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Israel Enters Jewish High Holidays

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2 Oct 2019 (All day)
Israel Enters Jewish High Holidays
Sunday evening was the start of Rosh Hashanah, the first of the Jewish High Holidays, followed by Yom Kippur and Succot (Feast of Tabernacles) later in the month. A very large percentage of Israeli Jews, including many who self-identify as “secular” and/or “traditional” celebrate these holidays with various levels of observance as they are legal work holidays. In Jerusalem and other large cities, neighborhood synagogues and community centers organize various activities that people from all walks of life and levels of observance can participate in comfortably and the country also sees a large influx of Jewish people from around the world who come to spend the High Holiday’s in Israel.

Here is the IDF's Rosh Hashannah video for this year



Knesset Prepares to Swear in Elected MKs
Amidst deep pessimism that the current efforts to form a national unity government will be successful, the Knesset prepared for ceremonies Thursday to swear in the 120 elected members of the 22nd Knesset. President Rivlin is scheduled to arrive at 3 PM to preside over the proceedings, which will include a formal swearing-in ceremony and reception.

Israeli Windsurfer Wins Silver at World Championships
Israel’s delegation to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan got a little bigger last Saturday when Katy Spychakov took the silver medal at the Windsurfing world championships in Lake Garda, Italy. Her name will be added to what is shaping up to be Israel’s largest-ever Olympic delegation. In related news, International World Games Association CEO Joachim Gossow was in Israel over the weekend as part of a tour to promote the 2021 World Games in Birmingham, Alabama as well as to help raise the profile of local sporting leagues in Israel.

Here is a video about Israel's growing Olympic athletic programs



Turkey Poised to Invade Syria
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a televised speech Tuesday in which he broadly hinted that he is prepared to launch a military incursion into northern Syria if his proposal to create a “safe zone” in the Kurdish-dominated region is not accepted. "At the current stage, we have no other choice other than to proceed on our own path," he said. “We cannot afford to lose a single day.”

Israel Blesses the World
Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot recently published an article in the scientific journal Cell Reports giving details of a program they’ve developed to treat certain types of bone cancer. “Our findings provide the basis for a personalized approach to the treatment of Ewing sarcoma,” Dr. Swati Srivastava, who led the research team, said in the article. The treatments have potential applications to treat many other forms of cancer.

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