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IAA Director Eli Eskosido, left, presents Israeli astronaut Eytan Stibbe with a coin dating to the era of the Bar Kochba Revolt. Photo by Yoli Schwartz/IAA.

Ancient coin to take to the stars with Israeli astronaut

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When Eytan Stibbe heads off to the International Space Station at the end of the year, becoming only the second Israeli ever to go into space, he’ll take with him a 1,900-year-old coin recently...
Israeli astronaut Eytan Stibbe holding the ancient coin. Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority/Facebook.

Israeli astronaut to take ancient coin from Bar Kochba revolt to space

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Israeli astronaut Eytan Stibbe has chosen to bring an ancient Jewish coin when he travels to the International Space Station for Israel’s “Rakia” mission early next year, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced. The 1,900-year-old coin...

On Tisha B’Av, mourning incomparable loss, working on increased unity

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Why is Tisha B’Av the saddest day of the Jewish year? Eerily, not only were both of the holy temples in Jerusalem destroyed on the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av (the first...
Stones thrown by the Romans from the Second Temple to the street below after the destruction of the temple in 70 C.E. with the Western Wall in the background. Credit: Sarit Richerson/Shutterstock.

On Tisha B’Av, mourning incomparable loss, working on increased unity

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Why is Tisha B’Av the saddest day of the Jewish year? Eerily, not only were both of the holy temples in Jerusalem destroyed on the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av (the first...
Jewish men pray at the Kotel, the Western Wall, in the Old City of Jerusalem on June 21, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Mourning in 2020: Tisha B’Av spotlights losses old and new

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This year Jews the world over got into the Tisha B’Av mood several months earlier than usual. During a typical summer, Jewish families and individuals tear themselves away from family vacations, beach outings, amusement parks...