If there’s one thing Danny Danon doesn’t do, it’s shy away from controversy.
Large sections of the lower Jordan River could dry out by next year unless the region's countries take action, according to two studies.
A recent conference at UCLA's School of Law, "Transboundary Environmental Management in the Arava and Beyond," proposed that Los Angeles might gain some ground regarding its often-contentious water policies if the city turned to Israel's example.
Parshat Vayeilech (Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30) Didn't we just finish Pesach? How is Rosh Hashanah already here again? Another year has slipped away.
It sits at the lowest spot on earth, is fed by one of the world's most significant waterways, and served witness to humanity's passage out of Africa. And it's dying. The Dead Sea, among the most remarkable natural phenomena on the earth's face, has lost a third of its surface area over 50 years, and continues to shrink three or more feet annually -- entirely because of human behavior.
Each night before retiring, the great Chasidic master Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav would make a list. At the end of a long day, he would write down all the wrongs he had committed -- against other people, against God, against himself. Nachman would read the list over and over again, with increasing levels of agitation and remorse, until he welled up with sorrow.
In this week's Torah portion, the Israelites are encouraged -- commanded really -- to write something down.