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Should the muslim headscarf be prohibited in the public sphere?



Left: lma and Lila Lévy-Omari

Right: Sarah Shortall, 2012 Dan David Prize scholarship recipient




Separation of church and state, a statement against female oppression, or discrimination and the attempt to preserve a way of life against outside influences?




Yo Yo Ma Performs Holiday Hits

YO YO MA, 2006 laureate

John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, Holiday Concerts and More Set for Houston Symphony, Dec 2013

The Houston Symphony's December calendar features a special one-night-only performance as John Williams Joins Yo-Yo Ma tonight, December 5 at Jones Hall. The Symphony will also celebrate the holidays with concerts for the entire family. On December 13, 14 and 15, the Symphony and Chorus will perform Very Merry Pops, which celebrates the season with holiday hits including a special piece, Glad Tidings, which features spiritual leaders from the Houston community as guest narrators.

Read article, December 5, 2013

Below: Video of Master Class with YoYoMa, 2006 Dan David Prize events, Tel Aviv University

More nukes: James Hansen leads call for “safer nuclear” power to save climate

JAMES HANSEN, 2007 laureate

More nukes: James Hansen leads call for “safer nuclear” power to save climate

"Global demand for energy is growing rapidly and must continue to grow to provide the needs of developing economies. At the same time, the need to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions is becoming ever clearer. We can only increase energy supply while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions if new power plants turn away from using the atmosphere as a waste dump. …"  Open letter by James Hansen, Ken Caldeira, Kerry Emanuel, and Tom Wigley.

Read article by John Upton, GRIST, November 4th 2013

Can hyperbaric oxygen treatment help early stages of dementia and Alzheimer's?

OxygenResearchers at Tel Aviv University and Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Tzrifin have shown that Hyperbaric oxygen treatment can improve chronic brain injury. 

The treatment may be able to help in early stages of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, according to Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob of TAU’s School of Physics and Astronomy and the Sagol School for Brain Sciences. “And who knows? Maybe in the future we’ll be able to give anti-aging treatment that will strengthen the functioning of the brain and preserve it for the rest of one’s life.” 

The Jerusalem Post story and video, November 18, 2013  


brookSuitPETER BROOK directs "The Suit", a play about adultery, mental cruelty, Apartheid, tragedy and beauty, with haunting African songs. Ahead of its staging (May 22-24, 2014)  at the OZ Nashville inaugural season, listen to the 2012 TheGuardian's interview with PeterBrook, renowned theater director and 2005 laureate. TheGuardian interview, May 25, 2012

"I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage. A man walks across an empty space whilst someone else is watching him, and this is all that is needed for an act of theatre to be engaged." Peter Brook

J. CRAIG VENTER - Life at the Speed of Light

VenterThe Dawn of an Era 

In his NEW BOOK 'Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life' J. CRAIG VENTER, 2012 laureate, explains the coming era of discovery (see Wired interview below).

What is the significance of Venter's research? The monolith in Stanley Kubrick's 2001 Space Odyssey provides a sense of impending revelation, a message of great importance to the future of the human race; today's monolith is situated at the J Craig Venter Institute, San Diego, CA and Synthetic Genomics, La Jolla, CA . In the words of J. Craig Venter "humankind is entering a new phase of evolution….This is the first self-replicating species on the planet whose parent is a computer"

Today's revelation is the creation of the first synthetic cell by J. Craig Venter, the transformation of inanimate chemicals into a living organism, raising profound questions about the essence of life. However, questions have been raised as to the ethics of this groundbreaking research – profound human ingenuity, audacious hubris, hope for the future, or potential disaster?

Read the interview in Wired