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0The Road to Jewish Civilization, Part 6: Tradition and Realities

Israel, the Land of Milk and Honey, the birthplace of the Jewish People and the spiritual center of three religions, presents a unique combination of ancient history and a vibrant modern society, exotic scenery and rich culture. This 12-episode documentary series, produced by CCTV - Chinese Central Television in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel in Beijing, introduces the Jewish People and the story of the State of Israel and its development in a historical, comprehensive and systematic manner to Chinese audiences. The series is narrated in Chinese with English subtitles Episode 6: Tradition and Realities The ancient Babylonians created the time unit of a seven-day week, and the ancestors of the Jew selected one day to be the Sabbath, and specified in the first Jewish law that this day should be declared a day of rest. The profile of the menorah is an ancient sign of the Jewish nation and can be seen almost everywhere in today’s Israel, from the national emblem to local people’s daily life. The Jewish civilization has survived for almost two thousand years despite the prolonged period of time when they had no territory and suffered severe persecution. This should be attributed to the Jew’s loyalty to their traditions. The national will of Jews is reflected through their festivals, weddings and other important events.