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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Some Recent Israeli Accomplishments in her 67 Years: Independence Day 2015

An update to Waze which might nip kidnappings in the bud, a possible cure for Alzheimer's, and water management methods California surely can use - just to mention three, on the occasion of Israel's 67th Independence Day celebrations: Lighting the (Independence Day) Torch of the Future of the World. (What a country; what a people!)
Dr. Marta Weinstock-Rosin who invented the memory-improving drug Exelon speaks up about a possible future without Alzheimer's. A short excerpt about Dr. Weinstock-Rosin, below.
 In many ways, Exelon, and its inventor, paved new paths in Israeli medicine, and Israeli society. Weinstock-Rosin, who is Orthodox, was born in Vienna and fled with her family to Britain in 1939, narrowly escaping from the Nazis. She came to Israel with her family in 1969, and became a professor at Hebrew University in 1981. In 1983, she became head of the Pharmacology department at the Hebrew University (now part of the Institute for Drug Research) in the Faculty of Medicine.

 Read the Times of Israel article here.

And remember that Israeli traffic and navigation app called Waze, developed in 2008 and bought by Google in 2013? It now can track kidnappings and hit-and-runs and send alerts. Read about it here.

Lastly, but because of it's incredible importance to human existence it probably should be first, is the new Israeli Water Non-Crisis. Yes, you heard me. There used to be a water crisis in Israel, as there is in most of the Middle East. No longer.  Some of you may remember these old Israeli commercials warning citizens to conserve their water, where the actors' skin began to peel off to illustrate just how bad the drought was?

They were taken off the air. Because the situation isn't bad enough anymore to scare people! How did that happen? One word: Desalination. Ok, two: and water conservation.  In a BIG way.

 A faucet and toilets in a classroom at the ecological village in Nitzana, Israel, October 29, 2009. Students there learn about desalination and on how to save water. (photo credit: Chen Leopold/Flash 90)

(maybe California should consider recycling their toilet water, too). In Israel, children grow up with the rule as part of their daily existence: conserve water! It's a cultural thing.  Read more about it, here.

All this reading should not keep you from having fun, so after you finish, go--celebrate Israel's 67th Independence Day with fireworks, BBQs, and don't forget to bop someone on the head with a plastic hammer.


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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Pesach 5775/2015: A Retrospective. Again.

I haven't blogged since January 2015, I believe it was. There was a time when I would blog before or during every chag (which means holiday, for my non-Hebrew speaking friends), but a difficult year health and other-wise (more on these, possibly at a later date and blog post) and lack of patience to research subjects which interested me precluded blogging.
But it's erev chag sheni (the eve of the last days of Yom Tov, the holy days of Pesach/Passover) and I revisited my Previous Pesach Posts (note the alliteration; she said wryly) to see what I had written over the years, and decided -- the lazy woman's exit strategy -- to repost the links here, so you can peruse them all over again; that is, if you actually even read them to begin with...

A few points come to mind:
-Pesach cleaning and switching over? Hard?! Understatement of the year. Now, in 2015, with my mobility issues (osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, decrepiting-as-we-speak knee cartilege), nearly impossible without the help of our daughter, who gets BIG Brownie Points for Kibbud Av v'Ehm (honoring one's parents, the 4th Commandment).
-Six-hour Seders? No way, Jose. No energy. This year, 4.5 hours was our longest, I think. The 2nd was even shorter.
-Shmurah matzah? Still love it. Eating a little less of it though; GI tract not as limber,ahem, as in the days of my youth.
-Counting the Omer? Easy squeezy: there's an APP for that. I've downloaded 3 on my SmartPhone (in 2012 my phone was probably still somewhat dumb), plus set an alarm so that I only have to worry about remembering Friday night, and Motzei Shabbat (Saturday night, when the Sabbath ends), especially when it ends later and later in the summer months.

So without further ado, here are Tikkun Olam's Previous Pesach Posts. Enjoy, and pass them on!

Signing off with "Mo'adim le-Simcha," (-you Israelis know the response to that), and have a wonderful Yom Tov/end of chag!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Nothing To Do With Islam, Of Course

I need add nothing to this video. Pat Condell slaps that religion in the face all by himself.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Israel: Changing the World for the Better. Again.

Israel is developing a new concept in cars: an electric car based on a hybrid lithium-ion and aluminum-air battery system. It's being developed and tested by Israel's start-up company, Phinergy, which stated that the car has a 1,100 mile range far outpacing the Tesla's 300 mile range between charges.
But don't tell the BDS people. They might just drop their membership...
(Oh, and by the way, what have the Arab nations produced to help mankind lately...?)

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Conclusion: ONE State Solution, and that is ISRAEL

I vowed (well, I promised, bli neder) not to post of terrible events happening throughout the world, but there have been many, many terrorist attacks, against people in Western countries, and specifically, the Jews. Even since the horrific execution-style murders of the Charlie Hebdo editorial staff and the four Jews in the Hyper Cacher kosher market in Paris by radical Islamist terrorists and stabbing attacks on a #40 bus in Tel Aviv, by a Palestinian Arab illegally living in Israel. The so-called "moderate" Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah continues to support terrorism and has even portrayed Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as Hitler.As recently as November, 2014, Fatah has stated that our bullets will continue to be aimed at your chests and heads.  Abba's Fatah continues to praise and glorify terrorists who murder civilians as 'heroes.' And finally, the Palestinian Authority has NO intention of 'making peace' with Israel. On the contrary, its future vision is a Middle East without Israel in the picture at all.
                                                PA depicts a world without Israel

 The Palestinian Authority makes no attempt to educate its people towards peace and coexistence with Israel. On the contrary, from every possible platform it repeatedly rejects Israel's right to exist, presents the conflict as a religious battle for Islam, depicts the establishment of Israel as an act of imperialism, and perpetuates a picture of the Middle East, both verbally and visually, in which Israel does not exist at all. Israel's destruction is said to be both inevitable and a Palestinian obligation.
So why, in heaven's name, does the world, including the United States' POTUS Barack Hussein Obama, continue to press Israel to have "peace talks" with the Palestinian Authority and why, in heaven's name, do they continue to refer to Abbas as a "moderate?"
        Abbas' advisor after synagogue murders:
"Blessed be your quality weapons, the wheels of your cars,
your axes and kitchen knives... because [they are
being used] according to Allah's will.
We are the soldiers of Allah."
[Facebook page of Abbas' advisor Sultan Abu Al-Einein, Nov. 19, 2014]

Official PA daily after stabbing attempt:
"Every Palestinian has the right to feel proud
of what is seen in the video
of the stabbing of the two soldiers in Jerusalem...
Now, every Palestinian raises his hand
holding a knife together with this young Palestinian,
and stabs the Zionists"
[Al-Asima, bi-weekly distributed with official PA daily, Jan. 5, 2015]

Fatah video after synagogue murders:
"I'm coming towards you, my enemy,
We're going down from every house with cleavers and knives,
With grenades we announced a popular war.
I swear, you won't escape, my enemy"
[Facebook, "Fatah - The Main Page," Nov. 22, 2014]
 I so wanted to post something positive. Instead, I must outline these attacks and this Palestinian mindset, and come to a conclusion.
Here it is:
There is absolute proof (go to MEMRI or Palestinian Media Watch ) showing what the Arab leaders really want for Israel if they ever get themselves statehood: elimination of Israel from the face of the earth.

That is why a Palestinian state should never be created.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Israel's Universal Purpose

I'm returning to blogging--albeit sporadically--after a hiatus (since July) due to family issues which are taking all my attention and draining my energy. It's largely for this reason that I wish to blog about the good in this world.
Thus I start with positive thoughts of, and appreciation for, the special nature of the Jewish People and the State of Israel. For, at the risk of sounding arrogant, which I am not-I would venture to say, more in awe of- the State of Israel and the Jewish people collectively, who are different and special. What do I mean by that? I mean highly civilized, humanitarian and inventive with creations which benefit all mankind.

Not in any particular order, let me count (just a few of) the ways...

(1) Israel has developed a computer algorithm to retard aging.  Yes, you might say that Israel is in the forefront of finding the fountain of youth.  Most of us have heard or read that the older one gets, the less one should eat; we know that our metabolism slows down, but the mechanism for our cells' days being numbered was not fully understood, until recently. When the mitochondria in the cells, which are responsible for cell metabolism, become unstable, the cells lose energy and begin to die. When food intake is restricted, contrary to what one would think would happen, certain genes and enzymes are activated and deactivated in the mitochondria which make them stronger and increase energy output. Exercise also stimulates this anti-aging molecular process.
So where does Israel come in? In Tel-Aviv University's computer science division, there has been developed a way to predict which genes need to be turned off to create the same anti-aging effect as food restriction.  Their aim is to change the cells from a diseased, to a healthy state. I consider this a great boon to mankind, because without even needing to exercise, (a pet peeve of mine, exercise) we might actually be able to increase our life span.

(2) Bet you didn't know that IsraAid, the Israel humanitarian organization is helping the Yazidi and Christian refugees from the town of Kobani who are fleeing ISIS and heading into Iraq through Turkey. They are distributing mattresses, food and other supplies (photos courtesy of IsraAid).

(3) Israel is helping U.S veterans. My DH is a Vietnam Vet, so this actually has a double meaning for me. On the Heroes to Heroes journey, United States veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are finding emotional healing from PTSD, by traveling around the country and meeting with wounded Israeli soldiers. Also, by visiting sites Holy to Christianity, the U.S.Christian soldiers find solace and meaning to their lives, and helps them to connect with a Higher Power, which they were unable to do in the States.  There is something about the Israeli soldiers' strong loyalty and connection to defending their own country, a country surrounded by enemies wanting to annihilate them; and their sense of community that inspires the American vets. As one soldier put it:
 “Being a combat veteran with PTSD, I try to find ways to deal with that, and faith is the biggest focus for me, as for probably the majority of the group,” says McBride, who served with the 82nd Airborne Division in 2003 in Iraq. “One of the biggest things I was hoping to get was a deeper understanding of my faith and to take that to the next level. Seeing holy sites, memorials and museums gives you deeper sense of purpose. There’s a holy aura here.”
Gibson explains that combat often triggers a spiritual crisis as soldiers try to reconcile their beliefs with the things they witness. For him, Heroes to Heroes “gave me some closure and reintroduction to where I came from. It showed me the way Israel treats its veterans and takes care of them, and pointed to some areas in our own system where we could do better to nurture these guys emotionally and physically.”
                     US vets Anthony and James laying a wreath at Latrun war memorial. Photo by Judy Schaffer

 (4)  Did you read about the severe snowstorm which blasted northern Nepal, and killed 33 trekkers in the Himalayas including four Israelis? Just today I read a news article in the Wall Street Journal, about a rescue effort which saved hundreds of the hikers (including 200-250 Israeli trekkers), which was started by a Hebrew hand-delivered note to 3 Israeli trekkers who were able to call the Israeli Embassy in Katmandu.  The efforts were greatly helped by Rabbi Yehezkel Lifshitz, the Chabad Rabbi there, who contacted trekking agencies and other embassies to help. From the article:
“There are Israelis trapped in the tea shop at the pass,” Rotem Snir, a woman trekker, wrote in Hebrew on a piece of notebook paper. “Lives in danger. Help us. Thank you.”
A Nepali porter took the note and headed on horseback for a camp the adventurers had passed on their ascent toward Thorong La, a mountain pass nearly 18,000 feet above sea level. He managed to deliver the SOS to three Israeli trekkers, who called the Israeli Embassy in Katmandu.
These are just a few of the stories about Israel--not even mentioning here any more of Israel's advances in medical technology which are revolutionizing medical research and patient care--that show me what a globally concerned, caring, humanitarian people we are.

How can a serious, informed person join a BDS movement? How can a rational person question the existence of a country such as this? The tiny State of Israel has, astonishingly, done more than many other countries to make the world a better place in which to live.

Proud to be a Jew, and to have a country such as Israel...

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Friday, July 25, 2014

The Difference Between THEM, and US

No need for more words. We strive to overcome, we build, we create, we live:  This is who we are:

...and this is who our partners for peace are:

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Lowest of the Low: Who We're Really Dealing With (Warning: Extremely Graphic Photo)

So many blog posts have been written about this Gaza operation, Protective Edge, the response to the incessant rockets raining over the heads of Israeli civilians that I didn't add another one.  I listen to NPR reports which are all slanted against Israel, decrying the "disproportionate" number of Gazans killed versus the much smaller number (thank G-d) of Israelis killed.  The world is railing against Israel for killing "innocent" civilians.
 But in fact, they are not "innocent civilians": by an overwhelming majority in a democratic election they voted in the bloody Jew-hating terrorist group Hamas into government.

Those who do not leave, after being warned by telephone calls (telephone calls!) from Israel and leaflets dropped from planes to flee or be in the line of fire, are no different than Hamas. They've made their choice, and chose their sides.

And yet, everyone posted about this. I didn't. There was no need for me to. 

Until now.  I know the Arab culture is depraved--forget the term "moral compass" - they are depraved. They don't know what morality is.
But I was shocked to see the level of depravity when I saw this on Facebook and then on Israel Matzav. Do you recognize it?

In case you don't, it is the photo of the Fogel family massacre in Itamar from March 2011. It is being used as pro-Palestinian propaganda, that this is what supposedly was found in a Gaza house whose occupants were murdered by Israeli troops.  It is an outright LIE.  It is actually a photo of some of the Fogel family members, massacred in their sleep (including their 3-month old baby, Hadas, not shown here).  The original video (removed by YouTube and Facebook) was embedded on Israel Matzav's blog in 2011.

Watch it. You need to know what depraved sub-humans we are dealing with. They are lower than animals. Animals are not barbaric: they kill to eat. Hamas and its supporters kill because they like to.

And that is why I am for Moshe Feiglin's long-term plan as a solution to the problem with Gaza.  And I think he's being too kind.

We should give Hamas and their supporters exactly what they love: Death.  Gaza needs to be flattened, and then annexed as part of sovereign Israel.  Then the rockets will stop.

The end.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Song Enabling Children to Cope with "Code Red" Rocket Warnings

You've probably been reading dozens of stories and articles about the ongoing Israeli offensive (finally!) into Gaza to stop the rockets raining over the heads of their countrymen, women and children. Perhaps you've read other bloggers live-blogging the war (like The Muqata. Find him on Facebook).

Here's something you may not have seen. An incredibly astute preschool teacher wrote a song to help children cope with constant "tzeva adom" sirens* (literally, "color red," translated into "code red"). By singing, using their bodies and hand motions, the children create for themselves a plan of action, execution of that action, and then when it's over, release. Here it is below.

*The Code Red early warning radar system was initially called "Shachar Adom," which means "Red Dawn." The name was changed in 2006 when it was discovered that kids named "Shachar" were having "emotional distress.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Is Our President Anti-Israel? You Decide...

This positive piece about our president's "support for Israel" was written by Haim Saban and published in the New York Times before Mr. Obama was elected for his second term.

Here is a video from the Israel Video Network showing the opposite. There may be some truths to both of them...but I'm leaning towards the video.

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