Australians “quizzed” by Netanyahu

April 28, 2015 by Hayley Hadassin
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Australian’s Chani Charak, 16 from Kesser Torah in Sydney and Chaya Leah (Lele) Kaltmann, 17 from Beth Rivka Ladies College in Melbourne competed in the 52nd World Bible Quiz held in Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Natan Sharansky with competing students.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Natan Sharansky with competing students.

Their theme was “Kibbutz Galuyot” (gathering of the Diasporas). The quiz is an annual Israel Independence Day tradition and the winner this year was Israeli, Eyal Yitzhak Matas, a 15-year-old Yeshiva student from Petah Tikva. He answered questions from President Benjamin Netanyahu and a panel of judges, whom included Bat-Galim Shaer, the mother of Gil-Ad who was one of the three Israeli teenagers abducted and killed by Palestinians before the start of Operation Protective Edge.

Charak came 3rd in the Diaspora quiz and just missed out in competing in the live telecast of the quiz. Charak and Lele were two of 67 contestants who competed in their home states and countries before making it to the worldwide event.

Prior to the commencement of the quiz, students took part in a Tanach Camp with other participants from all over the world, they were taken on tours through Israel and met a range of people from across the globe.

Charak said: – “It was a great experience, I really enjoyed learning Tanach, I really appreciate it more. The experience of the camp itself was great, (I) met a whole lot of new friends, met a whole lot of new people. The experience of being with a massive of collection of people who all studied together and to be able to study with these people before the test was also great, and to spend time with all these people who spend time with Tanach was making a dream a reality.”

After Netanyahu announced the winners he said: – “soldiers who swear allegiance to the country receive a Bible book. The Bible is the sources of our strength, I value it as the Makor Mayim Chayyim (“Fountain of Living Waters”) and it is important that our youths and children draw from this well.” He also encouraged participants to make Aliya.

Lele Kaltmann said: – “It’s been so amazing meeting such amazing people and important people and it’s such a life changing experience.”

Only 16 of the 67 contestants made it to the final round.

The International Bible Quiz (chidon tanach) is an opportunity for students from all over the world to compete on their knowledge of 400 pages of the Tanach. The winner receives a scholarship to Machon Lev, the Jerusalem College of Technology. The quiz is run by the Education Department of the Israel Defence Force. The Australian contestants are selected out of the National Bible Quiz, organised by the ZFA.


2 Responses to “Australians “quizzed” by Netanyahu”
  1. Scheur Naji says:

    Since when do Chabad participate in Bible contests organized by Zionists.
    They have sold out to tumah.

    • Eleonora Mostert says:

      Educate me please… who or what is Chabad? Whats wrong with Bible contests/Quiz’s by Zionists or any other…. Are we not studying the same scriptures???? Ok I do acknowledge some do not read Scriptures as it is written or take head to what is written or simply avoid reading things they have difficulty comprehending, but by asking questions we are able to learn more and open our eyes to what IS written.
      Baruch haba beshem Adonia.

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