Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Diamond firm which followed rabbi's prediction about buried treasures is 'close to success' ...after 10-year hunt
Somewhere in the Carmel hills of northern Israel, diamond exploration company Shefa Yamim hopes to uncover the exact spot where faith meets science.
Potential new mines are big news in an industry that gets most of its diamonds from 20 or so mines, and where no large discovery has been made in 15 years.
Top Israeli diamond dealers even have their own mining operations in Africa but with booming demand for the gems driven by prosperity in China and India there are certain to be many more speculative projects.
'I hope I'm going to have the right to reveal it.'
In 1999, Taub founded Shefa Yamim, which means 'bounty of the seas' in Hebrew, based on a conversation that took place 11 years earlier in Brooklyn, New York between the late Rabbi Menachem Schneerson and the then mayor of Haifa. The dialogue was caught on video.
Many of Schneerson's followers believe him to be the messiah, making the comments a decree of sorts, and Taub answered the call.
Religious belief and biblical verse have inspired others to search for natural resources in the Holy Land.