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World’s Tallest Solar Tower

A 240 meter (787 ft) solar tower is currently being built by the Israel-based Megalim Solar Power, which when completed will generate up to 121 megawatts of power, providing about 1% of Israel’s electricity consumption. Construction completion is expected in late 2017. Israel is aiming to generate 10% of its energy needs from renewable sources

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New Skin Electrodes

Many of us are familiar with the somewhat unpleasant medical procedure of electromyography—recording electrical signals through the skin. A novel skin electrode, recently developed at Tel Aviv University’s [TAU’s] Center for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, now takes this procedure out of the laboratory, doing away with the cold, sticky gel used to enhance conductivity. The friendly

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Rare Roman Period Frescoes Discovered

An archaeological team from the Hebrew University has discovered hundreds of fragments belonging to frescoes from the Roman period in the Zippori National Park. The fragments, which contain figurative images, floral patterns and geometric motifs, shed light on Zippori (Sepphoris), which was an important urban center for the Jews of the Galilee during the Roman

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Impressive Pottery Workshop Exposed in the Galilee

  A pottery workshop where jars were produced 1,600 years ago (Roman period) was uncovered in archaeological excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority [IAA] in the western Galilee. According to excavation director, Joppe Gosker, “What makes the pottery works so special is its unique kiln, which was hewn in bedrock and is unlike most of

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Saving Israel’s Jewish Heritage from Antiquities Bandits

Despite rigorous enforcement against antiquities robbers, acts of severe plundering are still possible in the large expanses of the Judean Desert. There are hundreds of cliff caves in the area that may contain ancient scrolls, access to which is both dangerous and challenging. In almost every cave examined there has been found evidence of illicit

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New British PM Theresa May Has History of Strong Support for Israel, Jewish Community

British Prime Minister Theresa May, who rose to her office in July after the resignation of David Cameron, has a long history of support for Israel and other Jewish causes, forecasting continued warm relations between Israel and the United Kingdom. May served as Home Secretary (responsible for immigration, security and the justice system) for six

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Israeli Students Win 10 Medals at Physics and Math Olympiads

September 21, 2016

Israeli competitors earned a combined ten medals at the International Physics Olympiad which took place in Zurich, Switzerland, and the International Mathematical Olympiad which took place in Hong Kong, China. The Israeli teams, comprised of high school students, were ranked 19th and 22nd, respectively. The math team jumped 18 places in the ranks from last

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Israel Opens Border With Syria to Deliver Humanitarian Aid

The Israeli government has authorized the delivery of humanitarian aid into war-torn Syria through the nations’ shared border, an American-Israeli activist who spearheaded the initiative told The Jerusalem Post. Jerusalem agreed to transfer medical, educational and food aid to its northern neighbor, Moti Kahan said. While Israeli activists have sought to help Syrians in the

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Saudi Delegation Visits Israel in Latest Sign of Growing Ties

A retired Saudi general visited Israel in May for a series of meetings, in what is the latest sign of increasing dialogue, public appearances and quiet cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Israel. Anwar Eshki, who previously served in senior positions in the Saudi military and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led a delegation of Saudi academics

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Rosh HaShanah Menu

Rosh HaShanah, also known as the Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah in Hebrew), is the beginning of the new year in Israel. It is also the first of the autumn biblical festivals. The two-day festival begins on the evening of the new moon that occurs on Tishrei 1 and 2 on the Hebrew calendar during

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Unexpected Family

Mishpocha is a charming Yiddish term which in its essence means family. It also describes the unforeseen, yet delightful, sense of family one witnesses among the residents of Jerusalem. Despite numerous differences within the Jewish community, there remains a strong sense of oneness. The various heartwarming incidents that take place in the colorful communal spaces

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To Kippah or NOT to Kippah

“Cover your head in order that the fear of heaven may be upon you” (Shabbat 156b). In the religiously, culturally and ethnically diverse regions of the Jewish Diaspora (the Jewish population outside Israel), kippot (plural of kippah) are often worn simply as outward symbols of Jewishness. On the other hand, Jewish sages teach that the

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