After a 32-year intermission, the International Bible Contest for Adults, also called Chidon Hatanach, has returned to Jerusalem.
The contest is held in the International Convention Center in Jerusalem and attended by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar.
Minister Sa'ar introduced the competition saying that it has succeeded in evolving from “an idea to a reality.”
"Great interest has taught us that there is a great thirst for knowledge of our roots and origins,” he said. “ After three decades, the contest has returned. We banished the darkness that was left in its place and we came to fix the void.”
"Nine-hundred and six Jews, from 51 countries, registered for the contest," he said. "The torch of fire that was lit in the days of the Macabees against the prohbition of learning Torah has continued to this day and the Jewish nation continues to overcome forces that seek to impose upon us a foreign culture that remains at odds with Jewish values.”
“The key to our victory is learning Torah,” Sa’ar continued. “This competition epitomizes the most effective weapon against the threat of assimilation. Our secret weapon is the study of Torah and Jewish education, which remain the best ways of cultivating Jewish identity and heritage.”
"This Bible Quiz helps to strengthen the power of the people and to strengthen the relationship between its parts,” added Sa’ar.