On Israel’s 75th Independence Day, Emuna Cohen, a 17-year-old student in the 11th grade at the Kfar Eliyahu Educational Institute in Gedera, won the international Bible competition for young people. A girl won the contest for the first time in three years.
Neta Laksz, an 11th grader at Tzuri Bnei Akiva Shirat Hayam, took second place.
Jerusalem, the nation’s capital, is hosting the quiz to celebrate its 60th anniversary.
At the occasion was Speaker of the Knesset Amir Ohana, Education Minister Joav Kisch, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In addition to the Israelis, competitors from ten girls and six boys each came from Australia, Argentina, the United States, Canada, Great Britain, South Africa, Mexico, and Panama to the final.
At the event’s beginning, Knesset Speaker Ohana noted that “only family members and close friends can attest to how many long days and sleepless nights these young people have dedicated to getting here.”
“For this significant competition, thousands of young people worldwide set aside all other activities to study and learn from the everlasting book. Without the Bible, which we read and study, it is impossible for the Jewish people to return to their homeland.