This time, their attention span did not waver. Between the hose, the buckets of dirt and the
On the ride to the site, we dreamed about the rare objects we’d find. But we knew full well it was highly unlikely. How excited we were to be proven wrong! With a short introduction by the staff, we were off on our search.
When they weren’t spraying each other with the hose, the boys excitedly called out, "I Spy a mosaic tile." "I Spy a piece of glass." "I Spy a piece of metal." We really did unearth some treasures – and ones not just planted for tourists.
"Yes, that is Byzantine tile," the staff person said as she examined our tray. "And that pottery is from the
Koby's find, a Roman glass bead, was apparently unique since it was bagged and set aside. I was excited to find a Roman roof tile and a
But while our shards were fairly common place, the same was not true a day later. On Wednesday, it was revealed that archeologists uncovered a stamp from the
As the holiday approaches, we are reminded that for Jews, history is more than an ancient story. When we have an aliyah, we do not say God “gave” us the Torah but “gives” us the Torah. Though the revelation on Sinai occurred many thousands of years ago, it happens again in our day.
Sifting through history is exciting. But for Jews, the past is really never behind us. We can touch it, for it is very much present.