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Ynet

Ynet is an Israeli news and general-content website, the online outlet for Yedioth Ahronot. However, most of Ynet's content is original work, published on the website and written by an independent staff. Ynet was launched in June 2000 in Hebrew only, in 2004 launched its English edition, Ynetnews. In addition, Ynet hosts the online version of Yedioth Aharanot's media group magazines: Laisha, Pnai Plus, Blazer, GO magazine, Mentha. For two years, Ynet had an Arabic version, which ceased to operate in May 2005. Ynet's main competition comes from Walla! Mako and Nana. Since 2008, Ynet is Israel's most popular internet portal. According to Alexa Internet traffic rankings, Ynet is among the top 1,500 websites in the world and the top 10 sites in Israel. In celebration of Israel's independence day in 2005, Ynet conducted a poll to determine whom Ynet readers consider to be the greatest Israelis of all time; the top 200 results were published, with Yitzhak Rabin placing first in the survey, David Ben-Gurion placing second.

Due to the nature of the poll used to select and rank the Israelis, the results do not pretend to be an objective assessment. Since its establishment, Ynet editorial included writers and journalists such as Atilla Shumpalvi, Ariana Melamed, Smadar Shiloni, Itzhak ben Horin, Merav Yodilevich, Eli Senior, Ron Ben Yishay, Meirav Kristal, Roy Yerushalmi, Erez Ehrlichman, Saray Shavit, Hillel Posek, among many others. Ynetnews is the online English-language Israeli news website of Yedioth Ahronoth, the Hebrew news portal, Ynet. Ynetnews was established in 2005 in Tel Aviv to provide reporting and news from Israel and the Middle East to the Israeli community and its readers; the founding editor of Ynetnews, Alan Abbey, left in the summer of 2005 to serve as Internet Director for Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. The current managing editor, Sara Miller, has headed the websites of Haaretz English edition and The Jerusalem Post. Ynetnews' translators and editors provide coverage of news from Israel, Jewish World and the Middle East, based on the reporting and writing from Ynet, Yedioth Ahronoth, other publications of its parent, the Yedioth Group.

It features renowned Yedioth commentators such as Nahum Barnea, Ron Ben-Yishai, Eitan Haber, Smadar Perry, Ronen Bergman, Shimon Shiffer, Ariana Melamed. It produces original content and in-depth reporting and analysis. Media of Israel Israel News - Ynet, Israel News - Ynetnews, The English-language version of Ynet

Oscilla

For the genus of marine molluscs, see Oscilla. Oscilla, a word applied in Latin usage to small figures, most masks or faces, which were hung up as offerings to various deities, either for propitiation or expiation, in connection with festivals and other ceremonies, it is taken as the plural of oscillum, a little face. As the oscilla swung in the wind, oscillare came to mean to swing, hence in English oscillation, the act of swinging backwards and forwards, periodic motion to and fro, hence any variation or fluctuation, actual or figurative. Many oscilla or masks, representing the head of Bacchus or of different rustic deities, are still preserved. There is a marble oscillum of Bacchus in the British Museum. Others still in existence are made of earthenware, but it seems probable that wax and wood were the ordinary materials. Small rudely shaped figures of wool, known as pilae, were hung up in the same way as the oscilla; the festivals at which the hanging of oscilla took place were: The Sementivae Feriae, or sowing festivals, the Paganalia, the country festivals of the tutelary deities of the pagi.

Here the oscilla were hung on trees, such as the vine and the olive and the pine, represented the faces of Liber, Bacchus or other deity connected with the cultivation of the soil. The Feriae Latinae. Festus says that this swinging was called oscillatio because the swingers masked their faces out of shame. At the Compitalia, Festus says that pilae and effigies viriles et muliebres made of wool were hung at the crossroads to the Lares, the number of pilae equalling that of the slaves of the family, the effigies that of the children; this has led to the accepted conclusion that the custom of hanging these oscilla represents an older practice of expiating human sacrifice. There is no doubt a connection with the Lustratio in that both rely on purification by the air; this article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed.. "Oscilla". Encyclopædia Britannica. Cambridge University Press