2000-Year-Old Coins Discovered In Time For Passover

“When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.” Ex 12:23

PASSOVER 2018: Passover, a seven day commemoration of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt, begins this year in Israel at sunset Friday, 30 March and ends at nightfall on Shabbat, 7 April. Families and friends across the country will gather in homes, halls and hotels to celebrate the annual Seder meal. Together the nation will recall in song and story the biblical deliverance, under the leadership of Moses, from the slave pits of Egypt, the ten plagues preceding it, and escapes from death because of the blood of the Passover lamb. Unleavened bread called matzos will be eaten throughout the holiday, and sweets made with matzo, corn and potato flour will accompany daily meals. Our Vision for Israel team extends warmest holiday greetings to our friends near and far. Please intercede again this year - throughout the week - that this happy time will not be marred by terrorist attacks or Islamic violence against Israel. Pray that families and groups recalling the exit from Egypt and slavery will experience deeper revelations of the meaning of the Passover lamb.

2,000-YEAR-OLD COINS DISCOVERED IN TIME FOR PASSOVER: Coins dating from the Roman-Jewish War (66-73 AD) were discovered by archaeologists in a cave near the south wall of the Temple Mount on 26 March, 2018. During archaeological digs run by Dr. Eilat Mazar from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, dozens of bronze coins as well as numerous fragments of pottery, mainly jars and cooking pots, from the Great Revolt period were discovered in a large cave measuring 7 x 14 meters. The discovery of the coins, which were dated from the period of the destruction of the Second Temple, was given particular significance as they were found just before Passover, a celebration of Jewish freedom and self-determination. The coins are decorated with various Jewish emblems including a palm tree that symbolized the tribe of Judah and a cup which was used in the Temple. The coins were well preserved, Dr. Mazar said, because they were used only briefly and sheltered by the cave in which they were discovered. Another unusual phenomenon in regards to this discovery is that such a large cave, which was partly visible, remained isolated after the destruction of the Second Temple, and for thousands of years it was virtually untouched. (J.Post) 

EMBASSY MOVE: ‘THIS IS A HISTORIC MOMENT’: Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon signed a special waiver on Wed. 28 March 2018, permitting the USA State Department to upgrade a facility designated to serve as America’s interim embassy in Israel. The move comes after diplomats from both countries expressed concern that plans by the USA to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to the Israeli capital in time for the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Israel on 14 May 2018 were jeopardized by bureaucratic red-tape. Kahlon issued the waiver permitting the USA to upgrade its consular facility in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem to an embassy. “I’m happy and proud to use my authority as Finance Minister of the State of Israel to sign this order permitting President Trump to fulfill his promise to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” said Kahlon. “This is a historic moment we have awaited for many years. This order is now signed after a great deal of work carried out in a short period of time.” (Arutz-7)

ISRAEL IS THE STAR AT A NATIONAL SECURITY CONFERENCE IN MISSISSIPPI: The International Homeland Defense and Security Summit, organized by the Mississippi state government, was held earlier this month in Biloxi. Representatives of 16 Israeli companies attended, along with a delegation from the Israel Defense Ministry. Gov. Phil Bryant told the conference, "If there's anyone that knows about homeland security, it's the Israelis. They have a tough neighborhood they live in." Companies specializing in security technology included Smart Shooter, which promises to make guns more accurate. Magal Security Systems is a border security sensor system that's used on Israel's northern and southern frontiers. Its technology helps secure the perimeters of prisons, power plants and Secret Service sites in the USA. Beeper is a surveillance system - already deployed by the Israeli military and police departments in Baltimore and Houston - that can pinpoint where a gun is fired and instantly video who fired the weapon. Israel Aerospace Industries has two facilities in Mississippi. (JTA)

70TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR ISRAEL IN LONDON: Vision for Israel is having a 70th birthday celebration for Israel in London on 12 May 2018. We request the pleasure of your company for the festivities. There will be prayer and intercession for the nation of Israel, special times of praise and worship, a great teaching on Israel and the fulfillment of prophecy. Speakers include Dennis Greenidge, David Hoffbrand, Rev. Jones Boateng, Derek Walker, Simon Barrett, Barry Segal, Naeem Shahbaz and Alistair Scott. Location: Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 3DW Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. For more information, you can go to our website, and click on events. Book before April 1st for 30% off! To obtain your tickets now go to: https://celebratingisraels70th-london.eventbrite.com Or call the UK office on 01793 279 111. We hope to see you there!

ISRAELIS TO ENJOY ONE LESS HOUR OF WORK PER WEEK: Overworked and underpaid Israelis will get a rare break, as the government has decided to shorten the official workweek by one hour, without cutting pay. Starting 1 April 2018 the workweek will be cut to 42 hours, after which employees will get paid overtime. This will be the first time since 1995 that the Israeli workweek has been shortened. Night workers will also benefit, as employees will not be allowed to work more than seven graveyard shifts in two weeks. Salaries are not expected to be reduced, leading to an increase in average hourly wages. Israelis tend to spend more time in the office than workers in other developed countries. In 2016, Israelis worked on average of 1,889 hours per year, higher than the OECD average of 1,763 hours. Workers in France and Denmark enjoy 35- and 37-hour workweeks, respectively, while Americans labor for 40 hours before they become eligible for overtime pay. (J.Post)

NFL PLAYERS CHAMPION ISRAELIS WITH DISABILITIES: A delegation of 30 football players from the National Football League came for a special visit to the Shalva National Center in Jerusalem this week. Shalva is an all-encompassing campus with a range of services for disabled individuals and their families from infancy to adulthood. The delegation of the 30 NFL players consisted of both retired and current players, including a number who wore the coveted Super Bowl Ring. Over the course of their visit, the athletes learned about various available programs and toured the different facilities. The players ended their tour by playing catch with youth at the center who had trained with representatives of the Israel football league in preparation for the NFL delegation's visit. "The NFL players' visit was very powerful and focused on the ability in the midst of disability. The Shalva youngsters greatly enjoyed the interaction while the players were inspired to further their own roles as ambassadors of change in their communities," said Shalva founder and president Kalman Samuels. (J.Post)

ISRAELI FIRM LAUNCHES CIRCULATION – STIMULATING SMART SOCKS: Smart socks that provide continual treatment for those suffering from poor circulation in their legs have been created by Israeli start-up Elastimed. The device uses smart materials to stimulate blood circulation, says CEO and founder Omer Zelka. "The device actually massages the patient's leg to improve circulation, helping the heart pull the blood all the way from the legs, a distance of about five feet. The way we do it is by smart material that is capable of changing its size according to an electric pulse," explains Zelka. "This electrical pulse is the main engine of the device, controlling the intensity of the compressions. Once we apply the electrical current the material expands and once we disconnect the current it contracts. When we wrap the material around the leg the contraction creates compression, so by applying three or four of these straps around the leg we can squeeze the leg upwards in a massage motion to build up circulation," Zelka explains. The company says the device is also suitable for athletes to improve their recovery after intense activity and pregnant women whose feet and legs often swell from fluid retention. The device is due to kick-off sales by mid-2019. (J.Post)

ISRAELI TECHNOLOGY ABLE TO MAKE WATER FROM THIN AIR: Israeli PM Netanyahu hailed an extraordinary water-generation technology invented in Israel that he declares "can change the world”. In a speech to AIPAC in March, the Israeli leader told the story of an African woman who used to walk eight hours a day to give water to her children - four hours one way to a well, four hours back. “Now, an Israeli firm has designed a device that produces clean drinking water from ambient air, literally transforming her life,” said Netanyahu. He calls it "technology that improves on Moses. You remember Moses?" Netanyahu quipped. "He brought water from a rock. They bring water from thin air," he said. "They bring water to Africa, to millions of people in Africa - Israeli technology." (Newsmax) “Israel shall blossom and bud and fill the face of the earth with fruit.” Isa. 27:6

LIONS WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE AT THE RAMAT GAN SAFARI: The phrase “wake up and smell the coffee” took on new meaning at the Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv this week when the zoo’s lions got a morning whiff of the powdered black gold. But for the predatory felines, strong-smelling coffee was something not to sip, but rather to roll around in to cover their bodily scents from prey. After their keeper, Yifat, had spread black coffee on the ground and released them from their night enclosure, the big cats spent more than a half hour making sure that they smelled of coffee. It’s the same instinct that encourages domestic dogs to roll around in the stinkiest places while out on a walk. The idea was one of many that Safari staff think up to encourage the animals to behave as they would in nature. (Times of Israel)

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