Two Israeli scientists, Prof. Haim Rabinowitch, former rector of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Prof. Nachum Kedar, developed the cherry tomato in 1973. Looking for a way to slow down the rapid ripening of ordinary tomatoes in a hot climate, they identified the genetic combination to slow down maturation and also a way to exploit the genes to produce cherry tomatoes. (Yummy!)
Rummikub was invented by Ephraim Hertzano, a Romanian-born immigrant who came to Mandate Palestine in the early 1930s. He hand-made the first sets with his family in the backyard of his home. The game combines elements of rummy, dominoes, mah-jong and chess. Hertzano sold the first sets door-to-door and on a consignment basis at small shops. Over the years, the family licensed it to other countries and it became Israel’s #1 export game. In 1977, it became a bestselling game in the United States.
(If you haven't played yet, we suggest you try it. There is even an on-line version! Great family fun!) Rummikub
אין כמו במבה Nothing is like Bamba
On these very hot days we cannot forget the Israeli contribution to our summer comfort~ the car sun screen. Back in the 80's, the Israelis that were living in California noticed everyone dealing with 'hot-seat' problems. They set to work and began marketing the first windshield screens for the US comsumer. The original ones were made of heavy cardboard that folded like a fan. They were white on one side and had this message on the reverse side ~if needed: