14 studenoga 2010

Israel 50 lirot (P#33d), 1960 (Swap with Barak Pikarski from Israel)

Two young pioneers against a background of an agricultural settlement in the Negev
The Negev (also Negeb) is a desert and semidesert region of southern Israel. The Arabs, including the native Bedouin population of the region refer to the desert as al-Naqab. The origin of the word Negev is from the Hebrew root denoting 'dry'. In the Bible the word Negev is also used for the direction 'south'. Read more...

Candelabrum from the ancient synagogue of Nirim in the Negev
The menorah is described in the Bible as the seven-branched candelabrum made of gold and used in the portable sanctuary set up by Moses in the wilderness and later in the Temple in Jerusalem. Fresh olive oil of the purest quality was burned daily to light its lamps. The menorah has been a symbol of Judaism since ancient times and is the emblem on the coat of arms of the modern state of Israel. Read more...

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