Light Unto the Nations: Top 12 Ways Israel Feeds The World

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Israel Feeds The World

From drip irrigation to natural pesticides, Israeli innovations are helping to fill hungry bellies everywhere, but particularly in the developing world.

By: Abigail Klein Leichman

Food security is a major concern for our rapidly growing planet. As resources dwindle and the population rises, smart solutions for better agriculture and safer food storage are essential.

No other single country – certainly not one as young and as tiny as Israel – has contributed more breakthroughs in this area than Israel.

Since the 1950s, Israelis have not only been finding miraculous ways to green their own desert but have shared their discoveries far and wide through channels including MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Here are 12 major ways Israel helps feed the world:

1. Drip Irrigation
Probably no other advancement has been quite as significant. While the concept of drip irrigation existed well before Israeli statehood, it was revolutionized by Israeli water engineer Simcha Blass, who serendipitously discovered that a slow and balanced drip led to remarkable growth. He created tubing that slowly released water where it was most effective, and in 1965 Kibbutz Hatzerim built a whole new industry, Netafim, based on his invention.

Israeli drip and micro-irrigation solutions rapidly spread worldwide. The newest models are self-cleaning and maintain uniform flow rate regardless of water quality and pressure.
Just one recent example of how this method has impacted food supply in foreign countries is Tipa, literally “Drop,” an Israeli-developed kit that has allowed 700 farming families in Senegal to reap crops three times a year instead of just once, even on infertile land.

Tipa is “a simple drip irrigation system that uses gravity when there is no water supply or water pressure coming to rural areas,” MASHAV’s Ilan Fluss told ISRAEL21c. The organization has similar activities in Kenya, South Africa, Benin and Niger.

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2. Grain Cocoons
Israeli-designed GrainPro Cocoons provide a surprisingly simple and cheap way for African and Asian farmers to keep their grain market-fresh.

The huge bags, invented by international food technology consultant Prof. Shlomo Navarro, keep both water and air out. They’re used all over the developed world, including Africa and the Far East, and even in countries that have no diplomatic ties to Israel, such as Pakistan.

As much as 50 percent of every grain harvest and 100% of every pulse harvest is lost to pests and mold, Navarro told ISRAEL21c. Subsistence farmers in developing countries tend to store their crops in primitive baskets or bags, which are not effective in keeping hungry bugs and micro-contaminants out. The Cocoon solves that problem, even in extreme heat and humidity.

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3. Biological Pest Control
On Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, a company called Bio-Bee breeds beneficial insects and mites for biological pest control and bumblebees for natural pollination in greenhouses and open fields. Subsidiary Bio-Fly sells sterile Mediterranean fruit flies to control this major pest in fruit trees.

R&D manager Dr. Shimon Steinberg told ISRAEL21c the company’s top seller worldwide is two-millimeter-long, pear-shaped orange spider that is a highly efficient enemy of the spider mite, a devastating agricultural pest.
“Sixty percent of California strawberries since 1990 are treated with this predatory mite from the Holy Land,” he reported. In Israel, Bio-Bee products have enabled sweet-pepper farmers to reduce the use of chemical pesticides by 75 percent.

Bio-Bee exports eight different species of biological control agents, plus pollinating bumblebees, to 32 nations from Japan to Chile. Bio-Fly collaborates with Jordanian and West Bank Palestinian Authority agricultural experts.

4. Dairy Farming
Hof Hasharon Dairy Farm, SAE Afikim and SCR Precise Dairy Farming all makeadvanced systems for herd management, monitoring and feeding used on dairy farms worldwide.

SAE Afikim is one of 10 Israeli companies involved in a five-year project in Vietnam to implement every aspect of a vast $500 million dairy farm project. It’s the largest project of its kind in the world.

The operation will encompass 30,000 cows at 12 state-of-the-art mega-dairies and a milk processing plant supplying 300 million liters per year. By the end of 2012, 500,000 liters are expected to be produced daily.
In the meantime, China is sending groups of dairy farm manager trainees to Israel to learn how to boost milk production there as well.

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5. Tailor-made Farm Solutions
Kibbutz-based Agricultural Knowledge On-Line (AKOL) makes unique software to help producers grow fruits and vegetables, raise poultry and dairy cows, manage vineyards and make olive oil.

Hosted in IBM’s “cloud,” AKOL’s latest project gives farmers anywhere in the world access to information from Israeli experts. Hundreds of thousands of farmers can obtain tailor-made solutions, arrange group purchases of supplies and communicate with colleagues.

CEO Ron Shani told ISRAEL21c that AKOL applications advise farmers on when to plant, irrigate and harvest; how to cope with drought; how to choose the crops best for their area; how to implement ideal storage and temperature control procedures based on climate; and how to track the growth of chickens, livestock and fruit, among other ideas for running a modern, professional farm.

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6. A Better Potato
It took nearly 30 years of research, but Hebrew University’s Prof. David Levy developed strains of potatoes that thrive in hot, dry climates, and can be irrigated by saltwater.

Potatoes are one of the top sources of nutrition in the world, but they never before grew well in hot, desert regions like the Middle East. Now farmers in these regions can grow potatoes as a cash crop.

Levy told ISRAEL21c that he also intended his research to enhance understanding between Israel and its neighbors, as scientists and officials from Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco meet with Israeli scientists to share knowledge and build bridges of information and technology.

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Top 10 Israeli Startups That Will Change Our Lives in 2015

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Top 10 Israeli Startups That Will Change Our Lives in 2015

Anyone that knows anything about startups and entrepreneurship knows that Israel is the “Startup Nation”. It’s population is just around 8 million, yet it has more companies listed on the Nasdaq than any other country – excluding the United States and China. With that being said, the origin of Israel’s claim to fame originates from a book with the same title, and hinges on the innovation that takes place in Tel Aviv and the surrounding areas on a daily basis. Every day a new startup is created and the ideas coming out of the small country are always testing limits and seeking to become leaders in their field.

After Wix, Waze, ReWalk, and several other huge companies have risen from the “Startup Nation”, it is time to look at just 10 Israeli startups that have the potential to become more than just a startup.

1. Telesofia Medical
The company is revolutionizing the way we interact with our medical procedures – once we leave the doctor’s office. Now, they are not new players, after being founded in 2011, and raising 1 million dollars in funding last year. 2015 however, is the year they become one of the top apps that should help them begin to turn a key and bring in funds into the company account. They were named one of Forbes “10 Health Companies Changing the World“. The platform is designed to support many applications, such as describing the proper use of their medication, surgical procedure, discharge instructions and more, and the fully branded videos are personalized based on your inputted details and sent via text, email, or embedded in patient portals/apps.

Why 2015? The product is valuable – and with the growing rise and interest in health, knowing what to do at home is just as crucial as ever.

2. Feex
Because “not all retirement accounts are created equal”. IRAs, 401(k)s and brokerage accounts contain fees that can end up consuming a third of your retirement savings. FeeX discovers out how much you’re losing to fees, and then breaks down all the fees in dollars and cents, to show you how much you could save if you invest in the lower-fee funds that Feex suggest. The average user can save an extra $18,794 for their retirement with FeeX.

Why 2015? Financial crisis anyone? If there is something that we need (99% of us) it’s to save where we can. Feex is that fix.

3. BreezoMeter
By using big-data system that gathers data from thousands of sensors worldwide, the smartphone and tablet apps are able to provide users with a real time, location based map of air pollution levels – at the street level – meaning you can use it to your own benefit and not for the benefit of an aircraft.

With air pollution becoming more and more dangerous, and one of the leading cause of early deaths, being able to plan your way on vacation or on business based on where it is healthier to be can take us all one step further towards a healthier life – without changing anything dramatic in our lives.

Why 2015? They’re launching in the US soon, and with our air getting dirtier by the day, a map to guide us on where to run or vacation is just what the doctor ordered.

4. LoyalBlocks
The app claims to solve one of the biggest, yet simplest issues that businesses face today: creating a loyalty system for customers so that gaining a new customer does not have to repeat itself. For businesses it means that by using their web-based dashboard control a loyalty program by customizing status privileges, punch-card rewards, Facebook referral rewards, and if you are a really creative business owner then a happy hour reward or a holiday reward geared towards getting people to come in during your slow hours.

Why 2015? Black Friday success and sales don’t have to be once a year. Black Friday shows us all that we are a consumer society – all that is missing is a system that meets the needs of consumers.

5. SentinelOne
Imagine being able to attack and defend your digital content and databases from hackers live. SentinelOne’s technology adapts at the time of an attack, just like your body does to a harmful bacteria. Now, instead of Target or Home Depot having to work long hours to try and stop/compete with their hackers, with SentinelOne the use of real-time forensics, allows IT departments to track and investigate attacks as they are attempted.

Why 2015? We are all tired of our favorite businesses being hacked. It is going to be 2015 and time for a better solution.

6. Slim.io
If productivity is a weakness of yours, or you are just spending way too much time on social media, then this startup has a simple and effective solution for you. Slim.io sorts through your social networks and discovers engagements, job promotions, childbirths and more of what really matters to you. The result is an app that presents personalized alerts for what really matters, a customized feed – so you don’t waste time with spam and trash on social media sites, and shares with you only the most important news feed items. Of course, it would not be complete without an all-in-one posting feature to cut down on your social media time.

Why 2015? Are we going to spend forever on Facebook? With the rise of life-hacking and needing more time for everything, this has potential to be any professionals best pal.

7. FundBox
If you are a small business owner, there is really no reason not to start using FundBox and start cutting your greedy bank out of the equation. FundBox offers business owners a simple way to fix their cash flow by advancing payments for their outstanding invoices. Is this a loan? Well, not exactly. You see, what it does is advance the payment for your outstanding invoice, and then you pay back the amount and a small clearing fee over 12 weeks. The great part is that if at any point you decide you want to pay early, they’ll waive the clearing fee of the remaining period.

Why 2015? Small business are what drive the economy. FundBox is giving the serious ones a tool to compete and stay ahead of some of their bigger neighbors.

8. HoneyBook
The startup for every “event professional”. Via their digital services, they are able to cut out the headaches that come along with setting up an event, which in some cases results in either not having the event, or doing it at a totally different price because of the head ache.

So far so good for the young company, founded back in 2013, as it is seeing more business for its current vendors – while they work in a more efficient and effortless manner. Via HoneyBook’s simple, intuitive digital reservation system their has been a decrease in “checkout friction” while helping clients re-engage with a vendor’s brand, value and personality. Oh, and they just grabbed a few million in funding.

Why 2015? First of all, they just grabbed some much needed cash. Second of all, and more importantly, it is a much needed solution for a field of business that isn’t going anywhere.

9. Interlude.fm
This is by no means a company that is new to us or many of millions of people across the globe. They’ve been around for a few years, but like any business, timing is everything. With their technology “Treehouse” all video creators, whether enthusiasts or professionals, can create Interlude videos that put the viewer, which may be your customer into a “partnership” with your brand.

To understand the true strength of Interlude, head on over to their site and watch their promo clip – your brand has to have one.

Why 2015? Social media has taken over because it creates interactions between brands and consumers. Video is growing in popularity. Hence what they’ve got is a perfect peanut butter and jelly match.

10. Beepi
Anyone of us that has ever tried to sell our used cars or buy a new used car, understand that the process is not very fun – but it should be. Once you’ve signed up and entered details on the car you are selling they’ll send someone to you to inspect the vehicle, and if everything checks out then you are in Beepi’s hands. They take the photos, post the listing, and guarantee to sell the car within 30 days – or they’ll buy it from you.

Are you buying a used car? Although you can’t test drive the vehicle, the inspector does, you pay less and still get a 10-day money back guarantee and a full-service warranty, all while saving time and energy so that buying a new car, isn’t a head ache – rather Christmas come early.

Why 2015? If not now, then never. The rise of ridesharing and carsharing has not stopped all of us from buying cars, however if Uber, Lyft, and co., continue to grow the Beepi may find themselves as the odd man out.

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14 Reasons Why Every Single Jewish Man Needs to Marry a Good Jewish Girl

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Every Single Jewish Man Needs to Marry a Good Jewish Girl

Behold: all the reasons why Jewish girls make the best wives.

1. They make the best food

Sorry to start with the obvious, but it’s got to be stated. A Jewish wife’s chicken soup is as miraculous as the parting of the Red Sea and as delicious as Mannah from heaven.

She learned it from her mom, who learned it from her Bubba, and so on, until you have a soothing concoction that not only resembles your childhood, but is warm, filling and able to cure almost any ailment, from the flu to a headache.

And it doesn’t just end there. Your wife will keep you happy and well-fed with home baked rugelach’s, roast potatoes and fresh Challah. Nothing says Ayshet Chayil like her ability to lovingly prepare a Seder plate.

2. You will never need to make a decision again

So sit back, relax and enjoy life. Don’t think this means Jewish women are controlling. Your wife is just highly efficient and on top of everything, from remembering your mom’s birthday to telling you when your car is due for an MOT.

Her diary is your diary, her organizational skills are your organizational skills. Enjoy a life of leisure, as your wife tells you where, what and when you will be vacationing every year for the rest of your lives.

3. Jewish wives are incredibly devoted to their husbands

That’s right, you’re her constant number one… which she’s happy to prove, by calling to “check in” 300 times a day. She’ll always champion your cause and she’ll always be right there supporting you in whatever you need.

She excels at social networking, and you are cast in a glowing light because of her. Hey, every good Patriarch was married to a great Matriarch.

4. She’s ambitious for you

She truly cares about your happiness and overall success. So, you won’t face nagging when you come home late from a business dinner (but I can’t promise you won’t be guilt-tripped; she IS a Jewish wife after all.)

She’s always on her best behavior at company events, to ensure you get the recognition you deserve and achieve your full potential.

Honestly, if Moses had just sent his wife, she would have charmed Pharaoh into giving the Jews freedom wayyy earlier. #letherpeoplego

5. She keeps herself in shape

Much like the 10 Commandments, she treats trips to the gym, spa and hairdresser as things to simply live by. Unfortunately, you may get fatter and balder with age and her cooking, but she appears to age backwards.

With every Jewish couple I know, the question is generally, “How did he get her?”

Her body is as hairless as you are hairy. What we lack in naturally skinny thighs, we make up for in effort and abusing your Amex to physically enhance ourselves.

6. She knows having sex is a Mitzvah

Yes. On EVERY Shabbat and some festivals too.

She’s also turned on by a man who can lay Tefillin and say Kiddush, so brush up.

7. Her Jew-dar is spot on

Yes, you may be better at the stock market than she is (Bull and bear what?), but can you tell by one quick glance under your oversized sunglasses, which family sunbathing by the pool is Jewish?

Because she can, and she’ll ensure you’re drinking Manischewitz with the new Jews before you’ve even noticed his oversized Chai necklace. L’Chaim!

If it weren’t for her, you would have literally no friends. Know that if you get divorced (God forbid), they all side with her.

8. She will idolize your sons for you

In the same way as your mom made it abundantly clear you were attractive, smart and adorable, your wife will be sure to pour as much love and devotion onto your sons. And daughters, but really, it’s the sons she’ll be telling are too good for every woman who comes their way.

9. She gets your humor

And not many people do, so you should really be grateful that she laughs at your jokes, despite having heard them a hundred times, and understands all your cultural references.

Baruch Hashem, such is the beauty of marrying within the tribe.

10. By virtue of her wanting to look good, she makes sure you do too

Your suits are always magically dry cleaned, your Ralph Lauren socks folded into balls and put away, your shirts wrinkle-free and freshly starched.

OK, she may not actually do it herself. But she ensures it all runs smoothly, and it’s not something you ever need to think about.

11. Your home is always immaculate

Again, she may not be the one personally plumping the cushions and sweeping under the bed. But she’ll hire the perfect person to do just that, and your home life is organized, functional and easy.

12. She always includes your family

Your Jewish wife is completely obsessed with her own family, and when she’s not at lunch with them, she’s on the phone to them. But this has significant advantages for you because family gatherings are a huge, fun affair where both your families come together regularly.

She creates a warm family environment where your family is always more than welcome to hang out, and you love her for it.

13. She loves to chat

Meaning, she’s interested in all the minutia of your day, including who you were in the elevator with, who you heard was getting married and what you had for lunch. This may get annoying, but you can’t say she doesn’t care.

14. Yay, all your kids will be Jewish

In Judaism, the bloodline follows the mother. By virtue of you marrying and procreating with her, you are contributing to expanding the Jewish religion.

Given that there are only 13.7 million Jews worldwide (I know, it feels like they’re all on the Upper West Side), this is a serious Mitzvah.

You mensch.

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Superman’s Origin and Parallels are Based on Moses and NOT Jesus

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Written by Betsy Phillips

Let me say up front that I loved Man of Steel. Unabashedly. I didn’t realize how much I missed a well-done Superman, someone who is just genuinely a good person, not all broody and conflicted like Batman, nor snarky like Iron Man, but someone who wants to do the right thing, until I was watching the movie and I loved it.

But even in the middle of my love for it, I felt like something wasn’t quite right. The movie was so good, but it wasn’t great. The movie seemed both to love Superman and not quite understand him. Take the ending, where so much of Metropolis is destroyed, so many lives lost, but without any emotional consequences for Superman. I didn’t buy that Superman wouldn’t have at least attempted to move the battle out of town and I surely didn’t buy that Superman wouldn’t have been devastated by those deaths.

But the biggest indication I found that the movie didn’t get Superman had to be when we saw Superman in the church, his head right next to Jesus. This wasn’t the only Jesus reference. Richard Corliss in Time points out the obvious others:

Man of Steel takes its cue from Bryan Singer’s 2006 Superman Returns, which posited our hero as the Christian God come to Earth to save humankind: Jesus Christ Superman. [Script-writer, David] Goyer goes further, giving the character a backstory reminiscent of the Gospels: the all-seeing father from afar (plus a mother); the Earth parents; an important portent at age 12 (Jesus talks with the temple elders; Kal-El saves children in a bus crash); the ascetic wandering in his early maturity (40 days in the desert for Jesus; a dozen years in odd jobs for Kal-El); his public life, in which he performs a series of miracles; and then, at age 33, the ultimate test of his divinity and humanity. “The fate of your planet rests in your hands,” says the holy-ghostly Jor-El to his only begotten son, who goes off to face down Zod the anti-God in a Calvary stampede. You could call Man of Steel the psychoanalytical case study of god-man with a two-father complex.

All these New Testament allusions — plus the image of Superman sitting in a church pew framed by a stained-glass panel of Jesus in his final days — don’t necessarily make Man of Steel any richer, except for students of comparative religion. And as Goyer has noted, “We didn’t come up with these allusions of Superman being Christ-like. That’s something that’s been embedded in the character from the beginning.

Whoa, doggy. That’s just flat out wrong. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster weren’t patterning Superman after Jesus. They were patterning him after Moses. A woman has a baby she cannot keep or he’ll die. She puts him in a small ship, of sorts, and sends him off, hoping some other woman will take him in, raise him, and keep him safe. He grows up to save people.

Pharaoh’s Daughter Finds Moses Exodus 2:3-6It’s not a perfect match. Moses’ mom lives. He has a sister and a brother who he hooks back up with later. His culture of origin isn’t lost.

But losing sight of Superman’s origins in a basket in the bulrushes means the filmmakers miss the importance of some of the very things they’re depicting. And they miss opportunities to make Man of Steel into a richer story, because they’re drawing on the wrong archetype.

Let’s be frank. Jesus makes a bad Superman. There are a lot of reasons why, starting with the fact that no one wants to watch Superman standing around lecturing people, being tortured to death, and then scaring the shit out of his friends by appearing to them after he’s dead (okay, maybe I would want to watch that Superman movie, but it doesn’t scream summer blockbuster) and ending with the fact that Jesus, though a really compelling figure, is compelling for his ideas, not his action adventures.

But the most important reason Jesus makes a bad Superman is that, unlike the other men in the “hidden special child” genre, Jesus’ story has a specific arc and a definite end. And I’m not talking about his crucifixion. What I mean is that Jesus has one battle with his arch-enemy, he wins, and the world is over, the end.

Jesus’ story can be retold and reimagined—a crucial component for a good superhero story. But there is no “Tune in next time for another exciting adventure.” Jesus is a one-and-done hero. When Jesus accomplishes his mission, the world is at its end. If Superman is Jesus and we saw his huge fight with his dad’s nemesis, what’s the plot of the next movie?

But, as luck would have it, even if the filmmakers thought they were making a Christ-allegory, there’s enough of the Moses tale still present to suggest some possibilities for further storytelling. We saw Lara, like Jocabed, entrusting her son to a woman she could not know. There’s not a lot about the Pharaoh’s daughter in the Christian Bible, but both Jewish and Muslim lore flesh her out a whole lot more and, though the lore differs somewhat, both traditions show her radically changed by raising Moses, to the point where she throws her lot in with the Jewish people trapped in her country and forsakes the Egyptians.

It would be interesting to see how Martha Kent might throw her lot in with the superheroes, even though she’s not one, in order to keep supporting her son and his cause. Superman stories tend to leave Martha at home, but the Moses archetype suggests bigger possibilities for her.

I think we unintentionally saw the destruction of the Golden Calf when Superman destroyed the drone. And we saw, constantly, Superman surrounded by people who didn’t quite trust him. All this just serves to remind us that Moses has continuing adventures. He does have a good arch-nemesis in the Pharaoh, with a great backstory that ties them both together in a compelling way that adds to their encounters. Is Moses rejecting the culture, and thus the Pharaoh that saved him? How can the Pharaoh retain his power and authority in his own community and deal with a community with God on their side? Moses has a murder for a righteous cause hanging over his head (and really, the death of Zod in Man of Steel is alarming because the movie has spent so much time arguing for Jesus-Superman. And Jesus doesn’t kill people. But there’s no such problem with Moses.). And then there’s the 40 years in the wilderness. There’s a lot of ground to cover, stories to be told. Things you could add or take away or retell in countless ways. The fact that at least three religions already do so proves it’s a rich story that stands up to the type of reuse our superhero stories get.

The biggest difference between Moses and Jesus, one with important implications for the Superman story is that, while Jesus can go anywhere people are—earth, Heaven, Hell—Moses never entirely fits in with the people he’s leading. He wasn’t raised with them, he wasn’t an adult among them at first (remember, he runs off and lives in Midian for forty years), and he can’t go with them into the Promised Land. It’d be interesting if these were the people of Earth. But imagine the story you could tell if these were the Justice League. What would it mean if Superman were leading them toward a goal he could never meet?

I saw referenced multiple places that Man of Steel was yet another movie that attempts to tell 9/11 with a happy ending. Okay, so if Superman can be used to talk about big tragedies people are still trying to grapple with, why not more explicitly let Superman grapple with the unimaginable tragedy of the destruction of his people in ways that mirror how Jewish people have wrestled with the Holocaust?

I’m not arguing for a one-to-one mapping. Obviously that wouldn’t work. But there are writers who could pen a compelling story—because they know that story—about a guy who, as far as he knows, is the only person in his culture left, who must wonder if he resembles his grandfather or whether he got his love of science from his aunt, who must wish he knew old folk songs or what the people in his family’s neighborhood ate at holiday meals, and who can’t ever get complete answers to those questions.

And then, what happens when Kara shows up? Do you rejoice in the found family member? Do you find her presence a sharp reminder of the rest of your loved ones’ absences? Of their ultimate fates?

Superman can have hope because he’s corny Jesus-dude made of hope or he can have hope because the alternative is to give into despair. The second choice makes for a more real movie, and one that, I’d argue, is truer to Superman’s roots, both mythically and in the lived realities of his original creators.

But the thing I find most fascinating and appalling about taking something with its roots in Moses and declaring that its roots were in Jesus all along is that this is such a common approach—not to superheroes, but to theology—that there’s a word for it: Supersessionism.

The belief that the new covenant between Jesus and his followers supersedes the old covenant between God and the Jewish people is fundamental to most forms of Christianity. Even if Christians don’t know the term, it’s the reason we eat cheeseburgers. And it’s an incredibly tender sore spot among Jewish people, who aren’t that excited to hear all about how, when God said he was keeping a perpetual covenant with the children of Israel, he meant “perpetual until some better people come along.” Jewish scholars and theologians have argued—and rightly so, I think—that the Christian belief that Christians now have the special relationship with God that supersedes the Jewish relationship is an important part of the foundations of anti-Semitism (because, in part, it implies that God’s fine with whatever terrible things Christians want to do to Jews, because God doesn’t love them best, or at all, any more).

Superman isn’t a Jewish myth, but he’s a cultural figure with strong Jewish roots—created by two Jewish guys, given an origin story that draws heavily from one of Judaism’s central figures. Neglecting those roots and grafting on Christian ones instead is problematic. It makes for a less compelling story (like I said, if Jesus/Superman has defeated Satan/Zod, what can happen in the next movie that still keeps Superman a Christ-figure?), it neglects the rich mythology Superman’s creators drew from, and it perpetuates a troubling theological stance.

But I think the worst thing is that it indulges its majority Christian audience in this country in a lie we often tell ourselves without realizing—that Jesus is the center of all things and we, being close enough to the center, should be the people around which the whole country revolves; all stories are our stories or can be taken and made to be. In the end, using Superman to reinforce Christian supremacy in the United States probably isn’t going to ruin Superman. But it is a lie that comes from and leads to ugly places. And it’s a shame to see it at the heart of Man of Steel.

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13 Health Problems with Pork That G-d Has Prevented When He Banned It for The Jews

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13 Health Problems with Pork

1) A pig is a real garbage gut. It will eat anything including urine, excrement, dirt, decaying animal flesh, maggots, or decaying vegetables. They will even eat the cancerous growths off other pigs or animals.

2) The meat and fat of a pig absorbs toxins like a sponge. Their meat can be 30 times more toxic than beef or venison.

3) When eating beef or venison, it takes 8 to 9 hours to digest the meat so what little toxins are in the meat are slowly put into our system and can be filtered by the liver. But when pork is eaten, it takes only 4 hours to digest the meat. We thus get a much higher level of toxins within a shorter time.

4) Unlike other mammals, a pig does not sweat or perspire. Perspiration is a means by which toxins are removed from the body. Since a pig does not sweat, the toxins remain within its body and in the meat.

5) Pigs and swine are so poisonous that you can hardly kill them with strychnine or other poisons.

6) Farmers will often pen up pigs within a rattlesnake nest because the pigs will eat the snakes, and if bitten they will not be harmed by the venom.

7) When a pig is butchered, worms and insects take to its flesh sooner and faster than to other animal’s flesh. In a few days the swine flesh is full of worms.

8) Swine and pigs have over a dozen parasites within them, such as tapeworms, flukes, worms, and trichinae. There is no safe temperature at which pork can be cooked to ensure that all these parasites, their cysts, and eggs will be killed.

9) Pig meat has twice as much fat as beef. A 3 oz T bone steak contains 8.5 grams of fat; a 3 oz pork chop contains 18 grams of fat. A 3 oz beef rib has 11.1 grams of fat; a 3 oz pork spare rib has 23.2 grams of fat.

10) Cows have a complex digestive system, having four stomachs. It thus takes over 24 hours to digest their vegetarian diet causing its food to be purified of toxins. In contrast, the swine’s one stomach takes only about 4 hours to digest its foul diet, turning its toxic food into flesh.

11) The swine carries about 30 diseases which can be easily passed to humans. This is why God commanded that we are not even to touch their carcase (Leviticus 11:8).

12) The trichinae worm of the swine is microscopically small, and once ingested can lodge itself in our intestines, muscles, spinal cord or the brain. This results in the disease trichinosis. The symptoms are sometimes lacking, but when present they are mistaken for other diseases, such as typhoid, arthritis, rheumatism, gastritis, MS, meningitis, gall bladder trouble, or acute alcoholism.

13) The pig is so poisonous and filthy, that nature had to prepare him a sewer line or canal running down each leg with an outlet in the bottom of the foot. Out of this hole oozes pus and filth his body cannot pass into its system fast enough. Some of this pus gets into the meat of the pig.

“The Hand Of G-d” Was Just Spotted By a Nasa Telescope In All Its Glory

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Science and religion rarely blend together in our modern society, however NASA released a very interesting photo they titled “The Hand of God”.

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The photo was produced when a star exploded and ejected an enormous cloud of material, which NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, glimpsed in high-energy X-rays, shown in blue in the photo.
The Hand of God is an example of pareidolia, the psychological phenomenon of perceiving familiar shapes in random or vague images.

Although the photo has a supernatural connection in our minds, stars being born and dying is a natural process of the universe.

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The Tiny Israeli Device That’s Going to Make a Huge Difference in Our Lives

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Keepod The Tiny Israeli Device That is Going to Make a Huge Difference in Our Lives

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The $7 device is loaded with Google’s Android 4.4 operating system. Plug it into the USB port of any old laptop or desktop, and you’ve got a personal computer.

If you can put data on a USB drive, why not put an entire operating system on a stick?

It’s a simple but brilliant idea. Nissan Bahar of Israel and Francesco (Franky) Imbesi of Italy are making it happen in remote places of the world where computers aren’t a dime a dozen. They discovered that five billion people, or 70% of the world’s population, have no access to personal computing, and they intend to change that.

The $7 Keepod thumb drive is loaded with a unique version of Google’s Android 4.4 operating system. Plug it into the USB port of any old laptop, netbook or desktop, and – voila! – you’ve got a personal computer with your own password-protected settings, programs and files.

Bahar and Imbesi have introduced the Keepod (Hebrew for “porcupine” but with obvious wordplay in English) to a school in the Mathare slums of Nairobi, Kenya, through a partnership with the organization LiveInSlums. They use refurbished computers that would otherwise clog landfills.

“We’re breaking a few paradigms in the world of computing and digital devices,” says Bahar.

“There are a lot of initiatives for bringing computers to developing countries, but it’s impossible to bring a laptop per person. There’s not enough material in the world for that. Our approach is that instead of providing a personal computer, we use shared computers and provide a stick with an operating system on it so you have your own PC environment on a shared computer.”

He likens the model to public transport. “Not everyone can have a shiny car, so you hop on a bus.”

The other paradigm-smashing aspect of Keepod is the notion that fancier is better. Bahar maintains that using basic pre-owned computers without hard drives solves lots of cyber-security problems.

“Instead of manufacturing cheap computers — which will never be cheap enough — we reuse old computers. In the US alone, 85,000 computers are thrown out every single day. We can give a big percentage of them a new life with Keepod in Nairobi or anywhere else, and that one computer can serve 25 to 30 people every week. Why continue to manufacture cheap hardware when you have all this material available? It’s an ecosystem of ideas and things together.”

Principles ahead of profit
Bahar and Inbesi come from a background in information security and enterprise solutions.

“We started selling to banks and telecos across Europe, and then about a year ago we started to think how to leverage this technology to do something better than selling it to executives,” says the 38-year-old Israeli.

The Link: Does Disaster Strike America Everytime It Pressures Israel?

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And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse, and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you.” (Parsha Lech Lecha 12:3)

1. 1991 30 October – The Oslo Accord

President George H. Bush promoted and proudly signed the infamous Oslo Accord at the Madrid Peace Conference on October 30, 1991. The Oslo Accord was labeled a “Land for Peace” accord that demanded Israel award their land to the Palestinian murderers and terrorists in exchange for peace. The perverse Oslo proposition was simple: give us your land and we’ll stop killing you.

1991 31 October – The Next Day – The Perfect Storm hits
A very rare huge storm starting in the north Atlantic, moving east to west (wrong direction for storms to move – although in the Bible, the Holy Spirit and history move east to west). This storm was so unusual and contrary to “mother nature” it was immortalized by the book The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger and later a popular movie. Amazon says of the book The Perfect Storm, “Meteorologists called the storm that hit North America’s eastern seaboard in October 1991 a “perfect storm” because of the rare combination of factors that created it. For everyone else, it was perfect hell. In The Perfect Storm, author Sebastian Junger conjures for the reader the meteorological conditions that created the “storm of the century” and the impact the storm had on many of the people caught in it.”

Interesting, one of the first places The Perfect Storm hit was Kennebunkport, Maine. Waves over 30 foot demolished the home of guess who – President George H. Bush, the instigator of the Oslo Accord.

2. The Second massive “coincidence”….

1992 23 August
A year later, President Bush literally picked up the pieces from Oslo attempting to rob Israel again. Meeting in Washington D.C. Bush and crew again attempted to “sell” the fictitious Madrid “Land for Peace” agreement.
1992 23 August – Same Day – Hurricane Andrew visits Florida
Hurricane Andrew smashes and crashes into Florida. Andrew causes over $30 billion in damage while destroying over 180,000 homes. At that time, Andrew was the worst natural disaster ever to hit America.

3. No 3…. another “coincidence”

1994 16 January
President Bill Clinton meets with terrorist and Israel hater Syria’s President Hafez el-Assad in Geneva. They talk about a peace agreement with Israel that includes Israel giving up the Golan Heights.

1994 17 January – less than 24 hours – 6.9 Earthquake rocks California
In less than 24 hours, a powerful 6.9 earthquake rocks Southern California. This mysterious quake, centered in Northridge, is the second most destructive natural disaster to hit the United States, behind Hurricane Andrew.

4. A disaster of another kind, but destructive just the same…. Impeachment.

1998 21 January
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President Clinton at the White House and is coldly received. Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright refuse to have lunch with him.

1998 21 January – the same day – Monica Lewinsky scandal erupts
After Clinton’s rejection of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, later the very same day, the Monica Lewinsky scandal breaks out, destroying the Clinton presidency and resulting in his impeachment.

5. No. 5…. 1998 28 September

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright finishes the final details of an agreement which requires Israel to surrender 13 percent of Yesha (Judah and Samaria). President Bill Clinton meets with Yasser Arafat and Netanyahu at the White House to finalize another Israel “land for peace” hoodwink. Later, Arafat addresses the United Nations and declares an independent Palestinian state by May 1999.

1998 28 September – Same Day – Hurricane George hits Gulf Coast
Hurricane George blasts the Gulf Coast with 110 mph winds and gusts up to 175 mph. The hurricane hit the coast and stalled until the agreement was finalized and Arafat addressed the UN. Then it hit and caused $1 billion in damage. At the exact time that Arafat departs the U.S., the storm begins to dissipate.

6. Number Six in the list of “coincidences”…

1998 15 October
Arafat and Netanyahu meet at the Wye River Plantation in Maryland. The talks are scheduled to last five days with the focus on Israel giving up 13 percent of Yesha. The talks are extended and conclude on October 23.

1998 17 October – Two days later – Tornadoes hit Texas
On October 17, heavy storms and tornadoes hit southern Texas. The San Antonio area is deluged with rain. The rain and flooding in Texas continue until October 22 and then subside. The floods ravage 25 percent of Texas and leave over one billion dollars in damage. On October 21, Clinton declares this section of Texas a major disaster area.

7. Number 7 A Financial Disaster…(3rd worst day in financial history)

1998 30 November
Arafat arrives in Washington again to meet with President Clinton to raise money for a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital. A total of 42 other nations were represented in Washington. All the nations agreed to give Arafat $3 billion in aid. Clinton promised $400 million, and the European nations $1.7 billion.

1998 30 November – Same Day – Financial Disaster
The Dow Jones average drops 216 points, and on December 1, the European Market had its third worst day in history. Hundreds of billions of market capitalization were wiped out in the U.S. and Europe.

8. Number 8… “Coincidence”

1998 12 December
President Clinton arrives in the Palestinian-controlled section of Israel to discuss another “land for peace” fiasco.

1998 12 December – Same Day – Clinton impeached
The U.S. House of Representatives vote four articles of impeachment against President Clinton.

9. Number 9 in the list of “Coincidences”.

1999 3 May
Yasser Arafat schedules a press conference to announce a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital.

1999 3 May – Same Day – Powerful Storms in Oklahoma and Kansas
The most powerful tornado storm system ever to hit the United States whips through Oklahoma and Kansas. The winds are clocked at 316 mph, the fastest wind speed ever recorded. Arafat postpones his announcement to December 1999 at the request of buddy President Clinton. In his letter to Arafat, Clinton praises and encourages Arafat for his “aspirations for his own land.”

10. This is the number 10 “Coincidence”

2001 8 June
President George W. Bush sends Secretary Tenet to Jerusalem to promote his “Roadmap to Peace,” the continuation of the failed Oslo Accord.

2001 8 June – Same Day – Tropical Storm Allison hits Texas
Tropical storm Allison hits Texas the home state of President George W. Bush. Allison causes over $7 billion in damage and closes George Bush Airport for two days. Allison continues for five long days. When Tenet leaves Jerusalem, Allison settles down.

11. 2005 23 August…This was one of the saddest days as I watched and listened to Jews being evicted from their homes in the most beautiful of places….

Gush Katif was paradise. And it was destroyed by those who took it over.
Israel completed the evacuation of the Gaza Strip and gave it to the Palestinians. The Gaza Strip evacuaton came directly from President Bush’s “Roadmap to Peace.”
Destruction was to see another “coincidence”….
This was how one American viewed the storm……

2005 23 August – the Same Day – Tropical Storm Katrina appears
August 23, a small insignificant tropical storm slowly appeared in the Atlantic below the Bahamas named Katrina. From her beginning meteorologists stated the U.S. had nothing to fear. Katrina packed little punch, plus the computer forecasts kept Katrina calmly corralled in the Atlantic. Defying the computer models, Katrina turned south-east, scraped the south tip of Florida and then with the vengeance of a runaway freight train Katrina took an unexpected turn into the warm Gulf Coast. Meteorologists tracking Katrina’s unusual path labeled Katrina one of history’s most bizarre hurricanes.

2005 29 August – Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans
Katrina raced directly toward New Orleans, harnessing deadly strength every moment. Literally recording wind strength “off the scale” On Monday, August 29, the nation watched in horror as deadly Katrina slammed and slaughtered the fragile Gulf Coast. Destructive Katrina left beautiful homes as piles of worthless rubbish. Deadly Katrina tossed bodies like litter along the highway. When Katrina ended her deadly mission America suffered the worst disaster in her storied history. As I saw the thousands of homes destroyed, my mind kept going back to those U.S. ordered bulldozers destroying the Jewish homes in the Gaza Strip. As I saw the thousands and thousands of United States citizens being evacuated from their land, my mind could not keep from remembering the Jewish people crying and literally begging to stay in their land. America found no mercy for the Jewish people. . .
With no mercy. . . Katrina completely “bulldozed” tens of thousands of homes. Katrina completely “evacuated” the celebrated city of New Orleans. Hundreds of thousands are homeless, helpless and hopeless. The greatest displacement of U.S. citizens in history occurred. Over 10,000 people are estimated dead. Over 400,000 jobs were wiped out. President Bush has requested $50 billion from Congress for the first round of Katrina’s expensive bill. Estimates put Katrina’s final bill – over $150 billion.
Most reporters described the aftermath of New Orleans worse than anything they’ve ever seen.
Could it possibly be true what is written?
That the Hashem really is watching over HIS own little Land..
“They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. . .
So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.”
Tehillim 83:4, 15