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Rare find reveals previously unknown Roman ruler in Judea

Posted on December 12th, 2016

Large rock bearing unique inscription discovered off Tel Dor coast by University of Haifa archaeologists

Israeli divers working with the University of Haifa have found a rare archaeological artifact shedding light on a previously unknown Roman prefect of the province of Judea in the time before the Bar Kochba revolt.

A large rock bearing a 1,900-year-old inscription was discovered on the seabed off the coast, south of Haifa, in the Mediterranean Sea earlier this year, bearing the name of Gargilius Antiques and mentioning the province of Judea.

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Mobileye head: In two decades, cars as we know them will be obsolete

Posted on December 5th, 2016

“We are in the midst of the largest revolution that the automotive industry has seen in the last 100 years, and Mobileye is in the center."

If you happen to be on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem freeway and you pass a car in which the driver is not looking at the road but is reading The Jerusalem Post, don’t freak out. Chances are high that the person in the other car is Mobileye co-founder, president and CEO Ziv Aviram – and he’s been doing that for the past two years without mishap.

“We are in the midst of the largest revolution that the automotive industry has seen in the last 100 years, and Mobileye is in the center,” he said at the annual Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference on Wednesday.

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Everybody Loves Israel

Posted on November 28th, 2016
Arthur Herman for Mosaic    

Formerly neutral or hostile countries from across the world, including Saudi Arabia and China, are now eagerly courting the Jewish state. What’s going on?

If my title seems counterintuitive, let’s concede from the start: not everyone does love Israel now.

There’s still a Palestinian Authority that actively encourages Palestinians to murder Israelis; there’s still an Iran that periodically threatens to finish the Holocaust; there’s still a very active boycott-Israel movement in Europe and on American college campuses. And there is still and always the United Nations, with its unparalleled half-century record of hostility toward Israel and wildly disproportionate list of standing resolutions targeting the Jewish state.

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Sigd / סיגד

Posted on November 28th, 2016


Sigd begins at sundown on Tue, 29 November 2016 (29th of Cheshvan, 5776)

Sigd is an Amharic word meaning "prostration" or "worship" and is the commonly used name for a holiday celebrated by the Ethiopian Jewish community on the 29th of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan. This date is exactly 50 days after Yom Kippur, usually falling out in late October or November, and according to Ethiopian Jewish tradition is also the date that G-d first revealed himself to Moses.


Read more about it at The Times of Israel




Why Tel Aviv is the new Motor City

Posted on November 21st, 2016
by Jenn Virskus for FromtheGrapevine

Israel's tech sector is leading this century's automobile revolution.

In the century since Henry Ford unveiled his Model T in Detroit, the automobile has undergone a number of mechanical, safety and cosmetic improvements. But the basic idea of a car – powered by an engine and operated by a human being – has held true. That is until now. We're now living on the cusp of an automobile revolution. And the site of that revolution isn't Detroit; it's Tel Aviv.

A number of tech startups in Israel are already major players in the automobile industry – especially in automation, artificial intelligence, collision avoidance and navigation.

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