By: Ben Macintyre
LONDON — As the last British typewriter rolls off the assembly line, it is worth recalling the astonishment that accompanied the first one, patented in 1714: “An artificial machine or method for impressing or transcribing of letters, one after another, so neat and exact as not to be distinguished from print.”
When the typewriter arrived in general use in the 1860s, many feared that this new-fangled contraption would lead to a decline in literacy. Precisely the same fears were expressed in the 1980s, when the typewriter gave way to the word processor and personal computer.
Today, as voice-activated writing takes the place of keyboard and mouse, we are on the cusp of another written revolution.
Making notes on the train in preparation for this column, I simply dictated to Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant inside my iPhone, who took it all down word for word. One day…
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The 29th November is a special date in the Israeli national calendar. As I wrote last year:
known in Israel by that strange quirk of mixing Biblical Hebrew with Anglicised calendar months as Kaf Tet beNovember (the Hebrew letters Kaf and Tet having the numerical equivalent of 20 and 9 respectively).
What is so special about this date you may ask? It is the date when the UN formally declared partition of Palestine (via Resolution 181) into two states – one for the Jews and one for the Arabs (there being no Palestinians in those days).
In that post I condemned the UN for not only not marking the day in recognition of Israeli national rights (what a shocking thought! Please pass the smelling salts) but in holding an International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
This year, following last year’s failed bid to get the UN Security…
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Pasted below is the full text, as it currently stands, of the resolution the Palestinian Authority is planning to bring to the UN General Assembly, apparently on November 29.
The resolution is extremely mild, calling for the State of Palestine to be accorded the same status in the GA as the Vatican has. It also calls for a two-state solution, the resumption of talks based on the relevant resolutions and past negotiations, and for the Security Council to consider “favorably” the application for full membership submitted last year.
None of this can be considered radical or extremist, and most of it is obviously necessary if there is to be any progress toward any resolution. While it can be argued that the two-state solution has already passed the point where it can be reasonably implemented, this remains the stated goal of the US, EU…
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Bamidbar -36 is set off by two upside-down נ. In the Gemara (Shabbos 115b-116a) according to Rebbi, those 85 letters are considered a separate book of the Torah. That means that what we call Bamidbar is actually three books (everything before those verses, the verses themselves, and everything after). Therefore there are a total of seven books of the Torah…
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