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Here's a thought about water on this very wet (at least here in Denver) day. The Biblical creation story (which Jews around the world read about in the Torah this week), walks us through God's creation of the world. It describes the formation of almost everything - from bugs to babies, from food to creepy crawly things to college football (OK, it's not exactly in there but it should be) - it's all there. However, until it was pointed out to me,...

Recently I spoke at the OKA Institute Water Sustainability Conference on Israel's rise as a water superpower, or what I call, "The Aqua Nation." In my talk I spoke about Israel's amazing accomplishments in the area of water, such as: Israel treats nearly all of it's sewage and reuses almost 90% of it for agriculture Israel is the only country in the world with a net gain of trees over the past century Israel is the only country in the...

Acres of Diamonds There is a famous story called “Acres of Diamonds,” about a man in an African village who was visited by a traveller who told him of rumors that diamonds had been found across the river. This man became obsessed with discovering such diamonds, sold his home and wandered off in search of treasures.. After years of difficult and fruitless searching, destitute and in a state of desperation, he threw himself into the sea. Meanwhile, back at the home...

Israel, aka “The Startup Nation,” is also known as "the Silicon Wadi," an Arabic pun on "the Silicon Valley," and rightly so. Many Israeli-Arabs and Palestinians are engaged in the thriving Israeli startup and high tech ecosystem, with certain cities like Nazareth leading the way. Absolutely, more attention, energy and resources need to be devoted to providing each of these groups pathways into the Startup Nation, along with many other minorities and/or marginalized groups - not only in Israel, but in the...

Israel has more start-ups, investment capital, multinational R&D centers and companies on the NASDAQ, per capita, than anywhere else in the world -- and the list goes on. This is why Israel has been dubbed the “Start-up Nation”  However, the question we need to answer is, “Why Israel?” Why did this tiny country, a young country, a country with no natural resources and perennially pounded by all kinds of adversity become the Start-up Nation? Although Israel is all about technological breakthroughs,...