Thursday, January 25

Bite down on this Israeli 'cuisine': edible lampshades

No, no, silly - not the bulb... that's for drunken Russian sailors on shore leave. We mean take a chaw' on the shade itself:

Shuli Levin's lampshades look so good you could almost eat them. But rather than cultivate the squash-like gourds that grow outside his studio in Bnei Zion, a moshav north of Ra'anana, for food, the intrepid Israeli industrial designer transforms their fibers into hip, cutting-edge eye candy for the home.

Forget 'Google Maps' - try 1,100 Holyland maps instead

Here is one really useful resource: The Jewish National and University Library recently posted some 1,100 original and rare maps of the Land of Israel on the Internet.


Israel: 'This Place Called Hope' (insert sigh here)

Dry Bones, once again, nails it

Daniel Gordon, in pondering the hellish moods, exposes' and general crap writhing through Israeli society over the aftermath of investigations into the government and IDF's conduct of the war against Hizbullah; a slew of investigations of the (take a deep breath and try not to spew...) Government, Justice Minister, Knesset parliament, Tax Authority, both chief rabbis, and now, presidency in Israel's (modern) history, quoting an IDF general he recently interviewed, writes,
“'In any normal country, people would be in the streets, burning tires, protesting by the thousands. But here, nothing happens. People are going on as if there’s nothing to get worked up about.'”

I’m not so sure that it’s terrible that people aren’t burning tires. Burning tires would suggest that a change in the government would be enough. But that would be delusional. The reason Israelis aren’t protesting, I think, is that deep down, they understand that this problem is much deeper than the government, or the corruption, or the war. It’s Zionism. No one frames it that way, but that’s the real issue. One hundred and ten years after the First Zionist Congress, people are beginning to wonder if Zionism hasn’t begun to fail.

Very worthwhile reading about the malaise engulfing Israel.

(H-T: The Muqata)

10 - count 'em, 10 cool video clips about Israel

1. Invest in Israel
2. Cool Facts about Israel
3.Tikun Olam - Israel's Emergency Rescue Operations Abroad
4. My Israel
5. Israel's Road to Gold Part 3 of 4 (The 2004 Olympics Ceremony)
6. IDF - Brothers in Arms
7. The Soldiers: Part Three
8. Taglit Winter 2006
9. Aliyah: Live the Dream - Israel - My Soul
10. Follow Me to Israel (Come Back) - August 2006

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