The Jerusalem Post

Gilad Abrahomov from Netanya wins Bible Quiz

American Benjamin Rom places third


The Internatio­nal Bible Quiz for Youth, held every Independen­ce Day, returned to an almost normal format following the corona pandemic this year and was won by Gilad Abrahomov, 16, of Yeshivat Bnei Akiva in Netanya.

In second place was Dvir Barchad, a student at the Kiryat Ata Yeshiva, and in third place Benjamin Rom from the US.

Although this year saw the return of an audience, participan­ts from abroad were still unable to attend in person and had to make do with attending remotely by video link.

As ever, the participan­ts had to contend with the most detailed minutiae from the Bible, answering questions spanning the entire biblical canon from the first Five Books of the Torah, the prophets, and the books of the “Ketuvim,” such as Psalms and Job.

The contestant­s were peppered with questions such as where did the false prophet Hananya Ben Azor, in the time of King Hezekiah, live? (Givon); how much money did the mother of Micha the prophet give a goldsmith? (200 shekels); and how many years did Jacob spend in the house of Lavan? (20 years).

The 16 participan­ts, who hailed from Israel and around the Jewish world from Argentina to Canada and South Africa to Mexico, dealt admirably with the questions and demonstrat­ed a remarkable grasp of detail of the Hebrew


The contest was held in the presence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Education Minister Yoav Gallant, and Chairman of the Jewish Agency Isaac Herzog, among other dignitarie­s.

As he has done on several occasions during the period of national memorial and celebratio­n days, Netanyahu spoke of the vaccinatio­n program that has transforme­d the country since last Independen­ce Day.

“The Prophet Isaiah used the expression ‘Hosen yeshuot’ in which he was referring to the wisdom of the Jewish people and its faith, but today those words have another meaning,”

he said. “Due to the covid vaccinatio­n operation we brought salvation from the global pandemic, we have returned to life, and to my joy we have returned to a Bible Quiz in an almost normal format,” adding that he hoped next year internatio­nal participan­ts would be able to attend in person.

“The Bible is a mighty treasury of spirit, values, identity, love of man, love of the land, faith, and a call for continuity,” he continued. “Every generation is required to add chapters to the amazing story of our people, whose resurrecti­on in the Land of Israel is a wonder among the nations.”

Gallant, whose Education

Ministry sponsors the Bible Quiz, also spoke, saying that the Jewish people had “no greater inspiratio­n” than from the Bible.

“We have no deeper roots than those in the Bible, and we have no purpose or hope without the foundation­al values of the Bible,” said Gallant. “The people of the book is first and foremost the people of the book of books – a nation that is being formed and strengthen­ed from between the pages of the Bible, a nation that has establishe­d an identity upon the yoke of Torah, a nation whose highs and lows are also well reflected in Bible stories. Precisely because of this, a day of contentmen­t is upon us.”

 ?? (Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post) ?? GILAD ABRAHOMOV (center right) and Dvir Barchad pose with their prizes after the Internatio­nal Bible Quiz for Youth yesterday.
(Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post) GILAD ABRAHOMOV (center right) and Dvir Barchad pose with their prizes after the Internatio­nal Bible Quiz for Youth yesterday.

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