From strike on Iran to Noah's Ark: Israel Hayom wraps up 2021

Ahead of Rosh Hashanah, which this year fell on Sept. 6, the staff of took a look through our archives and identified the most popular stories for our readers in the year that had passed since Rosh Hashanah 5781.

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But nearly four months have passed since then, and the news – good, bad, and bizarre – keeps rolling on.

As 2021 comes to a close, these are a few of the more recent stories that resonated most with Israel Hayom readers.

Archaeologists claim to have found a giant shape in the Turkish mountains that matches the shape and dimensions of the iconic biblical craft

Noah's Ark might not be where you think it is

In October, archaeologists with the Noah's Ark Scans project said that using advanced 3D scans, they had located a giant shape in the Turkish mountains the proportions of which match the biblical descriptions of Noah's Ark. The discovery was made in the Durupinar site on Mount Tendurek in eastern Turkey.

Miss India – Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu

Miss Universe tweets and the world responds

Israel hosted this year's Miss Universe pageant in the resort city of Eilat on Dec. 13. The winner, Miss India – Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu – graciously sent out a tweet saying how much she had enjoyed her visit, upsetting some social media users.

Any strike on Iran will entail years of planning, Yoav Limor says in his analysis "What the public doesn't know about an attack on Iran" 

Will we or won't we?

Israel Hayom military commentator Yoav Limor's analysis of the challenges inherent in any attack on Iran's military facilities was a fascinating read that delved not only into the tactical but also the strategic and diplomatic aspects of Israel employing the "military option."

Professor Galia Maayan 

Water, water, everywhere – and a lot of cheap energy, to boot

Hydrogen fuel could solve a lot of problems for humanity, but it's expensive to produce. Now researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology might have solved that problem.

Comedian Dave Chappelle speaks at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony for rapper JAY-Z on Oct. 30, 2021 

Really, Dave?

Comedian Dave Chappelle's latest Netflix special, "The Closer," included a joke about alien "space Jew" travelers who want to claim the earth for their own, which apparently took aim at the outlandish and frightening accusations targeting Jews since the start of the COVID pandemic. Later on, however, Chappelle continued to riff, and it wasn't quite as funny.



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