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IDF AquaShield™ Blocking Hamas’ ‘Blue Tunnel’

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Alongside the efforts to discover and destroy the Hamas terror tunnels leading into Israel, the IDF has been following the terrorist organization’s efforts to improve its ability to attack Israel using commando divers, Army Radio reported Sunday. According to the report, during the 2014 Gaza conflict, Hamas underwater special forces managed to reach Israeli shore at Zikim beach, between Ashkelon and the northern Gaza Strip, and engaged IDF forces in a battle.

916 Navy Squadron Commander Lieutenant Colonel Liav Silverman, told Army Radio about the “blue tunnel” threat, as those attempts to enter Israel from the sea are referred to. “The blue tunnel, this ‘underwater tunnel,’ is extremely challenging defensively,” he said. “Any attempt by the enemy to develop the capacity for diving and sailing, is challenging above and under water.”

Following Operation Protective Edge and the terrorist encroachment at Zikim Beach, the IDF has invested in strengthening the communication and cooperation between the Navy and the Infantry Gaza Division. Deputy Commander of the Northern Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Asaf Hamami told Army Radio, “We want civilians to be able to come here. We don’t want to disturb the civilians, as far as we’re concerned they should continue with their lives. When we see tourists and swimmers here, in Banana Beach, it means I fulfilled my mission. We’re not influenced by fear, we will know how to protect them, our forces are in the area.”

Hamami says you can see the Hamas seals training, and the size of the unit has increased significantly since the summer of 2014. “We see them in training, their entire range of training, including diving and shooting.”

Both officers believe in the military’s ability to come up with a technological response to the challenge from the sea. The IDF has developed a system called AquaShield™, comprised of numerous sensor systems on the bottom of the sea across the water border with Gaza. Silverman expects these systems to provide a reliable alert “as soon as the enemy dives down and even earlier, when it is just getting organized to go diving.” He notes that this includes “an enormous investment in weapons on our vessels, which enable me to reach and deal with any situation involving divers or swimmers.”

In September 2014, DSIT Solutions, a subsidiary of Acorn Energy, announced today that “a leading Mediterranean navy” has placed an order for its AquaShield™ Diver Detection Sonar (DDS) system, which guards the underwater perimeter of strategic coastal assets.

DSIT’s Shield family of underwater security systems includes three main types of diver detection solutions: the AquaShield ER™ SDV Detection Sonar (SDS), the AquaShield™ Diver Detection Sonar (DDS) and the PointShield™ Portable Diver Detection Sonar (PDDS). All of the systems support fully automatic operation with high probability of detection and low false-alarm rate.

JNi.Media

‘Ptil Tekhelet’ Renews Monthly Tallit Raffle for Engaged Couples

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Are you engaged to be married, or perhaps there is an upcoming nuptial in your family? If so, the happy couple is eligible to enter a contest to win a prayer shawl tied with the ancient “ptil tekhelet” sky-blue woolen thread.

To enter, just send a wedding invitation to the Ptil Tehkhelet organization at info@tekhelet.com. The Israeli nonprofit group promotes, educates and produces what is believed to be the authentic “tekhelet” of the ancient Hebrews.

The “Ptil Tekhelet” is mentioned in Torah (Numbers 15:37-41), which also comprises the third paragraph of the Shema prayer:

“Speak to the children of Israel and tell them to make for themselves fringes (tassels) on the corners of their garments throughout their generations. They shall include a thread of sky-blue in the corner. These shall be your fringes, and you shall look upon them and remember all the commandments of the Lord and fulfill them. You will then not stray after your heart and your eyes by which you go astray. You will thus remember and keep all My Commandments, and be holy to your God. I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God; I , the Lord, am your God.”

The pilot raffle program created by the organization provides up to 10 tallitot (prayer shawls) per month to engaged couples around the world. Ten winners will be selected monthly to receive a free wedding tallit tied with a ptil tekhelet.

The contest has been extended for six months, beginning with the Hebrew month of Elul which started last Sunday, August 16.

“As these young people enter into marriage,” said Dr. Ari Greenspan, Chairman of Ptil Tekhelet, “it is fitting that they usher in their new life by donning something at once so ancient and so new as the tekhelet strings. It’s the perfect metaphor for marriage itself.”

The practice of including a thread of Biblical blue tekhelet among the white fringes of the tallit was lost over a millennium ago. Its restoration in modern times was promulgated by the vision of rabbis such as Rabbi Gershon Henoch Leiner, known as the Radzyner Rebbe, and Yitzchak Isaac Halevi Herzog, the first Chief Rabbi of Israel. Present-day technologies and Rabbinic responsa, have enabled the identification of the Murex Trunculus snail as the source of this ancient blue dye.

Dr. Naama Sukenik from the Israel Antiquities Authority last year spoke at the Tekhelet Conference on Murba’at Textile, where she discussed new finds from the Murba’at Caves in the Judean Desert.

According to Sukenik, a fabric dated to the second century, dyed with material obtained from the Murex trunculus sea-snail and colored blue, was shown to be of local Israelite origin and it appears that perhaps was colored with the ancient dye known as Tekhelet mentioned in the Bible.

The Ptil Tekhelet organization has now been producing this tekhelet for more than two decades. For more information, please visit the organization’s website.

Hana Levi Julian

Wearing Colors to Change our Lives

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Have you been to a wedding lately? How did you feel, looking at the beautiful bride, coming down the aisle peacefully and standing beside her beloved groom, smiling as an angel, dressed in a wonderful white gown?

Now, imagine the same scene, the same groom, the same smile and the same joy… but now the bride comes down the aisle in a red gown. How would you feel? What about the reaction of the other guests? How would you feel about the color of her dress?

What if the bride had shown up in a black gown? Yellow? Orange?

This wedding scene is the easiest way to illustrate the influence of colors in our emotions. Its power can be experienced physically and mentally, from the food we eat to the weather outside. What’s the immediate reaction upon seeing food that has a different color than the one designed by nature… like… a purple tangerine, or a green piece of bread? What if, instead of blue, our sky was white? Or brown?

The messages given by colors are strongly connected to our deepest emotions. And the good news is: by changing the colors of our garments, we can also change our reality.

The reaction to a color change in our garments will be reflected in us and in those who surround us (remember the wedding guests?). By choosing colors that have the attributes you’d like to add in your life, you will notice that your friends, co-workers and family will start interacting with you in a different way.

What’s the right color? All of them! Every color generates a different emotion that has its root is in our subconscious mind. Physicist Leonard Mlodinow, an authority in research on the subconscious mind, confirms, among many other specialists, that even decisions that appear to be totally conscious have their roots in the unconscious mind (Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior, Mlodinow, 2012).

A MIND OF FEELINGS

Still not sure? Think for a moment: why is Facebook logo blue? Why do car companies design their logos in silver? Why do famous restaurants prefer warm colors such as red, orange and burgundy? Why do fast food restaurants use yellow and red, instead of, say, green and white to their ads?

You can use this color knowledge to your advantage. It’s a very pleasant experience.


COLORS, THEIR MEANINGS AND INFLUENCE

BLUE
Seen in rivers, oceans and lakes when reflecting a glorious sky. Blue is the color that our mind connects to water, to the natural flow of things, to a peaceful sky that brings us calmness and the feeling of being safe. We trust we will have a good day when looking at a blue sky. Our mind connects this color to trust. When we trust, we’re relaxed, all anxieties vanish in water, they’re carried far, far away by the flow of an imaginary river… (You got calmer just reading these words, right? This is due to the phenomenon of visualization. According to color specialists, when visualizing a color, the body feels its effects as strongly as seeing it with the eyes.) Adding blue clothes to your wardrobe will aid you in raising feelings of peace and calm, and will increase your trust levels in yourself as well as stimulate others to trust you. Now you know why policemen uniforms are made in this color.

YELLOW
Road signs, traffic lights, warning signs… why are all these yellow? Do they get your attention? Do they make you focus? Bingo! That’s the answer. Yellow is used to enhance the sentiment of attention, alertness and concentration. Our sun is yellow, and when we see it we feel alert, awake, and full of life, ready for the activities we will engage in on this bright new day. We want to rush, go outside and do something! That’s the message that this wonderful color transmits. When wearing yellow, our optimistic feelings and rational thinking will get a boost, not to speak of our confidence level. Since this color is connected to the attention mode, by wearing it, you’ll transmit and get that. If you’re not ready yet to embrace this amazing color, take small steps toward its wonderful influences through yellow flowers, yellow accessories and yellow foods. Personally, I do love this color!

GREEN
Think about nature and its natural resources for health. We all feel calmer when surrounded by trees or walking on the grass. Green tea, anyone? We feel connected to the Earth, we feel natural, allowing ourselves to take that step we need toward balance. Green lights give us the “Go!” feeling, and how happy do we feel when getting close to traffic lights and being welcomed by the green one? Green is connected to possibilities (Go!), growth (nature), allowing to connect to something beyond physical limitations (walking barefoot on grass), and, as we do that, we will start to reflect on where we are going and if we’re taking the right direction. This color will help us and those around us to connect to feelings of growth, equilibrium and decisions made by the heart. Green fields remind us of prosperity, and maybe that’s why this was the color chosen for money.

PINK
Many cute objects are pink. Is it a girl’s color? Pink roses give us soft feelings and love cards are usually light pink. Vulnerability, showing emotions without fear of being judged, getting close to others in a delicate way, loving the other, allowing us to step into sensitive territory in the land of our hearts. Care. Support. Inviting the idea that our happiness is made by ourselves only, and no one else. When was last time you saw a guy wearing a pink shirt? Was he self-confident? Did he care about your opinion? Did you feel this person was in a state of mind above and beyond being affected by criticism? You know what? He was… beyond and above. Being vulnerable is one of the highest expressions of spirituality. We are open to give and to receive, without judgement. Pink is a color of self-acceptance and it invites the idea of being sincere with ourselves and others. Must I say that pastel pink is one of the main fashion trends for this coming Fall/Winter? Allow yourself to enjoy pink.

It was a pleasure to introduce you to this study of color and its influences. Are you thinking now about tips of color combination? No need to hire a color specialist for that, because Nature is here to help us! Take a look at your local flower shop, how do you like the color combination of that orchid? What about the wonderful color combination we learn from various species of fish? What feelings do you have when paying attention to their colors? If you live in a big city, take a look at window displays from famous retailers, they have competent people responsible for organizing all items shown in the most harmonious color combination. We can learn a lot from these great professionals.

You could start today adding color to your accessories or décor items in the environment where you spend most of your time.

Enjoy your Colors!

Esther Goldberger

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