Ten Israelis were awarded the Israel Prize, the country's greatest national honor. The prizes were awarded Tuesday night during the ceremony held annually at the close of Israel Independence Day.
Some 40 Hollywood lawyers, business agents and performers were sitting around a long oval conference table at a prominent Century City law firm, munching on a Continental breakfast and exchanging trade talk when the morning's speaker walked in.He was a tall, lean man with a long white beard and side locks; he wore a black hat and coat and was introduced as Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman.
Grossman is part social innovator, part scholar, part showman, part saint to his admirers -- and a world-class hugger and kisser.
Majestic fig trees bear their succulent fruit amid enormous leaves. Boughs of olives suggest the impending harvest as their color changes from green to black. Massive citrons emit their magnificent scent.