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“A unique feature of Israel is the degree to which people are involved with the country’s affairs. Every Israeli watched mesmerized in 2004 as windsurfer Gal Fridman won a gold medal at the Athens Olympics. The nation grieved over the 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Residents stand shoulder-to-shoulder in solidarity to support food collection campaigns, on Good Deeds Day, in community volunteer activities, in youth movements, and recently also in DNA mass enlistment campaigns to find a donor to save a single soul. This is our greatness, and it is in our blood.
Although we eagerly consume news on coalition crises and Knesset shenanigans, most Israelis are unaware of what truly affects our quality of life – local government.
While Israel continues to develop in the face of many threats, it is the heads of the local authorities who are in the vanguard today – dealing with security issues that affect daily routine. Local politicians who respond to complex emergencies, keep residents informed of the developments, work with the national security services, and utilize information systems as required, are at the forefront.
Local authority heads are responsible for neighborhood parks, parking, the community center, after-school activities for children, cultural festivals, and construction. While national and international news garner the headlines, at the end of the day residents are concerned whether they have a good education system for their children, easy access to register their children in kindergarten and municipal programs, and well-maintained parks.”
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"After five years of war with the Islamic State, the biggest problem for the winners is coping with the losers. The aftermath has produced one of the world’s most perplexing postwar challenges..."
"What do we mean when we say that the “soul of the city” is under threat? Often, it’s really about politics, nostalgia, and the fear of community change."
"...the pendulum of history never stops moving. Indeed, one of the few constants of history is unceasing change. While we seem to be heading in one direction, we must remember that there will surely be pauses, turns, and reversals."
""Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé," premiered early Wednesday and it was the fulfillment of all the ancestors' hopes and dreams. Beyoncé also dropped "Homecoming: The Live Album.""
"Seven in 10 adults ages 18 to 34 received financial support from their parents in the last year, including more than half of those in their early 30s. Almost three in five millennials said they couldn’t afford their lifestyles without the support."
"Social media influencers have helped turn public lands into tourist-infested swamps. And one cantankerous man is fighting back."
"One particular myth that attached itself to Ledger was that his death was somehow a result of immersing himself in the character of the Joker."
"In 2018, for the second year in a row, American publishers released fewer translated titles: 609 books were published, down from 650 in 2017 and the industry high in 2016 of 666."
"Egg freezing had become so routine among my single peers that when I hit 35, I never thought twice. Here’s what I wish I had known."
"When it comes to Passover cuisine, most home cooks know to avoid wheat, oats, rye, and other forbidden ingredients. But what consumers might not realize is just how much cotton they eat during the holiday."
"A masked figure looms over your recumbent body, wielding power tools and sharp metal instruments, doing things to your mouth you cannot see."
"Passover is a holiday that commemorates the Jewish people escaping slavery in Egypt. It is often referred to as the “festival of freedom.” My Passover in prison was at a place called the Wallkill Correctional Facility..."