The conscious mind shuts down every night and wakes up every morning, but while the conscious part of your mind shuts, the brain remains active throughout the night. Part of this brain activity produces exceptionally vibrant and even haunting images during the rapid-eye movement (REM) phase of sleep – known as dreams or nightmares.
I remember singing “Rain, rain, go away, come again some other day” as a young child in Philadelphia. How different the whole experience is in Israel – even when it seems to be raining a lot, so much of the population is grateful! That’s what comes from living in an arid country.
Following the U.S. elections by just a couple of months, Israel elections will have voters going to the polls on January 22nd. Other than the proximity in times and the fact that both are democratic elections, there is little else that is similar between the two election processes. This article will attempt to explain how the Israeli electoral system works.
Perhaps because of its proximity to Christmas, the holiday of Chanukah is more widely celebrated outside of Israel than are many other Jewish holidays and festivals. Almost everyone knows the story of the one-day supply of oil that miraculously lasted for eight days in the Temple – which gives us the tradition of eating fried foods during Chanukah, mainly sufganiot (donuts) in Israel and latkes (potato pancakes) abroad.