Tag Archives: Israel


10 Aug

The role of a leader is to defend, redeem, preach and govern.

A leader cannot point the way. A teacher just can’t teach. A leader must have intuition, empathy and know how to delegate, giving guidance in a way the recipient will absorb and digest. A leader must observe, be merciful knowing when a lamb is thirsty needing to drink.

The role of a leader is to nurture. When a person leaves their faith they are as if the lamb that ran from Moses to water to drink. A person leaving their faith thirsts for meaning in life.

The true leader will walk with his protege, re-fill their depleted faith, be their defender, the ultimate sacrifice.

Moses learned a lesson in leadership. Moses faith was depleted.  Moses lacked the esteem to believe the people would hear his message.

God revealed himself. God refilled Moses depleted faith. Moses didn’t feel worthy. Moses said , “Who am I?” God said to His protege, “I will be with you.”

Moses said, “no.” Moses knew he wasn’t going to be the person to lead the Israelite in to the Promised Land.  Moses knew he wasn’t worthy. So, Moses said the people needed to be spoken to and that he, Moses, had a speech impediment.

Moses begged God to send someone else to get the job done.
Moses knew the Israelites would be exiled again. Moses knew the temple destroyed.  Moses knew the future of Israel.

So, God gave Moses a test, the burning bush. Seven days, seven nights, Moses resisted that test that teaches us that while leaders can be born, Leaders can be made, that a true leader takes a lifetime of tutoring, the Leadership lesson from Moses .



30 Jan

Ten years ago today my baby brother remained 41. Scotty Chezi Stuart Shore Goldberg was larger than life amazing man who, that day, was a commuter on a public bus in Israel that did not make it all the way on its route. A 25 year old Palestinian man ended the commuters rides outside Sharon’s residence. 11 families became inducted in to a special club we never wanted to be part of, all of us in our way becoming mentors to other victims of tragedy. Newtown or Israel, Boston or Lockerbie- there is no magic formula to knowing or predicting who THAT terrorist might be. Somethings are out of our hands. What is in our hands is to make each day the best, live it to our fullest, tell our truths, leave no regrets, and tell the ones you love you care for them making sure no day ends with angry words or ‘wish I had…’
Eternally a sister


7 Jul

NA.TIV  (https://www.google.com/search?q=definition+native&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a)


A person born in a specified place or associated with a place by birth, whether subsequently resident there or not.

ISRAELI LEADERS                                          ARAB LEADERS

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU                                   YASSER ARAFAT

Born 21 October 1949                                     Born 24 August 1929

Tel Aviv                                                            Cairo , Egypt

EHUD BARAK                                                   SAEB BERAKAT
Born 12 February 1942                                    Born April 28, 1955

Mishmar HaSharon                                            Jordan

British Mandate of Palestine                               has Jordanian citizenship


ARIEL SHARON                                                FAISAL ABDEL QADER AL-HUSSEINI

Born 26 February 1928                                       Born in1948

Kfar Malal                                                          Bagdad , Iraq

British Mandate of Palestine

EHUD OLMERT                                                  SARI NUSSEIBEH

Born 30 September 1945                                    Born in 1949

Binyamina-Giv’at Ada                                         Damascus , Syria

British Mandate of Palestine .


ITZHAK RABIN                                                  MAHMOUD AL-ZAHAR

Born 1 March 1922                                           Born 1945

Jerusalem                                                         Cairo , Egypt

British Mandate of Palestine .


Israeli President 1977-1982

Born 9 April 1921


British Mandate of Palestine .


Israeli President 1993-2000

Born 15 June 1924

Tel Aviv

British Mandate of Palestine .





10 Jun

Moves can be cathartic. This move I didn’t leap. I had my list. And I stuck to it. Doggedly determined, everything checked off.

The thing about moving is that sometimes there is time to sort through everything. A move with all one’s baggage is just like standing on the OTHER foot, nothing much has changed. Leaving things behind, throwing things out and rehoming treasures are the weights and balances we go through. Some of my weights sit within me. Some I can do something about. Where four years went, I cant. And my brother. Whooosh. Never leaves my eyes as I look out into the world.


I had a wreath that decorated my flat. Pretty. Yellow. VERY yellow and decorated with dragonflies and lady bugs. Everyone knows lady bugs are lucky. Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home. Your house is on fire and your kids are all gone. To be honest, I don’t know if that is how the ditty goes, or don’t. I do know that it was time for the wreath I made by home to be passed forward, in the least to bring a smile for someone needing a smile.


I had made the decision to take the wreath to Arlington about two days ago. Or was it one. I told my friend I was going to take my wreath to Arlington, Section 60, and find it a new home with someone needing a smile for Eternal Life. I figured I would know which headstone needed a heart beat albeit from a stranger. I had a glass rectangle filled with clear stones. It once held my bamboo plant I experimented splicing in to  MORE than one bamboo plant. Miracle of miracles it lives still but not in the glass rectangle- in an old green glass fluet I treasured. It fit.


Memorial Day I had gone to Arlington. I decided there were living who needed to know someone cared enough to learn about their loved one. I know firsthand the desire to know our lost ones aren’t forgot that their death reflected the difference they made in life.


I pulled up to Section 60. It is the Living Part of Arlington. Tourists for the most part don’t come here. Media shows up when sound bytes or burials take place. I went to listen. In the distance, as I was nearing the plots, I saw a young man kneeling his dog beside him. I walked over. I said hi. I refixed my very yellow daffodils on to the wreath, explaining I came to listen. I ended up talking, too. We are family who never met bonded by a grief others don’t get- merciless murder of loved ones from hate we don’t understand. His shades masked his tears. In time his heart opened up and I learned about David. This sister learned about a brother. This brother learned about a sister. We learned a bit about each other’s pasts. Opening up is hard because usually people are just being polite to listen. We live our grief every day. We will, for the rest of our lives.


I met his friend who traveled with him from out of state, his girl friend and pup. Dogs will be dogs even in Arlington. Got to love them, will pups never learn that grass is only greener in the ‘other fellows yard.’ In pups tummys, well. We all know how that one ends up, grin and smile.


I know his mom. She is mine. Women, strong, not showing their emotions. Their grief is tied up in being stoic. No parent wishes to lose a child. And when a parent does? Their blessing is shorter lives than siblings must endure, let alone siblings sharing birthdates, hobbies, fancies and love. We are changed forever.


I drove off then returned. Gave him my card. Said, I heard you. Sometimes it is important to know that people that listen really do and don’t just disappear. Please take the crystal pebbles, I told him. I know now why I was meant to come, bringing them along. Somewhere on your journey, I said, you will find people, in David’s path, who will need a crystal to hold on to, something to finger rub, something that lets them know too, life isnt a cakewalk, nor is it joke. It is as serious as a heartattack or in our cases- our brothers- a mad bomber on a bus or a suicide bomber with a vest- who decided there was virtue in senseless murder- of two men who made a difference- even if the difference was in our lives, and hearts, and families, alone…..


17 May

WHY DO JEWISH BOYS & GIRLS MAKE GREAT ASTRONAUTS?  Because they were raised by mothers who raised them to believe they are out of this world.

NASA was challenged to find ball point pens did not work in zero gravity. Over $1.2 billion was spent developing a zero gravity upside down underwater on any suface including glass & at temperatures from below freezing to 300 Celsius

When NASA first started sending up the astronauts, they quickly discovered that ball-point pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat the problem, NASA spent a decade and $1.2 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside-down, underwater, on almost any surface, including glass, and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300 Celsius. The Israelis? They sent their astronauts into space with pencils.

FIRST JEW IN SPACE?: Boris Volnyov commander of Soyuz 5, January 1969

FIRST AMERICAN JEWISH ASTRONAUT: Judy Resnick, mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Discovery maiden voyage, 1984 and then again on the  Challenger when the Challenger broke apart shortly after liftoff on its 10th mission. Seems that Resnick was a candle lighting girl. Her rabbi told her candles could be replaced with electric lights set to go on corresponding to Shabbat, home base Houston  

FIRST TORAH IN SPACE: Jeffrey Hoffman the first Jewish man in space made sure Torahs were ‘out of this world’ 1996 mission Space Shuttle Columbia.

FIRST DREIDEL SPIN IN SPACE: David Wolf orbited during Hanukkah took advantage of zero gravity to spin his dreidels for a record dreidel spin of

1 ½ hours – $25000 until it got lost in an air filter

FIRST MEZUZOT IN SPACE: In 2008 Gregory Chamitoff placed rocket shaped mezuzot on to the International Space Station door post near his bunk bed.

FIRST KOSHER FOOD EATER IN SPACE: Ilan Ramon an Israeli payload specialist astronaut on the Space Shuttle Columbia requested kosher food in space. Ilan asked a rabbi how to observe Shabbat while in orbit. Ilan died with his crew mates when the Columbia disintegrated during re-entry over Southern Texas. Ilan carried a microfiche copy of the Bible and a picture of Earth as seen from the moon drawn by a Jewish boy in a World War II concentration camp  

BEST BUDS FOREVER: The first Jewish astronaut to live on the International Space Station, Gary Reisman brought a memento from Ilan Ramon’s widow with him


22 Apr

Speedy heart monitoring.  Sheba Medical Center researchers and Israeli start-up Lev-El Diagnostics of Heart Disease have developed an algorithm that could save lives by quickly identifying patients with heart disease.  Patients used to have to wear heart monitors for 24 – 48 hours. Now they are diagnosed in one hour.


The cutting edge of cell therapy.  18 Israeli companies develop or market cell-based treatment products – an unprecedented large proportion in relation to the country’s population. All of them are attending the Israstem Conference in Ramat Gan starting Apr 22, to discuss stem cells, cell therapy, and regenerative medicine. 


 More clues in search for cause of Alzheimer’s.  Researchers at Tel Aviv University gave electric stimulation to the brains of rats and found that high-frequency “bursts” produced the same destructive plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.


Success in IBD trials.  Israel’s BiolineRX has announced positive results for the Phase IIa clinical trial of BL-7040, an oral treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease affect as many as 1.4 million individuals in the US alone.


A lifeline on your wrist.  Israeli start-up Oxitone has developed a blood-oxygen monitor that can be worn on the wrist by those “at risk” to warn of any sudden deterioration in their condition.  Oxitone has been selected for GE Healthcare’s Start-Up Health Academy Entrepreneurship Program – one of only two companies outside of the US to be chosen for their 3-year program that turns fledgling businesses into prime companies.


Boston Marathon – hospital had Israeli training.  Dr Alasdair Conn, Chief of Emergency Services at Massachusetts General Hospital stated that two years ago they asked the Israelis to set up a disaster team that could respond to a mass-casualty event. This prepared them for dealing with the Boston Marathon bombing.


Gaza weekly deliveries:  In the week ending 6th April, 992 trucks brought 27,880 tons of goods into Gaza from Israel 


Industrial park for Nazareth.  Israel has opened a new industrial park in Nazareth to promote economic cooperation between the region’s diverse Jewish, Christian and Muslim citizens.  It is modeled on nearby Tefen Industrial Park, designed to bring together industrial, educational and cultural facilities all in one space to foster innovation, growth and peace.


Israel’s on-line Ambassadors.  A Muslim Bedouin girl, several Druse, a Pole and 26 Israeli Jews make up the latest group of Haifa University students training to represent Israel as unofficial ambassadors in the international arena.  Muslim Ayat Rahal says “I want to show a true picture of Israel. It’s not all protests.”       


Egyptian academics study Israeli language and culture.  I’m taking this article at face value, but I’m very surprised.  At any one time, close to 20,000 students at nine of the 14 Egyptian universities study Hebrew.  Each year, at least 2,000 Egyptian students graduate with bachelor’s degrees that include the study of Hebrew.


Yale student union’s President is Israeli.  Daniel Avraham has made history at Yale University after having been elected as the first Israeli to serve as the institution’s student union president.  The 24-year-old Jerusalem native is a graduate of Herzliyah’s Gymnasia


The fastest emergency response.  (Thanks to NoCamels.com)  Israeli start-up NowForce has developed a replacement for expensive emergency call centers.  It comprises a distress signal app for the smartphone; an app for the rescue worker (including paging and directing); finally, a dispatch center back-end solution.  In the Missouri police department NowForce has cut response times to one sixth of those experienced previously.


Your smartphone can have Everything.  If you search for anything on a smartphone running the new Firefox operating system, it will fire up the software from Israeli start-up Everything.me.  Then things really happen as it loads applications dynamically to show you everything you might want, in connection with your search.


Pump your photos up to the Cloud.  Israel’s Pumpic is for those who frequently want to share large numbers or high quality photos with their friends and colleagues.  Users can send up to 10,000 images – each up to 100 MB in size – instantaneously.  Pumpic has just raised $700,000 in its first round of financing.


Fixing mobile phones wirelessly.  Two Israeli companies Cellebrite and CommuniTake are working together to establish a service that can diagnose and repair smartphones whilst still in the hands of


Israelis get top European award.  Eight Israeli companies received the Red Herring’s Top 100 Europe Award, given to Europe’s leading private companies in recognition of their innovations and technologies.  They were Celeno, Modelity Technologies, MyThings, NLT Spine, Phinergy, Somoto, Valens and WalkMe.


Inside the Technion – Israel’s Hard Drive.  A rare positive article in the New York Times about one of Israel’s top education institutes.  It features an Israeli-Arab student – one of the 20% of Arabs at the Technion.



The biggest hi-tech celebration.  Israel’s high-tech industry – in the form of the Israel Advanced Technologies Industry group – threw a huge Independence Day party for hundreds of guests in Tel Aviv. Representatives of 17 R&D labs of multinational companies, including Intel, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Yahoo, HP, Oracle and Philips talked about the innovations, accomplishments, and contributions they make to their parent companies.



65 years of innovation.  This is the definitive list of Israel’s inventions.  It includes the solar water heater, amniocentesis testing, drip irrigation, desalination, unmanned drone aircraft, 8088 and Centrino computer chips, RSA encryption, Quasicrystals, instant messaging, Pillcam, the flash drive, ReWalk and a whole lot more.



Georgia will G.R.O.W. with Israel.  A program called G.R.O.W. – Georgia Reaching Out Worldwide is attracting trade between the US State and the Jewish State.  Ronen Kenan, who represents Georgia in Israel, said, “Israel is a gateway to a lot of markets in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa.”


Israel trade with India to soar.  A new Free Trade Agreement between Israel and India is expected to triple the current $5 billion trade between the two. Minister Yahel Vilan cited potential for immense growth in healthcare, agriculture, irrigation, renewable energy, aviation, IT and water management.


Israel’s exports have increased by 15,000 per cent.  In 1948 Israel exported $6 million worth of goods and services.  Today’s value is $91 billion, making tiny Israel the 38th largest exporter in the world.  Not bad for the 97th largest population in the world.



Good publicity.  Two Israeli companies Outbrain and Taboola are at the top of the content marketing business.  For a small fee, they can bring thousands of new readers to a website.


 Recycled poetry on Israeli streets.  Israeli artist Nitzan Mintz writes her poems on the streets of Tel Aviv, using disregarded materials from dumpsters and public spaces. “I use only recycled materials in my art. I use birdcages, pieces of wood, anything. It’s like a gift from God. I need art materials and I find them,” she said.


Three Israeli acts at Glastonbury.  For the first time, Israel will be represented at the UK’s leading music festival.  Acollective is a seven-piece band performing punk, folk and electronic jazz.  Saz (Sameh Zakout) raps in Arabic, Hebrew and English.  Soul singer Ester Rada has been compared to Lauryn Hill and Eryka Badu.


21 Apr

Makor Rishon reports on an archaeological find that may turn out to be a royal castle from David’s time that appears to date to the period of Judean kings, identified by Binyamin Tropper, of the Kfar Etzion Field School. Tropper found a cave in the area of southern Jerusalem, he identified as “a proto-aeolic capital” connected to a column. The decorated stone at the head of an ancient column, the capital dates back to the Biblical era.

Only 30 similar capitals have been found in Israel to date. Five were found in areas where Biblical-era kings lived. This capital is still attached to the column, making it rare. The weight of the column and capital are estimated to be about five tons. It is believed the find, which may mark a breakthrough in the perception of the period of King David and his son, Solomon, and of the entire Judean kingdom.”

Makor Rishon reports “apparently indicates that an entire temple of castle is buried beneath it,” Israel is mum for 18 months now on the discovery impacting Judaism’s historic Dads. There is concern the find will end up in PA territory depending on how the fence is moved- 100 yards this way or that way. Belief is there is potential for uncovering a complete castle and possibly an entire neighborhood from the Judean kings’ period, for the first time ever. Details inside could be “amazing.”