23 November 2019 - 25 Heshvan 5780 - כ"ה חשון ה' אלפים תש"פ
Arts & Culture
Hebrew University adds new manuscripts to Einstein Archive E-mail

Part of a collection of 110 manuscript pages written by Albert Einstein was unveiled at the Albert Einstein Archive at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem on 6 March.

The university announced that it had obtained a “magnificent” collection of Albert Einstein’s manuscripts, shedding new light on the mind and soul of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist ahead of the 140th anniversary of his birth.

The bulk of the 110-page collection consists of yellowed pages of handwritten equations, as well as several personal letters written in German. In one correspondence with his lifelong friend Michele Besso, Einstein said he felt “ashamed” for never having bothered to learn Hebrew.

Inside the mind of a genius

Professor Hanoch Gutfreund, the archive’s academic director, said: “For historians of science, it is very important to have manuscripts, because then one sees that he crossed out something, that he changed something, and it is interesting to see how he actually worked.” Each of the four personal letters from Einstein “is a gem”, Gutfreund added. “In every letter exchanged between them, they refer to something scientific. But they always share something personal about their families. And they also very often exchange remarks about their Jewish identity.”

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Large presence for the Philippines at tourism event in Tel Aviv E-mail

Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Secretary of the Philippine Department of Tourism, opened her country’s pavilion at the 25th International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM) in Tel Aviv on 12 February.

This was the fourth time that the Philippine Department of Tourism had participated in the IMTM. This year, the Philippines had the largest booth in the annual travel fair, with representatives of 15 Philippine travel agencies and hotels.

“The Department of Tourism will promote sustainable tourism and invites Israelis to visit the country to experience its culinary tourism, heirloom recipes and slow-food process, rich cultural diversity, and exciting eco-tourism activities,” said Secretary Romulo-Puyat at the event’s opening ceremony. “Israeli tourist arrivals to the Philippines reached 20,343 in 2018, with 16.66% growth from 2017. The 20,000 mark was achieved, despite the closure of Boracay for six months. This proves that beyond the perfect sunsets and the natural beauty of our 7,600 islands, the caring, friendly and hospitable nature of Filipinos has always been the main reason why our people are close to the hearts of Israelis, and why they keep coming back to the Philippines,” said Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial.

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2019 Taipei International Book Fair E-mail

As in previous years, Israel had a pavilion at the Taipei International Book Fair, which was held from 14 to 16 February at the Taipei World Trade Centre.

Widely recognised as one of the main book fairs in the world, the Taipei International Book Fair aims to promote international exchange, inspire advances in publishing, and advocate a reading culture.

The recent event attracted approximately 530,000 visitors, including international writers, award-winners and a host of celebrities. Many countries organise their own pavilions, and around 350 overseas publishers from 60 countries and 325 local players participate in the event. Many of the books featured at the Book Fair, including famous novels and books for children and young people, have been translated into Chinese.

This year the Israel pavilion had four themes: “Reading to Know Israel”; the “Reading Israel” lecture; “Missing the Literary”, paying tribute to Amos Oz, who passed away on 28 December 2018, and the Israel Bookstore Cafe.

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