21 February 2018 - 6 Adar 5778 - ו' אדר ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Arts & Culture
The Third Bible Marathon E-mail

The third Bible Marathon took place in Israel on 6 October, with runners following in the footsteps of the first marathon man, who ran the 42 kilometres from the battlefield at Eben Ezer (modern day Rosh Ha’ayin) to Shiloh.

In the beginning of the Book of Samuel it is written that “a man of Benjamin ran from the battle line the same day, and came to Shiloh with his clothes torn”. He ran from Eben Ezer to Ancient Shiloh to tell of the end of the war between the Israelites and the Philistines. His mission was to inform Eli, the priest of Israel, of the defeat in the war, the death of his sons and the capture of the Ark of the Covenant.

Many centuries later, after the Six Day War, the founder of the Maccabiah Games, Yosef Yekutieli, set out to measure the length of the course from Rosh Ha’ayin to Shiloh, in the Benjamin region. He was amazed to find that the length of this historic path precisely matched that of the modern marathon – 42 kilometres (the official length of the Olympic running contest, determined in 1908 at the London Olympics).

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Israeli Opera 2017-2018 season promises drama, tragedy, comedy... E-mail

Israeli Opera offers audiences a rich and varied programme of opera, dance and music, as well as performances for the whole family, in its upcoming 2017-2018 season.

La Bohème: Puccini’s opera of love at first sight, farewell, reunion and death will be performed in November. Conducted by Francesco Cilluffo and directed by Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera, it is sung in Italian with English and Hebrew subtitles, and includes the Israeli Opera Chorus, The Efroni Children Choir and the Israel Symphony Orchestra.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Ido Ricklin will return to Israeli Opera in January 2018 to direct Britten’s haunting score of Shakespeare’s comedy. Conducted by Daniel Cohen and directed by Ido Ricklin, it is sung in English with English and Hebrew subtitles, and is accompanied by the Israel Symphony Orchestra.

Don Giovanni: Mozart’s opera tells the story of a famed seducer who chases women from land to land before settling in Spain, where he fails to add another conquest to the tally of women he has already seduced. This captivating new production will be performed in February 2018. Conducted by Daniel Oren and directed by Kasper Holten, it is sung in Italian with English and Hebrew subtitles and includes the Israeli Opera Chorus accompanied by the Israel Symphony Orchestra.

Don Carlo: In March 2018, Daniel Oren will conduct a new production of Verdi’s masterpiece, based on a play by Schiller about love, friendship, political intrigues and the ongoing battle between state and religion. Directed by Giancarlo del Monaco-Zukerman, it is sung in Italian with English and Hebrew subtitles and includes the Israeli Opera Chorus accompanied by the Israel Symphony Orchestra.

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Imperial Circus of China to tour Israel E-mail

The Imperial Circus of China will tour Israel for the first time ever for a series of performances in October as part of “The Mystery of China” tour.

The performances will take place during intermediate days of the Festival of Sukkot, from 5 to 7 October at the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, and from 8 to 10 October at the Romema Arena in Haifa.

A truly spectacular show, the circus features 50 performers, including acrobats, aerial artistes, dancers and actors, who perform dangerous and complex acts based on the traditional circus of ancient China of the Qin and Han dynasties 2,000 years ago.

The costumes, the music and the talent are all made in China, and the show also includes kung fu performances, Chinese opera, sprites and jugglers.

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