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National Emblem

 

On May 14, 1948 the Nation of Israel was created. It needed a State Emblem, so many proposals were submitted.  The combination of secular and religious backing for this new State are evidenced in the emblem with the palm fronds and the menorah.  The name of 'Israel' at the bottom represents 'the peace of Israel'.

 
Menorah vs.  Hannukiah  
7
Candles
Israel information- 7 candlestick menorah 9
Candles
Israel information- Hannukiah

The original Menorah was described to Moses by the L-rd and was to be used in the Tabernacle and later the Temple. 

The middle light is lit first and is the 'servant' candle to then light the others.  One interpretation is that Jesus is our light and is used to be the light of our life.

The modern day state of Israel has incorporate this Menorah as a part of its national emblem to symbolize the religious origins of this land.

The 9 candled Menorah was created to commemorate the Holy Day of 'Chanukah' or 'Festival of Lights'.  There was only one days worth of oil for the Temple Menorah, but it burned miraculously for eight days until more oil could be found.
 

 

National Flag

Israel information- national flag

In 1897, David Wolffsohn was responsible for organizing the first World Zionist Congress and it was then that he created the first flag for the occasion.

The basic concept came from the traditional prayer shawl of blue and white.  Blue representing the sky, thus God's heaven and white as purity.

The Star of David has been acclaimed to have magical powers.  One theory is that it's two triangle represent the true harmony of fire (pointing upwards) and water (pointing downwards).  Another theory is that it represent the completion of the universe with the 4 points of the compass and the other two representing the upper and lower regions.  The original Hebrew is Magen David, which literally translated doesn't mean Star at all, but rather Shield!  Historians have proven that the original star indeed doesn't point to the Hebrew king David at all, but rather to Celtic magic.  The Druids used it to fight off the Drudes or ghosts .

 

National Language is Hebrew

Hebrew is a Semitic language that dates back to the 2nd millennium B.C.
This language is written and read from right to left

א

Aleph

silent

ח

Chet

ch (as in Bach)

ס

Samech

s

ש

Shin

sh

ב

Bet

b

ט

Tet

t

ע

Ayin

silent

ש

Sin

s

ב

Vet

v

י

Yud

y

ף,פ

Peh

p

 ת

Tav

t

ג

Gimel

g

ך,כ

Kaf

k

פ

Feh

f

   

ד

Dalet

d

 כ

Chaf

ch (as in Bach)

ץ,צ

Tsadi

ts

     

ה

Heh

h

ל

Lamed

l

ק

Kuf

k

     

ו

Vav

v

ם,מ

Mem

m

ר

Resh

r

     

ז

Zayin

z

ן,נ

Nun

n

           

note:  The Aleph and Ayin have no pronunciation of their own, they take the sound of the vowel that accompanies them or are silent when there is no vowel.

Final Sofit. These letters, צ,פ,נ,מ,כ become ץ,ף,ן,ם,ך respectively, when they appear at the end of a word but their pronunciation is unchanged.

 

National Currency
NIS = Shekels 
Exchage Rate from Dollars to Nis = @ 3.5

 

Time Difference   
Israel is 7 hours later then the USA -  EST

US ex:

Noon EST
11 A.M. CST
10 A.M. PST

ISRAEL

7 P.M.