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Friday, November 30, 2012

Lines in the Sand

Why is this day different than all the others days.  Why is this night different from all other nights? Oh wait, its not Passover,  aka Pesach.

Basically today was the same old routine.  Work, school, dinner, some TV.....very typical.  However, in 1947, this day was not like all the other days.

This day in history "
1947 U.N. votes for partition of PalestineDespite strong Arab opposition, the United Nations votes for the partition of Palestine and the creation of an independent Jewish state.

The modern conflict between Jews and Arabs in Palestine dates back to the 1910's, when both groups laid claim to the British-controlled territory. The Jews were Zionists, recent emigrants from Europe and Russia who came to the ancient homeland of the Jews to establish a Jewish national state. The native Palestinian Arabs sought to stem Jewish immigration and set up a secular Palestinian state."

While I am not religious, and not particularly political, it has been, and probably always will be a part of our lives, living in America, and hearing about the trouble, and unrest in the middle east.  Can't we all just get along.

If a common heritage conferred peace, then perhaps the long history of conflict in the Middle East would have been resolved years ago. For, according to a new scientific study, Jews are the genetic brothers of Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese, and they all share a common genetic lineage that stretches back thousands of years.

"Jews and Arabs are all really children of Abraham," says Harry Ostrer, M.D., Director of the Human Genetics Program at New York University School of Medicine, an author of the new study by an international team of researchers in the United States, Europe, and Israel. "And all have preserved their Middle Eastern genetic roots over 4,000 years," he says.
The researchers analyzed the Y chromosome, which is usually passed unchanged from father to son, of more than 1,000 men worldwide. Throughout human history, alterations have occurred in the sequence of chemical bases that make up the DNA in this so-called male chromosome, leaving variations that can be pinpointed with modern genetic techniques. Related populations carry the same specific variations. In this way, scientists can track descendants of large populations and determine their common ancestors.
Specific regions of the Y chromosome were analyzed in 1,371 men from 29 worldwide populations, including Jews and non-Jews from the Middle East, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, and Europe.
The study, published in the May 9 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that Jewish men shared a common set of genetic signatures with non-Jews from the Middle East, including Palestinians, Syrians, and Lebanese, and these signatures diverged significantly from non-Jewish men outside of this region. Consequently, Jews and Arabs share a common ancestor and are more closely related to one another than to non-Jews from other areas of the world.

Dinner was Lombardi's pizza and mussels marinara.  Great !  I sent an email to the CSA to make some suggestions for next year.  basically, a scale, a swap table or bin, and pint/quart containers for some of the fruits, etc.  I already miss not getting my fresh fruits and veggies every Wed.

Keeping my running to a minimum and getting better each day, so not going to push it.

Photo of the day "Lines in the Sand"

Magic Number 132

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