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I grew up in Maryland, and was awed and inspired by Julia Child when her television program "The French Chef" began in 1963. I was hooked on her program and began cooking from her recipes, many of which I still use today. With the onset of Covid-19, Mako (Channel 12) began broadcasting a series of cooking programs starring Israel's top celebrity ch...
Text & photos: By Lydia Aisenberg A visit to the memorial honoring 73 Israeli soldiers and aircrew who perished when two IDF helicopters collided close to the Lebanese border in 1997 proved a deeply emotional, heart-breaking but also heart-lifting experience. Although there are a number of memorials dedicated to individual casualties in their h...
Rami Bar-Niv in Crete, 2017 Rami and Andi Bar-Niv in Rome, 2017 Caricature of Rami Bar-Niv by Yoel Buchwald Blood, Sweat, and Tours: Notes from the Diary of a Concert Pianist By Rami Bar-Niv AndreA 1070, April 2020; 238 Pages, illustrated Available on Amazon  What is a life well lived, and how can you craft one for yourself? This has been debated for centuries on a philosophical level. For those who prefer a practical example, Rami Bar-Niv's Blood, ...
 Years ago, Ruth and I had the privilege of participating in one of Eallan Hirshfeld's bus visits to Maarat Hamachpela. On the return trip, we stopped for Minchah prayers at Rachel's Tomb near Bethlehem. The trip was memorable in every sense of the word. Though I had seen Eallan in Raanana, we did not have a close relationship and that trip wa...
Journey Between Bookstores  Translated from the Hebrew by Norman Silbert Photos:Tal Sharet An island of light in a colorless sea I decided to begin my journey "Among the Bookstores" very close to home in a colorless place, the least likely place you would expect to find a bookstore. In the sub-level of the parking lot of the Modiin Mall, there...
Photos by Roni Sela This year started off on a high.Four young students studying Behavioral Science and Psychology at the Ruppin Academic Center joined the Young Adults group as part of their college project. Each week they prepared and administered an interesting activity. Despite the physical disabilities of the participants, we played bingo, we ...
Li Ka-shing blowing the shofar at the inauguration ceremony of GTIIT The Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology campus in Shantou, China Li Ka-shing with students of GTIIT in Shantou Artistic performance at the inauguration ceremony of GTIIT in Shantou, China The story behind a large donation  Photos: Technion PR department In 2013 one of the largest donations ever to an Israeli university was announced. Li Ka-shing, a business leader and philanthropist from Hong Kong, through his Li Ka-Shing Foundation, donated some $130 million to the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa, to establish t...
A British sextant used for navigation Credit:Eyal Amir/MadaTech) Early telescopes in a display cabinet in the View of Science room (Credit: Eyal Amir/ MadaTech) Swedish donor Harry Pommert (left) and his wife Eva with MadaTech officials at the opening ceremony in 2013 (Credit: Eyal Amir/MadaTech) A remarkable collection of scientific antique instruments at MadaTech - The Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space, Haifa   It all started in a small London antique shop in October 1969, when Harry Pommert, then a young Swedish student, first laid his eyes on a 100 years old microscope, which cost him a week's lunch. It ...
 Our daughter and her husband have chosen to live a non-observant life. They have been sending their two sons, ages 12 and 6, to a non-religious public school. But this summer they were posted by their company to Austin, Texas for a three-year period. The boys are now attending the Austin Jewish Academy and I am very pleased. Our daughter repo...
The story of my father's Second World War diaries started after his death on August 5, 2004, and I went to London for his funeral. While looking in his bedside table drawer, I found a bag containing his war medals and also two volumes of brown leather bound "Five Year Diaries". On looking through these two volumes I realized that I had never seen t...