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11 Tishrei 5767 - October 3, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Observations: Giant Waves Occur Every Day — But Scientists Thought They Were Myths Until 1995
by Mordecai Plaut

Whoever thinks that the physical world is fully explored should consider the story of rogue waves.

Observations: Science Still Does Not Know Why Ice Is Slippery
by M. Plaut

Physicists still disagree over the answer to the seemingly simple question of why ice is slippery and how ice skaters can glide across it on their skates.

We Must Teach Our Students Ancient Accadian And Syriac
by B. Adler

An article published in Ha'aretz discussed the various academic studies available at Israeli universities. The universities are up in arms at Ha'aretz's approach to this topic: "You can't talk about more or less important subjects, since all study groups are meant for research and the acquisition of profound knowledge."

Observations: Natural Insecticides
by Y. Barak

How are bats transformed into mobile insect suppression machines to replace the chemical pesticides that pose a danger to water sources, wild animals and the public health in general?

Observations: Wonders of Creation — Sophisticated Cold Protection in the Negev
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

How do animals survive the extreme conditions in the desert? New studies reveal glimpses of the wonders of Creation: "smart" means of protection that allow animals and plants to live and function under conditions of dry heat or freezing temperatures.

Observations: Revolutionary New Toothpaste can Fill Cavities Without Drilling

To The Editor:

After many years surveying the "liberal" media it is virtually impossible to avoid concluding that it applies double- standards to Israel. I think I can summarize the assumptions underlying their position as follows:

Nature Still Beats Industry
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

An ocean sponge living in the deep sea grows thin glass fibers capable of transmitting light better than industrial fiber optic cables that are now used for telecommunication. The natural glass fibers are also more flexible than manufactured fiber optic cable that cracks if bent too far.

Rumikube -- On a Roll for Decades
by T. Katz

A fabulous game made aliyoh from Rumania fifty years ago. Ephraim Hertzano, who conceived Rumikube, settled in Bat Yam and began to invent a game in his backyard with the help of his family members.

Secondhand Smoking
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The citizens of Helena, Montana, a relatively small town of about 66,000 in the north of the United States, voted in June 2002 to ban smoking in all public buildings -- including restaurants, bars and casinos. Soon after, doctors at the local hospital noticed that heart-attack admissions were dropping.

Observations: Religious Zionism Addresses Attitude Toward "Chareidi Culture"
by B. Schwartz

Recently a debate on a highly original question has been hashed out on the pages of national-religious newspaper, Hatzofe: With whom does religious Zionism share a greater common language and who should it favor: the secular sector or the chareidi sector?

A Not-So-Funny Joke
by R' Chaim Dovid Zwiebel

I remember laughing when I first heard the following fictional father-son exchange:

Dad: "Jason, what did you learn in Talmud Torah today?"

Jason: "All about how the Jews crossed the Red Sea."

Dad: "So tell me the story."

This is War
by Jonathan Rosenblum

Fifteen dead, six of them children, five members of one family, another her parents' only child and herself pregnant with her first child; 130 injured, dozens seriously. Yet, says the world, even if Israel could have identified last Thursday's suicide bomber or his handlers in advance, she had no right to act preemptively.

Observations: Paying the Price of a Pack a Day: Confessions of a Five-Decade Smoker
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"I am 68 years old, and until four years ago, I smoked without thinking twice for 48 years. Over the last four years I have had to pay a very high price for smoking," says D.A., a well-known figure from the center of the country, as the opening words to his chilling account of smoking and of the damage it caused to his lungs and brain.

Paying the Orchestra
by P. Moses

Everyone is equal before the law--except for those who are more equal than others.

The well-endowed incitement racket that has taken shape over the last few years in the area of budget payments to Torah institutions relies heavily on a procedural principle that government funds should not be distributed without fixed, standardized eligibility criteria.

"If Pinchas Sapir were a Government Minister Today,
He would be Arrested"

by B. Adler

While Torah institutions are subject to incessant scrutiny and are required to demonstrate the highest levels of prudent management, other public organizations receive special consideration in matters tax violations and financial impropriety.

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