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 JERUSALEM (JTA) – Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales will receive the Dan David Prize and $1 million for his contribution to the information resolution.

Tel Aviv University on Feb. 10 announced the recipients of the international prize, which annually makes three awards for outstanding achievement in the categories of past, present and future time dimensions. Each award in a category is $1 million.

Wales was recognized in the Present Time Dimension: The Information Revolution. His stated motivation for creating Wikipedia was to create a world “in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge,” according to a statement from the prize committee.

The A. Abramowitz photo. /Rhode Island Jewish Historical Assn.The A. Abramowitz photo. /Rhode Island Jewish Historical Assn.Ah! The selfie, that ubiquitous symbol of our digital age and desire for instant communication. All you need is a camera phone and an arm long enough to put YOU in the picture. One click and your photo says, “Look where I am! Look at what I am doing! Look at who is with me!” Serious or funny, it instantly captures a moment in time to be sent immediately over the Internet to friends everywhere, and perhaps posted on a Facebook wall. 

 

Above, the Rhode Island delegation to the Siyum Mishnayos after a  fun game of hockey.Above, the Rhode Island delegation to the Siyum Mishnayos after a fun game of hockey.On Jan. 22, 26 boys from the Providence Hebrew Day School (from Pawtucket and Providence, and Sharon, Massachusetts) traveled to Montreal, Quebec, Canada for the annual Siyum Mishnayos. This weekend event, organized by Pirchei Agudath Israel of Montreal, is a celebration of learning. All of the boys who attended had studied the prerequisite amount of mishnayos, which varies based on age, in order to join the trip.

 

Adir GlickAdir GlickAs Jews around the world tried to understand the events in France in the past month, the local community got a snapshot of what’s going on through the eyes of Adir Glick.

Glick, a rabbinical student in his last year at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, a Conservative rabbinical school in Los Angeles, spoke at Temple Emanu-El during Shabbat Feb. 7.

“The French are very humanistic,” he said in an interview Feb. 6 in Rabbi Wayne Franklin’s office. It is a deeply secular society, he pointed out. “They look at things differently.”