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Feb 6, 2019, 6:08 PM
The Wondrous Judean Underland
The Judean Lowlands of Israel is home to hundreds of underground complexes, part of a spectacular subterranean world
Feb 6, 2019, 1:46 AM
Putting a Ziploc on World Hunger
A company headquartered in Concord, Massachusetts with Israeli roots is playing an important role in curbing global hunger, saving millions of people from malnutrition, and pulling farmers around the globe out of the cycle of poverty. Its invention is...
Jan 29, 2019, 6:48 PM
Solving a Talmudic mystery through Mishpatim (Exodus 22:4)
How much rabbinical ink was spilled because of a drop of spilt ink? The opening mishnah of Tractate Baba Kama tells us there are four prime categories of damage. The understanding is that any damage caused under any circumstances by...
Jan 27, 2019, 10:00 PM
Coffee-crazed and loving it
I just started to meditate on coffee after hearing that it can prevent all kinds of ailments from cancer to Alzheimer's disease. J.S. Bach wrote a Coffee Cantata and I wonder why. Perhaps he instinctively knew the powers of...
Arie E. Pelta
Jan 21, 2019, 1:18 PM
Tu B’Shvat Seder — The Holy Trees Of Israel
INTRODUCTION Tu B'Shvat is the New Year for the Trees ראש השנה לאילנות. As in all other points in the Jewish calendar, Tu B'Shvat offers a unique opportunity for insight into living in Israel and personal growth. Throughout the centuries,...
Allen S. Maller
Jan 16, 2019, 9:36 PM
Science says Citrons are a Jewish-Chinese fruit
In honor of Tu B’Shvat (January 21, 2019), we learn of the important role of the Jewish religion in the widespread adoption of citrus fruit by early Mediterranean societies. This has been discovered by genetic detective work at the...
Jan 15, 2019, 10:57 AM
The False Sense of Security of Heavy Rain
If you think that Israel’s recent rains and desalination program mean that we don’t have to worry about having enough water, I don’t mean to rain on your parade but you’re all wet. With relatively heavy rains the last few...
Jan 11, 2019, 8:21 AM
The Month of Shevat: Striving for Positivity
On Monday night, at my Nosh and Drash class, my teacher passed around a bag that had a word inside. When seeing the word, our job was to say one positive and one negative thing. However, this task proved...
Jan 8, 2019, 4:10 PM
A New Approach to Tu B’shvat
Maybe you have vague Tu B’Shvat memories like mine. Little plastic bags filled with hard brown, buksar (the yiddish word for carob) that could crack your teeth if you bit down too quickly. Perhaps some nuts and raisins (likely...
Jan 8, 2019, 9:48 AM
A flower that can hear approaching bees … Hmmm
In today's TOI this fascinating item appeared: Israeli Scientists Say Scientists have discovered a flower that can hear approaching bees! Fame is a bee. (1788) By Emily Dickinson Fame is a bee. It has a song— It...