Israel bows its head in memory, gratitude to nation's fallen - 1 May 2017
Israelis around the country and Jews everywhere will be taking time today to pay respects to the 23,544 men and women who died from war and terror attacks since the early days of the Jewish settlement in the country. Memorial Day events begin with the official State Ceremony at Mt. Herzl Cemetery in Jerusalem, during which a two-minute-long siren pierces the air and the country comes to a standstill in respectful silence. Throughout the day, additional ceremonies in memory of the fallen are taking place across the country. Later this evening, sorrow will be replaced by celebrations as the country transitions from Remembrance Day to Independence Day and city streets fill up with revelers, celebrating the state’s 69th birthday.
First Ever Ancient Gold Coin to Be Found in Jerusalem Bears Image of Emperor Nero
Though the Roman Empire occupied Jerusalem and certainly spread its currency there, the only known Roman coins from the ancient Jewish capital have all come to historians and archaeologists through collectors, with uncertain provenance. An exception is a gold coin recently discovered near excavations of wealthy first century priestly houses on Jerusalem’s Mt. Zion. Dated to 56 CE, it may be a remnant of looting at the time of the city’s destruction in 70 CE.