David Wolpe
David Wolpe
Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, author, columnist.Source
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Opinion | The Jewish History of Israel Is Over 3,000 Years Old. That’s Why It’s Complicated.

Opinion | The Jewish History of Israel Is Over 3,000 Years Old. That’s Why It’s Complicated.

My first visit to Israel was when I was 12 years old. The group was led by my father, a rabbi from Philadelphia. We had been invited to participate in an archaeological dig near the city of Beit Shean, in the country’s north, near the Jordan River Valley. Soon after we arrived, one of my friends happened upon a pottery shard, really an ostracon, a fragment with writing on it. The archaeologist on site said something to him in Hebrew. My father translated: “He said you are the first person to hold that in over 2,000 years.” Such shocks of antiquity are not rare in Israel. In 1880,...

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