“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela.
These wise words from a South African icon are the inspiration behind the extraordinary Moshal Scholarship Program. Founded in 2009 by Durban-born internet entrepreneur and venture capitalist Martin Moshal, the program aims to provide financial support to promising young students who would otherwise not have access to tertiary education. Believing that higher education builds bridges from impoverishment to economic freedom, the Moshal Scholarship Program provides students with access to university and thereby endeavours to break the cycle of poverty. By opening the doors to a better life the lives of the students, their families and communities are also uplifted. The Moshal Scholarship Program already supports over 250 students with full scholarships at top universities across South Africa and Israel, with the first cohort of students graduating at the end of this year.
I recently saw some interesting videos on Youtube. No, I’m not referring to the woman cooking while drunk, though that was hilarious (and yet oddly profound) or the trailer for the latest Muppets movie (oh yes my friends, they’re back). I’m talking about the video discussing the events leading up to 1967 in an attempt to explain why the term “The Occupied Territories” is “just not political correct” or this video featuring the rhythmic heart and soul of Jerusalem made by Israeli artist Kutiman. Or this series of videos covering a television segment while Dr. Jaques Gautier, a Canadian non-Jew who spent twenty years writing a 1300-page dissertation of the legal ownership of Jerusalem (and by extension, the West Bank). A small spoiler alert: He concludes that legally, it’s property of the Jews. And another gem floating around cyberspace is Andrew Klavan’s cynical, satirical and funny solution for the conflict in the Middle East.