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Day 3: Can you make this world a Better Place?

Better Place. The name of the electric car company derived from an entrepreneurship conference that the Founder attended; there, the president of Israel asked all the entrepreneurs – “what can you do to make the world a better place?” – what is now called Better Place  was his response.

Better Place is an electric company that offers a one stop shop for its consumers. It supplies the customer with both the car and the charger! Each car buyer gets a charger installed in one’s home, and even at work, if purchasing the minimum yearly mileage requirement. In addition, it offers both charging and battery swap stations throughout the country. Each fully charged battery powers 160 kilometers worth of travel with a maximum speed limit of about 90 mph. When traveling more than 160 kilometers, one can drive into a battery swap station to trade a discharged battery in for a charged one. Swap stations are located every 40 kilometers throughout Israel, and make the transition to a electric car rather simple.

The beauty of this start-up is its socially responsible foundation. It was built in efforts to combat our oil addictive tendencies. With cars using most of all of oil supplies and depleting oil resources, something had to change, and Better Place became an agent.

Though currently monopolizing the electric battery swap automobile industry, competition is treading water, and slowly but surely, will work alongside Better Place. I look forward to Better Place  working out its kinks in the beginning stages, developing the product further, and selling massive amounts of cars in order to support a revolutionary movement.

Day 2: Have you been to the melting pot?

Jקרדושךקצ:Tיק םךג בןאט/Jerusalem: The Old City

America is commonly referred to as the greatest melting pot of the world; have you been to Jerusalem? I could not believe the close proximity of such distinct peoples and religious centers! Jerusalem may have taken the gold for the greatest melting pot in my perspective.

From experiencing the tops of Mt. Scopus, to the inner city streets of Old Jerusalem, I was bombarded with various cultures, faiths, and peoples. I experienced a historical treasure sacred to the three largest religions in the world, and saw their followers running through their respective quarters.

The robes, priest, and masses taken place at Christian landmarks was rather overwhelming. Hundreds of people gathered to touch tomb of Jesus, and be able to experience something a little closer to their God.

The Jewish people wrapping up Shabbat as they left the Signage, praying at the Western Wall, and speaking about God in their local parks was beautiful to watch.

Hearing the Muslims calling to begin their prayers in the Mosque was powerful. We were not allowed in the Mosque, but we could hear their cry.

What was most incredible in Jerusalem, was being able to stand in the center and experience each people and their respective traditions within the blink of an eye. The passion, faith, and history that exists in Jerusalem is unique in nature, and an once in a lifetime experience.

Day 1: Shalom !

 

After a ten hour flight, I was finally welcomed by the Israeli sun. I made my way through the international airport, greeted security guards every couple of feet, and allowed myself to enjoy being emerged in the home of another people.

As I trekked out of the airport with all of my bags, I was shocked to see how Americanized Tel Aviv actually was. There were more American automobiles on the roads here than I have seen in New York, and every Hebrew phrase was followed by an English translation!

Though the American influence was explicit, the air was loaded with the Israeli spirit, and its culture was overwhelming. I arrived to Israel, and could not wait to fully experience it!