7 facts you probably don’t know about Israel
Here are 7 facts about Israel that you probably didn’t know:
Feel free to list more you know in the comments below…
1. Israel is alone in having revived an unspoken language (Hebrew) as its national tongue.
2. Some buses and stations around Israel bear the inscription “You shall rise before the aged and show deference to the old” — a quote from Leviticus (19:32) intended to encourage courtesy among passengers.
3. An estimated million notes are left in the Kotel (Western Wall) each year — and cleaned out before Pesach (Passover) and Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets).
4. The glue on Israeli stamps is kosher.
5. According to the latest figures available, the most popular name for Israeli babies — both boys and girls — is Noam. Noam means pleasant and is the root of Psalm 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”
6. The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem is the world’s oldest continuously used cemetery.
7. Israel is one of only two countries that began the 21st century with a net gain in the number of its trees.