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Fabulous Fabrics – The Middle East Conflict through the prism of flags

As primitive means for long distance communication, flags are one of the cruder forms of language if not the crudest. The purpose of a flag is simple – conveying information visually. Be it an identity or a signal, in order for it to be effective, any flag must convey said information in the clearest and …

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A land without a people – How one word screwed the most well-known Zionist slogan

The saying ‘a land without a people for a people without a land’ is probably the most well-known expression associated with the Zionist movement. As such, it is probably also the one statement anti-Zionist activists work most tirelessly and tediously to twist and refute. In this article we will take a look at the origin …

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The Little Princess – Royal Virtue Signaling from Steimatzky Publishing

Steimatzky (סְטִימָצְקִי in Hebrew) is the oldest and largest bookstore chain in Israel. The Chain was officially founded in 1925 by Tzvi Steimatzky and his half-brother Yechezkel Steimatzky five years after Tzvi Steimatzky had opened the first bookstore in Tel Aviv in 1920. Back then its primary focus was foreign language books as Hebrew wasn’t …

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Wonder Woman 1984 is a refreshingly conservative movie – Not a review

The other day I finally caught Wonder Woman 1984 on TV. I must say it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be, but still it wasn’t very good. The writing was bad, the directing was bad, the effects were mediocre at best, and so was most of the acting (sorry Gal Gadot…). I …

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What’s between Hebrew and Intelligence

Intelligence in Hebrew The Hebrew word for intelligence is בִּינָה (bina). It comes from the shoresh ב-י-ן (BetYodNun), which also forms the preposition בֵּין (bein) – meaning between. This is not a coincidence. Among other words that employ this shoresh we may find the verb הֵבִין (hevin) which means to understand, the adjective נָבוֹן (navon) …

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The Curious Case of Microsoft 365 Creative Assets

In the last couple of weeks, I have been working on and off on a PowerPoint presentation for a new course titled Introduction to Mandarin Chinese Pronunciation I plan to teach in Israel. As the name suggests, it is a beginners’ course, and it teaches the fundamental sounds of the languages such as tones, initials, …

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Bad Apple – Tim Cook’s Dark Soul and Bloody Soles

Tim Cook, in case you didn’t know, is the first recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s Courage Against Hate award. Apple’s CEO for the last decade was presented the award in December 2018 at ADL’s Never is Now summit, and here is his introduction and the speech he gave (starts at 5:43) at the occasion. Fair …

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