January storms of dust, rain and snow blanket Israel
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
Winter has arrived full blast in this corner of the Middle East, bringing joy to skiers and snowboarders; headaches for commuters.
Dust storms, torrential rain, snow — and a bit of sunshine, too – are in the mix this week in Israel as January brings unusually wet, cold weather.
The storms, along with colder temperatures in mid-week, are forecast for the entire region stretching from Turkey through Israel to Jordan.
ADAMA OPENS GLOBAL R&D CENTER IN SOUTHERN ISRAEL
A researcher works at ADAMA's new global R&D center in Ne'ot Hovav. (photo credit: NATALIE COHEN-KADOSH)
BY EYTAN HALON for JPost
The new research complex will focus on all stages of development, from basic chemical research to the development of active processes and materials, and to a final product for farmers.
ADAMA, the world’s leading generic crop protection company, inaugurated its multi-million dollar advanced global research and development center on Tuesday in the southern industrial zone of Ne’ot Hovav.
The Tel Aviv-headquartered company, acquired by Beijing-based chemical company ChemChina in 2017, will initially welcome more than 100 researchers and chemists to its new agricultural research hub, and is expected to expand in the future.
Zionist Union party dissolves ahead of elections
By David Isaac, World Israel News
The Zionist Union, a party which combined the Israeli Labor Party and the Hatnuah Party, has broken up ahead of elections.
The Zionist Union, a joint list of the Israeli Labor Party and the Hatnuah Party, has broken up ahead of Knesset elections scheduled for April 9.
Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay informed Tzipi Livni, leader and founder of Hatnuah and fellow leader with Gabbay of the Zionist Union, that he was dissolving the pact between the two factions.
2,000-year-old inscription is earliest-ever spelling of Jerusalem
by Benyamin Cohen for FromtheGrapevine
Rare artifact going on display for public to see.
Sure, Jerusalem is known as an ancient city. But rarely has the archaeological spotlight shone on the name of the city itself. That is, until today. Archaeologists have unearthed a 2,000 year-old stone inscription that notes the full Hebrew spelling of the word Jerusalem. Previous artifacts have either been in Aramaic or used an abbreviated version of Jerusalem. The discovery was announced today at a joint press conference of the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Israel Museum.
In an increasingly nonbinary world, is gendered Hebrew willing to adapt?
By RENEE GHERT-ZAND for The Times of Israel
While applauding the social impetus, Israelis are divided in opinions on an American-based initiative and question its grammatical integrity
Not long ago in Israel, Rabbi Arie Hasit led memorial prayers and study at a service for a transgender Jew. Among those gathered were many members of the LGBTQ community, some of whom identified as gender nonbinary — neither male nor female. While the American-born Conservative rabbi is generally not at a loss for words in his fluent Hebrew, this time he was.
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