In Park Slope, a tale of coexistence and toilet training.
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On Friday nights I get to my girlfriend Brenda’s Park Slope clapboard and welcome Shabbos with her and her 3-year-old daughter Marta. I stay through the weekend and on Monday mornings will walk Brenda and Marta to Rida’s two-story house, where Marta and several other children will spend the day.
Israeli tech start-ups are known for creating new efficiencies. Think GetTaxi, a taxi-finding service, and Waze, the Israeli navigation app which recently sold to Google for over a billion dollars. EatWith, the newest young, web-based Israeli company to come to New York, likewise uses the Internet to make connections, but its mission is more to slow things down than speed them up.
Thought the cronut craze was just in the U.S.? Think again.
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It’s the newest pastry craze sweeping the U.S.: the not-so-appetizingly named cronut. And recently the first cronut — a flaky/chewy cross between a croissant and a doughnut — made landfall in Israel, becoming the first kosher-certified cronut available in the world.
Let the jokes begin. From the people who wandered in the desert for 40 years comes the best navigational app so far. Waze, an Israeli crowdsourced navigation mobile application, has been growing in popularity over the past couple years. And in the past half a year there have been more than a few rumors that Waze was on the verge of being bought by Apple and Facebook. Those deals never materialized and some say it was because Uri Levine and his investment partners at Waze were holding out for more.
Pack some springtime flavor into fluffy Israeli couscous.
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Couscous, the grain so nice they named it twice! Oy, a corny joke, but also quite accurate when it comes to Israeli couscous. As I learned from Sam Talbot on GMC Trade Secrets, Israeli couscous is smaller than ordinary couscous and therefore less granie, and quicker to cook. What’s nice about this recipe is it packs in a lot of great spices and flavors thanks to the dried coconut, pine nuts, onion, lemon and garlic. A perfect dish to welcome springtime.
So much for remembering our history; farewell to compassion. Those were my thoughts after reading the news this week that Israel officially began its plan to expel thousands of African immigrants, many of whom claim to be seeking political asylum. On Monday, 115 Africans—mostly from South Sudan, which came into being only recently, after the horrors of Darfur—were arrested by the Israeli police. Another 73 were detained at the Israeli border.
Hofesh Shechter often gets annoyed when people only see Jewish or Israeli references in his choreography. “It’s a very interesting, conflicted way the world sees Jews,” he told me a while back. “People [in England] refer to me as Jewish rather than Israeli. There’s this pigeonhole, this file that says ‘Jewish’ on it.”
In response to a changing attitude toward Israel on college campuses, the Israel advocacy group StandWithUs lauched in 2001. Its goal was to serve as an informational guerrilla unit of sorts and work with established campus organizations like Hillel to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Israel propaganda. With calls for universities to divest from Israeli companies still occurring on campuses across North America, StandWithUs has found itself growing in recent years and working harder to reach more college students.