Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Introducing Shek 2

2Shekel JohnHyrcanusIt is appropriate that Israel unveiled its new two shekel coin last Tuesday on the first night of Hanukkah. As reported on The New Jew blog, "The new two shekel coin features a pomegranate and horn of plenty symbol, modeled after an ancient insignia by Johanan Horcanus. Horcanus (also known by the Greek name John Hyrcanus) was the Jewish high priest from 135 to 105 BCE. He was the son of Simeon Maccabaeus, one of the original Maccabees from the Hanukkah story."

Two Israeli shekels are currently worth fifty cents.

Interestingly, the the new two shekel coins are not made in Israel. Rather, like all Israeli currency they are produced in South Korea and shipped to Israel for circulation since Israel has no mint in operation.

Unfortunately, Israel will now be phasing out the five-shek coin, which next to the ten-shek is my favorite shekel coin.

1 comment:

Maya Norton said...

Dear Rabbi Jason,

First of all, great blog and great website. What a model of what can be done for others in the Jewish (and not so Jewish) community.

Thanks for quoting my article on the new two shekel coin.

Given your deep experience in STAR, PEER, and your professional career, I hope you will take a few moments to return to my blog (The New Jew: Blogging Jewish Philanthropy) and join in the Big Idea conversation about making improvements and innovations in the Jewish community. Your thoughts would certainly be valuable for us. There will be at least four entries on this topic in the next week.