Predators on the Loose in the Arava

Predators on the Loose in the Arava

Ten years ago Israeli researchers developed technology that uses predatory insects to grow healthy vegetables. Rather than using toxic chemical sprays that are dangerous to people and the environment, the method, “integrated pest management” (IPM) takes advantage of the natural enemies of bugs and insects to “search and destroy.”

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Pre-Tisha B’Av Ruminations

Pre-Tisha B’Av Ruminations

Yesterday, Erev Tisha B’Av, I found myself thinking that there are few things I more nervously anticipate than the day before a fast, It of course has to do with…

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Israel as a High Speed Internet Example to the World

Israel as a High Speed Internet Example to the World

Thanks to John Chambers, the CEO of Cisco, the Start up Nation is about to become digital. It seems as though Israel has been chosen to be the recipient of a new and powerful fiber optic system and will showcase as the first example of an entire state going digital.

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Shabbat in Hevron

Shabbat in Hevron

If you have never spent Shabbat in Hevron, you have missed out on an incredibly intense experience of tefilah, history and devekut with the roots of our Nation.

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Coffee Culture

Coffee Culture

Cafes are very popular in Israel, practically on every corner, because Israel has a definite coffee culture.

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A Jewel in the Crown

A Jewel in the Crown

A short ride outside of Jerusalem, in the suburb of Ramat Motza, is a large building with the word, Yvel. Yvel is Levy spelled backwards and the home of the international jewelry company founded by Orna and Isaac Levy.

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Spotlight on Tveria, Northern Israel

Spotlight on Tveria, Northern Israel

Residents of chutz l’aretz are usually surprised that I live in Tveria. They think Tveria is a resort city and great place to bring the family for vacation, especially during the Chaggim, but to live here…?

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Self Pity in Zionist Circles: Good or Bad?

Self Pity in Zionist Circles: Good or Bad?

Zionist activists in Israel and abroad seem to have settled on a theme du jour for just about everything they say and do. “Israel is being unfairly treated by the world.” I see it in the news every day and it’s becoming a menace. Not because it’s not true but because it’s being misapplied.

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6th of Sivan-9th of Sivan: Yahrtzeits of Famous Jewish Scholars this Week

6th of Sivan-9th of Sivan: Yahrtzeits of Famous Jewish Scholars this Week

Rav Avraham Mordechai Alter, the Imrei Emes of Ger, (1866-1948). The son of the Sefas Emes and a great-grandson of the Chidushei HaRim, he was the third Rebbe in the Gur dynasty, the leader of over 250,000 chassidim in pre-WW II Poland. The Imrei Emes was instrumental in establishing and expanding Agudas Yisroel, and was at the forefront of strengthening the Jewish community of Eastern European.

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Street Food Eating in Israel

Street Food Eating in Israel

One of the nicest and most distinct Israeli traditions is food. Jews coming from the Middle East and Far East, from Europe, Australia, South Africa, North and South America—all adopted the local cooking habits to their dietary laws and passed them on to their children. The cooking style of the countries where they lived came as part of their baggage when they made their way to Israel, and they blended with those who had come before them.

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The Sadly Superficial Stephen Hawking

The Sadly Superficial Stephen Hawking

As the “Daily Mail” said, “Stephen Hawking is someone we admire.” Almost fully paralyzed and able to communicate only through a speech-generating device, his brilliant mind has illuminated the universe’s mysteries for all of humanity.

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