New Stamps from Israel

Violins that Survived the Holocaust

\"israelMusic has always been a part of life in Jewish communities throughout the world, at family events such as weddings and special events in the synagogue. The violin was favored by Jews even before the two world wars and was part of the culture of every Jewish town in Eastern Europe. The violin was nearly always the lead instrument in the Klezmer bands that appeared at events. Klezmers and violins were also immortalized in works of literature and art (Shalom Aleichem and Chagall), mainly in the early 20th century.

One of the violins that survived the Holocaust is called \”Moteleh\’s Violin\”, owned by a 12-year old Jewish boy named Mordechai Schlein. Nazi officers who heard Moteleh playing in the street in 1944 ordered him to play for them at their club. Moteleh took advantage of his performances to smuggle explosives into the club in his violin case, later blowing up the building and those inside. He was eventually killed in a German ambush and his violin was taken to Israel by the family

Issue Date: 08.04.2014 Printer: Joh. Enschede, The Netherlands Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: H30 / W40

Israeli Sign Language

\"israelIsrael is a home to some 750,000 people who are deaf and hard of hearing, approximately 15,000 of whom use sign language.Sign language is a natural visual language expressed through the hands, face and body. It is not a universal lamguage, and the deaf community of each country generally has its own native sign language.The linguistic study of sign language began in the 1960\’s and today linguists around the world recognize sign language as a complete and full language.

Meir and Sandler (2004), who studied Israel Sign Language, found that the utterances in this sign language include three main categories: handshapes, movements and location. Each of these categories contains a list of utterances. These utterances are expressed through different handshapes, possible types of movements and their possible locations. All of the language\’s signs may be constructed through the use of these elements, just as vowels and consonants comprise the words in regular spoken languages. Fcial expressions constitute an essential component of the linguistic structure of sign language. Without them it is impossible to fully convey a message in sign language.

Issue Date: 08.04.2014 Printer: Joh. Enschede, The Netherlands Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours
Size: H30 / W40

Non-Olympic Sports

\"israelCable Water Skiing:Cable water skiing is conducted in Israel at Begin Park in Tel Aviv, in an artificial lake created to meet international standard measurements, which serves the general public as well as competitions. The skier is pulled by a rope which is attached to a system of cables affixed around the perimeter of the lake, at a height of 10 meters above the water. The ski course is rectangular and it is approximately one kilometer in length. Competitive athletes must cope with varying speeds, springboard height, shortening of the rope and tricks at different levels of difficulty.

Wushu:Wushu is an ancient Chinese art form that includes martial arts, dramatic arts, meditation techniques and more. A unique sport was created based on this art form.Competitive Wushu is comprised of two disciplines: taolu (forms) and sanda (sparring). Taolu is a competition in demonstrating martial art techniques and participants must demonstrate unique Wushu routines, barehanded as well as with traditional weapons.

Paragliding:This is an extreme sport in which the athlete takes off from an elevated spot and glides by utilizing airflow currents while harnessed to a canopy. This is free flying in its purest form. The paragliding apparatus is a simple glider craft that is easy to transport, set up and fly. Israel\’s climatic characteristics allow gliding year-round

Issue Date: 08.04.2014 Printer: Joh. Enschede, The Netherlands Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours
Size: H30 / W40

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