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Why is it that whenever we experience droughts our first inclination is to pray? From Moses and the Israelites to today’s politicians, praying for rain seems to be a knee jerk reaction. Water shortages. Droughts. No rain. Many believe this constitutes cause to turn our eyes heavenwards and cry out to God to make it rain. Certainly it’s not shocking to read about Moses doing this multiple times during the Exodus from Egypt. Whether or not you are religious, as a...

Jews around the world prepare to usher in Rosh HaShana, the Jewish New Year, through prayer, family gatherings and, of course, the ritual of eating apples and honey (symbolizing a sweet New Year). Certainly it is a great opportunity to stop and reflect upon so many important things. This year, however, how about reflecting upon the importance of that actual honey you are about to consume? Did you know: Honey bees are responsible for 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. A single...

It’s not luck or coincidence that some regions become flourishing business communities in a particular sector. Detroit is known for automotive expertise, Silicon Valley for tech, Hartford for Insurance, Switzerland for watches, Germany for engineering. Take a look at Israel, a country that’s celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, is the size of New Jersey and has a population of 8.5 million. Israel has more than 5,000 startups, averaging 640 new startups per year dating back to 1999 – the...

In 1867, Mark Twain visited the Holy Land and gave this report:  "Israel is a desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds…a silent mournful expanse…a desolation…we never saw a human being on the whole route…hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country." In less than 70 years Israelis have transformed this country from barren deserts and a "desolate expanse," into...

In seventy brief years, Israel has ascended into the modern miracle of the Start-up Nation. The Israeli economy is bustling. Israeli innovation is flourishing. Israeli technology is everywhere, in everything and transforming the world for the better. And Israeli contributions to humanity in research, science, academics, arts, culture...

Today, on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), hundreds of Israeli entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers and the like, are filing into offices and co-work spaces across Israel, like mine here in Ra'anana, called WOPA (the welaunch HQ in Israel). And as they walk in the doors they will likely see Holocaust memorials like the one featured in the above picture (taken in my lobby). Later in the day these men and women, like Israelis across the country and Jews across the world, will stop for...

As Passover begins, Jews around the world will gather at their seder (holiday) table to tell the ancient story of the Exodus, and the journey Moses and the Israelites made from slavery to freedom. As many will recall, the climax of the story occurs when the Israelites, being pursued by Pharaoh and the Egyptian army, come to an impasse. Their escape route is cut off as they have run smack into the Red Sea. Their demise seems all but certain. So what...

In Judaism, there is a well-known expression that many Jews have heard called Tikun Olam. Literally Tikun Olam translates to, "fixing the world." This implies that the world is a broken place, and these days, with all the fires, floods, hurricanes, droughts, shootings, and other tragedies, it doesn't take a lot of convincing to see that, indeed, our world is in need of repair. Tikun Olam can be seen in a thousand different places and faces. And you don’t need to be...

There is a revolution taking place within our economy. Innovation is taking center stage and Israel is at that center. Listen to Prime Minister Netanyahu talk about Israel's rise as the Start-up Nation. Nearly a third of his AIPAC Policy Conference was devoted to innovation - that is how important this revolution has become.   https://youtu.be/VhJ2LJO8LkY...