When you hike up the mountain, this is what you see--my village.
But if you make a half-turn and look down, you will see the village of Beitar.
And today the great news just broke that in a cave in the Jerusalem Hills (aka Judean Hills) near Betar a big hoard of coins was discovered by Bar-Ilan and Hebrew University researchers.
Bar-Kochba coins!!!! In gold, silver, and bronze!!
Some of the Roman coins were overstruck by the Jewish fighters with "for the freedom of Jerusalem."
Beitar was the place of the Jewish rebels' last stand in their rebellion against Roman rule in 132-135 C.E. (A.D.)
You must see the wonderful photos and the news posted by Avi Joseph at G News.
This is so exciting, so touching! Bar-Kochba himself was so near to where I now live, almost 19 centuries later.
And there's gold in them thar hills.
Yalla, I feel like going for a hike, trowel and small pick in hand! Bye.
UPDATE: The GNews Editorial Team has just now kindly given permission to share the photos they posted. "Images were sourced from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and are owned by the Israeli government."
The last photo is borrowed from an Arutz 7 article (and video) which calls it
"Explorer B. Langford climbing in the cave. (Israel news photo: B. Zissu) ."
They are brave cave researchers!
A good article with more facts and good historical background just appeared in the Jerusalem Post.