Category Archives: personal

To cheer you up in difficult times 36: The Immense Joy of Fake Reverse Parking

Fake reverse parking Update: fake reverse parking is known already as the much debated “pull-through parking”. (Thanks to Gali Weinstein over Facebook for telling me about it.) It is also mentioned as #879 among a thousand awesome things by Neil … Continue reading

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Alef’s Corner

After Picasso 1955. Happy Passover to all our readers. More from Alef’s corner

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Nostalgia corner: John Riordan’s referee report of my first paper

In 1971/1972 academic year, I was an undergraduate student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and toward the end of the year I wrote a paper about Abel’s sums. I sent it to John Riordan the author of the books  … Continue reading

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At the Movies II: Kobi Mizrahi’s short movie White Eye makes it to the Oscar’s short list.

Update:  White eye have made it to the list of five Oscar candidates! Congratulations! My nephew Kobi Mizrahi is a well known movie producer and it was just announced that his short film “White eye” (עין לבנה) made it to … Continue reading

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TYI38 Lior Kalai: Monty Hall Meets Survivor

For breaking news, scroll down. Lior Kalai: Survivor Meets the Monty Hall Puzzle We start with the classical question and go on with a new version contributed by my son Lior. Update: A few brief comments on the original problem … Continue reading

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After-Dinner Speech for Alex Lubotzky

An after-dinner speech given on November  9, 2016*, on Alex Lubotzky’s 60th birthday conference: 60 faces to Groups.   As we all realized waking up this morning, today is a historic day*. It is the dinner day for Alex 60th‘s … Continue reading

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Edmund Landau and the Early Days of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Some personal/historical remarks in  first minutes of my lecture at 7ECM on July 2016… German-Jewish mathematicians in the early days of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Being invited to give a plenary lecture at the 7ECM was a great honor … Continue reading

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Carmella Kalai (1926-2015)

My beloved mother Carmella Kalai passed away last week. With me, 1956 My father Hanoch Kalai, my mother Carmella, My sister Tamar (Tami) and me around 1957).

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Ilan and me

  With Ilan, my four month old grandson  

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