I graphic I made depicting the 24 books of the Hebrew Bible:
And here is a picture of the Merneptah Stele, courtesy of Wikipedia. Dating to about 1200 BCE, it records a victory by the Egyptian Pharaoh Merneptah over Israel -- the first mention of "Israel" in the archaeological record. Blows my mind!
Here's a great aerial image of the Temple Mount from The Economist, to help you get a sense of where things are. The ancient Jewish Temple would have stood about where the gold Dome of the Rock is located now.
And here's a link to the full text of the UNESCO resolution, courtesy of the Times of Israel:
I actually put a lot of thought into the podcast intro music, which I use in every episode. I wanted to, in just a few seconds, cover both a range of Jewish musical traditions, and geography.
The intro kicks off with "When You Are Gone", by Eyal Golan, Israel's most famous Mizrahi singer.
The voice you then hear is David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, reading the Declaration of Independence in Tel Aviv on May 14, 1948.
Next is some violin and clarinet klezmer music -- traditional Jewish music of Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern Europe.
Next up is my favorite Israeli rock/reggae band, Hatikvah Shesh, with their song "Best Israeli." Love them. Saw them live on a Birthright trip, it was so great.
Finally you hear the great Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, in his final interview in 1973, saying, "I would say to young people...that we can do everyone our share to redeem the world." Rabbi Heschel, born in Poland and educated in Berlin, was an American rabbi extremely active in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movement.
© Jason Harris 2016