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A robot arm in the Berlin Jewish Museum is hard at work, carefully inking thousands of Hebrew letters on an 80-meter (260-foot) scroll. In about three months, it will have transcribed the entire Torah "by hand," a process that normally takes Jewish scribes about a year. The robot's penmanship is d...

July 14th 2014 at 7:42pm 0 Comments
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On the eve of the most important holiday in the Jewish calendar -- Yom Kippur, the day of atonement -- it's traditional for observant Jews to seek forgiveness for the wrongs they have done to friends and family over the past year. For me, it's far too late to atone for my slack study habits back w...

September 17th 2010 at 5:30pm 0 Comments
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Whenever we boot up our time machines, cruise back to 1200 B.C., and try to pick up chicks at our favorite wine bar in Western Syria, our rudimentary knowledge of Ugaritic is usually more embarrassing than helpful. The good folks at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have us stoked on some n...

July 22nd 2010 at 12:41am 0 Comments
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Mio has had some fun products in the past (well, at least one), and if you're among the great number of our mitzva-observant readership this item should be right up your proverbial alley. The Ma'amin (Hebrew for "Believer") is a GPS unit available in Israel. Besides the maps and the POIs (including...

February 19th 2009 at 7:58pm 0 Comments
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And you thought that fellow who managed to fit your entire name -- middle initial included -- onto a grain of rice was hot stuff. Apparently, a team of nanotechnology experts at the Technion institute in Haifa were able to etch some 300,000 words (Hebrew text of the Jewish Bible) onto a minuscule si...

December 24th 2007 at 12:28am 0 Comments
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It's not like Zune was a really cool name in the first place, but this is too good. Looks like 'zune' means something ... um ... special, in Hebrew. From ISerializable:"I'm not sure how much the marketing people at Microsoft are aware of this, but "Zune" - their new portable player, has a very "naug...

August 31st 2006 at 11:30am 0 Comments