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The following is by Avi Jorisch, author of the recently published book: Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World. It is an important insight and helpful way to understand the story of the Exodus for those preparing for the Jewish holiday of Passover.  An Open Letter to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi Dear President Sisi: Egypt’s annual water supply has dropped dramatically in the last 70 years. The United Nations predicts that by 2025, your country will approach a state of...

Once upon a time an article like the one below, a European VC firm setting up a 375 million dollar fund, would have constituted news. Certainly it would have captivated Israel's attention and definitely been newsworthy. Now, however, it's buried at the back of the paper, if it makes it into the headlines at all. Why? Because Israel raises more VC money, per capita, than anywhere else in the world. Because Israel raises more VC money than any European country. Because...

For all of our Silicon Prairie friends in the Chicago area, check out this upcoming Israeli Fintech event sponsored by welaunch's partner, the American Israel Chamber of Commerce. It's sure to be a great event. Invitation to Israel Innovation Showcase 04-24-18 http://www.americaisrael.org/2018-spring-innovation-showcase...

You ever read a book and think, "that's the book I should have written?" That's how I feel about Avi Jorisch and his new book, "Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World." Thou Shalt Innovate introduces the reader to Israelis who exude light in the face of darkness, people who have chosen hope and healing over death and destruction. In a world that has more than its share of darkness, these stories are rays of light. However, as I only care...