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Yosef Chaim’s Treasure

Shira Yehudit Djalilmand

One of the best things about having an uncle living abroad is that we get great presents. My uncle always sends us something unusual, things we can’t get here in Israel. Once he sent me a really cool Game Boy, once a bright-pink monster that giggled, and all kinds of fun stuff. So this year when the package arrived for my birthday, I couldn’t wait to see what weird and wonderful present Uncle Nachum had sent me.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

boys jewish digging treasureIt was a big box. Really big. And once I’d ripped off all the wrappings, I saw why.

“Yippee! A metal detector! Good old Uncle Nachum!”

I’d been telling him about how ancient Tzfas was and how much buried treasure there must be under all the ruins. One kid found an ancient gold coin on the Citadel worth 250,000 shekels, and another kid found a Canaanite dagger in his backyard! And all that was without a metal detector; I was for sure going to find some treasure!

But where to start? The best place, I thought, was our backyard. Working the metal detector was simple — just run its head over the ground. If it detected metal, it beeped. A deep beep meant iron, a medium beep meant coins, and a high-pitched beep meant gold! I checked it out on Ima’s jewelry first, which was great fun — until she discovered her gold bangles covered in dirt from when I’d buried them to see if I could find them again with the metal detector. 


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