President’s and Prime Minister’s prizes handed out for academic research

In Jewish tradition, the first day of the Hebrew calendar month of Nissan is the first of four new years, and is known as the New Year of Kings.  As modern Israel does not have a king, the date was chosen to honor deceased presidents and prime ministers of the state, and each year the sitting president and prime minister each award a prize for research into the history and heritage of departed leaders.

This year, the president’s prizes was awarded for research into the life of Israel’s first President Chaim Weizmann; and the prime minister’s prize for research into the life of Ariel Sharon who was the nation’s eleventh prime minister.


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