With Purim festivities behind us, we are all preparing for the coming Pesach holiday. While the former marks the miraculous saving of the Jewish people in the Diaspora from a murderous anti-Semite, the other commemorates the beginnings of the first major Aliyah to the Land of Israel. In this month’s newsletter: we recall our roots in a report on archaeological research on the ancient Philistines’ impact on local flora; report on a conference exploring how the Israel of today struggles to find common ground between Judaism and Democracy; find out what our closest neighbor – Jordan – really thinks of us; and show ways we try to improve the lives of Israelis and the world-at-large through cancer research. Wishing you all a Chag Kasher V’Sameach!
Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz,
President of Bar-Ilan University