Jewish New Year 5709
Tete-beche Marginal Pairs of the Jewish New Year 5709 Issue.
The British Mandate in Palestine ended in May of 1948 and the Jewish National Council declared independence. On September 26, 1948 these stamps were issued to commemorate Israel's first Jewish New Year as an independent state using a flying scroll design. The Flying Scroll is a symbol from the Old Testament Book of Zechariah 5:1-4:
1: Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying scroll.
2: And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying scroll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits.
3: Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it.
4: I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.
The extended tab on this stamp has a colour register square.
Most Israeli stamps are issued with tabs or labels attached
to the bottom row and sometimes to the sides of the sheets.