New Stamp Released in Israel

Fiddler on the Roof- 50 Years

\"israelFifty years ago, in 1964, the curtain rose on “Fiddler on the Roof” – the first large-scale Broadway musical based on a Jewish-Yiddish classic. The plot takes place in a Jewish town in Russia and is based on the stories of Tevya the Dairyman written by the greatest Yiddish humorist, Shalom Aleichem. The first of these short stories was published 120 years ago. The musical was written by Joseph Stein (book), Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) and Jerry Bock (music). The director-choreographer was Jerome Robbins, and in the lead role – Zero Mostel.

Issue Date: 09.09.2014 Printer: Cartor Security Printing, France Process: Offset Lithography Colours: 4 Colours Size: H30 / W40

Tel Aviv :Global City

\"israelOn April 11, 1909 a few dozen people gathered on a sand dune to the northeast of Jaffa in order to allot plots of land for a new neighborhood called \”Ahuzat Bayit\”. Akiva Aryeh Weiss, the chairman of the lottery vowed they would build the \”New York of Eretz Israel\”. The founders of Tel Aviv were undoubtedly visionaries who dreamed large dreams despite the small odds.

Today, more than 100 years after the founding of Tel Aviv, the city is the gateway to Israel. It is an urban economic and cultural center on a global level. The city is now at the height of a groundbreaking strategic process to establish itself as one of the world’s twenty leading cities.

Issue Date: 09.09.2014 Printer: Cartor Security Printing, France Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: H30 / W40

Wolfgang von Weisl

\"israelDr. Benjamin Zeev (Wolfgang Johannes) von Weisl (1896, Vienna – 1974, Gadera) was a Viennese physician and a decorated WWI artillery corps officer, an international author and journalist and a renowned orientalist, as well as a Zionist leader, one of the founders of the Revisionist movement and a pioneer in the struggle for Eretz Israel.Von Weisl was one of the most colorful and original figures in the history of the Zionist movement. Legends swirled around him and stories of his adventures and his intellectual heritage could fill volumes.

The stamp depicts two of the many adventures of his life:

Issue Date: 09.09.2014 Printer: Cartor Security Printing, France Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: H30 / W40

Festivals 2014 – Simchat Torah Flags

\"israelAs far back as the 17th century the children in Ashkenazi communities would come to the synagogue on Simchat Torah night waving flags. The Simchat Torah flags were part of a popular material culture of paper products such as Mizrach hangings, marking the east as the direction for prayer, and paper cutouts. Along with the homemade flags, paper flags were printed with images of traditional Jews and included pictures expressing the Sukkot and Simchat Torah holiday experience.

Eretz Israel, 1930\’s

In the early 20th century these flags began featuring Zionist motifs which were incorporated into the traditional look. \”For the Torah shall come forth from Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem\” was printed as the title of the holiday flag printed here in Eretz Israel in the 1930\’s. At the center of the flag stands the Holy Ark with images of Moses and Aharon leaning on it, and in front the four sacred animals who express \”bold as a tiger, and light as an eagle, and runs like a gazelle and brave as a lion to fulfill the will of the Father in Heaven\”. On the left stand three children, one of whom was characterized as a Yemenite youth with curly sidelocks – a biblical symbol updated for the modern Return to Zion. On the right stands a European boy wearing a cap and holding a blue and white flag, with the symbol of the \”Maccabi\” sports club on his shirt – an expression of the new Jew, the muscular man who rejuvenates the legacy of the Maccabees.

Israel, 1950\’s

In the 1950\’s the European tradition of decorating became the tradition among Jews from all ethnic groups. The yearning for the Tomb of Rachel and for the Western Wall became the scenes that decorated the Holy Ark – two cardboard doors, through which one could usually see a picture of Torah scrolls. A group of boys and girls who were stooped over the Torah emphasized the essence of the equal Israeli ethos, which suited most of the Israeli public.

Israel, 1960\’s

The victory in the Six-Day War in 1967 presented and emphasized Simchat Torah in the image of the IDF as a savior. \”Rejoice and be joyful on Simchat Torah\” in the form of IDF soldiers carrying Torah scrolls and dancing around the Holy Ark. The people\’s love for their soldiers, their adored heroes became the essence of the flag\’s look.

Issue Date: 09.09.2014 Printer: Cartor Security Printing, France Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: H30 / W40

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