2024 International Bible Contest to Focus on War and Courage

The 2024 International Bible Contest, held on May 14 at the Jerusalem Theater, brings together 16 young people from around the world to compete on the theme of war and courage, highlighting Jewish heritage and cultural identity amidst ongoing conflict and adversity in Israel. The event, part of Israel's 76th Independence Day celebrations, features notable judges, performances, and a focus on biblical connection and unity among the Jewish community worldwide.

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Muthana Al-Najjar
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2024 International Bible Contest to Focus on War and Courage

2024 International Bible Contest to Focus on War and Courage

The 2024 International Bible Contest will take place on May 14 at the Jerusalem Theater as part of Israel's 76th Independence Day celebrations. This year's contest will feature 16 young people from around the world, including 12 from the Diaspora and 4 from Israel, who will compete on the theme of war and courage.

Why this matters: This event highlights the importance of preserving Jewish heritage and cultural identity in the face of ongoing conflict and adversity. By focusing on courage and resilience, the contest aims to inspire a sense of unity and hope among the Jewish community worldwide.

The contestants were selected after participating in a Bible Camp, where they met Chief Rabbi David Lau and visited Yad Vashem, the Western Wall, and other sites. The contest's focus on war is particularly relevant given the ongoing conflict with Hamas.

The event will include performances by Yigal Oshri, accompanied by children from war-torn communities in the south. The judging panel will consist of notable figures, including Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana, Iris Haim (mother of Yotam Haim, killed by Israeli fire), Rabbi Yemima Mizrahi, Jewish Agency Chairman Doron Almog, and World Zionist Organization Chair Yaakov Hagoel.

Gur Rosenblat, deputy director of the Education Ministry, stated, "The quiz will focus on courage and revival this year; this will be reflected in the questions themselves and how they're asked." Some questions will be asked by Rachel Edri, known as "Rachel from Ofakim," who stalled terrorists on October 7th by serving them cookies, and Yosef Haddad, a senior reserve officer and representative of the Druze community.

Rosenblat praised the contestants and their families for their bravery, saying, "Their families showed extraordinary resilience, sending their children and expressing full confidence in Israel's ability to protect them." He emphasized that the contest will be "impactful, empowering, and unifying – what the country needs now."

The event aims to preserve the connection to the Bible while reflecting the current situation in Israel. Rosenblat concluded, "It will be a different kind of Bible contest that preserves the connection to the Bible while reflecting what's happening in Israel. We've worked six months on this. Nothing connects the Jewish people in Israel and the Diaspora like this contest."

The 2024 International Bible Contest promises to be a powerful and unifying event, highlighting Jewish courage and resilience in the face of adversity. With contestants from around the world and a focus on the timely theme of war and courage, the contest will connect the Jewish people through their shared biblical heritage while reflecting the realities of the current situation in Israel.

Key Takeaways

  • The 2024 International Bible Contest will take place on May 14 in Jerusalem.
  • 16 young people from around the world will compete on the theme of war and courage.
  • The contest aims to inspire unity and hope among the Jewish community worldwide.
  • The event will feature performances and a judging panel of notable figures.
  • The contest will reflect the current situation in Israel and preserve Jewish heritage.