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July 21, 2013

This week from Israel

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Maccabiah 2013- here we go!

On Thursday, the 19th Maccabiah games (or: the Jewish Olympics) began with a spectacular opening ceremony, held in Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem. Around 32,000 packed the stands, as thousands of Jewish athletes from 77 countries marched around the stadium as part of the Parade of Nations.

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What about the torch?

A true Maccabia is incomplete without the famous torch, which this year was designed by Yaki Marcus, a student of the Department of Inclusive Industrial Design at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Academic College. This was the first time a Maccabiah torch was made in an academic institution, instead of a factory. To Israelife, Marcus said that the inspiration for the design was the desire to combine Jewish elements and symbols in such a Zionist event: Five cuts, which symbolize the five continents, which connect together at the center of the torch, which symbolizes the unity of the one big Jewish community of the world. The torch's shape resembles the Jewish Shofar, and at the top, right where the flame burns, there is a cut in the shape of the Jewish Menorah.

 

 

A new path to peace?

Abraham Hostel in Jerusalem, which opened in 2010, was just rated No. 8 of all large hostels in the world by the Hostel Association. It offers 260 beds in 72 rooms, half in shared “dorm” rooms, and half in private rooms. But what really draw the clientele to the hostel are the unique tours to the West Bank, which give the travelers a taste of Palestinian culture. 

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Kind David's palace discovered

Two royal public buildings, the likes of which have not previously been found in the Kingdom of Judah of the 10th century BCE, were uncovered this past year by researchers of the Hebrew University and the Israel Antiquities Authority at Khirbet Qeiyafa – a fortified city in Judah dating to the time of King David and identified with the biblical city of Shaarayim. If that's not amazing enough, one of the buildings was identified as King David's palace!

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New Israeli stars in Berlin

Israeli dance troupe Mayumana – which combines dance, song and percussion – opened their European tour at the German opera house. The troupe presented their spectacular "Momentum," and were praised both by the audience and the press. If you plan to visit Europe soon, make sure you don't miss their show!

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Is Star Trek technology right around the corner?

According to a top ranking Intel executive, it is. Intel's Corporate Vice President Mooly Eden participated in a conference in Haifa where he said that soon enough, perceptual computing will add emotions and context to our interactions with computers, allowing us to communicate with them naturally, and enabling them to “read” our emotions and anticipate our needs. What is planned to help Intel in achieving all of that is the purchase of Israel’s Omek Interactive, a top innovator in the field of 3D gesture technology, exactly the kind of thing Intel needs to enhance the natural gesture interaction it wants to put onto a plethora of devices.

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Something to LIKE

After changing Facebook forever, Jared Morgenstern decided to take time to deepen his Jewish roots. The inventor of the "LIKE" button landed in Israel last week, and took some time to travel around and look for a Jewish bride.

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Five Olympic medals to Israel

Okay, so it is not THE Olympics, but it is the 44th  Physics Olympiad that took place in Denmark, where Israeli students took home five medals – one gold, three silver and one bronze -  and made our nation proud. 

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Experimenting ice-cream

Israel is best known as the Startup Nation, and still has a long way to go before it becomes the Ice-Cream Nation (we'll leave that to Italy.) But that doesn't mean we don't like to experiment with our ice-cream flavors… Hummus flavored ice-cream, anyone?

 

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