Hebrew University

Academic Boycotts ‘Different’

Hebrew U. President says scholars harm themselves by closing their gates to new ideas, updated work.

12/24/2013
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Menahem Ben-Sasson has been president of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 2009 after having served for four years in the Knesset, where he chaired its Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. A historian of the heritage of Oriental Jewry, he has written some 40 books and scholarly articles on a range of subjects, including Jewish communities in Muslim lands, the relationship between religion and economics and law and spirituality as sources of authority in Medieval Oriental Society. The Jewish Week caught up with him last week in the wake of the vote by the American Studies Association to boycott Israeli universities.

Ben-Sasson: We have partnerships all over the world. JTA

Integrating Haredim Into Society By Segregating Classes?

While Hebrew U profs bristle at the prospect, several Israeli universities are offering single-sex programs for haredim.

06/26/2013
Israel Correspondent
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Jerusalem — For more than a year, officials at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have been grappling with a difficult decision: whether to introduce a haredi academic-degree program that would enable fervently Orthodox students to learn in gender-segregated classrooms (and, in the case of male students, with only male teachers), even though, officials say, these accommodations go against the principles of equality on which the university is based.

The Hebrew University campus is roiling over proposal for gender-segregated classes. Wikipedia Commons

How Noah Met Amy

03/05/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

The odds were not in their favor. It is highly unlikely that two old friends would just bump into each other on a subway platform in Manhattan. 

Noah Borenstein and Amy Heller

Another Israeli 'Spy Bird' Nabbed, This Time By Sudan

12/10/2012

For the second time in two years, one of Israel's neighbors claims to have intercepted a spy bird deployed by Israel.

Not a satellite or drone. An actual bird.

Sudanese officials have bagged a vulture tagged with an Israeli GPS chip, labeled with “Israel Nature Service” and “Hebrew University, Jerusalem,” Yedioth Ahronoth reported. 

Sudan is located south of Israel on the Red Sea, bording Egypt and Ethiopia.

Watching like a hawk?: Foes see nature experiments as spying.

Israel Becoming A Leader in Medical Marijuana Research

Health Ministry considering distribution of marijuana through pharmacies

11/06/2012

Aided by Israel’s strong reputation in science and medicine, the medical marijuana industry in Israel is to set to expand with official government support, the Associated Press reported.

Medical marijuana has been legal in Israel since the early 1990s. Coaster420/Wikimedia Commons

Hebrew University Loses Einstein Image Rights

10/24/2012

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has lost the right for exclusive and commercial use of Albert Einstein's image.

Hebrew University is the beneficiary of Einstein's estate. Wikimedia Commons

Torah Sage Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv Dies In Israel At 102

07/18/2012

In an age of sound bites and celebrity seekers, Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, who died Wednesday at age 102, represented a world apart.

The head of the Lithuanian haredi Orthodox community in Israel, Elyashiv was a Torah sage who shunned the limelight, dedicating himself single-mindedly to the pursuit of Torah study.

Einstein Online

Expanded Internet archive at Hebrew University offers window into physicist’s life and work.

03/20/2012

Jerusalem — Ever wonder about Albert Einstein’s love life?

Now you can get a firsthand glimpse by searching the newly improved Einstein Archives website, which relaunched Monday with expanded offerings.

The online archive now makes available digitally 2,000 documents from Einstein’s papers and other sources, as well as a searchable catalogue of more than 80,000 documents held in the Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Albert Einstein.

Hebrew University's Sarcasm Detector One of Year's Best Inventions (Time Magazine)

Jews aren't sarcastic at all!

Okay, that was me being sarcastic, but the problem with the Jewish tradition of sarcasm is that it doesn't translate well in Cyberspace where tone of speech doesn't come through in text. That's why it makes sense that the ability for computers to detect sarcastic speech has been developed in the Jewish homeland.

Hebrew U techs develops sarcasm detector

Brandman To Give $8 Million To Hebrew U. For Lab

Staff Writer
08/17/2010

 JTA — The widow of real estate mogul Saul Brandman said she was giving $8 million to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Joyce Brandman announced Aug. 12 that the donation through the university’s American fund-raising arm in New York will go to build a laboratory research center on the Givat Ram campus. The center will focus on the school’s chemistry, biology, physics and pharmacology programs, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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