This past week has encompassed stories of triumph and tragedy for the Jewish people.
Destruction and rededication of the Hurva Synagogue
Last Tuesday, for the first time in more than 60 years, a couple wed inside the Hurva Synagogue. Located in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, the Hurva Synagogue was first built in 1701. The impoverished community could not cover all of the costs and turned to local Muslim creditors for loans. The Jews struggled to repay their debts as well as taxes imposed on their community. The Muslim creditors lost patience with the Jewish community’s inability to pay More >
Pretty soon, when traveling the world, your first taxi ride might be well before you arrive at your destination. Israel Aerospace Industries’ new passenger jet towing vehicle “TaxiBot” is set to improve safety while dramatically reducing costs by billions of dollars and carbon emissions by millions of tons. (more…)
“A real Christmas miracle” courtesy of Israel
Israeli high-tech got a shout out in this week’s episode of the hit TV show ‘Glee‘. Artie Abrams, a wheelchair-bound character on the show, has a recurring dream of walking. Artie’s girlfriend Brittany Pierce asks Santa to give him the ability to walk for Christmas. In the end, it wasn’t jolly, old St. Nick that made the dream come true, but the generosity of another character who delivered the brainchild of an Israeli startup.
ReWalk was designed by Dr. Amit Goffer, himself a quadriplegic, who wanted to create an More >
On a morning news broadcast, the anchor solemnly read the names, ages, hometowns, and details of the funerals of the victims of the fire who will be laid to rest today. The damage done is staggering as reported by The Jerusalem Post:
The Carmel blaze has scorched over 12,000 acres (50,000 dunams), killed 41 people and injured scores….
The body of Elad Riven, 16, of Haifa, who was a volunteer in the Fire Service and had rushed to assist at the scene of the More >
Tragedy has struck Israel today, as a fire rages through our parched country. Dozens of lives have already been claimed, a major evacuation has been ordered, and homes are being consumed in a wave of fire. (more…)
A group of Amish arrived at one of Judaism’s holiest sites to visit, apologize for past silence, and pledge support for Israel and the Jewish people in the future.
Even with so much being “Made in China” these days, an entrepreneurial Israeli has proven that Israeli Defense Forces graduates are a cut above the rest when it comes to a classic, Asian export. In a joint Israeli-Chinese venture, Israelis are training employees of Chinese companies who are being stationed abroad in martial arts and self-defense.
In the early morning hours of Monday, an array of ships, poised to enter Gaza illegally, brought a measure of madness and violence to the Middle East.
A chance encounter between a lone soldier and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu led to an unusual gesture… if you’re from outside of Israel.
Yesterday, Israel was unanimously approved to join the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Excited, yet? Well, it is a significant milestone for Israel.
The OECD is now made up of 34 nations, mostly in Europe and North America. It is a club for democratic countries with market-based economies, membership constituting a recognition of developed economic status. It has taken Israel years of reforms and fiscal self-discipline to reach this stage. But, as Prime Minister Netanyahu stated, the hard work has paid off:
“Acceptance to the OECD was made possible thanks to Israel transforming into a developed country with a free More >