kidding. But this “traditional”
in Bethlehem, David's hometown, makes a singular
gift for anyone who wants to emulate David, and have
fun doing it! Use it as a visual for Sunday
School Bible classes and as a prop for David and
Goliath skits. The slingshot is accompanied by a
on the famous duel: the geographical setting, its
historical roots and the “smoking sling.”
The slingshot comes without the stone – but to
give you a sense of size, the stone is 2.5 inches in
diameter, similar to the real size of the stone
David would have picked up from the river bed.
The stone that hit Goliath’s forehead was not a
Warning: This slingshot can be deadly to
giants -- and windows!
One pastor gives these
slingshots as a gift when he commissions new
ministers to preach. The slingshot
symbolically reminds them of the power they have to
slay the giants in their lives -- and to empower
their congregants to do so as well.
"Last weekend I had the opportunity to try out
the slingshot in my parent's garden (huge!).
It worked out quite well for getting the basic
throw. Though hitting something you aim at
requires some more practice, something probably
only shepherd boys can find the time for!"
Jip Meijer, the Netherlands
"As a boy we made our own slingshots in Ohio
with shoe leather tongues and shoelaces. I
have Grand kids and want to share the REAL
experience before I do the bucket thing!"
Dick Van Dyke, Temple,
Photo: Gila Yudkin
Aiming the sling at an imaginary
11-year-old Omri concentrates like
Coming to Jerusalem
this year? Would you
like to find the venues where you can quietly be
transported back in your imagination to the time
of Jesus? To David? To Abraham?
Are you a camera buff who would like to bring
home a collection of exotic photos no one else
has? Are you eager to eat hummus or kubbeh
elbow-to-elbow with the "natives" -- or is
dining in the style of King Solomon and the
Queen of Sheba more to your taste?
minute matter while you "Explore
Jerusalem's Soul" with Gila's unorthodox
guide. This up-to-date PDF (Adobe
Acrobat) 46-page guide gives you the Top
Ten places to meditate on the Bible,
lesser-known churches worth visiting, the
most rewarding roof-top views and the top places
for sampliong Middle Eastern soul food. More on
Gila's Jerusalem Guide....
Mite” is a tiny copper coin, the smallest
unit of currency, which was by far the most
common coin in circulation during the time
To the left are two authentic 2000-year-old
“Widow’s Mites,” shown at their exact size,
about half an inch in diameter. Below, the authentic coins, sold by local
coin dealers, are shown at four times their
Two Widow's Mites at four
times their authentic size