By Abigail Klein Leichman
Released by Gefen Publishing House on March 1, 2018, Thou Shalt Innovate provides 15 case studies of how Israelis of all faiths are “making life better for billions of people around the world and how Israeli ingenuity is helping to feed the hungry, cure the sick, and provide shelter for the homeless,” Jorisch writes.Speaking from his home in Washington, DC, Jorisch discussed what led to choosing those 15 examples: drip irrigation, United Hatzalah, Iron Dome, the Grain Cocoon, the Tabor rooftop solar water collector, ReWalk, Alpha Omega’s GPS for deep brain stimulation, Check Point’s Firewall-1, PillCam, SpineAssist, the Emergency Bandage, Rebif, cannabis research, reducing plane-bird collisions, and reviving an ancient date palm.
The concept came to him in the wee hours just after returning from Israel with his family in the summer of 2014. Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza that summer left him depressed over the diminishing prospects for peace in his lifetime.“I suddenly realized there is an amazing story to be told not only about the Israeli technology that Saul Singer and Dan Senor described, but about what Israel does with this technology to improve lives around the globe,” he says.
On that sleepless night, Jorisch googled terms like “Israeli innovation,” “Tikkun Olam” and “improving the world” and quickly compiled a list of about 100 impactful Israeli innovations.
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