Israeli team named finalist in international race to moon
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
Only five teams remain in the $30m Google Lunar XPrize contest to land a robot on the moon, move it 500 meters and transmit images back to Earth.
Israel’s SpaceIL was announced yesterday as one of only five finalists remaining in the multi-million-dollar Google Lunar XPrize race to the moon.
The other finalists are teams from India, Japan and the United States, as well as an international team of individuals from about 15 countries.
The competition began 10 years ago with 33 teams vying to be the first to soft-land a privately funded, unmanned robot on the moon, move it 500 meters across the moon’s surface and transmit high-definition video and photos back to Earth.
16 Arabs from Israel making a difference on the world stage
By Viva Sarah Press for Israel21c
Meet some remarkable Druze, Muslim and Christian scientists, media experts, techies, film stars and athletes from Israel.
Hossam Haick is trailblazing tomorrow’s technologies for sniffing out disease.
Kossay Omary and Rabeeh Khoury developed one of the smallest computers in the world.
They’re not the only Arab Israelis making waves in the global community. Jamil R. Mazzawi founded Optima Design Automation, a startup developing software for self-driving cars. Mahmoud Huleihel made a breakthrough in the field of male infertility.
“There are so many excellent Arab experts that even many within Arab society don’t know about them,” says Makbula Nassar, manager of the A-List project, an online database of Arab Israeli superstars making strides in culture, sports, medicine, environment, fashion, diplomacy, education and technology.
Testing High Court ruling, women read Torah at the Western Wall
BY AMANDA BORSCHEL-DAN for The Times of Israel
Despite ‘harassment’ from guards and protesters, Original Women of the Wall prayer service described as ‘beautiful’ and ‘joyous’
A celebratory Western Wall women’s prayer and Torah reading held by the Original Women of the Wall group on Monday morning tested a recent interim order by the High Court, with mixed results.
In contravention of a January 11 interim High Court order which directed the immediate halt of “body searches” of women beyond normal security measures, several OWOW members were searched for “contraband” Torah scrolls.
Tallest solar tower in the world being erected
by Benyamin Cohen for FromtheGrapevine
Futuristic site looks like something out of a science fiction movie.
Shooting 787 feet into the skies of Israel will stand one of the world's largest solar towers. As you can see from the photo above, construction is well underway.
Wondering what's surrounding the tower? No, that's not a high-tech crop circle. Those are 50,000 mirrors – spanning the length of 665 football fields – which will help boost the output of the tower.
When completed in 2018, the renewable energy it produces will be able to power 130,000 homes in the area. It will support Israel's commitment to reach 10% of the country's electricity production from renewable sources by 2020.
Israeli Rabbis You Should Know
By Yair Rosenberg and Yedidya Schwartz for Tablet Magazine
Here are 10 religious leaders who are having a big impact in a small country
At this time in previous years, Tablet has published a list of unheralded American rabbis who have had an outsized impact on the country’s Jewish life.
This year, we decided to cross the Atlantic and try something a little different.
For 2016’s list, we’ve compiled a collection of Israeli spiritual leaders you haven’t heard of, but should. Our goal wasn’t just to spotlight worthy individuals, however. Israel is brimming with far too many deserving candidates for inclusion. Instead, we set out to provide a panorama of the country’s burgeoning religious life, with all its paradoxes, politics, and promise.