In two week's time we celebrate Shavuot, which commemorates the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. On this festival it is customary to read from The Book of Ruth, which describes the special bond shared by Ruth and Naomi and focuses on the values of loyalty and loving kindness.
Just like Ruth and Naomi, WIZO women worldwide are strong and capable; united in the bonds of sisterhood, and in their mission to help those less fortunate in Israeli society. By making a difference in the lives of thousands of children, youth and women they are placing themselves at the top of the world's real rich list.
Wishing you a Chag Shavuot Sameach.
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Acclaimed director Steven Spielberg warns that Anti-Semitism is on the rise in his address before Harvard University's class of 2016. Watch this video clip and share!
UN reaches new heights of absurdity
A UN resolution has singled out Israel as the world’s only violator of “mental, physical and environmental health” and commissioned a delegation to report on “the health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory” and in “the occupied Syrian Golan.” Hillel Neuer, UN Watch Executive Director slammed the global body for “enacting a resolution which accuses Israel of violating the health rights of Syrians in the Golan, even as in reality Israeli hospitals continue their life-saving treatment for Syrians fleeing to the Golan from the Assad regime’s barbaric attacks.” Read more...
Hatred with and without algorithms
While the fact that Facebook is rife with anti-Semitic hatred is not news to anyone with even a fleeting familiarity with the platform, the following is bound to disturb even the most hardened cynic. A journalist from the British online newspaper Jewish News went undercover on Facebook, creating fake anti-Israel internet profiles in order to infiltrate the anti-Semitic hate groups that proliferate on the social platform. What he discovered were groups resembling "a lynch mob from the Middle Ages, its members winding each other up until the entire group is burning with an anger that is desperate for an outlet." Read more...
An unconventional show of tolerance and coexistence
Israel's first transgender beauty pageant, won by a Christian Arab brought together contestants from the Holy Land's main faiths in an unconventional show of tolerance and coexistence. In what organisers described as an ethnic "mosaic", the 12 vying for the Miss Trans Israel 2016 crown included a Jewish confectioner from an Orthodox Jerusalem family, a Muslim belly-dancer from Tel Aviv and a Christian ballerina from Nazareth. The contest winner, Taleen Abu Hanna told journalists "Our country allowed me, a Christian Arab from Nazareth, to end the war between my soul and my body. So if it made peace for me, our country is only a country of peace." Read more...
Gates and Zuckerberg want you to read this Israeli book
Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has released his 2016 list of summertime reads and it includes a 400-page history of the human race. Light reading it is not. But for Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari, being included on Gates’ “5 Books to Read This Summer” is definitely a new feather in his cap. "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" was a huge success in Israel and turned into an international bestseller thanks to its ability to summarize the significant processes which have taken place throughout the development of human culture in a clear and interesting manner. Read more...
Turning Israel's desert into a teaching experience
Israeli farmers are renowned for making the desert bloom. They’re also proving that this desolate area is fertile ground for a new crop of agriculturalists and agronomists. Midway between the Dead Sea and Eilat, in the heart of the Arava desert, the Arava International Center for Agricultural Training (AICAT) is growing entrepreneurs. AICAT, located in Sapir, has hosted over 10,000 undergraduates from across Asia and Africa at its 10-month agriculture work-study program over the past 20-plus years. Students from Nepal, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Ethiopia, South Sudan, East Timor, Thailand and Indonesia come in August of every year. Read more...