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Jewish names were common here 2,500 years ago

Western wallArcheologists scored a major discovery near the Western Wall: several seals from the First Temple era, one of them with the name of Mathathyahu written on it. These seals date to around the time of our war with the Babylonians.

More than two thousand years later, we again face the prospect of war with Iran and Iraq.

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