First Israeli Stamps Celebrating Jewish New Year

17 Jan 2019  Thu

Israel, after achieving the status of a separate nation on 14th May 1948, started to issue its own postage stamps. A couple of years later i.e. in 1951 Israel Post issued commemorative stamps to celebrate Jewish New Year.

Jewish New Year or Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year that occurs in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere. Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration that begins on the first day of Tishrei, which is the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year.

The stamps celebrating the first New Year of the state of Israel were issued on 16th September 1951. They feature different aspects of Israeli culture. The first stamp is denominated 5 Israeli pruta and it depicts two doves carrying mail on the blue background. Dove is not only a symbol of peace which was necessary for the time considering the war and cold war era; they also are the part of the oldest mail carrying system.

The 15 Israeli pruta stamp depicts a young girl carrying dove and fruit which might be the allegory of peace. The stamp with the highest denomination of 40 Israeli pruta features a Torah Scroll. Torah scroll is the religious text of Judaism.

The stamps are inscribed with the name of the country in Hebrew, Arabic, and English and the denomination value in English.

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