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  • In 1994, the prestigious Israel Prize was awarded to Noga Hareuveni (the founder of Neot Kedumim and son of Ephraim and Hannah Hareuveni) and the staff of Neot Kedumim for “Special Contribution to Israeli Society and the State. In the explanation of their decision, the Israel Prize judges wrote:

    “Neot Kedumim, the national Biblical Nature Reserve in Israel, near Ben Shemen Forest, is a unique phenomenon, which fills a top priority national goal. It has created a framework which shows the nature and agriculture of the Land of Israel as it has been interwoven within our heritage: in the Bible, the Mishna, the Talmud, the Midrashim and the Mesora. It brings together Jews of Israel and Jews of the Diaspora to the land of Israel and her plants by connecting the days of the Bible and the Mishna with the present day.

    A nation once in exile, far from the sights of the Land of Israel, has been re-acquainted with its roots, its sources, and to the wonderful weaving of man and nature as reflected in the words of today, as was done by our ancestors and in a manner that until now had only been old words written down on a page.

    In this age of far-reaching changes in society, in faith, in science and in daily life, it is all the more important to explain that which was once seen as natural and understood without question, and which today appear to be out-dated and obsolete. Past, present and future converge with ancient landscapes to create a continuous web expressing the essence of our lives, in which the roots of the past are the growth of the future.”

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