The ‘heartbeat of the Jewish people’

Instituted by David Ben-Gurion, the National Bible Quiz for adults is witnessing a revival.

By MIRIAM KATES LOCK
December 26, 2013 10:37
Binyamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Shai Piron flank Bible Quiz winner Menachem Shimshi

The ‘heartbeat of the Jewish people’. (photo credit: (Education Ministry))

 
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In a close contest in Jerusalem earlier this month, Menahem Shimshi of Elon Moreh won first place in the 2013 National Bible Quiz for adults. As first-place winner, he is now the official Hatan Hatanach (Bible “groom”) and will represent Israel at the 2014 International Bible Contest.

Becoming Hatan Hatanach is a cause for celebration, yet it is also a serious responsibility, explains Shimshi, a 31-year-old father of four. The winners of the early Bible contests were gifted scholars, and it will not be easy to follow in their footsteps.

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