The texts are approximately 1,000 years old and were written in either ancient Persian or Arabic. They are predominantly legal or commercial documents, except for an Arabic commentary on the book of Isaiah, attributed to post-Talmudic Jewish leader Rabbi Saadiah Gaon.
Archeologists verified the documents’ date by carbon-dating microscopic portions. Despite being written on paper, rather than parchment, the documents remain well preserved, most likely due to the climate in the cave, reported Israel National News.
Israeli-Arab Issa Kassissieh holds a Christmas tree distributed by the Jerusalem municipality. Photo: Reuters
There will also be a limited amount of Christmas trees reserved for journalists with GPO cards who are non-Jerusalem residents. The Jerusalem Development Authority, in coordination with local residents and shop keepers, will also decorate the streets and hang festive lighting in the Christian Quarter of the Old City.
“As the home of the three Abrahamic traditions, Jerusalem is dear to over 3.5 billion people of varying faiths around the world,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said in a statement. “Our city is proud to be an open city, with freedom of religion for all residents.”
Israel’s electric company said on Wednesday it had created the world’s largest menorah consisting of nine aerial platforms reaching 28 meters and lit with nine white light beams reaching the height of ten kilometers. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights and one of the most important Jewish holidays came to an end on Wednesday. REUTERS/Nir Elias (ISRAEL – Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
The tale of the oil that lasted for eight days, as told by Eliad Cohen — who never forgets to put on his golden Chai necklace.