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Ancient Agricultural Farmstead Uncovered in Eastern Galilee

A well preserved 2,100-year-old Hellenistic Hasmonean-period agricultural farmstead, containing finds that may have been abandoned in haste, was uncovered in the eastern Galilee. Excavations carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority [IAA] prior to the Mekorot Company project to transfer desalinated water to the Kinneret [Sea of Galilee], uncovered tens of loom weights used for

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Lessons for Israel from Ukraine

As 150,000 Russian troops amassed on Ukraine’s borders at the start of the year, Western countries warned of an impending invasion. On February 24, the troops invaded, attacking from strategic points in Ukraine’s north, east and south. After failing to capture any major Ukrainian cities weeks into the “operation,” Russia began scaling back its onslaught

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A Thousand Worlds Saved

As rumors of an imminent invasion swirled, Jerusalem implored Israelis in Ukraine to flee the looming war for the safety of Israel. The appeal extended beyond Israeli nationals. Jerusalem offered citizenship and a homecoming to the land of their promise for every Ukrainian Jew. Some heeded the call. Many didn’t. When the Russian tanks rolled

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Strength in Community

This spring, Bridges for Peace volunteers had the opportunity to visit Yad Mordechai in southern Israel. I was excited to go because I had read the illustrious history of this particular kibbutz (collective community) during the 1948 War of Independence. For five days, the heroic men and women of Yad Mordechai held off an Egyptian

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Water Innovation and Peace

Have you ever been truly, deeply thirsty? Were you in a place where you were able to find clean drinking water to quench your thirst? The reality of physical thirst is foreign to many people blessed to live in parts of the world where water is abundant. But, according to UNICEF and the World Health

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Vladimir Putin—An Enigma

At the writing of this article, war rages in Ukraine, and Europe is witnessing atrocities unlike anything we have seen since World War II. Many fear we are teetering on the brink of World War III. All eyes are fixed on Vladimir Putin, Russia’s enigmatic leader, wondering what his next move might be and praying

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Artist Colonies of Israel  

Many of us are familiar with the names of neighborhoods that originated from Christians establishing religious colonies in Israel. The American and German colonies are famous, among many others. Perhaps less well known is that scattered throughout Israel are another kind of colony: artistic colonies. An artists’ colony is a community where artists work, create and even live together, drawing inspiration from their surroundings.

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Shavuot Blintzes

May 10, 2022

Nearly every biblical feast in Israel comes with its own food-related traditions. Some holidays call for abstinence from a food group, while others command fasting altogether. Then there are those that invite you to indulge in special delicacies. Shavuot falls in the latter category. On the Feast of Weeks, Israelis dine on all kinds of

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A Light and a Blessing

Less than a month after Russian tanks rolled across the Ukrainian border to unleash the worst land battle and the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, an Israeli delegation touched down in the war-torn country to open a 66-bed hospital staffed by more than 60 personnel. The Jewish state’s facility was the

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New Israeli Nanoparticle Fights Cancer on Two Fronts

  Israeli researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) successfully tested a nanoparticle that boosts the effectiveness of chemotherapy and immunotherapy in cancer treatment. A combination of the two therapies to create chemo-immunotherapy is effective in targeting the cancer cells with chemotherapy while boosting the immune system to identify and target cancer cells with immunotherapy. But

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