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  • The Mission Continues

    As in the past so it remains today - we were and still are under the selfsame commitment to adhere to the directions of the Gedolei Yisrael, who stand guard against breaches of purity threatening our camp. When we were required to ask – we asked. When we were instructed to depart – we left. The moment we are summoned back to raise the flag, every other consideration is pushed to the side and we answer: We are ready!

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  • Harav Yisrael Friedman zy”a, the Rebbe of Husyatin

    מוטי, ויקיפדיה העברית

    The ancestral chain of Harav Yisrael Friedman, the founder of the Husyatin chassidic court, originates with the holy Baal Shem Tov. The Husyatin chassidus has its roots in Galicia and eventually came to Tel Aviv, during the turbulent years between the two World Wars.

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  • Maccabi'im Gravesite

    In honour of Chanukah, we will discuss a fascinating, ongoing investigation attempting to establish the place of burial of Mattisyahu Kohen Gadol and his family.

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The Olive Leaf – the Dove Carrying Peace in her Mouth

The origin of the ‘dove and olive leaf’ as a symbol of peace

N. Lieberman 19/10/2009 09:00
The image of a dove with an olive leaf in its mouth is one of the most commonly-used symbols of peace in the world. The origin of this symbol is in the story of the dove of Noah from over four thousand years ago; after having been sent out by Noah from the Ark, it returned with an olive leaf in its mouth. As it says in the Chumash, Bereishis chapter 8 verse 11; “and the dove returned to him towards evening, and behold; an olive leaf was clutched in its mouth.”

The adoption of this image of the dove and olive leaf as a symbol of peace owes to the fact that, by returning with the olive leaf in its mouth, the dove signalled to Noah that the Flood was over and the waters had already mostly receded. Since olive trees do not grow tall but remain closer to the ground than other trees, Noah understood that the floodwaters were already drying up, since the dove could already access an olive leaf. The receding of the floodwaters indicated that the time of HaShem’s wrath against mankind had passed.

Thus the twin motif of the dove and the olive leaf together are used in the modern world to represent peace and tranquillity. The olive leaf has been incorporated into one of the symbols of the state of Israel, as an expression of the aspiration and hope of its people to live in peace and tranquillity upon its land.