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Get paid to play video games? Yes, please!

Posted on June 25th, 2017
by Meg C. Hall for FromtheGrapevine 
As spectator interest grows in the eSports arena, so do players’ paychecks.

If your parents told you that playing video games was a waste of time and money, start planning your “I told you so” speech right now, because professional video gaming is on the rise.

Competitive gaming, also known as eSports, is taking its place alongside traditional athletic events, and many anticipate it becoming the most popular spectator sport of the 21st century. More than 70 million people regularly stream eSports tournaments every year.

Championships are happening all across the globe. For example, last month, Israel hosted its first national video game championship. Called GameIn Pro, it drew a crowd of nearly 10,000 gamers and fans to the coastal Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv for two days of on-screen punches, sword slashes, magic potions and epic brawls.

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Alan Dershowitz: Harvard Was Wrong To Rescind Student Admissions Over Facebook Messages

Posted on June 18th, 2017

Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said the university was wrong to rescind the admissions of several students who posted offensive messages on a private Facebook group.

The messages reportedly mocked the Holocaust, sexual assault and domestic terrorism, among other topics.

“Punishing students academically for their political views or their personal values is a serious mistake,” Dershowitz, who had not seen the messages before he was interviewed, told the Boston Globe.  “These actions are not consistent with the spirit of the First Amendment.”

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Why the Scouts in Israel create self-reliant leaders

Posted on June 11th, 2017
By Inbal Arieli for Israel21c    
Israel’s Scout movements place the responsibility of leadership on very young shoulders.

“Imagine you’re guiding a group of 11-year-old Scouts on a desert trail through the Eilat Mountains when suddenly — in the middle of the most difficult climb – one girl sits on a rock, begins to cry and refuses to budge. She’s hot, she’s tired, she misses home and she’s definitely not continuing. Get her on a helicopter, because she’s not moving anywhere.

“You’re 16 years old and you’re a first-year Scout guide. And apart from the girl, there are 12 other children in the group who are staring at you, waiting for instructions. So what do you do?”

Venture capitalist Izhar Shay shared this story recently, when he joined his 15-year-old son and his friends at the final stages of their preparation year in Tzofim-Israeli Scouts, toward becoming madrichim — guides or counselors.

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Producing My Love Of Israel

Posted on June 4th, 2017
by: Elina Lebson for Fresh Ink for Teens    
Winning isn’t everything when I can make Israel come alive in a video.

About two years ago, my mom forwarded me an email she received from Israel Video Network, an online distributer of pro-Israel video content. The email included details about a contest the website hosts each year, asking people of all ages and skill levels to submit short videos submissions “that draw attention to Israel’s immense value to the world and/or seeks to spread an important pro-Israel message.” Given my interest in video production and my love for Israel, I decided to enter the contest. I wound up enjoying the contest so much, I entered again this year. Although I did not win either year, I am still happy I participated in the contest because it gave me a chance to learn more about Israel and allowed me to enhance my video editing skills.  

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What does it mean to love?

Posted on May 28th, 2017
By ISRAEL21c    
Film maker and football analyst Yogi Roth crisscrosses Israel to hear how people define love, and refines his own definition through visiting his mom’s birthplace in Haifa.

What happens when a 35-year-old California football analyst, filmmaker and motivational speaker asks random Israelis what it means to love? Click on the video to discover straight-from-the-heart insights shared with Yogi Roth by young and old of all faiths.

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