We in the U.S. are result-oriented, giving politicians little credit for "best effort." Failed peace encounters can only damage the Chief Executive's popularity. In President Obama's major address on foreign policy at the U.S. Military Academy commencement ceremony Wednesday, there was no mention of the Israeli-Palestinian "peace process." (More online.)

6,000 foreign volunteers serve in the Israeli Defense Forces. Their official status is that of "lone soldiers," because they leave their families behind and come to Israel alone. The Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin aims to build a community and be a family to these soldiers when they are in Israel. (More online.)

Shavuot, the celebration of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, is a cheese lover's dream. A perfect cheese for baking is ricotta. You may serve it as a sweet or savory dish by spooning the appropriate topping over it. (Recipe online.)
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