Friday, May 30, 2014
Do you serve cherry tomatoes in your salads? Do you use a flash drive to backup and transfer files from your computer? Do you use instant text messaging on your smartphone? Do you have anti-virus software installed on your computer?
Do you use Waze, the software GPS app, to navigate your way around town and across the country? Do you use solar water heaters for your home? Do you have an Internet (VoIP) phone? Do you know where the world's most popular swimsuit model was born and lives?
You've probably guessed by now that there's only one answer to all of these questions. Surprise, surprise -- it's Israel.
Israeli innovation is part of your everyday life: "Created in Israel" may not be stamped on all the Israeli innovations that pop up during your average day, but in this short clip, created by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, you can see a small sample of these anonymous inventions for yourself.
This Sunday, June 1 is the 50th anniversary of New York's annual Celebrate Israel Parade that celebrates Israel's amazing accomplishments. If you're in the New York area this Sunday, come on over to Fifth Avenue between 11 am and 4 pm to see the floats, street performers, and marching bands.
In the second short clip below, neuroscientist and actress Mayim Bialik, who plays one on The Big Bang Theory TV Series, tells what Israel means to her.
Enjoy, and Shabbat Shalom.