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From a Teddy Bear & Barbie Doll to an Uzi Submachine Gun & more

God proclaimed to Abraham, “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing” (Gen 12:2). The Scriptures and the Messiah are by far the greatest blessings the Jews have bestowed upon the human race. Still yet these people will, in the future, bless the world with the establishment of Christ’s kingdom on this planet. (The Jews are the gift that keeps on giving). Though not as important, the Jews have blessed the world in other areas. Mankind is completely unaware of how it has been blessed by this tiny minority.

Considering that the Jewish people constitute less than one half of one percent of the world’s population, it’s amazing how much they’ve benefited humanity. In the field of medicine alone, Jewish contributions are staggering. It was a Jew who created the first polio vaccine, who discovered insulin, who discovered that aspirin helped relieve pain, who discovered the origin and spread of infectious diseases, who identified the first cancer virus, and so much more. Jews actually came up with many modern inventions. Here are some that you may not know about:

Uziel Gal: Uzi Submachine Gun, László Bíró: Ballpoint Pen, Robert Adler: TV Remote, Ralph H. Baer: Video Games, Ruth Marianna Handler: The Barbie Doll, Hedy Lamarr: Spread Spectrum Communications, Morris and Rose Michtom: The Teddy Bear, Dr. Abraham Nemeth: System for Blind People To Read and Write Mathematics, Philippe Kahn: Camera Phone, Samuel Ruben: Duracell Batteries, Leopold Godowsky, Jr: color photography, Donát Bánki: carburetor (1893), László Bíró: Ballpoint Pen (1938), Emile Berliner: gramophone, Samuel E Blum: LASIK eye surgery, Eli Biham: differential cryptoanalysis; Charles K. Bliss: pictorial symbolic language, Dan Boneh: applied cryptography and computer security, Sylvan Goldman: shopping cart in 1937 (awarded a patent on April 9, 1940), Theodore Maiman: co-inventor of the Laser, Irving Millman: vaccine against viral hepatitis, Isidor Isaac Rabi: 1944 Nobel Prize for discovery of nuclear magnetic resonance, Jacob Rabinow: letter-sorting machine, optical character recognition & magnetic disk memory, Robert H. Rines: microwave scanning system, high-resolution radar & sonar, Harold A. Rosen: synchronous communications satellite, Benjamin A. Rubin: vaccination needle used for smallpox, Levi Strauss: Levi Strauss & Co., Paul Maurice Zoll: Defibrillator/Cardiac Pacemaker.

In 2008, Israeli company EWA developed the technology to produce drinking water out of thin air. A condenser absorbs the air’s humidity, holds it in silica based gel granules, then condenses it into water. Better still, 85% of energy used is pumped back into the system.

Israel invented modern drip irrigation in the early 1960s. Drip irrigation allows you to save water and fertilizer by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants through a network of plastic pipes, which is highly useful in areas where water is scarce.

The First Care Emergency Bandage (also known as the “Israeli bandage”), invented by an Israeli military medic, is used to stop bleeding from hemorrhagic wounds in trauma situations. Credited for saving the life of US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in a 2011 shooting, the bandage is widely used by military medics and civilian first-responders the world over.

SensAheart, a product made by the Israeli diagnostic technology company Novamed, can be used at home and in the hospital to detect a heart attack coming on.

Tel Aviv’s Cheetah Medical invented the NICOM (non-invasive cardiac output monitor) to prevent sepsis, a life-threatening blood infection that causes one in four hospital deaths and is one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States. Using a patented technology, the NICOM monitors hemodynamics – the movement of blood from the heart to the body’s organs – via four sensors and enables medical professionals to better diagnose and treat the patient.

Babysense breathing monitor by HiSense alerts parents of respiratory cessation (apnea) in babies. This Israeli breakthrough technology has helped protect more than 600,000 babies from crib death around the world and has been copied by numerous other manufacturers.

A NOBLE PEOPLE: At least 178 Jews have been awarded the Nobel Prize, accounting for 23% of all individual recipients worldwide between 1901 and 2008. (Jews currently make up approximately 0.25% of the world’s population and 2% of the US population).

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