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between Somalia and Ethio-
pia. If we can learn to
domesticate and cultivate
this plant, it could be a
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If these researchers are tru-
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that other desert staple food
— dates.
Dr Mizrahi is spending a
sabbatical at Yale University,
where he is engaged in basic
research in the Department of
Biology. At Ben-Gurion Uni-
versity, Dr. Mizrahi is a pro-
fessor in the Department of
Biology as well as the In-
stitute for Applied Research.
Ben-Gurion University is in
Beersheva, Israel.

Israelis Ponder identity
Of Mystery Minister

Jerusalem — A Hebrew in-
scription addressed to "the
minister of the 0 ." has
been found on a huge jar
discovered in excavations of
the Ophel area south of the
Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
The discovery of the inscrip-
tion strengthens the theory
that the Ophel was the "royal
quarter" of Jerusalem during
the biblical period.
Who was the minister
whose name appeared on the
giant vessel? From the first
few Hebrew letters of the ti-
tle that appear, it could have

A new biblical find
in Jerusalem
puzzles antiquities
experts.

been the royal baker (ophim
in Hebrew) or the royal
treasurer (otzar in Hebrew).
Archaeologist Eilat Mazar,
who has been conducting the
excavations in the area along
with Prof. Benjamin Mazar,
hopes to find in coming ex-
cavation seasons the answer
as to who the "mystery
minister" was as well as
answers to many other ques-
tions about the site, whose
history covers the period from
the ninth century B.C.E. un-
til the destruction of
Jerusalem by the Babylo-
nians in the sixth century
B.C.E.
The giant, inscribed vessel,
whose height is 1.3 yards and
width 32 inches, was one of 12
such large jars found in the
ruins of a public building to
the east of a city gate at the
entrance to the Ophel. Vessels
of this size from the eighth
century B.C.E. have not
previously been found in
Jerusalem.
The structure of the city
gate, which was discovered
last year in the first season of
excavations, is identical to
gates of the same period that
have been uncoverd at other

archaeological sites in Israel.
The gate consists of two
chambers at either side of a
passageway.
Its dimensions correspond
exactly to those of the ninth
century B.C.E. Israelite
palace gate in Megiddo in the
north of Israel.

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The surgeons said they
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world.

Theater May
Lose Mezuzah

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Haifa's
municipal theater has been
declared unfit to have a
mezuzah on its doorpost,
because it is showing a play
with female nudity. Last
week's halachic ruling by
Haifa's Sephardic chief rabbi,
Eliahu Bakshi-Doron, is
aimed against the play "The
Jerusalem Syndrome" by
Yehoshua Sobol. Both play
and playwright are controver-
sial for other reasons.
The chief rabbi found the
building unfit for a mezuzah
— a metal or wood box con-
taining two portions of the
Pentateuch — because "they
make a point of showing nude
women" and the play uses
"dirty language," which is
"not conducive to the dignity
of the Almighty and the State
of Israel?'
The rabbi, who admitted he
was never in the theater or
saw the play, said he acted on
the complaints of religious ac-
tivists who are checking mez-
uzot on municipal buildings.

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