Israel

11:41am

Tue June 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Cardboard Bike's Fundraiser Is Rolling

The cardboard bicycle.
Baz Ratner Reuters /Landov

1:18am

Fri June 14, 2013
Middle East

Can Captain Sunshine Save The Israeli Electric Car Dream?

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 6:19 am

American-Israeli solar entrepreneur Yosef Abramowitz, aka Captain Sunshine, speaks during a rally of electric car owners in Israel.
Emily Harris/NPR

Captain Sunshine wears a yellow yarmulke, yellow T-shirt and a bright-yellow cape held around his shoulders with a silky red ribbon. At a recent rally of about 200 electric-car owners in Israel, he called out questions to the crowd.

"We're saying to the government and to the army," he shouted through a squawky mic, "20 percent of your fleets should be electric cars. Do you agree?"

The crowd cheered yes.

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10:59am

Thu June 13, 2013
The Salt

Israel's Rabbis Seek To Bend Pastries To Their Will

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 6:18 am

What's what? In Israel, the shape of a boureka pastry traditionally tells you what's inside. Now the country's chief rabbis want the shapes to get a lot more specific to help people keep kosher.
Emily Harris NPR

2:41am

Wed June 12, 2013
Business

Google Acquires Israeli Mapping Service Waze

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 3:53 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And Google has announced it is buying Waze, a community-based traffic and navigation app, for a reported price of just over a billion dollars.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports it may change the way we travel.

WENDY KAUFMAN, BYLINE: Google hopes its latest acquisition will make your morning commute easier, faster and more social.

While other traffic apps are somewhat passive, Waze tracks mobile devices as they travel, and uses that information to help analyze traffic speeds and flow.

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9:48am

Wed June 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Hilarious: Israeli Education Minister Can't Stop Laughing

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 11:14 am

Shai Piron.
YouTube

Tuesday was a funny day in the Israeli Knesset. According to Haaretz, Education Minister Shai Piron stood before the parliament set to deliver a speech about prison contraband.

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