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Tabgha: Church of the Multiplication


Kaart ontvangen van Vitaly

Tabgha is an area situated on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is the traditional site of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:30-46) and the fourth resurrection appearance of Jesus (John 21:1-24) in Christianity.
Now there is a monastery and a church built in the 5th century for the first time. In 1981 the buildings were restored, including some of the original mosaics. The postcard shows a part of the Byzantine mosaic floor.

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The large postage stamp represents the colorful Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), a passerine bird that breeds in a wide area such as Europe, North-Africa and parts of Asia.
The average goldfinch is 12-13 cm long with a wingspan of 21-25 cm.
The two smaller stamps depict the menorah. 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.



Tel-Aviv


Postcard received from Nataly

Tel Aviv is the second most populous city in Israel. It has a population of 404,400 within city limits. The city is located on the Israeli Mediterranean coastline in central-west Israel.
Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 by the Jewish Community of Jaffa, on the outskirts of the ancient port city.
Like many other world cities Tel Aviv is also known as "the city that never sleeps".

 

The postage stamp on the left shows Rabbi Shlomo Goren ( 1917-1994). Goren was an Orthodox Religious Zionist Rabbi who founded and served as the first head of the Military Rabbinate of the Israel Defense Forces.
In the lower right hand corner is a picture of Goren taken during the third day of the Six Day War (5-10 juni 1967). Goren is sounding the Shofar at the Western Wall, proclaiming the reunification of Jerusalem.

The stamp on the right hand is a drawing of the settlement Masada, a site of palaces and fortifications on top of an isolated rock plateau in the Judaean Desert, ovelooking the Dead Sea. in existance around 2200 years.
The fortress was taken by the Romans in 73. There is a myth that the 960 inhabitants then committed a mass suicide.
Massada is one of the best tourist site of its type in the world, and in 2001 UNESCO declared Massada a World Heritage Site.