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Posts by sheila

Politics, Paphos, Giving and Grasshoppers

24th June, 2022 25th Sivan 5782 Shabbat Shalom, I hope you are well and the new Covid variant hasn’t got you! I’m fascinated by the way that the Covid virus, itself a variant of the SARS virus, is constantly morphing into new forms, challenging our scientists and even our politicians, almost certainly never to be…

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Cyprus – from both sides now

16th June 2022 Shabbat Shalom! I’m ignoring the politics and diplomacies of this world, not because it doesn’t influence our every day life, or the price of fuel which has affected everything else, but because Zvi and I are off to Pathos, in Cyprus, tomorrow morning. I should tell you that the last time Zvi…

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So Sorry We Won – not really

10th June 2022 Shabbat Shalom! How are you? I hope this week has been kind to you. Andrea Bocelli gave a performance in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night before an audience of over 20,000, and from what I hear, it was simply stupendous! Our lovely friends Anita and Robert Simons were there and Anita waxed…

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The Jubilee, Pentecost, Shevuot and another crazy week

3rd of June 2022 Shabbat Shalom! I hope you are well and that your week left you smiling For those of us who love Queen Elizabeth the 2nd, Wasn’t yesterday’s ceremonial event glorious? Everything from the various regiments of the Guards, the horses (and the truck that went around collecting their residue) the crowds in…

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Jerusalem Day

29th May 2022 28th Iyar,5782 Happy Jerusalem Day! Today commemorates that joyous moment of the 6 Day War, when Lt General Motta, (Mordechai) Gur, uttered the magical words “The Temple Mount is in our hands”  Har ha habyit by’adenu. Dreams, nay yearning, of 2,000 years came true, we could finally visit our holy places. Which…

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Tragedy, Turkey and Truth

26th May 2022 Shabbat Shalom dear friends. I wish you a weekend without tragedy I grew up in a country without guns. The police, with the rare exception of the Special Squad, didn’t carry guns, in fact they were the friendliest lot you could ever imagine, very child friendly. When I lived out in the…

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Lies, damned lies and stories of the Middle East

20th May 2022 Shabbat shalom! Hope this missive finds you well. Lies soar on the wings of calumny. MIT did an entire study on the efficiency of lies as opposed to the truth. The result of their research “Falsehood diffuses significantly faster than the truth and the lie becomes the remembered truth” Such it is…

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Fibs, Fences and Friendship

13th May 2022 Shabbat Shalom. Did you know that over the years nearly 23,000 war correspondents have been killed? To become a war correspondent one seeks the excitement of the job, the rush of adrenalin when in situations of danger, and the knowledge that a stray bullet may well end your life. In fact just…

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The Joy of Independence the horror of Elad

6th May, 2022 Shabbat Shalom dear friends. Remembrance Day was deeply emotional as we remembered the lives lost to defend our beautiful little country then in an exceptionally prestigious and meaningful Yom Ha’atzma’ut  – Independence Day ceremony, this year’s beacon lighters were of the people and for the people leading to a decision to have…

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From Sorrow to Celebration

3rd May 2022 ב באייר תשפ”ב Today we mourn those who died fighting to create and hold this little oasis of Jewish life, from before the forming of the nascent State until today. Thousands of lives snuffed out by hatred. In less than half an hour the first siren will sound across the country to…

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