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a jewish cabalistic book attributed by tradition to rabbi simon ben yochi, who lived about the end of the 1st century ad. modern critics believe it to be a compilation of the 13th century.

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  • the mossad is israel’s foreign intelligence service. a mossad team captured adolf eichmann in buenos aires. another recruited an iraqi pilot and convinced him to fly a mig-21 to israel. and its officers assassinated imad mughniyeh, the hezbollah terrorist who planned the bombing of the marine barracks in beirut in 1982. it is also credited with attacks on iranian nuclear scientists and cyber operations intended to slow iran’s nuclear program. authors michael bar-zohar and nissim mishal discuss these and many other incidents in their new book mossad. cia.gov

  • commentaries on the talmud and haggadic material continued to be written until the 11th cent., when the babylonian academies were suppressed and the center of jewish literary activity shifted to spain. france and germany became the main centers of talmudic commentary. in spain, and to some extent in italy, hebrew literature flourished for centuries. the finest work was accomplished in the realms of poetry—influenced by arab and indian literature—and philosophy. philology, exegesis, and codification also flourished. by the 14th cent. the largely aramaic mystical treatise, the zohar, had appeared—the masterpiece of a flourishing literature of jewish mysticism (see kabbalah). factmonster.com

  • 14 these be the heads of their fathers' houses: the sons of reuben the firstborn of israel; hanoch, and pallu, hezron, and carmi: these be the families of reuben. 15 and the sons of simeon; jemuel, and jamin, and ohad, and jachin, and zohar, and shaul the son of a canaanitish woman: these are the families of simeon. infoplease.com

  • "adolescents who are overweight and obese are prone to esophageal cancer, probably due to reflux that they have throughout their life. also, a lower socioeconomic position as a child has a lot of impact upon incidence of gastric cancer as an adult," study author dr. zohar levi, of the rabin medical center in israel, said in a journal news release. medicinenet.com

  • obesity in childhood was tied to an increased colorectal cancer risk in adulthood, researchers reported this week. "this is the largest study ever, including both men and women, and it had the power to prove the importance of bmi at age 17 on events later in life," said lead author zohar levi md, of the rabin medical center and tel aviv university in israel in a press release. (cancer) medpagetoday.com