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May 28, 2015, 8:47 PM
Record Heat, Extreme Snow: Israel in the Era of Climate Change
From the hills of Jerusalem, we are seeing with our own eyes the signs of climate change in the ecology of Israel. As the Times of Israel reported yesterday, "Record-breaking heat wave hits Israel, sparks brush fires." The Israeli...
Apr 1, 2015, 5:53 AM
You won’t believe the video this university student made
For pro-Israel advocates, the plethora of web tools available allows for some very cool projects
Richard H. Schwartz
Mar 30, 2015, 5:39 PM
Ten reasons we all should be VERY concerned about climate change
Here are ten reasons we all should be very concerned about climate change: Science academies worldwide, 97% of climate scientists, and 99.9% of peer-reviewed papers on the issue in respected scientific journals argue that climate change is real, is largely...
Mar 11, 2015, 10:59 AM
The Ramon Family: Leading by Example
A couple of weeks ago I was guiding a group of American high school seniors touring Israel on the “Write On for Israel” mission. Due to the inclement weather almost every day changes had to be made to our...
Benjamin L. Shinewald
Mar 5, 2015, 4:10 AM
Opening the Floodgates to Invented News: Al Jazeera and the Gaza Floods
You could be excused for forgetting what the media’s primary job is, so let us remind you: it’s reporting on facts. This may seem quaint in a world of “infotainment” and “news you can use,” but it is precisely what...
Feb 25, 2015, 3:28 AM
“Write On for Israel:” Breaking Stereotypes
This week I just finished guiding a fascinating group of American high school seniors from the Tri-State participating on the “Write On for Israel” mission, expertly organised by Routes Travel. The program is highly regarded two-year Israel advocacy course,...
Feb 24, 2015, 8:16 PM
As the Dam Burst Open
Over the past few days, my Facebook and Twitter feeds have been flooded (sorry) with reports of Israel opening up dams and causing flooding in various Gaza towns. These reports showed flooding in Gaza and desperate Gazans fleeing from their...
Jan 18, 2015, 11:22 PM
Our Brothers in the Cold
A few days ago a homeless man died on the streets of Holon of hyperthermia. Neither his name nor his story were given more than a one line mention in the news. Today five thousand people in Israel are living...
Jan 15, 2015, 11:21 AM
The World at 86 Centimeters
“It’s good to be short sometimes. You can reach things in the low cabinets more easily.” The line didn’t make much sense, but it made a few hundred people chuckle for two seconds. That was all the time I...
Jan 9, 2015, 4:18 PM
“You call this snow?” A Cautionary Tale…
Many Jerusalemites have taken to the various social media networks in order to chastise the Jerusalem Municipality for shutting down the city in what turned out to be just an icy slush (with intermittent hail). Though the "mega storm"...