In the rubble-strewn streets of Port-au-Prince, three IDF rescue teams carefully searched through the ruins of the Haitian capital for survivors of the devastating January 12 earthquake. Racing against the clock, these young Jews in uniform, accompanied by specially-trained canines, heroically sorted through mounds of debris and wreckage to pull the wounded to safety.
Meanwhile, the field hospital established by the IDF to treat victims of the disaster was quickly making a name for itself as the best-run and most fully-equipped operation in the area. Set up last Friday on a soccer field, the field hospital has 40 doctors, 24 nurses, teams of paramedics, X-ray equipment and personnel, an emergency room, a children's ward, a maternity ward and even a pharmacy.
No other nation, including the US, has yet to establish anything remotely as advanced or comprehensive, despite the passage of more than a week since the quake hit.
"This is the moment when you become proud in being a part, however small, of the help given to the people who need you so much," he said.
Only eight days after Haiti was devastated by a magnitude 7 earthquake, a 6.1 magnitude quake struck again on Wednesday morning, shaking buildings and sending screaming people running into the streets.
Earlier Wednesday, two brothers aged 10 and seven were rescued from the rubble in Port au-Prince and brought to the Israeli field hospital in the Haitian capital. They were listed in good condition.
Saturday night Israeli doctors delivered a baby boy, whose mother promptly declared would be named “Israel.”
Meanwhile, the IDF’s rescue teams continue to play a vital role in the race against time to find survivors. Rescue team members saved the life of a customs clerk who has been trapped in his office by debris and sent him to the field hospital for treatment.
Israeli officials say that from their experience, it is reasonable to believe survivors can be located and pulled from debris five or six days after a disaster of this kind, but very rarely beyond that time period. Israel is making a heartfelt attempt to save as many people as possible.
In the Black Garden, Be'er was enamored with the three primary colors and it's obvious he had a lot of fun with it, producing what is perhaps his most visually striking work - it simply takes your breath away with its overwhelming beauty.
One haunting image was a sea of sand-colored silk, like dunes hit by a desert storm. With a change of the lights, the silky waves faded out and an iridescent red body packed in a paper cocoon was suddenly revealed.
In the last 14 years the Women's Festival has grown in popularity and scope, and this year's program features talented artists from a number of disciplines, including rock and pop vocalists Corinne Allal, Yael Deckelbaum, Rona Kenan and Ninet Tayeb.
Jazz is also represented, as pianist Anat Fort hosts percussion virtuoso Zohar Fresco in a program that incorporating material by both artists as well as some improvisation.
Theater is also an important part of the festival, and this year the festival features a tribute to American-born Israeli director and acting teacher Nola Chilton who has mentored many of the country's leading artists in the last four decades.
The delegation will consist of 121 members, including 40 doctors and five search-and-rescue teams. A field hospital will likely be set up in an area in or around the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and will remain for at least two weeks.
The planes will land on Friday and the field hospital will likely begin operations on Saturday. Soldiers from combat units are also being sent to provide security for the Israeli delegation.
It is hoped that the search-and-rescue teams can still succeed in rescuing people trapped beneath the rubble. The pictures from Haiti are reminiscent of the last rescue mission Israel launched to India in 2002.
The excavation was done prior to the construction of an apartment building in the "Green Fichman" project in Ramat Aviv.
Very old artifacts thought to be between 13,000 and 100,000 years' old were discovered at the excavation. The ancient building consisted of at least three rooms, and pottery shards found there attest to the age of the site, which dates to the Neolithic period.
Archaeologist Ayelet Dayan, director of the excavation on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, said the discovery was "both important and surprising" to researchers of the period. She continued, "For the first time, we have encountered evidence of a permanent habitation that existed in the Tel Aviv region 8,000 years ago."
Marquez is considered to be the finest example of the classic Spanish dancer. Perhaps the most enjoyable element of any good flamenco performance is the energy possessed by the dancers and musicians on stage. They seem to convey both an intense desire to connect with the crowd as well as an immense joy for their art.
Antonio Marquez will perform at Herzliya Performing Arts Center from January 13 to 16, at the Haifa Auditorium on January 17, Rishon Lezion Performing Arts Center on January 18, and at Jerusalem's Sherover Theater on January 20.
The Wittelsbach diamond was part of the dowry for the Infanta Margarita Teresa.. For more than a half-century, the location of one of the world’s most celebrated diamonds, the fabled grayish blue Wittelsbach, was obscure. It was taken to Europe in the 17th century from India and given to the Infanta Margarita Teresa by her father (the King of Spain) in 1664, eventually becoming part of both the Austrian and Bavarian crown jewels. The stone eventually passed into private hands, and its whereabouts had been a mystery until it suddenly turned up at an auction at Christie’s in London in 2008.
Within a matter of minutes the Wittelsbach sold for the extraordinary price of $24.3 million — the most ever paid for a diamond at auction and a sum that may also have rendered the Wittelsbach blue, by weight, the most valuable commodity on earth.
Later this month, the Wittelsbach will go on display view alongside the legendary Hope diamond, a larger stone but a slightly more drab diamond, at the Smithsonian Institute.
A trapezoid-shaped pottery shard was discovered at excavations by Prof. Yosef Garfinkel near the Elah valley, and deciphered by Prof. Gershon Galil.
Prof. Galil of the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa recently deciphered the Hebrew inscription, making it the earliest known Hebrew writing. The inscription was dated back to the 10th century BCE, which was the period of King David's reign.
Some cooks believe that hours of simmering is necessary for a full-flavored sauce, but you can make a delicious sauce in less than 20 minutes. The key is to saute the aromatic vegetables used to flavor the sauce in fruity olive oil, and then to saute the meat with them before you add the tomatoes or any liquid.
A small amount of dry wine added to the pan just after you have finished sauteing the meat gives a good sweet-tart flavor that balances the richness of the meat.
To quickly thicken the sauce, add just a little liquid at the beginning; more water can always add more later if needed to thin the sauce out. When using canned tomatoes, drain the juice and add it only if needed. Even faster, use prepared tomato sauce instead of canned tomatoes. A spoonful or two of tomato paste added at the last minute will quickly thicken the sauce and give it a deeper red hue.
Spaghetti sauces make the satisfying taste of a small amount of meat go a long way, and make sense nutritionally and economically. To keep the saturated fat low, purchase ground meat that's as lean as possible; it may not make juicy hamburgers but is fine in tomato sauce.
1 to 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, minced
1 small carrot, diced (optional)
1 celery rib, diced (optional)
2 large garlic cloves, minced
225 gr. (about 1 cup) lean ground beef
A 400-gr. can diced tomatoes, drained
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
1/2 cup dry white wine, beef or chicken broth, or 1/4 cup wine and 1/4 cup broth
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. hot red pepper flakes
Salt and freshly ground pepper
3 cups sliced mushrooms (about 170 gr.)
450 gr. spaghetti
Heat oil in a heavy medium saute pan. Add onion, carrot and celery and saute over medium-high heat, stirring often, 2 minutes. Add garlic, then beef and saute, crumbling meat with a fork, about 3 minutes or until it changes color.
Add tomatoes, tomato paste, wine, basil, pepper flakes, salt and pepper and bring to a boil, stirring. Add mushrooms. Cover and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook spaghetti in a large pot of boiling salted water 8 to 10 minutes or until tender but firm to the bite. Drain and transfer to a large heated bowl. Add sauce and toss. Taste and adjust seasoning.
If you look closely, you may notice that the tailed, lizard-like species of humanoids called the Na'vi that populate the planet of Pandora in Cameron's epic science fiction extravaganza, have a little Israeli swagger.
"I worked on just about every character in the film, except for two," said Levavi, back in Israel after spending the previous 11 years perfecting his craft first in the US and for the last three years in New Zealand, where he signed onto Avatar.
Archaeologists say that having the areas for different activities indicates "a formalized conceptualization of a living space, often considered to reflect sophisticated cognition."
The were surprised to find the evidence of separate living and working spaces at an encampment that was occupied as early as 790,000 years ago. These living and working patterns were previously thought to be associated only with modern Homo sapiens in the last 200,000 years.
"This is an extraordinary site," said Alison S. Brooks, an anthropology professor at George Washington University, who was not involved in the research. "There are very, very few such sites from that time in Africa, the Middle East or anywhere."
Erben says "....I probably have a feeling for this kind of music," and for good reason - he has been the concertmaster of the famous Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra since 1987 and the leader of the Gewandhaus String Quartet (founded in 1808). He has played as a soloist under such conductors as Sir Neville Mariner, Kurt Masur, Herbert Blomstedt and Riccardo Chailly. According to Erben, "...I am happy to bring this music with me on my first visit to Israel."
Visiting Israel for the first time has been a great pleasure for Erben. "People are so warm and friendly here, be it in a taxi or in a supermarket," he says.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Culture and Sport, Limor Livnat, decided this year to promote the language by teaching the subject line of decisions of government staff work long after the Government Secretariat.
The government is expected to impose on the Ministerial Committee for Symbols and Ceremonies examine the declaration of the birth of Eliezer Ben Yehuda national language is Arabic. It also decided to establish a team headed by Cabinet Secretary with President Academy formulate recommendations and submit them to the government after a year.
The government is expected to approve the special meeting status Netanyahu Livnat, who will be dedicated for public discussion Hasoweim aspects of Hebrew as the language of the country. For this purpose will be allocated 300 thousand shekels. Also, the government is expected to approve the allocation of 70 thousand shekels each year nominated prime minister in the name of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda on strengthening the status of the Hebrew language.
According to Abu Sada, who held her first serious fashion show two months ago in Ramallah, young Palestinian women are becoming interested in fashion and have a renewed desire to look beautiful.
To Abu Sada, who wants to one day create a ful-fledged fashion house in her home town, the fact that young Palestinian women are finally showing a general interest in fashion and specifically in her unique designs is exhilarating.
Her colorful show in Ramallah showcased her latest collection, flowing silky fabrics with traditional Arab embellishments marked the evening gowns.
While Abu Sada is clearly proud of her Western designs, it is the ethnic beauty of her culture that she hopes to embody more than anything else.
"I want to show off my culture, but I also want to modernize it. That's why I choose different fabrics and colors that can blend together," she says.