Thursday, May 14, 2009

The REAL Israel

I've long been a big fan of Israel 21c, a fabulous site that collects stories about the real Israel, the amazing people, the cultural trends, the scientific achievements.... Like all non profits, Israel 21c is facing severe challenges at the moment. With Prime Minister Netanyahu about to come to America, with all the tensions that are coming to the surface in US - Israel relations, it's important for us all to remind ourselves of the bedrock values and aspirations that the two nations share, and of the unlimited potential of Israeli ingenuity.

Take a look at their website and see why I think it's one of the best.

You can find there fascinating articles like "Unlocking the Secrets of Ancient Wheat" (perfect for this week's eco-oriented parasha), "Music that's safe to drive to" and see new archaeological evidence of "a woman king in ancient Canaan." There's "Making the desert bloom with solar flower power," "From the Galilee to Berlin via opera" and "Israeli scientists spice up chronic pain management " Plus,a new model for helpong those with special needs: "An organic utopia for the mentally challenged in Israel."

Then sample some highlights from their YouTube page. I've included some of my favorites below.

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