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January 13, 2019 by Michael Kuttner
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The five-year drought has officially ended. This winter’s bountiful rainfall so far has started to replenish a depleted Kinneret although there is still a long way to go before it will be fully restored to acceptable levels…writes Michael Kuttner.

Heavy snowfalls on Mount Hermon and the Golan herald the opening of a short ski season and this will attract a record number of tourists.

Good news on the weather front combines with continuing positive advances in Israeli technological and scientific fields.

 

BEATING VIRUSES

 Viruses are often able to “highjack” our immune system, allowing them to pass through undetected and cause harm. But a recent study just got the better of them, opening up new ways to battle virus attacks.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic and Haifa University have discovered a way to counter virus attacks which opens the way for successfully preventing them in the future.

 

HEALTHIER ORANGE JUICE

It’s an unfortunate truth that while orange juice is full of vitamins and minerals, it’s also packed with sugar – one serving contains almost 1 ounce. Plus, the juicing process leaves the juice devoid of the natural fibre found in the whole fruit, so that a healthy-feeling glass of juice isn’t actually all that good for us.

An Israeli start-up company wanted to solve this problem. In collaboration with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, they decided to develop an innovative technology that reduces the load of simple sugars in 100% orange juice without taking away the all-orangey taste of the drink.

The company’s patent-pending enzymatic technology uses natural ingredients to convert simple sugars like fructose, glucose and sucrose into non-digestible fibres and sugars.

The advantage over other attempts to reduce sugar content lies in the fact that the solution involves one simple step in the juice-making process, enabling the product to be competitively marketed.

 

FROM OUT OF ZION

 

Israel’s Declaration of Independence and national anthem, the Bible, the memories of a Holocaust survivor, children’s drawings of space and the moon; art, science, literature and technology; the Traveler’s Prayer and a note from former president Shimon Peres containing a verse from the Book of Genesis. All of these — three discs containing hundreds of digital files — were inserted in a time capsule scheduled to head to the moon sometime early this year, when Israel hopes to launch and land its first ever spacecraft to the moon.

Who would have ever dreamt post-Holocaust and a mere seventy years after Jewish sovereignty was re-established that we would be joining the exclusive club of lunar explorers?

We live in miraculous times.

 

REBUILDING JERUSALEM

 

Most often ignored is the fact that during the years 1948 to 1967 the Jordanian illegal occupiers of Jerusalem destroyed and demolished Jewish personal and communal buildings in the city.

Today the Capital is being rebuilt and redeveloped. Ancient Synagogues are in the process of being restored. Watch this video and see how this is changing the face of our historical city.

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