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  • It’s All About Me (and Pluto)

    By Mindy Leaf

    2 weeks ago

    NASA scientists celebrated a new landmark in space exploration, and human achievement, early Tuesday morning. After traveling for nine-and-a-half years and a distance of three billion miles, New Horizons — the fastest spacecraft ever to leave earth's orbit — successfully flew past...

  • WATCH: 50 Reasons to love Tel Aviv (and never, ever leave)

    By Simone Wilson

    2 weeks ago

    A video version of Simone Wilson's ode to Tel Aviv: We LOVE you, Tel Aviv

  • Confessions of a Jewish Atheist

    By Mindy Leaf

    3 weeks ago

    We were seated at a round table at our local Jewish Community Center, awaiting our tax-dollar-funded senior meal, when the man at my left began a conversation (or, shall I say, confrontation). "You know, the first monotheist wasn't Jewish," he bellowed. "He was an Egyptian king who...

  • Not a Fan—a declaration of independence

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 2, 2015 | 10:57 am

    Superhero summer has blasted down among us once again. The past weekend saw some 43,000 Florida Supercon attendees at the Miami Beach Convention Center (established in 2006, it's the largest comic-con-like convention in South Florida). Next week's San Diego Comic-con (the original,...

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  • Israel, United States and Television

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 1, 2015 | 8:52 am

    In the past few years, dozens of Israeli TV formats have been sold to US’s leading networks. But while these shows are local hits, most of them never quite took off abroad. Perhaps it has something to do with our little country’s unique culture.

    There is something about American...

  • Jerusalem of the Caucasus: The Legend of the Red Village

    By Milikh Yevdayev

    June 30, 2015 | 9:58 am

    It is just before Shabbat in the Red Village, and sunset will be coming soon. I walk from the New Shul back to my house, and watch as young boys and girls run home to wash up before their meal and call shalom to each other. On Friday of each week, late in the day, I see the sun...

  • Price-Less Art

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 11, 2015 | 10:54 am

    A new musician-friend of mine recently handed me his latest CD, which I happily accepted. It was "Volume 7" in a professionally produced series, all available free of charge. I knew I wasn't on his "preferred recipient" list, as his entire output was also laid out neatly in a box...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 5, 2015 | 12:33 pm

    You spent your adolescence watching Beavis and Butt-head, we spent ours reading Zbeng!

    As young “Tweens,” we were expected to pick educating, enriching books when visiting the library. To our parents’ disappointment, all we ever wanted to borrow was the new Zbeng! book in the...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 29, 2015 | 1:04 pm

    It’s no secret that Israel has one of the best armies in the world, but did you know it also invented plenty of sophisticated solutions to various needs in the battlefield? One of those solutions is the Agilite IPC (Injured Personnel Carrier.) This Israeli invention is designed to...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 17, 2015 | 12:12 pm

    This week’s Israeli creation doesn’t really need an introduction. Balkan Beat Box (BBB,) is one of the most famous Israeli musical groups in the world, and chances are you already know all of their big hits, even if you’ve never actually heard of them before.


    Balkan Beat Box...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 3, 2015 | 12:38 pm

    This week I would like to introduce you to one of the most talented composers of our time. His name is Elai Botner, and after spending years playing and writing for Israel’s most famous singers, in 2011 he started a project of his own, named: Elai Botner and the Outside Children....

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 27, 2015 | 3:54 pm

    Do you enjoy your occasional opera and classical music? Do you enjoy it even better when it’s mixed with modern pop? If so, you must start listening to Israeli singer David D’Or – an Israeli singer, composer and songwriter, who has a vocal range of more than four octaves (which is...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 13, 2015 | 2:29 pm

    The best way to describe Israeli singer Shlomo Artzi would probably be “one big, timeless rock star.” With more than 50 years on stage and more than 1.5 million albums sold (big numbers in a country with a population of 7 million,) he is probably the most successful musician in...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 6, 2015 | 3:17 pm

    This week, I would like to introduce you to an Israeli musical group that you may have encountered before during one of your YouTube browses.

    The Fountainheads is a group of young Israeli singers, dancers, and musicians, all graduates and students of the Ein Prat Academy for...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 20, 2015 | 11:26 am

    Zohar Argov was an Israeli singer who took the nation by storm in the 1980’s with his distinctive, deep voice, becoming “The King of Oriental Music.”


    Argov, born Zohar Orkabi, came from a poor socioeconomic background. He was the youngest of ten siblings, and as a child,...

  • I miss Yemen

    February 9, 2015 | 11:42 am

    I miss Yemen.

    That may come as a surprise since whenever the country makes headlines — as it has over the past few weeks — the overwhelming themes are war, violent radicalism, the impending doom of failed statehood and whatever other ominous sounding crisis (water shortages,...

  • Things I’ve learned from my first journey to the Far East.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 4, 2015 | 8:34 am

    I have recently returned from my first trip to the Far East. Besides being a journey through some of the world’s most beautiful sceneries, my two weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia were truly eye-opening, and taught me just how little I know about the world and my place in it.


    When...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 23, 2015 | 12:33 pm

    This weekend, I would like to introduce you to a new revolutionary Israeli app, which takes social networks “tagging” to a whole new level.


    Let’s say you visit a new restaurant, are truly impressed by one of the dishes, and want to share it with others. You could leave a review...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 2, 2015 | 12:58 pm

    Today, I would like to present to you an Israeli online store, which allows visitors to take home a piece of Jerusalem. The City of David store is located at the heart of the actual City of David in Jerusalem, but also sells products online. It offers special products from the City...

  • Looking back on 2014 - the most beautiful Israeli moments

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 30, 2014 | 8:02 am

    In the year of 2014, Israelis have been through a lot. From the war in Gaza through multiple terror attacks and people turning against each other based on political views, through the announcement of going to a second election in four years. Those difficult times drained our...

  • Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Persian Food

    December 29, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    My cavalier cooking practices have been a cause for shame and concern for my Iranian mother. To me, eating is just something you do to stay alive; for her and her legion of friends and family that grew up in the Motherland, cooking is a rite of passage to womanhood, the foundation...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 19, 2014 | 3:50 pm

    This week, I would like to urge you to watch the best Israeli film of the year – Zero Motivation!


    It is a dark comedy by director Talya Lavie, which exposes the viewer to the everyday life of  young women serving  in an IDF unit at a remote desert base. They serve in a human...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 12, 2014 | 3:48 pm

    This week, I would like to introduce you to a brand new Israeli musical group, which is about to take over the Israeli playlist very soon.

    Snorkel is mostly about soft rock, with a touch of funk and an addictive sound. They are a combination of the very best of various well-known...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 5, 2014 | 1:45 pm


    How many times have you promised yourself that "the diet starts tomorrow," but couldn't keep that promise? Sometimes it seems that no matter how much we want to live and maintain a healthier lifestyle, temptations around us prevent it from happening.

    A new Israeli startup,...

  • My Four Month Aliyah Anniversary- My Life in Israel

    By LiAmi Lawrence

    December 4, 2014 | 4:59 am

    Last week, I passed the four month mark as a new immigrant to Israel by celebrating Thanksgiving with 200 other  “Olim Chadashim” from America at the NefeshBNefesh Thanksgiving Bash in Tel Aviv.  Now moving from one place to another is never easy. I went to four high schools as a...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 28, 2014 | 11:53 am

    This week, I would like to introduce you to the most Hollywood-like Israeli TV series, which is a combination of non-stop action, thrills and drama.

    New-York, which is filmed partly in Manhattan and partly in Israel, tells the story of Yossi Elharizi, the illegitimate son of...

  • More concerts, an historic soccer moment, winter Gay Pride festival and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 24, 2014 | 8:22 am

    An historic moment for our national soccer team

    The Israeli national soccer team beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 Sunday as part of the 2016 Euro qualifiers. This win is an historic moment for the team and a moment of joy for all Israelis, since this is a big step towards its first...

  • Starring on Broadway and Hollywood, fighting Ebola, helping Google and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 17, 2014 | 8:20 am

    The Israeli in the next blockbuster biblical film

    It's official: Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer is joining Paramount and MGM's remake of "Ben-Hur" and is set to play the role of Naomi, the mother of the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery and fights his way to freedom,...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 14, 2014 | 1:33 pm

    There isn’t much to say about Cherry Tomato. I’m sure you all know and love it, whether it is part of a dish or a healthy snack. The small-sized tomatoes are believed to go all the way back to Aztec Mexico in the 15th century. The Santorini Cherry Tomatoes were used in Greece in...

  • Helping the disabled, Robbie Williams in Arabic, a soccer surprise and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 10, 2014 | 8:40 am

    A big blow to Israeli soccer

    Last Monday was a shameful day for Israeli soccer. During the 33rd minute of the derby between Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Maccabi Tel-Aviv at Bloomfield Stadium, with the score tied at 1-1, a Hapoel fan jumped out of the stands and ran onto the pitch to...

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