Archive for September, 2010

Sep 20 2010

Archeological digs in North unearth rare signet ring

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September 20, 2010  The Jerusalem Post

An ancient bronze signet ring excavated recently in Tel Dor, near Zichron Ya’acov, indicates that well-heeled elites were living in the area during the Hellenistic era, archaeologists from the University of Haifa reported on Sunday. The rare find at the major port bears an intricate impression of Apollo, the Greek god of the sun, light, and music. According to Dr. Ayelet Gilboa, head of the university’s Department of Archeology, “A piece of highquality art such as this, doubtlessly created by a top-of-the-line artist, indicates that local elites developing a taste for fine art and the ability to afford it were also living in provincial towns, and not only in the capital cities of the Hellenistic kingdoms.”

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Sep 19 2010

Goddess worship persisted in Christian homes, dig finds

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September 17, 2010  USA Today

Three centuries after the birth of Christianity, at least one wealthy family in the town on Sussita, on the east shore of the Sea of Galilee, was still adorning its home with images of goddesses. Archeologists from the University of Haifa in Israel and Concordia University in Minnesota discovered a wall painting of Tyche, the Greek goddess of fortune. They also found a figure of a maenad, one of the female companions of the wine and fertility god Dionysus.

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Sep 19 2010

High emotional intelligence = best workers

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September 17, 2010  UPI

Employees with high emotional intelligence will be more and more valued, an Israeli researcher predicts. Study leader Dr. Galit Meisler of the University of Haifa says employees with a high level of emotional intelligence are more dedicated and satisfied at work than other employees. Emotional intelligence refers to a person’s ability to “read,” understand and deal with emotions — his or her own and those of others. Meisler says the study indicates employees with a high level of emotional intelligence were more satisfied with their jobs and were more committed to their organizations.

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Sep 19 2010

Apollo discovery tells a new story

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A rare bronze signet ring with the impression of the face of the Greek sun god, Apollo, has been discovered at Tel Dor, in northern Israel, by University of Haifa diggers. “A piece of high-quality art such as this, doubtlessly created by a top-of-the-line artist, indicates that local elites developing a taste for fine art and the ability to afford it were also living in provincial towns, and not only in the capital cities of the Hellenistic kingdoms,” explains Dr. Ayelet Gilboa, Head of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Haifa, who headed the excavations at Dor along with Dr. Ilan Sharon of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Continue Reading »

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Sep 19 2010

Kafkaesque conundrum

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September 17, 2010  Haaretz

The Zionist idea preoccupied Kafka and Brod. “Kafka learned Hebrew and dreamt of immigrating to Palestine,” says Nurit Pagi, a doctoral student in literature at the University of Haifa. “Brod fought bitterly over Kafka’s Jewish identity and the materials found in the safes, the diaries and the letters, might finally confirm his interpretations of Kafka’s writings.”

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Sep 19 2010

Greek goddess of fortune found at Sussita

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September 17, 2010  newKerala.com, oneindia

A wall painting of Tyche, the Greek goddess of fortune, was found during the 11th season of excavation at the Sussita site, on the east shore of the Sea of Galilee. Another female figure was found during this season, of a maenad, one of the companions of the wine god Dionysus. “It is interesting to see that although the private residence in which two goddesses were found was in existence during the Byzantine period, when Christianity negated and eradicated idolatrous cults, one can still find clear evidence of earlier beliefs,” said Arthur Segal and Michael Eisenberg of the University of Haifa, who headed the excavation.

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Sep 19 2010

Ancient culture and revelry revealed in new finds

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September 17, 2010  The Jerusalem Post

The Tyche fresco find announced by the University of Haifa is believed to date to the beginning of the Byzantine period, between the 3rd and 4th centuries CE. . . . Prof. Arthur Segal and Dr. Michael Eisenberg of the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa said that although the private residence where the finds were dug up existed during the Byzantine period, when Christianity was adopted and wiped out idol worship, remnants of such beliefs remained.

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Sep 16 2010

Goddess of Fortune found at Sussita

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A wall painting (fresco) of Tyche, the Greek goddess of fortune, was exposed during the 11th season of excavation at the Sussita site, on the east shore of the Sea of Galilee, which was conducted by researchers of the University of Haifa. Another female figure was found during this season, of a maenad, one of the companions of the wine god Dionysus. Continue Reading »

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Sep 15 2010

Emotional intelligence helps

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Employees with a high level of emotional intelligence are more dedicated and satisfied at work, compared to other employees. This has been shown in a new study from the University of Haifa. “This study has shown that employees with a higher level of emotional intelligence are assets to their organization. I believe it will not be long before emotional intelligence is incorporated in employee screening and training processes and in employee assessment and promotion decisions” stated Dr. Galit Meisler, who conducted the research. Continue Reading »

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Sep 14 2010

Obama Seeks Building Halt as Middle East Talks Resume

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September 14, 2010  Bloomberg Businessweek

Limiting settlement construction could spell political trouble for Netanyahu, whose government collapsed during his first term as prime minister in 1998 after concessions he made in negotiations with the Palestinians. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who leads the second-biggest party in Netanyahu’s ruling coalition, Yisrael Beitenu, declared Sept. 6 that he has the political muscle to stop any extension of the housing moratorium.

“He cannot hide behind Barak,” said Dan Schueftan, deputy director of Haifa University’s National Security Studies Center. “Everybody will know the decision is Netanyahu’s.”

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