Thursday, 13 October 2016

What lovely news to receive as we complete the Rosh Hashana and the Yom Kippur (The Jewish New Year) that Bob Dylan has received the Nobel Prize for literature.

Bob pictured here wearing Tefillin which are a set of small black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah. They are worn by male observant Jews during weekday morning prayers.Also he is rapped is a Tallis a Jewish Prayer shawl. This is something I do every morningg.

Born Robert Allen Zimmerman and raised Jewish in Wisconsin, Dylan has maintained very close Israel ties throughout his life. He visited the country several times in the late 1960s and 1970s and even took steps toward joining a kibbutz. He played three shows in Israel in 1987, 1993 and 2011. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) pressed him to cancel his most recent performance — to no avail.

Even more recently, Israelis can thank Dylan for the 2014 Rolling Stones concert in Tel Aviv, the band’s first visit to the country. According to Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, Dylan gave them the idea.

"He is probably the greatest living poet," Swedish Academy member Per Wastberg said.

At least 194 Jews and people of half- or three-quarters-Jewish ancestry have been awarded the Nobel Prize accounting for 22% of all individual recipients worldwide between 1901 and 2015, and constituting 36% of all US recipients during the same period.

Jews constitute 20% of all Nobel Laureates despite being 0.19% of the world's population.

Here is an example:

Members of the Tribe are winning Nobel Prizes left and right. Although Jews make up only 0.2 percent of the world's population, they win an astonishing 22 percent of Nobel Prizes. In fact, six have won so far this year.

This year's crop of Jewish winners includes:
- All three scientists who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Arieh Warshel, Michael Levitt and Martin Karplus
- Francois Englert who was half of the team that won the Nobel Prize in Physics
- James E. Rothman and Randy W. Schekman who were two of the three scientists awarded the Nobel prize in Medicine.

Mazel Tov to you Bob we are so very proud of you.

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