Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Nisan 23, 5774

The Jewish state's experiencing a wine revolution
By:
Martin Davidson, JE Feature
This last year has been a significant one for Israeli and kosher wines. After years of concerted efforts to change the perception of critics and consumers, the breakthrough finally came in December of 2007, when Robert Parker's Wine Advocate heaped praise on Israeli wines, including kosher varietals, awarding 14 wines with a huge "90" (rated outstanding) score. The Wine Spectator...
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Taking time out from his political and criminal investigation problems, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert visited a Nazareth school on the first day of classes in Israel last week. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/BPH Images
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By:
Rivka Tal
If you have nothing to talk about one day, ask your local culinary experts what halvah is and where it originated. You might be surprised at the answers. The Larousse Gastronomique, for example, states that "halvah or halva" is "an Eastern sweetmeat based on roasted sesame seeds, which are ground into a smooth paste (tahini), then mixed with boiled sugar."...
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By:
Andre Oboler
The influence of the Internet on our lives is increasing. The online world allows the creation of a virtual reality that at times bears only passing resemblance to facts on the ground. The gap between reality and virtual reality is further exploited by political activists promoting what we term "replacement geography," a means of controlling the virtual representation of land...
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By:
Barry Rubin
Hamas celebrated its first anniversary of power in the Gaza Strip amidst massive misinterpretations regarding the situation there. Ironically, Hamas' victory and survival have less to do with Israel than the rotten strategy of the late Yasser Arafat. He ruled the Palestinian movement for 35 years by establishing a weak, anarchic, corrupt and factionalized structure, which he played like a...
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