This will be a drive-by posting in my Good News Friday series because it’s a minute to Shabbat. I might edit this post and add details after Shabbat if I have time.
This week saw the worldwide Siyum Daf Yomi (literally: finalizing the Daily Page) – the final session of learning a page of Gemara (Talmud) a day. The cycle takes 7½ years and when the cycle is finished Jewish communities everywhere hold festive celebrations.
My husband and new son-in-law-to-be went to a Siyum Hashas in my elder daughter’s town, where her husband (son-in-law #1) gave a Dvar Torah as one of the regular teachers of Daf Yomi. We are very proud of him.
From the sublime to the (non) ridiculous, Atlantic magazine has an article analysing Israel’s economic success, taking as its starting point Mitt Romney’s comment while he was in Israel that Israel’s success, especially compared to the Arabs, was a cultural thing. The Atlantic agrees that culture is involved, but there is more to Israel’s success than that. They give 4 reasons for this success.
And from the very interesting Israeli technology and science news blog No Camels (what a great name!), which I only recently discovered, we learn that an Israeli company is developing insulin pills for diabetics. This would release them from insulin injections. It is a huge step forward in the treatment of diabetics.
Kol hakavod once again to Israel’s great scientists.
Shabbat Shalom everyone! (or Shavua tov by the time you read this. :-) )