On the other hand…writes Michael Kuttner

December 9, 2017 by Michael Kuttner
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The Festival of Chanukah is approaching and for those of us privileged to live in or near Jerusalem the miracle of this joyous occasion is evident everywhere we look.

Our ancient and modern Capital is being renewed and rebuilt. Just as the Maccabees of old reclaimed the city from foreign occupation Jerusalem today is once again the centre of our political and religious sovereignty.

ISRAEL HELPS TO FIGHT OUTBREAK OF BLACK DEATH

 Once not so long ago on the continent of Europe, Jews were blamed for the outbreak and spread of the plague. Back then we were exiles and unable to confront those spreading such libels. Today Israel is at the forefront of combating this disease long-thought eradicated.

The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the South African branch of Israel’s national emergency service, Magen David Adom, have put together an aid package for Madagascar following a deadly outbreak of the plague there.

The Black Death broke out on the island nation in August, and has infected over 1,800 people, and killed at least 127.The World Health Organisation described the outbreak as the worst in 50 years.

 

ISRAELI UNIVERSITIES IN TOP 100

Three Israeli universities were ranked in the top 100 most innovative universities in the world on an annual list by Reuters.

The Hebrew University was 82nd, climbing 12 spots from last year. Tel Aviv University was ranked at 88 and The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology at 89.

The Reuters Analysis identifies which educational institutions are doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and power new markets and industries. The ranking is based on a number of indicators, including patent filings and research paper citations.

 

A BRAVE ISRAELI ARAB SPEAKS OUT

Listen to an Israeli Arab Muslim explain why he believes it is important to serve in the IDF and protect the country. It is an eye opener and should be shared with as many people as possible.

 

IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN

We Jews (or at least most of us) have an inbuilt capacity to laugh at ourselves and turn almost any subject no matter how dire or serious into something we can make fun of. It is said that laughter is the best medicine and that perhaps is one of the reasons we have been able to surmount so many obstacles in our long millennial history.

How many times have you been confronted with the dilemma of explaining why we do not have Xmas trees at this time of the year?

Here is a short video in English which gives you some answers. Enjoy and Chanukah Sameach – may the lights of the Menorah shine forth and may we witness further miracles.

https://www.facebook.com/sarit.shatz/videos/10154796284484169/?id=100007520713243

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