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Wednesday 04/18/2018
You can help in the search for Parkinson’s cure
Posted: April 18, 2018

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and — in honor of the 1 million people living with Parkinson’s in the United States — I have some knowledge to share and an ask to make of you.

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Harvard’s Jewish students flunk ‘Israeli History 101’
Posted: April 18, 2018

Radical Jewish students at Harvard University held a late “Liberation Seder” to “protest the continuing occupation by Israel.”

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Wednesday 04/11/2018
America’s third civil rights movement
Posted: April 11, 2018

Proclamation 95, better known as the Emancipation Proclamation, was a presidential proclamation and executive order issued by President Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863. It changed the federal legal status of more than 3 million enslaved people in the designated areas of the South from slave to free. The signing of the proclamation was the pivotal event that helped to hasten an end to the four-year Civil War, and thus ended America’s first civil rights movement.

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The simple answers are the wrong ones in Gaza
Posted: April 11, 2018

Clashes between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza tend to be the most hotly contested aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Positions that are already hardened become even more so in the red-hot Gaza forge, as Israel faces off against an actual terrorist group, while casualty numbers — including civilian ones — mount terrifyingly fast and in a one-sided fashion on the Palestinian side. The fight over who is right and who is wrong is not a productive one, paling in comparison to the importance of coming up with solutions to avoid more fighting in Gaza.

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Wednesday 04/04/2018
Ben-Gurion, Bolton and the United Nations
Posted: April 04, 2018

Presumably, David Ben-Gurion would have disagreed with John Bolton on a number of issues. But the Israeli founding father likely would have appreciated the incoming national security adviser’s strong skepticism regarding the United Nations.

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Is it my right to grieve on Yom Hazikaron?
Posted: April 04, 2018

I made aliyah five years ago. I boarded a plane, waved goodbye to many home comforts, and decided to make the land of falafel and horn-honking my home. There are many days when I feel like a true Israeli — like when I leave my trolley in line at Shufersal and make a mad dash to grab a few more items while securing my place in the line, or when, at the slightest hint of summer ending, I race to bring back out my leather jacket and winter clothes in anticipation of some relief from the heat. And of course there are many days when I feel like an outsider — basically any time when fluent Hebrew or erratic driving is required!

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Wednesday 03/28/2018
Working on wet ways to make the deserts bloom
Posted: March 28, 2018

Israel’s water sector is one of the most advanced in the world. I emphatically believe this and state it with pride. To arrive at this point, it was understood 20 years ago that the state of Israel’s natural water resources would not be able to supply the long-term quantities and needs of the country. In the last decade, decision-makers — already facing a water shortage and population growth — adopted and implemented the Integrated Water Resources Management Approach.

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Hawking’s life — as well as theory — have profound implications
Posted: March 28, 2018

“It’s bloody awful.” That’s how a friend of mine recently referred to Stephen Hawking’s best-selling book, “A Brief History of Time.” Having perused it myself, I have to say that in some ways he’s right. Picking up that book with the hopes of actually understanding the physics at play is like being asked to solve a crossword puzzle in a foreign language.

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