Water, Water Everywhere!

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With rising temperatures and severe droughts worldwide, water has become a scarce commodity. For desert countries such as Israel, this is nothing new — making the quest for a consistent water supply a priority. But through forward thinking, the country has managed to build four desalination plants, removing salt and waste from the Mediterranean Sea… Read More

Jacob: Unexpected Patriarch

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Yale University Press, 2012 216 pages There have been dozens of attempts to write biographies of major biblical characters. Some attempt to delve into a character through the pshat, simple meaning of the text. Others look toward midrash, traditional and modern interpretation, to fill out a character. Still others use modern scholarly techniques to get… Read More

How do you preserve your memories?

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Abba Zev Hill:  Looking at my friends’ pictures on Facebook. I don’t actually own a digital camera. Sara Schuman:  Photo albums. Norma Samson:  Albums. … I also keep photos on the refrigerator.. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

The Next WAZE?

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By now almost everyone has heard of WAZE, the Israeli navigation app that Google has agreed to purchase for $1.3 billion.  But most people have not heard of the following six Israeli startups reported by Fast Company most likely to follow in WAZE’s success. More than 34 million users are already using the web-platform WIX,… Read More

Rivka’s War

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By Marilyn Oser Mill City Press 2013, 262 pages “Rivka’s War” is a must-read. When I first picked up this book, I was skeptical. The storyline seemed fine from the cover’s description, but the beginning few pages were hard to endure. However, within a short while, the story encapsulated me, and I was glad I… Read More

Countering Israel Bias on Campus

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  Students facing relentless anti-Israel campaigns on college campuses now have a new resource — CAMERAonCampus.com — a website providing comprehensive information on Arab-Israeli issues and practical strategies for winning the fight. The site, with its student-oriented blog In Focus, was launched by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA). There… Read More

How do you get your music?

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Alex Simone: Car radio — FM 100.7 The Bay Chaim Kalish:  YouTube. You find new music, you get links, and then follow one link to the next. Rachael Siegel-Berele:  I listen to Spotify a lot, but I hate it because I can’t make CDs. I also do Pandora. But it makes me sad that I can’t… Read More

Echoes of Eden: Sefer Shemot

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By Rabbi Ari D. Kahn OU Press 2012 Whenever I set out to read a book like this, I get nervous. In my experience, most are poorly written at best and vapid, wearisome and intellectually void at worst. So you can imagine my pleasant surprise as I read through the gems offered on every page… Read More

Snapshot

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If you could put a message into the Western Wall today, what would it say?

Melvin Handwerger:  Peace to Israel. Susan Frost:  A prayer to please guard my 20-year-old granddaughter, Risa, who is a fighter in the [Israeli Defense Forces]. Fran Reitberger:  That Jews and Arabs can all live together in peace and harmony in Israel. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.