Opening the gates of understanding

In the Babylonian Talmud (Rosh Hashana 21:2), it says that “the world was created with fifty gates of understanding”.

Now that we seem to have found a gate at Gath, for the upcoming Jewish Near Year (which starts this coming Sunday night), it is a good occasion to wish you all that during this new year you will all find at least one (and perhaps more) of these “gates of understanding”!

Shana tova u-metuka!


English version of Haaretz article on Philistine Invasion Biology

Today, the English version of the Haaretz article on the Invasion Biology perspective on the appearance of the Philistine culture has appeared (which are both based on our article on this topic in Scientific Reports).

The link above is to the pay-for-view version – I hope to post a fully accessible version ASAP.



Sue Frumin’s interview on Channel 10 about Philistine invasion biology

Sue Frumin was interviewed a few days ago on the popular program “London and Kirschenbaum” on Israel Channel 10 (in Hebrew), and she spoke about our study on an invasion biology perspective on the appearance of the Philistine culture.

Check it out here – Sue is interviewed from 35:05 onwards.

Way to go Sue!


Joe Uziel get’s press on his discoveries in the City of David

Joe Uziel, long-time team member and co-editor of the forthcoming Safi II volume, appears in a nice article about his discoveries in the IAA excavations which he runs (Nahshon Zanton, who is writing his MA on the Iron IIA pottery from Safi and co-directs the excavations is also mentioned). Specifically, the finds described are a very nice portion of the steps leading up to the Roman period temple in Jerusalem.

And here is the official English press announcement by the IAA

And here is a video clip (in Hebrew) with Nahshon explaining about this interesting feature.

Check it out!


Article in Haaretz on Philistine Invasion Biology

Today, the Hebrew version of Haaretz has an article (by the excellent Nir Hason), about the study which was published this week by members of the Safi team (Sue, Udi, Liora and yours truly; mentioned previously here) on the changes in plants and plant use (and the “invasion biology” implications of this) with the appearance of the Philistine culture in the Iron Age.

Here is a PDF of the article in Hebrew: Haaretz article on Philistine plants_Aug 2015