The first amphibian to have been officially declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has been rediscovered in the north of Israel after some 60 years and turns out to be a unique ‘living fossil’, without close relatives among other living frogs.
The Hula painted frog was first discovered in the Hula Valley of Israel in the early 1940′s but was thought to have disappeared following the drying up of the Hula Lake at the end of the 1950′s. It was declared extinct by the IUCN in 1996 and as a result, the opportunity to discover more about this species’ history, biology and ecology was thought to have disappeared.
However, a team of Israeli, German and French researchers now report in the scientific journal ‘Nature Communications’ on an in-depth…
What a privilege it is to join together in prayer with 4Zion friends around the globe. The God who loves us unconditionally and unites us in His peace draws near to listen to our every prayer. As you go to Him with your gratitude and concerns this week, please remember the requests below.
- Continue to pray for residents of Oklahoma who are still recovering from massive tornado damage over the past couple of weeks, and for those in the path of the wildfires tearing through southern California. “I will restore them because I have compassion on them” (Zechariah 10:6).
- Praise God that Israeli forces recently thwarted a Hamas terrorist who had planned to carry out kidnappings and shooting attacks. “You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety” (Job 11:18).
- Thank God for the recent dedications of new 4Zion projects, including a…
The magnificent legacy of Pope John XXIII, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, continues to live on even 50 years after his passing. He lived a life dedicated to peace and justice, with a deep concern for all who suffer injustice and pain, and was especially loved by the Jewish community for his wartime rescue of victims of Nazi persecution, including thousands of Jewish men, women, and children.
Roncalli was a remarkable man who epitomized courage, passion for justice and a strong spirit of reform. His record as Pope is well documented and widely known. In 1961, he commissioned the drafting of the revolutionary Decretum de Judaeis (“Decree on the Jews”) which served as a basis to Nostra Aetate (Our Age), a declaration of the relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions, which was promulgated in 1965 by his successor, Pope Paul VI, after…
On May 20, Rabbi Eckstein and Yael Eckstein attended a cornerstone-laying ceremony for a 4Zion-funded trauma center in Eshkol, a rural region in southern Israel frequently targeted by terrorists’ rockets.
4Zion is providing a grant, with the Ministry of the Interior providing matching funds, to build a Fellowship House Trauma Clinic. This will be a new reinforced building attached to an existing social service center and will be used to help victims of terror deal with psychological trauma and stress.
Rabbi Eckstein poured the cornerstone cement along with Eshkol regional council official Chaim Yellin. Then, along with all of the social workers in attendance, each placed small stones inscribed with words like “security” and “peace” on the pile so the rocks, like their messages of shalom (peace), would become a permanent part of the new structure.
Tamar Auerbach, director of the Eshkol department of social services,…
Not only is the Israeli-developed earthquake-proof table a lifesaving invention, it’s now part of the permanent collection at the department of architecture and design at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.