Stinking trash heaps are traditionally not the first place one would expect to find anything of use. Israeli firm, UBQ Materials, begs to differ. In fact, according to Christopher Sveen, chief sustainability officer at UBQ, rotting landfills are the “mines of the future.” The company operating from Israel’s Negev desert is currently perfecting waste-conversion technologyContinue Reading »
A fine and complex burial cave, dating back some 2,000 years from the Roman period, came to light recently in Tiberias. A mechanical digger, excavating the site for a new neighborhood in the municipality, exposed the cave entrance, and the contractor informed the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) of the discovery immediately. The rock-hewn cave comprisedContinue Reading »
Researchers from all over the world and experts in many fields of knowledge, including archaeology and other sciences, gathered in Jerusalem to discuss different aspects of the Judean Desert where the Dead Sea Scrolls were unearthed, both as the physical site of desert communities and as the symbolic place where biblical events and stories wereContinue Reading »
When term limits threatened to end the reign of Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2008, he deftly changed his title from president to prime minister while still giving himself the most powerful position in the country. When he was legally allowed to hold the presidency again, he used that position to maintain control. Yet, hisContinue Reading »
“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.”—Elie Wiesel In January 2018, Poland passed a controversial bill making it a crime to blame Poland for the atrocities of the Holocaust. The bill, proposed by the country’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), calls for up to three years in prison or a fineContinue Reading »
It wasn’t love at first sight for me and Israel. Oh no. I fell in love with the Promised Land, her people, history and significance long before I caught my first glimpse of the strip of land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. My relationship with the Hebrew language started off differently. EvenContinue Reading »
In a global climate that often sees Israel isolated and maligned on the international stage, there is a country that has consistently shown itself to be Israel’s friend. Some may be surprised to learn that the country is the small Latin American nation of Guatemala. Scarred by civil war, numerous coups and drug violence, GuatemalaContinue Reading »
While it is increasingly becoming a divisive issue, circumcision is one of the world’s oldest rites of passage and vitally important to Judaism. The topic was once considered taboo, but in modern times rigorous debate has flared up in Western nations about whether this tradition could be a violation of young boys’ human rights. TheContinue Reading »
Some dishes form part of a family’s legacy. They are passed down the generations from great-grandmother to grandmother to mother, each adding her own loving touch. Others are picked up along the journey of life, as friends, acquaintances and perfect strangers share the recipes they love. My “Ima’s (mother’s) Borrowed Moroccan Fish” falls in theContinue Reading »
“The chances of war in 2018 are growing… We are ready for war… The next war will be difficult and no simple matter. It will take between days and weeks, but in the end we will win.” —A senior IDF officer addressing military correspondents Rising Tensions in the North “We are facing a new reality—theContinue Reading »
In March 2018, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) held its 37th session in Geneva, Switzerland, with the purported goal of identifying human rights violations around the globe and making recommendations to UN member states on how they should be addressed. When looking at the world situation, one would think the Council would haveContinue Reading »
In 2017, ISIS had plans to blow up a passenger plane flying from Australia. However, with the scheme nearing completion, the suspects behind the plot were instead arrested—and the key piece of intelligence that foiled the bombing came from Israel. The Ha’aretz newspaper, in reporting on the prevented attack, said a high-tech Israeli intelligence unitContinue Reading »
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