Clementines were named for Father Clement Rodier, who tended an orphanage's citrus trees and accidentally created the juicy little fruits.
Elon Gilad is an editor and writer at Haaretz.
How the Hebrew word for orange arose from an inconveniently long biblical phrase for something completely different.
The origins of the etrog as a sacred fruit on Sukkoth have more to do with an ancient mistake than affection for the new fruit.
In concept at least. the great religions all have a tradition centering on a 'red heifer,' which is based on a misunderstanding.
The device underwent several transformations as it evolved, and its use expanded from army intel to the man in the street.
Whence this shocked preciousness about Washington's wiretaps? Spying goes back millennia, as perusal of the Bible itself shows.
Reports of poisonous Israeli tomatoes have surfaced in Egypt and Lebanon causing a health scare in both countries.
Let's face it, Israel doesn't have an autumn and so, neither did the ancient Israelites.
As the State of Israel took shape, embarrassing confusion arose between the word for bomber, and the one who defuses the bomb.
This word first appears in the Mishna, but its use spread when the nascent Israeli army had to learn to make things up as it went along.