23 April 2018 - 9 Iyyar 5778 - ט' אייר ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Arts & Culture
An Israeli Love Story premières in China E-mail

On 25 December, the Israeli film An Israeli Love Story premièred in Beijing. Directed by Dan Wolman and starring Israeli actors Adi Bielski and Aviv Alush, the film, released in 2017, is based on the true story of the love affair between Pnina Gary, from Nahalal, and Eli Ben-Zvi, son of Rachel Yanait and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, the Second President of the State of Israel.
The film is set in 1947, during the turbulent period of prestate Israel. Margalit, a young girl, enjoys theatre and dreams of becoming an actress.

One day, she meets a boy called Eli and falls in love with him instantly. She tries to get close to him, hoping he’ll fall in love with her, but things do not go as planned because he’s too busy with the Palmach.

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2018 Taipei International Book Exhibition looks to Israel for inspiration in the age of reading E-mail

The 26th edition of the Taipei International Book Exhibition is set to run from 6 to 11 February at the Taipei World Trade Center.

Organised by the Taipei Book Fair Foundation (TBFF) under the auspices of Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, this year’s book show is themed “Age of Reading” and features Israel, which just celebrated its 70th anniversary, as guest of honour.

During the event, over 200 Israeli publications, from comics and children’s books to history, literature and lifestyle, will be showcased in a venue inspired by the Hebrew Bible, giving participants a taste of Israel’s robust publishing industry.

Chu Jui-Hao, director of the MOC Department of Humanities and Publications, said at a press conference announcing the event that the gathering of heavyweight Israeli authors, food writers and artists at this year’s book exhibition will give local readers a show-going experience like never before, praising the rich culture and history of the country.

His sentiments were echoed by TBFF Chairman James C. M. Chao, who highlighted the felicitous combination of this year’s exhibition theme and theme country. He commented that reading brings power to the people, which can be seen in the example set by Israel over the years, and the unique books, design and food exhibited at the press conference served to illustrate this point.

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Israel’s national anthem in Top Ten E-mail
In a recent straw poll conducted by The Economist, Israel’s national anthem came seventh in the list of the best national anthems in the world.

South Africa’s national anthem, Nkosi Sikelel’ IiAfrika, was named the best national anthem in the world. According to The Economist, what makes a national anthem really good is “a rousing tune to quicken the pulse, some pathos to moisten the eyes and that inexplicable something to make it stand out from all the rest”.

Russia came second, followed by Uruguay, Brazil, Ukraine, Japan, Israel, Nepal, Germany and the US.

God Save the Queen
was slammed for having too many “dreary harmonies” and “platitudes about being victorious and glorious”. South Africa’s anthem is “compositionally unusual” because it shifts (modulates) and ends in a different key. But whoever said unusual was a bad thing?Please login or register to see the full article
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