Monday, 18 January 2016

ISRAEL - מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל

Israel ( Hebrewיִשְׂרָאֵל‎ Yisrā'el ), officially the State of Israel (Hebrew: מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל‎ Medīnat Yisrā'el ), is a country in the Middle East, situated at the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea. It shares land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories (which are claimed by the State of Palestine and are partially controlled by Israel) comprising the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the east and west, respectively, and Egypt to the southwest. It contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. Israel's financial and technology center is Tel Aviv, while Jerusalem is both its self-designated capital and its most populous individual city under the country's governmental administration. 

I have received many covers from Israel, especially from my good friend Meir. Then i decided to collect covers sent from all Biblical Places in Israel. Meir appreciated me and gifted many stamps of Israel to prepare covers to be sent back from the historic places said in Bible. He helped me from Qiryat Araba ( Israeli region in Hebron), Jerusalem and Tiberias ( Galilee) .

This cover sent from Jerusalem, the Holy City. I had searched a lot in the beginning of cover collection to get a cover sent directly from Jerusalem, but I failed. I believed there is no postmark in the name of Jerusalem, might be they are in the name of  small streets or places. Later Meir offered his help, I was very happy. The cover sent on March 03, 2015 from Jerusalem Post office.

This is another cover from a Biblical city called Tiberias. In Bible it is known as Lake of Galilee. The cover sent on March 03, 2015 from Tiberias post office.

This is another cover from a Biblical city called Hebron Kiryat Arba. Kiryat Arba is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible (Genesis 23) as the place where Abraham buried Sarah. The Book of Joshua chapter 14 verse 15 says (Darby Bible): "Now the name of Hebron before was Kirjath-Arba; the great man among the Anakim..." There are various explanations for the name, not mutually exclusive. According to the great Biblical commentator Rashi, Kiryat Arba ("Town of Arba") means either the town (kirya) of Arba, the giant who had three sons, or the town of the four giants: Anak (the son of Arba) and his three sons – Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmi – who are described as being the sons of a "giant" in Numbers 13:22: "On the way through the Negev, they (Joshuaand Caleb) came to Hebron where [they saw] Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmi, descendants of the Giant (ha-anak)..." Some say that Anak ("Giant", see Anak) is a proper name (Targum Jonathan and the Septuagint), and that he, Anak, may have been the father of the three others mentioned in the Book of Numbers as living in Hebron, previously known as "Kiryat Arba."
Alternatively, the name may refer to the four couples buried in the Machpela Cave: Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Leah, and according to the Zohar, Adam and Eve.

This is another beautiful cover from Israel with three holy sites of Jerusalem. The cover posted on Christmas Eve day of 2015, sent by my good friend Kasirer from Ramat Gan. The last 3 stamps are the part of a Miniature sheet where you can see Dome of the Rock , Western Wall and Church of Holy Sepulcher. 



These 3 covers are with ATM label stamps and special postmark of Israel Philatelists Conference in Tel Aviv , December 2015. My friend affixed extra postage on the cover because Israel post just increased the postage rate. 

One of the beautiful cover I have from Israel, and It says the basic history of 12 Israel tribes. I bought this set of 12 stamps from an exhibition and my friend Kasirer gifted me the stamp with picture of 'Tomb of Rachel' , the mother of all 12 Tribes. Later he added the other stamp with the paintings of 'Annunciation of Sarah' , wife of Abraham, the supreme father of Jews. 

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