Wednesday, December 8, 2010

~ Day 17~ Toda Raba ~

So often, in times of crisis around the world, Israel has been a first-responder. The recent devastation in Haiti is a wonderful example. Israel sent a complete field hospital within hours of the need and showed themselves the most prepared and most efficient on location. In researching for this post, The 2 Spies found Israel's admirable track record of helping other nations. Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Peru, Darfur, Chad, Nigeria, Mauritania, Colombia, Papua-New Guinea, China, Camroon and many more countries.  In 2007, Israel sent firefighters to Greece and Cyprus to help battle fires.

This past week-end many countries, including Greece and Cyprus, came to the aid of Israel in putting out the raging inferno. The international cooperation was amazing and heartwarming to watch. No politics. Just firemen to firemen, working side by side at what they do best. The whole country is thankful to the foreign men and women who came to our aid, we could not have done this without them. (click here) Israel Thanks the Foreign Volunteers

Now the daily grind to rebuild what was lost, where it can be rebuilt. Individuals and organizations from around the country are giving of their time and resources to meet the immediate and long term needs.One of the places of great need is the Yemen Orde Youth Village. Home to 500 youth aged 9-19, over 40% of the village was destroyed. Here is a link to photos of the village: Yemen Orde Youth Village

There are many who love Israel who want to help in this time of crisis. We in the Land are so appreciative of the outpouring of prayer and financial gifts to help us. Your outreach is truly comforting and gives us strength for another day. We know that G-d has blessed us and will bless those who are helping.


  1. I find it amazing how the true human spirit comes through in a crisis. Move the politicians and let the common people work!

  2. What can I do to help? Where so I send money or goods? How can I be involved in the rebuilding?


  3. December 8th 2010 (17):

    2 “I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
    I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.
    3 I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
    and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.” [Gen 12:2-3]

    The godless world, and sadly even the liberal reaches of the Church, asks why should we bless Israel, seeing Israel as the reason for every ill in the earth. Their's is a blinkered and ignorant stance.

    On the contrary, Israel, 'the apple of God's eye,' has been responsible for so many blessings for Mankind:

    "Israel, the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world's population, can lay claim to the following:

    1. The cell phone first developed at a Motorola plant in Israel.

    2. Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel.

    3. The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel

    4. Both the Pentium-4 and the Centrino were entirely designed, developed and produced in Israel.

    5. Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.

    6. Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only foreign-based research and development facilities in Israel.

    7. The program ICQ, which is the technological basis for AOL Instant Messenger, was developed in 1996 by 4 young Israelis.

    8. Disk on Key - a portable, virtual hard disk - was developed by the Israeli company M-Systems.

    9. Israel has the highest number of personal computers per capita in the world.

    10. Israel has the highest number of university degrees per capita in the world.

    Steve Perry <><

  4. S Perry (contd) #2

    11. Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin - 109 per 10,000 people - as well as one of the highest per capita rates of patents filed.

    12 In proportion to its population, Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world. In absolute terms, Israel has the largest number of startup companies than any other country in the world, except the US.

    13 With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and startups, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world - apart from Silicon Valley.

    14 Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds right behind the United States.

    15 Outside the United States and Canada, Israel has the largest number of companies listed on NASDAQ.

    16 Israel has the highest average living standards in the Middle East. The per capita income in 2000 was over $17,500, exceeding that of the United Kingdom.

    17 On a per capita basis, Israel has the largest number of biotech startups.

    18 Twenty four percent of Israel's workforce holds university degrees - ranking third in the industrialized world, after the United States and Holland - 12 percent post grad

    19 Israel has the third highest rate of entrepreneurship - and the highest rate among women and among over 55’s

    20 Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth.

    21 The world's s2nd highest supply of new books per capita.

    22 More museums per capita than any other country.

    23 Israeli scientists developed the first fully computerized, no-radiation diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer.

    24 An Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment. Every year in U. S. hospitals 7,000 patients die from treatment mistakes.

    25 Israel's Given Imaging developed the PillCam - the first ingestible video camera. The camera helps doctors diagnose cancer and digestive disorders.

    26 Researchers in Israel developed a new device that directly helps the heart pump blood. The new device is synchronized with the heart's mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors.

    27 Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, with 145 per 10,000, cf 85 in the U.S., over 70 in Japan, and less than 60 in Germany.

    28 A new acne treatment developed causes acne bacteria to self-destruct - without damaging surroundings skin or tissue.

    29 An Israeli company was the first to develop and install a large-scale solar-powered and fully functional electricity generating plant in Southern California's Mojave Desert.

    30 The first computer anti-virus software package was developed in Israel back in the 1970's.

    31 Major law enforcement agencies use Israeli technologies to monitor voices and messages on conventional phones, mobile phones and e-mails.

    32 An Israeli company, Teva, is the world's largest generic pharmaceutical company.

    33 A new brain implant has been developed in Israel that can lower the risk of stroke

    34 IBM scientists in Israel are playing a vital role in a massive project of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) to discover the origins of life on earth.

    35 Israeli software company Check Point is the global leader in Virtual Private Network (VPN) and firewall technologies.

    S Perry (UK) <><

  5. S Perry (contd) #3

    36 Israeli company Elta is responsible for the world's first civilian aircraft equipped with technology designed to protect airliners from a missile attack.

    37 Mashav has trained over 200,000 international aid workers that have traveled to dozens of countries to help with medicine, agriculture, disaster relief, and many other issues.

    38 Israel has the world record in milk production.

    39 Rummikub, the third highest selling board game in the world, is the southern Israeli town of Arad.

    40 Drip irrigation - s - was developed by the Israeli engineer Simcha Blas in the 1970's. Caused a revolution in agriculture.

    41 A design submitted by Israeli-born Michael Arad has been chosen for the World Trade Center Memorial

    42 Israeli company Retalix created the grocery scanners used at such stores as Costco, Albertson's, and 7-11

    43 Primate research at Hebrew University is leading to the development of a robotic arm that can respond to the brain commands of a paralyzed person.

    44 Two Israeli researchers are generating cancer-killing molecules that will recognize cancerous cells and target them aggressively, while not affecting normal cells.

    45 Israeli researchers developed a novel stem cell therapy to treat Parkinson's Disease.

    46 Israeli company Silent Communications has developed a type of silent conversation system for cell phones, so users can carry on conversations without saying a word.

    47 The Israeli company Wondernet is currently dominating the world market in document signature authentication,.

    48 Israeli Professor Yehuda Finkelstein has discovered the cause of and cure for halitosis (bad breath).

    49 Cherry tomatoes were designed by a group of scientists led by professor Nahum Keidar from the agriculture faculty at the Weizmann Institute of Science, with the cooperation of the Israeli company Zera.

    50 The Quicktionary, a pen size scanner that scans a word or a sentence and translates it to a different language, was developed by the Wizcom Company, based in Jerusalem.

    51 Professor Ehud Keinan from the developed a pen that identifies an improvised explosive.

    52 The Israeli company Insightec developed an ultrasoundsystem for removing tumors without surgery.

    53 Researchers at the Technion have developed an antibiotic that destroys anthrax bacteria as well as the toxins it secretes into the bloodstream of the infected body.

    54 Epilady, an electric hair removal system, was developed by Yair Dar and Shimon Yahav from Kibbutz HaGoshrim

    55 The sun-heated water tank, that saves about 4% of the national energy supply, was developed by an engineer from Jerusalem.

    56 Researchers at Bar Ilan University developed a form of drug rehabilitation using a natural steroid that is inserted into the brain and develops a resistance for the drugs.

    57 Researchers from Hebrew University decoded the mechanism for Streptococcus A."

    Hallelu Yah!
    Steve Perry <><

  6. Thank you Steve for listing these for us to see how G-d has blessed the Jewish Nation.


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