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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...