The sun was shining brightly on Mount Hermon. Hundreds of Israelis, Palestinians and tourists—making the most of the recent heavy snowfalls—were enjoying a day in northern Israel at the Promised Land’s only ski resort, a short distance away from the Syrian border. It was the perfect day for a Zealous Israel Project (Bridges for Peace’sContinue Reading »
It’s an icy day deep in the winter of 1944 as a crowd of Jewish Hungarians are shoved—shivering and frightened—to the edge of the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary. There are women and children. Some are tied together in groups of three. All have been forced to strip naked and step out of their shoesContinue Reading »
Last May, the Palestinian Authority (PA) president was rushed to the hospital for the second time in 24 hours. Suffering from pneumonia and on the brink of what Ynetnews called a “complete systems failure,” 83-year-old Mahmoud Abbas’s doctors feared for his life. Their concerns went beyond his well-being. Had Abbas died, millions of Palestinians wouldContinue Reading »
Seldom does a building of concrete and glass so poignantly mirror what goes on inside its walls. Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, is more than a museum. It is an architectural gem where structure and setting serve as an evocative backdrop to the Holocaust story. Carved into the Landscape The museum, designed byContinue Reading »
For the seven days of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Jewish people forgo all chametz (leaven)—just like their ancestors did when God delivered the Children of Israel from slave master Pharaoh. With bread, cake, pastry, pasta and even rice off limits for a week, matzah becomes a daily staple. Over generations the JewishContinue Reading »
Since the rebirth of the state, the threat of terror has loomed like a menacing cloud over everyday life in Israel. Sometimes the attacks occur sporadically, allowing Israel time to breathe between tragedies. Sometimes they come in waves, with Palestinian suicide bombers, gunmen and knife-wielding murderers turning city streets into bloody battlefields. The statistics ofContinue Reading »
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), or chronic kidney failure, affects an estimated 200 million people worldwide. Illnesses such as diabetes or high blood pressure can lead to the gradual loss of kidney function, which requires dialysis or kidney replacement when patients advance to End-stage Renal Disease (ESRD). According to the American Kidney Fund, an estimated 31Continue Reading »
While the coral reefs are dying out in most parts of the world due to the devastating effects of climate change, they appear to have adapted to the scorching temperatures of the Gulf of Eilat in southern Israel [and are] thriving—to the astonishment of the scientists. A study published by the Journal of Experimental BiologyContinue Reading »
Imagine you’re at the office for a business meeting. A VIP walks in, sees you and starts walking toward you. You recognize the person, but you can’t put a name to the face. Your mind goes blank. Israeli company OrCam created a product called MyMe to solve this problem. Using a small, wearable camera thatContinue Reading »
Recent heavy winter rains have revealed parts of two impressive clay figurines of horses that have been buried in the ground for well over 2,000 years. One of the figurines was found in the vicinity of Kfar Ruppin in the Beit She’an Valley. It was dated by Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) archaeologists to be aboutContinue Reading »
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