For the gift of four-color printing

For the gift of four-color printing

It’s the one secret trick that makes this newspaper colorful: CMYK. That stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and blacK. (Yes, that’s a backward take on black.) Those are the four colors of ink that combine to form the rainbow of colors that fill this page.

Why are we talking about this? Because Israel just issued a stamp in honor of the CMYK process. Why did Israel issue a stamp in honor of the CMYK process? Beats us. But it certainly pleased our production staff.

The question of why this stamp now is easier to answer about two of the other stamps that Israel issued earlier this month. 2020 marks the 200th birthday of Rabbi Azriel Hildesheimer, who was one of the leading Orthodox rabbis in the 19th century (he died in 1899). The modern Orthodox rabbinical seminary he founded in Berlin in 1873 continued until the Nazis closed it in 1939.

This year also marks the 50th year of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Readers of this paper don’t need an introduction to the Israeli institution with 20,000 students. But they might not recognize that the image on the stamp between the portrait of Israel’s first prime minister and the crowd of contemporary students is the DNA bridge that leads to the university’s high-tech park.