Will The Voters Step Up?

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Are the voters in Israel mimicking American voters in their lack of participation in local elections? This year, only 32 percent of eligible voters turned out for the mayoral elections in Jerusalem; only 22 percent turned out in Tel Aviv. Despite these low numbers, the mayors of Israel’s three largest cities — Jerusalem, Tel Aviv… Read More

Israel God-Given?

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The recent Pew research study, The Portrait of Jewish Americans: Findings from a Pew Research Center Survey of U.S. Jews, found that 55 percent of U.S. Christians believe that God gave Israel to the Jews compared with 40 percent of American Jews. The breakdown within the Jewish community is pretty straightforward: 84 percent of Orthodox… Read More

Sigd!

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Ethiopians in Israel have just completed the celebration of Sigd on the 29th of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan. The holiday takes place 50 days following Yom Kippur. On Sigd, the community rejoices for the renewal of the alliance between the people, God and His Torah. This act is reminiscent of the treaty made for… Read More

Who? What? How?

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How did trees save Israel during the Six Day War? Who was Zvi “Zvika” Greengold, and why was he awarded Israel’s highest medal for heroism? How did the State of Israel grow between the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War, and what challenges did it face? Why didn’t Israel launch a pre-emptive strike… Read More

In Search Of The Perfect Hummus

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In supermarkets across the country, hummus is slowly becoming as ubiquitous as bagels. Americans are discovering that this healthy Middle Eastern treat makes the perfect party dip, appetizer and sandwich spread. But in Israel, this flavorful mixture of mashed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic is often the centerpiece of the meal, the… Read More

‘An Insider’s Account’

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Ambassador Yehuda Avner, who served as a chief aide, English language note taker and speechwriter to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin Menachem Begin and Shimon Peres, published his insider’s account on those experiences in 2010. “The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership” was an instant best seller and received rave reviews from… Read More

All Abuzz

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The coffee market in Israel woke up last week to a new era with the launch of a new coffee and food chain, Cofix. The coffee shop is kosher and offers costumers food and beverage for only five shekels (less than $1.50). It is only for takeout with no seating or wait staff. On the… Read More

On The Road Again

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers revealed earlier this year that data culled from geosocial networks such as the GPS traffic app Waze can help prevent traffic incidents with better deployment of police resources at the most accident-prone areas. The paper, “Data Mining Opportunities in Geosocial Networks for Improving Road Safety,” was presented at the… Read More

Plan A Trip To Israel

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The leaves have yet to turn, but many Baltimoreans already are planning their winter-break trips to Israel. Besides mild, albeit rainy weather, December is a wonderful time to visit the Jewish state. In addition to the every-season tourist attractions, there are a number of festivals to enjoy. Schedule your visit around the Festival of Festivals,… Read More

Who’s A Big Boy?

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Israeli doctors were shocked last week by the birth of the hospital’s largest baby. The size of the 13-pound, 7-ounce (6.245 kilograms) boy, born at Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, surprised his mother, too, who was not able to find proper baby pajamas in his size after he was delivered by Caesarean section in… Read More