(DEBKA) American-Israeli professors Arieh Rarshel and Michael Levitt, and their Jewish American colleague Prof. Martin Karplus, were awarded the Nobel Prize for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems, at a ceremony today in Stockholm, Sweden.
As Arctic winds blow into Philadelphia, and the snow piles up, our instinct to consume warm, hearty soups kicks in.
This is an opportunity to make use of the many varieties of pumpkins and squashes that are widely available now.
Pumpkins are high in vitamin A, and have a good amount of vitamin C, iron, and calcium. Also, they are fat free.
When combined with onions, garlic, ginger, herbs, and spices, the pumpkin shines as a winter entree soup. Pumpkin-ginger soup can be served with a green salad, a hearty bread, and a selection of cheeses.
— by Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers
With solid job growth in November — in addition to strong data on manufacturing activity and auto sales — it is clear that the recovery continues to gain traction.
Today's report was yet another reminder of the resilience of America's private sector following the disruptive government shutdown and debt limit brinkmanship in the first half of October.
Nevertheless, today's jobs numbers show that too many Americans who have been unemployed for 27 weeks or longer are still struggling to find jobs.
That is why the President is calling on Congress to pass the extension of emergency unemployment insurance before it expires at the end of the year, just like they have always done when long-term unemployment remains elevated.
The President also continues to work to increase overall growth while ensuring that growth is shared broadly in the form of higher wages and more mobility, which is why he is fighting for a minimum wage increase and expansion of educational opportunities.
Former Israeli deputy foreign minister, Danny Ayalon, explains the historical facts relating to the Israeli-Arab conflict. The video explains where the terms "West Bank," "occupied territories" and "67 Borders" originated from, and how they are incorrectly used and applied.
— by Lee Bender and Jerry Verlin
Israel's supporters concerned about anti-Israel media bias need to understand why decades of "letters to the editor" protesting inaccuracies in particular news articles have not made a dent.
Anti-Israel media bias is not a succession of random misstatements. It resides in the very language: the consistently imbalanced terminology in which Arab-Israeli conflict news stories are told.
Unfortunately, we Israel supporters ourselves acquiesce, by using and accepting these terms unchallenged.
Those terms for the land's peoples, places, and historical and current events poison public perceptions of Jewish and Palestinian-Arab equities, and must be countered if we have any fair chance to stand up for our rights.
Top 10 terms which mislead the public about Israel, and what the media fails to report, follow the jump.
Garrett Brann, who is about to turn 3 years old, has a form of epilepsy, known as the "Dravet Syndrome," which is robbing him of his childhood, a normal life, and much more.
The disease manifests itself primarily in almost constant seizures. Garrett routinely has more than 100 seizures, of varying degrees of intensity, every day.
Garrett's story is obviously sad, but what makes it truly tragic is that there is a treatment which could very possibly end Garrett's seizures and allow him to live a normal life. However, because that treatment is a derivative of marijuana, he is not allowed to have it.
One Egg is a Fortune, edited by Pnina Jacobson and Judy Kempler, is three books in one: a high quality gourmet Jewish cookbook, a table book of magnificent food photographs, and an anthology of fascinating narratives from fifty contributing authors from around the world.
The editors put ten years into developing this beautiful volume, and it is perfect as a gift.
Taste test? The closest to that that we can do is to offer a section from the narrative of the former United States ambassador, Dennis Ross, and his excellent recipe as well. B'tayavon!
Ross' narrative and salmon fillet recipe follow the jump.
— by Yaron Sideman, consul general of Israel, Mid-Atlantic Region
It was his ability to transform his country's culture of animosity into a culture of acceptance, and to replace an entrenched ethos of hatred with one of tolerance which made Nelson Mandela the great man that he was. Few leaders are capable of making that personal journey, let alone successfully leading their people through it.
I wish there were more leaders like Mandela in the Middle East. In particular, I wish that the Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership would take a page from the Mandela playbook and realize that the time has come to jettison its culture of hatred and to embrace one of acceptance. How else can any effort towards peace succeed?
Jewish groups have mourned the loss of Nelson Mandela, the former South African president.
Mandela, 95, died after years of failing health. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was the first democratically elected president in post-apartheid South Africa, holding the position from 1994 to 1999.
In a statement, B'nai B'rith International wrote that Mandela "will be remembered as one of the 20th century's leading figures and the man who led the transformation of his country from one of apartheid to majority rule."
As president, Mandela worked to create a multicultural society after years of minority rule. His new government in post-apartheid South African wrote a new constitution, investigated human rights abuses by the previous regime, tackled the issue of racism in his country and focused on helping the poor and disenfranchised.
I have not read any scientific studies that would lead me to conclude that there are adverse impacts to human beings or to animals or to plant life at this small level of climate change.
While it is absolutely galling that Corbett would have the audacity to nominate someone for the post of protecting our environment who hasn't read anything, anything, about the human impact on climate change, it's not unexpected.
However, I was the only member of the State Senate yesterday to hold Corbett's nominee accountable, to ask hard questions, and to vote against his nomination.
As an environmentalist, I believe it's of the highest imperative to protect our natural resources, and I'm willing to stand up to anti-environment politicians like Tom Corbett to do what is right — and that's what I want to do when I'm elected to Congress.
An aphid infestation which threatens the sabra fruit and cacti, national symbols of Israel, has been discovered in the Hula Valley located in the northern part of the country. A team of researchers from Jewish National Fund, Plant Protection Services in the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Department of Entomology at the Volcani Center in Beit Dagan is working hard to find ways to rid the cacti of these aphids.
Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein participated in a special Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony for the sixth night of Hanukkah, together with several Cabinet Ministers and Members of Knesset. The ceremony was also attended by 60 Lone Soldiers, arranged by Nefesh B'Nefesh, Friends of the IDF (FIDF), Tzofim Garin Tzabar, and Ha'aguda Lema'an Hachayal (The Association for the Welfare of Soldiers).
Carl Perkal, a documentary film producer who made aliyah in 1973, is working on the documentary The Secret Jews of Calabria. He writes:
Many of the Italians living in Calabria (Southern Italy) have Jewish roots going back to the Inquisition. When an American rabbi of Italian descent, Barbara Aiello, returns to her ancestral village in Calabria to encourage the locals to discover their Jewish heritage, not everyone (Jews and Christians) welcomes her.
Temple Sinai will be hosting a very special ecumenical event Tuesday, December 10 at 7pm celebrating our relationship with Israel. Hear from our Governor Tom Corbett as well as local religious and political leaders including:
Bishop Shawn Bartley of True United Church,
Rabbi Saul Grife of Beth Tikvah-Bnei Jeshrun,
Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro,
Dr. Jim Showers and Reverend William Sutter from Friends of Israel,
Consul General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region Yaron Sideman,
Brighten up your table this winter with a hearty couscous salad, filled with chopped vegetables, dry apricots, and fresh cranberries. The dressing is an exotic Israeli combination of tahini and silan (date honey).
The interim agreement with Iran is not the final agreement and shouldn't be judged as such; its purpose is to buy time. Increased sanctions won't stop Iran. Military action could delay Iran and might stop Iran, but at an uncertain cost.
The diplomatic solution made possible by the interim agreement would be the best solution, but we may have no choice but to take military action. Attempting diplomacy through the interim agreement will increase the likelihood that tougher sanctions can be put in place and that military action will succeed, should either alternative become necessary.
After decades of being excluded from all of the UN Human Rights Council's regional groups in Geneva, Israel will be formally invited to join the Western group on Monday. This is a historic, milestone victory for the cause of equality, a memorable step forward in the long struggle ahead against injustice at the United Nations. UN Watch salutes Israel on its diplomatic achievement, and expresses special gratitude to Canada, the UK, France, Germany and the US for playing a key role in ending one form of bias within the pattern and practice of anti-Israel prejudice at the UN.
Josh Shapiro, chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, is urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to keep the Israeli Consulate in Philadelphia open. Recently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced it is considering closing the consulate.
In a letter dated November 26, 2013, Shapiro wrote that the consulate "is critical to the continuance of the longstanding relationship between the people of Israel and our region." Shapiro went on to say that the consulate "is of vital importance to our respective nations' common interests and its continued operation will serve to enhance the mutually beneficial economic and business connection between Israel and our region in Southeastern Pennsylvania."
In the letter, Shapiro references Netanyahu's upbringing in Montgomery County during which the future Prime Minister graduated from Cheltenham High School. "The Greater Philadelphia region is an economic hub for Israel, processing 25 percent of Israel's nearly $20 billion in exports to the United States each year," Shapiro wrote, adding that the presence of the Israeli Consulate in Philadelphia is integral in that process.
Shapiro is active is many Jewish and pro-Israel organizations in the area. He has traveled to Israel six times, and has met Netanyahu twice.
The miracle of Israel's Six-Day War in 1967 united a nation, and Jews all over the world celebrated its victory. That members of the 55th Brigade of paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem then led lives that split its small nation politically as well as religiously is the heartbreaking saga on how we have not merited the Messianic age of global peace, Olam HaBa.
After 11 years of interviews and research on seven of these paratroopers, Yossi Klein Halevi has brought forth his newest book, Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, to justified acclaim. Born in Brooklyn, he first visited Israel that June of 1967 with his Holocaust-survivor father (who finally forgave God and re-gained his faith with Israel's success) and he has lived in Israel for over 30 years. The book's title comes from Psalm 126: "When the Lord returned the exiles of Zion, we were like dreamers."
The graph on the right shows how the United States stands out in the world of health care; we spend far more on healthcare than any other country but our life expectancy is lower than most advanced nations.
However, now that healthcare.gov is back online, many Americans have turned back their personal cost-curve on health care. Even Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) was embarrassed by his success in signing up for Obamacare during a big show he orchestrated in order to demonstrate the failure of the website. (According to NBC, a DC Health Care exchange representative actually tried to contact Boehner by phone during the enrollment process but was put on hold for 35 minutes.)
Judith Silverstein, 49, a Californian who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007. Her family helps her pay the $750 monthly cost of her existing plan--which she only had because of federal law requiring that insurers who provide employer-based insurance continue to offer coverage if the employer goes out of business, as hers did. Next year she'll get a subsidy that will get her a good "silver" level plan for $50.
Just five minutes before noon today, I took part in a wonderful ritual. One of the members of a men's group that began 30 years ago - Jeffrey Dekro, founder of the Isaiah Fund [see below for an explanation] — called me and its other members to remind us to turn on our radios. He has been doing this, year after year on Thanksgiving Day, for almost all those thirty years.
Every year at noon on Thanksgiving, WXPN Radio in Philadelphia plays Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant," about a Thanksgiving dinner in Stockbridge Mass. in 1967; about obtuse cops; and about nonviolent resistance to a brutal war.
Mayor Michael Nutter joined the festivities as enormous Hanukkah Menorahs were lit at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station and on Independence Mall. The Philadelphia Lubavitcher Center says the Menorah on Independence Mall is the largest menorah in the world.
Photo of the Mayor Nutter and the 30th Street Station Menorah by Gabrielle Loeb.
Videos of the National Menorah lighting near the White House follow the jump.
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