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July 24, 2016 / 18 Tammuz, 5776

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Beyond The Matrix – Common Sense vs. Your Legal Rights [audio]

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Ira and Rod discuss the current situation taking place in the U.S. in the aftermath of police shootings in several states and the attack on police officers in Dallas, Texas.

Beyond The Matrix 11Jul – PODCAST

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Baylor University Group Helps Unearth Ancient Mosaics, Coins, in Israeli Synagogue Ruins

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Ancient mosaics depicting Noah’s ark and the parting of the Red Sea have been discovered by university scholars and students excavating a synagogue in Israel that dates to the fifth century.

They also have uncovered coins spanning 2,300 years, says Nathan Elkins, Ph.D., an assistant professor of art history in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, Waco, Texas. He specializes in the study of coins and serves as numismatist at the site in a former village called Huqoq.

“The ancient coins . . . are critical for our knowledge of the monumental synagogue and the associated village,” Elkins, a member of a team of staff and students from Baylor, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Brigham Young University and the University of Toronto.

The mosaics decorate the floor of a synagogue that dates to the time when the area was ruled by the Roman Empire and when Christianity had become the empire’s official religion. The mosaics show an ark and pairs of animals including elephants, leopards, donkeys, snakes, bears, lions, ostriches, camels, sheep and goats.

The images also portray Pharaoh’s soldiers being swallowed by large fish, surrounded by overturned chariots with horses and chariot drivers.

Donkeys in Noah’s ark mosaic, Huqoq. / Courtesy

Donkeys in Noah’s ark mosaic, Huqoq. / Courtesy

Excavations have continued in the synagogue every summer since the first mosaics were found in 2012. Since then, mosaics depicting Samson and the foxes (as related in the Bible’s Judges 15:4), Samson carrying the gate of Gaza on his shoulders (Judges 16:3), and a scene containing a Hebrew inscription surrounded by human figures, animals and mythological creatures have been uncovered.

The first non-biblical mosaic found in an ancient synagogue also was discovered at Huqoq, showing the legendary meeting between Alexander the Great and the Jewish high priest.

The mosaics have been removed from the site for conservation, and the excavated areas have been backfilled. Financial support for the 2016 excavations was provided by the National Geographic Society and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.

Excavations are scheduled to continue in the summer of 2017. For information and updates about the site and excavation, visit www.Huqoq.org.

Nathan Elkins, Ph.D. / Courtesy

Nathan Elkins, Ph.D. / Courtesy

In addition to working with the excavation, Elkins has advocated for protecting ancient coins from looting and smuggling. He recently spoke at the Public Hearing of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC He urged that the Memoranda of Understanding be renewed to prevent thefts of undocumented ancient coins and antiquities from Greece into the United States.

JNi.Media

Texas PR/Tech Guru Killed in Tel Aviv Car Accident

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

A 41-year-old man from Ra’anana suffered a heart attack on Saturday night. The man lost control of his car and drove it into the Furama sidewalk restaurant in Tel Aviv, according to police.

Three people were killed in the accident, several more were injured.

One of those killed was Alan Weinkratz, a Tech/PR/Social Media guru from San Antonio, Texas.

Weinkratz regular traveled back and forth between Israel and the US, promoting Israel, technology and advising Israeli startups.

Weinkratz, along with MK Michael Oren, met with JewishPress.com in December 2015, at Hub Etzion, a co-working startup space, where Weinkratz was offering advice to the local startups in the newly formed business hub, while learning more about the burgeoning startup community in Gush Etzion.

At the time Weinkratz presented Oren with his signature Rackspace poster that points an arrow at Israel as “The Five-Thousand Year Old Startup”.

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Next US Air Force Chief Battle-Tested and Jewish

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Gen. David Goldfein, a command pilot who flew combat missions in the Gulf War, the Afghanistan War, and in NATO’s 1999 air war in the former Yugoslavia, has been nominated to be the US Air Force’s next chief of staff, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. Gen. Goldfein is Jewish. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Dawn A. Goldfein, since 1983. They have two married daughters; the oldest is serving in the USAF and the youngest teaches first grade in Dallas, Texas.

If approved, Goldfein will start his new commission on July 1. He has been the Air Force’s vice chief of staff since August 2015.

“I’m extremely humbled by the nomination to serve as the Air Force’s 21st chief of staff,” Goldfein said in an Air Force press release. “If confirmed, I pledge to serve our airmen and their families unwaveringly and honor our remarkable heritage and legacy of integrity, service and excellence.”

Gen. David Goldfein

Gen. David Goldfein

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James lauded Goldfein’s selection in the same release: “Gen. Goldfein possesses the experience and vision needed to address dynamic global challenges and increasing military demand. He knows how to build and sustain key partnerships, has important warfighting experience, and will exercise the critical judgment required to balance our manpower and resources as we shape tomorrow’s Air Force. There is not a better person to lead our airmen into the next century of airpower dominance.”

According to AirForce Times, Goldfein has more than 4,200 hours flying the C and D variants of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the stealth F-117A Nighthawk and the unmanned MQ-9 Reaper, as well as the T-37, T-38 and MC-12W. While flying a combat mission over Serbia in 1999, Goldfein was shot down when his F-16 was hit by a surface-to-air-missile.

Goldfein ejected, and trekked across farm fields, evading enemy patrols, until he was picked up by a rescue helicopter, that then flew into enemy fire, taking five bullets in the fuselage.

In 2007, Goldfein told the El Paso Times that he sends the men who rescued him in Serbia a bottle of “single malt, good quality” Scotch every year as a sign of his gratitude.

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8 Dead in Texas as Wild Winter Weather Whips State

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Eight people have died so far after wild weather swept across northern Texas this weekend.

A series of tornadoes, some with torrential rains, hail, thunderstorms and lightning, struck the Dallas area. Fires were reported in some locations.

In western Texas, a blizzard was expected to dump at least 16 inches of snow on the region by Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service. Farenheit temperatures had plunged into the teens.

By Sunday morning, four people had died in motor vehicle accidents, according to Garland police spokesperson Joe Harn. A fifth person in the town also perished but it’s not clear how.

Two people died in the town of Copeville and one person died in Blue Ridge, according to Fox 4 News. Rowlett police spokesperson Det. Cruz Hernandez was quoted as saying several in his town were injured but there was no specific number; two families were still barricaded in their homes.

Hana Levi Julian

Texas A&M Kills $200 Million Arab University in Nazareth, Opens $6 Million Center in Haifa Instead

Monday, December 14th, 2015

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Texas A&M University is dropping its plan for a $200 million university campus in the Israeli-Arab city of Nazareth, and will launch instead a much humbler, $6 million marine research center in Haifa, on the Mediterranean coast. Nazareth has been campaigning to host Israel’s first Arab university since the 1980s, but this was the first time it was able to both find a generous American investor in the project and receive the cooperation of the Israeli government. Or so it was hoping.

And so, in the fall of 2013, Texas A&M announced its plan to build a branch dubbed “peace campus” in the Arab city of Nazareth in northern Israel. Then Texas Governor Rick Perry and Texas A&M University Chancellor John Sharp led a delegation to Israel, where they announced their intention to build the comprehensive campus at a ceremony held in the residence of then President Shimon Peres.

Sharp said in a statement back then: “We are absolutely dedicated to making this one of the finest international universities in the world and open to all.” But the plan apparently failed to both raise the needed funds and, more importantly, get the Israeli government to modify its rules regarding foreign university branches operating in the Jewish State.

And so, according to Inside Higher Ed, plans for the campus stagnated. “To some degree it’s a chicken and an egg problem,” Texas A&M’s vice provost Michael Benedik said. “Why would we be getting a major gift to open a campus when we don’t have legal permission to even do it?”

Texas A&M’s other foreign branch is in Qatar, and receives both the needed funds and the permission to operate from the government of Qatar.

About a year after the A&M announcement, Haifa University, also located in the north of Israel, stepped in and offered to provide academic sponsorship to A&M’s local partner in the project, the Nazareth Academic Institute (NAI), established in 2002, which is a small, financially starved learning institution serving mostly Arab women. Then, according to the AP, A&M decided to change its plans altogether because elected officials in Nazareth insisted on dictating the direction and aim of the new university.

So, finally, the big-dream Arab university was replaced by a small dream research center, which will open in February in collaboration with the University of Haifa. There will not be a peace university, bringing Arabs and Jews together. Instead, the new A&M venture will concentrate on the large natural gas deposits that have been discovered in the eastern Mediterranean, and, as Chancellor Sharp put it, part of the appeal for the research center in Haifa was access to the “oil and gas segment in Israel.” Work at the center will include monitoring ocean flow, to help mitigate risks associated with offshore exploration. Way to go, Texas.

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Speed Limit Raised to 80 Miles an Hour on Highway 6

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Israel is following a trend in the United States to raise speed limits, and drivers now will be able to sped up to 80 miles an hour on most of the north-south Highway 6 (Kvish 6) without fear of a ticket.

Police in Israel give drivers leeway of 10-19 kilometers an hour before slapping them with a fine. The new limit of 120 kilometers an hour, or 75 mph in effect is 130 kmh, or 80.7 mph.

The new allowable speeds will apply on Highway 6 between the Iron interchange and the tunnel near the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv exists, and the highway to the south will soon be included under the new regulations.

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said:

Raising the speed limit on high-speed highways between cities is being carried out through adoption of new guidelines that determine that speed limits in Israel will be drafted by a team of experts, including traffic and safety engineers.

It also is a safe assumption that industry lobbyists have been pushing for a faster legal speed so that truck drivers can reach their destinations faster.

Katz said that the speed limit can be raised on Highway 6 because several new safety features have been installed, including new guard rails, shoulder lines that rumble when a car veers off the right lane, and reflector lights.

Speed limits in the United States are being raised in many states, decades after they were reduced because of the oil shortage in the 1970s.

Once upon a time, the speed limit on Nevada’s major highways that were flat as a pancake was “safe and reasonable.”

The oil shortage four decades ago prompted Congress to restrict speeds to 55 mph, a regulation that was repealed 20 years ago.

Today, Texas allows the highest speed, 85 mph, in the United States. That is only a bit faster than permitted now on Israel’s Highway 6. Utah and Wyoming allow drivers to speed up to 80 mph on some highways.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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