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Spain To Create Ladino Academy In Israel To Help Preserve Dying Jewish Language

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:00am
From JTA


Spain’s leading linguistic authority will create an academy in Israel dedicated to the study and preservation of the Ladino language.

The institution will be the 24th branch of the Spanish Royal Academy, the Guardian reported Tuesday.

Dario Villanueva, director of the Spanish Royal Academy, or RAE, said Ladino is “an extraordinarily important cultural and historical phenomenon” that deserved its own academy.

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Jerusalem's National Library Presents: All the World's Hebrew Manuscripts Online

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:00am
By Ofer Aderet for Haaretz


The new website features the world's biggest collection of Jewish and Hebrew manuscripts and should be a treasure trove for researchers


Some 70 years after David Ben-Gurion expressed his dream of gathering all Hebrew manuscripts from around the world and bringing them to Jerusalem, his vision is being realized this week with the launch of the National Library of Israel’s new website.


The goal of the site, called Ktiv, the International Collection of Digitized Hebrew Manuscripts, is to collect scans of all Hebrew manuscripts ever written anywhere, from dozens of libraries, archives and collections around the world.


“This is the world’s biggest collection of Jewish and Hebrew manuscripts,” Dr. Aviad Stollman, the head of collections at the National Library, told Haaretz.


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If a bike could talk to a car, this is what it would say

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Israeli company’s bike-to-vehicle (B2V) technology aims to promote safety and prevent motorcycle accidents.

 

Motorcycle accidents are one of the world’s leading causes of unnatural deaths, accounting for nearly one-quarter of 1.25 million traffic fatalities worldwide every year.

A new bike-to-vehicle (B2V) wireless communication technology from Israel’s Autotalks is designed to turn the corner on that grim statistic.

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Small Israeli family firm hits the Target (and Amazon)

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


It takes chutzpah to compete with housewares giants like Rubbermaid, but Bram Industries leverages Israeli innovation to get prime shelf space.


Whoever said little guys can’t win clearly does not know about Israel’s Bram Industries.

One of #1 global retailer Walmart’s smallest suppliers, the 200-employee company based in the working-class southern city of Sderot also peddles its Life Story brand plastic tableware, housewares and storage products in American and European mega chains such as Target, TJ Maxx, Amazon, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Tesco, HomeGoods, Home Depot, The Container Store, GiFi and Carrefour, plus stores in Panama and Mexico.

Bram was on Fast Company’s list of 10 most innovative Israeli companies for 2016 for “bringing sustainability to the plastics market – including a fully biodegradable shopping bag” and disposable cutlery made from cornstarch.

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Israelis lead search for dark matter in universe

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 12:00am
By Brian Blum for Israel21c


A large portion of the mass in the universe doesn’t emit light and is invisible to telescopes. This project seeks new methods to detect dark matter.


Does dark matter exist? Astronomical measurements say yes, but it’s never been detected.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is now leading the search for the illusive matter, which is hypothesized to be one of the basic components of the universe, five times more abundant than ordinary matter.

BGU will construct and operate an advanced dark matter detector based on the theory that some types of dark matter produce a signal imitating a magnetic field and may therefore be detectable by extremely sensitive magnetic sensors.

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Flytrex manages drone delivery from store to door

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 12:00am
By Brian Blum for Israel21c


The Israeli company plans to be the FedEx of the drone delivery world, with a system enabling customers to operate an entire fleet of drones remotely.


You’ve just run out of toothpaste and you’ve got a big date tonight. There’s no time to drive to the store and there’s too much traffic to send a courier.

You’re starving for sushi but your favorite restaurant says it will be at least an hour to get take-out to your door.

No worries. Just send in the drones.

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You can plug your phone into this tree

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:00am
by Ilana Strauss for FromtheGrapevine


These eTrees in France use solar panels to generate electricity.


Have you ever realized your phone was about to die and wished you could plug it into a nearby tree? No? Well, you have no imagination. Because such a tree exists, and it's in France.

Israeli company Sol-logic invented a solar powered "eTree." The tree's panels, which resemble branches, collect energy from the sun and turn it into power, which people can use to charge their phones. But that's just the beginning. To see all the other neat things these trees can do, watch this video below.

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Why Israel is a fast-moving force in smart transportation

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c    


‘The megatrend in this world is electric, connected and autonomous. That put Israel in the center because those are things we are really good at.’


In June 2013, 250 Israeli smart-transportation visionaries flocked to the inaugural EcoMotion “unconference” to share their crazy fantasies about the future of moving people from one place to another.

Only four years later, leaders of the global automotive and transportation industry were among 1,500 participants at the fifth annual EcoMotion Main Event at the Peres Center in Jaffa on May 18.

It hasn’t taken long for Israel to emerge as a significant source of innovation for autonomous  and connected vehicles, navigation, public transportation,  alternative fuels, super-efficient engines, urban parking and environment-friendly personal and mass transportation.

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Vietnam, an Emerging Partner in Israel’s ‘Asia Pivot’ Policy

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 12:00am
By Alvite Ningthoujam for BESA (The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies)


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Israel is increasingly looking for partnerships in economic, political, cultural, and military sectors with countries in Southeast Asia, and relations with Vietnam in particular are on the upswing. While cooperation between Israel and Vietnam is largely focused on civilian sectors, defense ties are also growing more robust, with Israel getting involved in upgrading aging Vietnamese weapons systems and collaborating on weapons development. There is a visible bonhomie between the nations, and Israel-Vietnam ties are likely to deepen.

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Israeli device simplifies hernia surgery and recovery

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


FasTouch gives surgeons a new tool for attaching mesh to tissue, leading to fewer complications, less pain and faster recovery from hernia procedures.


Some five million Americans have a hernia, a protrusion of an organ or tissue through a weak spot in the abdomen or groin, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

Traditionally, open hernia-repair surgery involved stitching a mesh patch, or surrounding tissue, in place over the weak tissue. Today, many hernias are repaired laparoscopically, which is less invasive. Because suturing through tiny laparoscopic incisions is difficult, most surgeons use a less ideal solution — screw-like tacks to secure the mesh to the abdominal wall or bone.

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Israeli paratroopers re-create iconic photo on 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:00am
By Andrew Tobin for JTA

 

David Rubinger’s iconic photograph of three paratroopers at the Western Wall is the defining image of the 1967 Six-Day War.

The men in the photo — Dr. Yitzhak Yifat, Tzion Karasenti and Chaim Oshri — have proudly served as symbols of the historic Israeli victory for the past five decades. But in an interview with JTA, they said the war for them was just as much about loss.

“To liberate the Kotel was something amazing,” Yifat told JTA, referring to the Western Wall. “But we never celebrated. What was there to celebrate? We had lost many of our friends.”

Between June 5 and 15, in honor of the Six-Day War’s 50th anniversary, the three former paratroopers, now in their 70s, will re-create Rubinger’s photo in their first-ever tour of the United States. the tour, sponsored by Friends of the IDF, will stop at Jewish communities and other locations in the Cleveland, Detroit, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston and Baltimore areas. They will also recount some of the sacrifices that were made in the battle for Jerusalem.

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First-ever construction-tech hub opens in Israel

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Construction Innovation Zone initiative aims to infuse real-estate development and construction with Israeli-style startup innovation.


The Israeli launch of the world’s first construction-tech hub aims to provide construction companies and real-estate developers everywhere access to disruptive high-tech innovation.

Announced on April 27, the Construction Innovation Zone is a unique joint project of the Israel Builders Association, the Tel Aviv-based SOSA platform for global startup ecosystems, the Israeli Construction and Housing Ministry and the Israeli Economy Ministry.

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How a giant Tel Aviv party launched social businesses

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


A bunch of friends with big hearts and small wallets found a fun way to finance self-sustaining projects to benefit fellow Israelis and society.


It’s the stuff of a heartwarming movie script: Some post-army buddies with a lot of friends and good hearts wanted to fund renovations and new activities like yoga and belly dancing at a daycare center for the elderly in Jaffa. Traditional fundraising appeals weren’t successful, so they did something they were all good at – throwing a party.

The planners attracted 1,000 partygoers who were happy to know their admission fee was going toward a meaningful cause.

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Israel’s hipster drink Tubi 60 heads stateside

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 12:00am
BY JESSICA STEINBERG for The Times of Israel


Made with some 60 herbs and fruit essences, the 80-proof elixir is making its way from the Jerusalem bar scene to markets overseas


To help celebrate Israel’s Independence Day, why not try Sabra-made spirit Tubi 60, an Israeli-made alcoholic drink with a secret mix of ingredients that was first made popular by Israeli hipsters.

While this honey-colored libation first became popular with the twentysomething crowd, it’s now going mainstream and will soon be found on liquor shelves in Texas, Brooklyn, Oslo and Berlin.


But don’t ask what’s in it because no one will tell you. They don’t actually know.

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ISRAEL21c goes Hollywood with new ’21see’ film series

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 12:00am
By ISRAEL21c Staff


Welcome to our fun new sharable infotainment shows, which give viewers a chance to experience Israeli culture as they’ve never experienced it before.


The camera is rolling on a fun new online video network about ordinary Israelis and the unique stamp they put on pop culture, from microbrewers to expat American football players, to Tel Aviv’s fashion designers.

Spearheaded by Hollywood producer and ISRAEL21c board member Jonathan Baruch, the new 21see network complements thousands of articles and videos about life in Israel that are available every day on ISRAEL21c’s website.

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Trailblazing women’s educator to light Independence Day torch

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:00am
BY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF


Rabbanit Chana Henkin, founder of program to train female halachic advisers, heads the list of 14 chosen for May ceremony


US-born Rabbanit Chana Henkin, a trailblazing educator of religious Jewish women will be among those to light a ceremonial torch during this year’s Independence Day celebrations on Mount Herzl.

Henkin moved to Israel from the US in the 1970s with her husband Yehuda. She is founder and dean of the Nishmat institute, a Jewish learning institution that was one of the first to teach women Talmud and Jewish law and she created the yoetzet halacha program which trains women to answer religious questions pertaining to family purity.

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