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An avid amateur cook, I like to experiment with fusion dishes, usually with asian flavours. Also a rampant vegerian, which makes cooking much more interesting. Originally trained in Italian cooking, and in an Israeli Navy galley. Currently beginning to take an interest in Middle-Eastern cooking, which is much more than it seems at first glance.


Apr
2
comment What religions (other than Judaism) worshiped only one god?
Henotheistic is a good definition of the ancient Jews, but I think the main issue is the abstract God, as opposed to the many gods as specific characters of the surrounding religions.
Mar
21
comment Is history always written by the victors?
While I disagree with a lot of your premises (Israel won in 1982? I would call it a draw at best), Israel is repsonsible ofr most historical accounts of the holocaust during WW2, which is another excellent example of history being written by the losers.
Mar
16
comment Has there been other settlements in occupied territories in recent history?
I'm not sure what Israel's outward statements say, but internally and in the Hebrew-speaking media, they are referred to always as the occupied territories (Shtakhim Kvushim, possibly conquered territories), and usually just as the territories.
Mar
5
comment Is every major culture in the same year?
@vsz: Actually, the Jewish calendar has a (rather odd) method of using leap months in order to synchronize the lunar and solar years. It is surprisingly accurate over the 19 year solar/lunar cycle.
Dec
30
comment Would modern aerodynamic design be recognizable to a vehicle expert 100 years ago?
I think the marketing aspect (last paragraph) is the main one. I'm sure Mr. Ford could make the cars, and understand why they were better. He probably wouldn't have been able to sell them though, as people wouldn't recognize them as comfortable at first sight.
Mar
13
comment Was there a text as revolutionary regarding humanitarism as the New Testament in a pre-Christian era?
Today's standards with regards to harshness/cruelty/ruthlessness (in what calls itself Western Civilzation) are at best from the last 100 years. Even during the industrial revolution life was harsh by today's standards, Dickens would make a good example of this.
Feb
26
comment Were there any conquests that Ancient Rome undertook explicitly to gain control of a natural resource?
Have you been playing Sid Meier's Civilization recently?
Feb
2
comment Why aren't the Americas named after Christopher Columbus
I added the references that support my position. However, there are several competing theories. You can find a good summary at uhmc.sunysb.edu/surgery/america.html
Jan
30
comment When and where did socks become common?
+1 for a very good answer. I'm working on a theory whereby socks are a good way of measuring the state of a civilization. I shall have to put more effort in to finding out what went on in China. I will also need to correct for tropical/desert peoples, with much less need for socks.
Jan
26
comment What were the reasons for making Prohibition a constitutional amendment?
Are you sure? Today's federal gun or drug laws are sweeping, and they aren't a constitutional issue. Surely it has some power, though I don't know if it stems from the "commerce between the states" clauses or not.
Jan
26
comment Has mercantilism ever been successful?
Not an answer, because of too much "what if" thinking. What about Cuba? The main economic problem with Cuba is the American embargo, and that was political in origin, rather than economic.
Jan
17
comment Is/were there cases of hazing and violence against younger conscripts in armies of Arabic countries?
Don't believe propaganda, from any side. There is definitely hazing in the Israeli Defence Forces, though it's usually not too harsh by American standards.
Jan
17
comment Who first in human history has promoted equality rights of all people?
The question does not refer to a specific list of rights, merely to any set given that applies to all of humanity. In this case, I think the answer is satisfactory. Also, while stemming from Jewish tradition, this bible story is told as being before the time of Judaism itself. It is before the time of Abraham.
Jan
16
comment Were there any well known royal dynasties that did not in some way cite religious mandate for their rule?
@Sid: Not really, no. I'm at work, so the book isn't in front of me, so no references. However, generally the gods in east Asia didn't go around sleeping with humans like the Mediterrenean gods did, so no one is really decended from the gods. This is a culture of private family shrines, with private family gods.
Jan
13
comment Were there any well known royal dynasties that did not in some way cite religious mandate for their rule?
@DVK: As I said, the Japanese emperors in general did not claim their rule was granted by God. In fact, the concept of that would have been completely foreign to them. As for Cnut, even if the stroy isn't true, the general line of his rule was clear: "God is the king of kings and rules everything. I rule my country, and the two bear no relation to each other."