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Jonathan Sacks z”l – To Lead is to Listen Eikev 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – To Lead is to Listen Eikev 5781 “If only you would listen to these laws…” (Deut. 7:12). These words with which our parsha begins contain a verb that is a fundamental motif of the book of Devarim. The verb is sh-m-a

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PARSHAT EKEV: RAV KOOK ON ‘FEARING GOD FEARLESSLY’

PARSHAT EKEV: RAV KOOK ON ‘FEARING GOD FEARLESSLY’ www.haorot.com In Parshat Ekev- Moshe Rabbenu continues to recount the tumultuous history of Israel and the significant contribution of the Torah’s ‘mitzvot-commandments’ in directing Israel in

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Fewest of All Peoples Va’etchanan 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Fewest of All Peoples Va’etchanan 5781 Buried inconspicuously in this week’s parsha is a short sentence with explosive potential, causing us to think again about both the nature of Jewish history and the Jewish tas

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Leader as Teacher Devarim 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Leader as Teacher Devarim 5781 It was one of the great moments of personal transformation, and it changed not only Moses but our very conception of leadership itself. By the end of the book of Bamidbar, Moses’ career

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3,000-year-old inscription bearing name of biblical judge found in Israel - The Jerusalem Post

The inscription features the name "Jerubbaal," a Jewish leader from the Book of Judges, as well as dates from around 1,100 BCE.

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Conflict Resolution Matot-Masei 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Conflict Resolution Matot-Masei 5781 One of the hardest tasks of any leader – from Prime Ministers to parents – is conflict resolution. Yet it is also the most vital. Where there is leadership, there is long-term cohes

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Lessons of a Leader Pinchas 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Lessons of a Leader Pinchas 5781 The parsha of Pinchas contains a masterclass on leadership, as Moses confronts his own mortality and asks God to appoint a successor. The great leaders care about succession. In parshat Cha

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Leadership and Loyalty Balak 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Leadership and Loyalty Balak 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribute these

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Miriam, Moses’ Friend Chukat 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Miriam, Moses’ Friend Chukat 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribute the

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PARSHAT KORACH: RAV KOOK ON ‘KORACH INTERNATIONAL

PARSHAT KORACH: RAV KOOK ON ‘KORACH INTERNATIONAL H/T to Rav. Itzchak EvanShayish “Now Korach, son of Izhar son of Kohath son of Levi, betook himself, along with Dathan and Abiram sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth—descendants of Reuben—to rise u

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Servant Leadership Korach 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Servant Leadership Korach 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribute these we

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Jonathan Sacks – Confidence Shelach Lecha 5781

Jonathan Sacks – Confidence Shelach Lecha 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribute these weekly essays

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Power or Influence? Beha’alotecha 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Power or Influence? Beha’alotecha 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribut

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Politics of Envy Naso 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Politics of Envy Naso 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribute these we

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Leading a Nation of Individuals Bamidbar 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Leading a Nation of Individuals Bamidbar 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to dist

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13 Facts About Learning Torah - Mitzvahs & Traditions

Torah study occupies a central place in Jewish life, but how much do we really know about this activity?

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Jonathan Sacks – On Not Being Afraid of Greatness Emor 5781

Jonathan Sacks – On Not Being Afraid of Greatness Emor 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribute these

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Jonathan Sacks – Sprints and Marathons Acharei Mot – Kedoshim 5781

Jonathan Sacks – Sprints and Marathons Acharei Mot – Kedoshim 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribu

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Jonathan Sacks – How to Praise Tazria – Metzora 5781

Jonathan Sacks – How to Praise Tazria – Metzora 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribute these weekl

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Courage of Identity Crises Tzav 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Courage of Identity Crises Tzav 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribut

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Inspiration from Rabbi Sacks for Shabbat HaGadol and Pesach

Inspiration from Rabbi Sacks for Shabbat HaGadol and Pesach Dear Friends, As we approach Pesach we wanted to highlight a number of pieces of content from the teachings of Rabbi Sacks zt”l that you might find inspiring as you prepare for the Seder an

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Sins of a Leader Vayikra 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Sins of a Leader Vayikra 5781 As we have discussed so many times already this year, leaders make mistakes. That is inevitable. So, strikingly, our parsha of Vayikra implies. The real issue is how leaders respond to the

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Celebrate Vayakhel-Pekudei 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Celebrate Vayakhel-Pekudei 5781 If leaders are to bring out the best in those they lead, they must give them the chance to show they are capable of great things, and then they must celebrate their achievements. That is w

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – How Leaders Fail Ki Tissa 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – How Leaders Fail Ki Tissa 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Office of Rabbi Sacks will continue to distribute these weekl

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Vision and Details Mishpatim 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Vision and Details Mishpatim 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Office of Rabbi Sacks will continue to distribute these we

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – A Nation of Leaders Yitro 5781

Jonathan Sacks – A Nation of Leaders Yitro 5781 This week’s parsha consists of two episodes that seem to constitute a study in contrasts. The first is in chapter 18. Yitro, Moses’ father-in-law and a Midianite Priest, gives Moses his first lesso

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Ancient cloth with Bible's purple dye found in Israel, dated to King David's era

3 scraps from 1,000 BCE, earliest such finds in region, point to Edomite kingdom described in Bible; vibrant and lasting 'royal' dye, mark of the elite, comes from murex sea snails

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Far Horizon Bo 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Far Horizon Bo 5781 To gain insight into the unique leadership lesson of this week’s parsha, I often ask an audience to perform a thought-experiment. Imagine you are the leader of a people that is enslaved and oppres

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Women as Leaders Shemot 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Women as Leaders Shemot 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Office of Rabbi Sacks will continue to distribute these weekly

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Moving Forwards (Vayechi 5781)

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Moving Forwards (Vayechi 5781) Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Office of Rabbi Sacks will continue to distribute these weekl

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Unexpected Leader Vayigash 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Unexpected Leader Vayigash 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Office of Rabbi Sacks will continue to distribute these

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The Torah Versus the Left

Question: What book is the opposite of the left? Answer: the Torah. The Torah is the Hebrew name of the first five books of the Bible, the “Five Books of Moses.” The Torah is the foundation of the rest of the Bible and the rock on which both Judaism a

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Jonathan Sacks z"l - Light in Dark Times Vayetse 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Light in Dark Times Vayetse 5781 What is it that made Jacob – not Abraham or Isaac or Moses – the true father of the Jewish people? We are called the “congregation of Jacob,” “the Children of Israel.” Jacob/Isr

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Communication Matters Toldot 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Communication Matters Toldot 5781 The Netziv (Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin, 1816–1893, dean of the yeshiva in Volozhin) made the astute observation that Isaac and Rebecca seem to suffer from a lack of communication. He note

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Jonathan Sacks - The Courage not to Conform Lech Lecha 5781

Jonathan Sacks – The Courage not to Conform Lech Lecha 5781   Leaders lead. That does not mean to say that they do not follow. But what they follow is different from what most people follow. They don’t conform for the sake of conforming. They

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Jonathan Sacks – Righteousness is not Leadership Noach 5781

Jonathan Sacks – Righteousness is not Leadership Noach 5781 The praise accorded to Noah is unparalleled in Tanach. He was, says the Torah, “a righteous man, perfect in his generations; Noah walked with God.” No such praise is given to Abraham or

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Commentary on Weekly Bible Portion. by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Rabbi Emeritus of Efrat, Israel

Commentary on Weekly Bible Portion. by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Rabbi Emeritus of Efrat, Israel Thanks to our wonderful friends at Israel Behind the News Parshat Bereshit Efrat, Israel – The beginning of our communal Torah readings once again with the Book o

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Jonathan Sacks - Taking Responsibility Bereishit 5781

Jonathan Sacks – Taking Responsibility Bereishit 5781 If leadership is the solution, what is the problem? On this, the Torah could not be more specific. The problem is a failure of responsibility. The early chapters of Genesis focus on two stories:

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Jonathan Sacks -The Arc of the Moral Universe - Parshat Ha'azinu

Jonathan Sacks -The Arc of the Moral Universe – Parshat Ha’azinu In majestic language, Moses breaks into song, investing his final testament to the Israelites with all the power and passion at his command. He begins dramatically but gently, callin

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Jonathan Sacks - How to Renew a Nation

Jonathan Sacks – How to Renew a Nation   The Talmud gives an ingenious reading to the line, “Moses commanded us a Torah, as a heritage of the congregation of Israel.” Noting that there are 613 commands, and that the numerical value of the w

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Jonathan Sacks - Be Silent and Listen (Ki Tavo 5780)

Jonathan Sacks – Be Silent and Listen (Ki Tavo 5780)   Office of Rabbi Sacks · Be Silent and Listen (Ki Tavo 5780) During our first Coronavirus lockdown, there was one question I was asked more than any other: What about prayer? Just when we n

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Jonathan Sacks - Does Love Conquer All? Ki Teitse 5780

Jonathan Sacks – Does Love Conquer All? Ki Teitse 5780     Our parsha contains more laws than any other. Some of them have generated much study and debate, especially two at the beginning, the law of the captive woman and that of the “st

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Jonathan Sacks - A Sage is Greater than a Prophet

Jonathan Sacks – A Sage is Greater than a Prophet In Shoftim, Moses speaks about the great institutions of Judaism: courts, judges, officers, Kings, Priests, Levites and Prophets. In the case of the Prophet, Moses says in the name of God: I will rai

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Jonathan Sacks - The Covenant and the Love Eikev 5780

Jonathan Sacks – The Covenant and the Love Eikev 5780 An interesting phrase appears at the end of last week’s parsha and at the beginning of this week’s, and they are the only places where it appears in the Torah. The phrase is ha-brit veha-ches

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Jonathan Sacks - The Infinite Game

Jonathan Sacks – The Infinite Game The popular author and TED lecturer Simon Sinek recently published a book entitled The Infinite Game.[1] Based on the distinction first articulated by James P. Carse,[2] it is about the difference between two types

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Jonathan Sacks - Followership

Jonathan Sacks – Followership In the last month of his life, Moses gathered the people. He instructed them about the laws they were to keep and reminded them of their history since the Exodus. That is the substance of the book of Devarim. Early in t

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UNPACKED - Joseph in Egypt | The Jewish Story Explained #2

UNPACKED – Joseph in Egypt | The Jewish Story Explained #2 Ever wonder how a case of sibling rivalry ended up changing the destiny of the Jewish people? We’re digging deep into the core of the epic tale of Joseph and his brothers and explaining wh

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Jonathan Sacks - Moral vs. Political Decisions

Jonathan Sacks – Moral vs. Political Decisions The coronavirus pandemic raised a series of deep moral and political issues.[1] How far should governments go in seeking to prevent its spread? To what extent should it restrict people’s movements at

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Jonathan Sacks - The Hidden Meaning of the Bilam Story

Jonathan Sacks – The Hidden Meaning of the Bilam Story Many questions have rightly been asked about the story of Balak and Bilam and the would-be curses that turned into blessings. Was Bilam a true man of God, or was he a fraud, a magician, a sorcer

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Jonathan Sacks - Kohelet, Tolstoy and the Red Heifer

Jonathan Sacks – Kohelet, Tolstoy and the Red Heifer The command of the parah adumah, the Red Heifer, with which our parsha begins, is known as the hardest of the mitzvot to understand. The opening words, zot chukat ha-Torah, are taken to mean, th

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Jonathan Sacks - How Not to Argue

Jonathan Sacks – How Not to Argue Korach was swallowed up by the ground, but his spirit is still alive and well, and in the unlikeliest of places – British and American universities. Korach was the embodiment of what the Sages called, argument no

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Jonathan Sacks - What is going on?

Jonathan Sacks – What is going on? In March 2020, whilst launching a new book,[1] I took part in a BBC radio programme along with Mervyn King, who had been governor of the Bank of England at the time of the financial crash of 2008. He, together wit

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Jonathan Sacks - Coronavirus: Loneliness and Faith

Jonathan Sacks – Coronavirus: Loneliness and Faith I have long been intrigued by one passage in this week’s parsha. After a lengthy stay in the Sinai desert, the people are about to begin the second part of their journey. They are no longer travel

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Rabbi Itzchak Marmorstein - RAV KOOK ON SHAVUOT- Festival of the Weeks

Rabbi Itzchak Marmorstein – RAV KOOK ON SHAVUOT- Festival of the Weeks ואנו באים לחוג את חג השבועות, יום אשר עמדנו בקומה הרוחנית הגמורה שלנו We are celebrating the Festival of the Weeks-the day

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Israeli Jewelry Company Partners With TAU Nanoscientists To Make World's Smallest Bible Part Of New Collection

A mother-daughter teamed up with the Center For Nanoscience and Nanotechnology to make a nano-sized Hebrew Bible part of a new luxury jewelry collection. | NoCamels

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A Rift Extending Across History - Chassidic Masters - Parshah

From the rivalry between Leah and Rachel, through the animosity between Joseph and his brothers, the clash between Saul and David, the split between Judah and Israel, to the dual nature of the messianic redemption—a rift and twinship that extends across h

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IDF Paratroopers Accidentally Uncover Ancient Guard Tower from time of King Hezekiah

IDF soldiers connected with their Biblical counterparts when they took part in an archaeological dig, uncovering a guard tower from the era of King Hezekiah

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Jews Celebrate EPIC Building Dedication in Hebron - Beit HaShalom

It finally happened! The Jews have moved into Beit HaShalom (House of Peace), the four-story residential complex purchased by Jews in Hebron.

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Jerusalem: Amazing Biblical archaeological finds in City of David

Two minuscule 2,600-year-old inscriptions recently uncovered in the City of David’s Givati Parking Lot excavation are vastly enlarging the understanding of ancient Jerusalem in the late 8th century.

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'I Don't Think It Was an Extreme Position I Took': Jeff Sessions on the Bible, Immigration and His Critics | CBN News

Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed some of the criticism he and the White House have received in recent weeks regarding the administration's immigration policy in an exclusive interview Thursday with CBN News.

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Archaeological find in Jerusalem ‘proves Bible passage is historically true’

Archaeologists excavating in Jerusalem have found burned artifacts dating from 2,600 years ago – which prove that a passage in the Bible is true. Researchers uncovered charred wood, grape seeds, fish scales, bones and pottery while digging in the City o

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Modern Technology Unlocks Secrets of a Damaged Biblical Scroll - The New York Times

Experts using a computer imaging program have virtually unwrapped a charred ancient scroll and recovered a fragment of the authoritative text of the Hebrew Bible.

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Mummy Mask May Reveal Oldest Known Gospel

A text that may be the oldest copy of a gospel known to exist — a fragment of the Gospel of Mark that was written during the first century, before the year 9...

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Ancient rock adds evidence of King David’s existence | The Times of Israel

Stone slab with earliest reference to House of David, on display at Met, said to be 'one of the most important Biblical artifacts ever found'