On the other hand

April 4, 2021 by Michael Kuttner
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The intermediate days of Passover have seen Israelis flock to the Kinneret, nature reserves and trails and enjoying the fresh outdoors.

Having been confined for a year owing to the Coronavirus this Festival of Freedom could not have come at a more appropriate time.

Released from most restrictions and hoping that the worst is behind us families were able to gather together again for the Seder and the following days.

Highways and picnic spots became jammed with traffic and people but this has been a small price to pay for our liberation from Covid bondage.



An Israeli/American company is developing an oral Covid vaccine and will be seeking FDA approval after a series of trials.

If successful this has the potential to revolutionize the fight against the latest plague to afflict the world.





The Abel Prize is a prize awarded annually by the King of Norway to one or more outstanding mathematicians. It is named after Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel (1802–1829) and directly modeled after the Nobel Prizes.


In 2020 Hebrew University Professor Hillel Furstenberg became the first Israeli to wine this prestigious prize.

This year (2021) another Israeli mathematician, Avi Wigderson, was awarded the prize.


Hear him explain the background to his work.





The vast majority of Jewish People at one time or another escaped from bondage, persecution or places where being Jewish meant death, persecution and insecurity.

At this time as we celebrate our ancestors’ flight from ancient Egypt hear the enthralling story of how in our own day and age Jews escaped and made their way to the Promised Land.

There must surely be a lesson in this for all of us particularly at this time of the year.



One of the most moving songs in the Seder liturgy is about how we have survived in every generation despite overwhelming odds.

Listen and be inspired as the IDF’s Chief Cantor and accompanying IDF choir sing this meaningful prayer.


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