire department then extinguished the fire, after the sappers ensured there were no additional explosive devices in the area.

No injuries or damage were reported.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Bennett and Herzog Teach High School on Unity

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) chairman Naftali Bennett and Opposition leader Yitzchak Herzog spoke together on Sunday at a high-school class in which they spoke on unity.

The special class at the Yachad (Together) high school in Modi’in was held in memory of the three youth — Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah – who were kidnapped and murdered last year by Hamas terrorists.

Bennett said:

The danger in Israel is not between the left and the right and not between coalition and opposition. The differences in Israel are between those who are tolerant and those who are not, between those who are dedicated to unity of the people and those who are dedicated to dividing us.

When Herzog took his turn to speak to the students, he said how much he respects Bennett but, according to Nana news, couldn’t resist an opportunity to play the “sore loser”and said:

We have to argue with each other but also have to observe basic principles…. Bennett and his party crossed the red line and harmed unity when he compared the Zionist Union with the enemies of Israel in the election campaign.

Jewish Press Staff

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