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Beinart, Bibi and Sinat Hinam

10th July 2020   Shabbat Shalom dear friends. I hope you are well, entertained and busy despite being home. For all the medics out there – thank you, you have done wonders despite the ineptitude of our leaders!!   Since the vote to recreate of the State of Israel out of the shreds of the…

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Mark Twain was right

3rd July 2020   Shabbat shalom dear friends. I hope you passed the last 2 weeks without too much drama and are well and surviving yet another round of isolation or closure.   “Get your facts first,” said Mark Twain “and then you can distort them as you please.”   Today’s journalists rarely get their…

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Do you want the good news or the bad news?

18th June 2020   Hello dear friends, I wish you a Shabbat Shalom, I wish you shalom – peace.   I don’t know about you but I am sick of gloom, doom, viruses and politics. So, after I’ve tackled the question on everyone’s lips – it’s good news only – well actually a “Do you…

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Racism, Religion and Resilience

12th June 2020   Shabbat Shalom dear friends. How are you? Have you read any good books lately? Seen any good movies or series on the telly? Zoom meetings and Zoom grandchildren? It’s a funny old world we live in when people who have kept to the isolation/quarantine/lockdown religiously are so angry that they take…

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Chaos, Court, Closure and life in general

5th June 2020   Shabbat Shalom dear friends   What a disturbing world we live in. Closure, lockdown, isolation, whatever one calls it, ultimately it has dire effects on one’s sanity. We were warned by many specialists that ultimately emotions would overflow into violence. The reason can be outrage at the cruelty of one human…

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Shabbat, Shevuot, Trials and Tribulations

28th May 2020   Shabbat Shalom dear Friends, Shabbat Shalom, Happy Shevuot and Whitsun or for both of us, Pentecost   I woke today to a beautiful morning, the sun was just rising, a bright red ball behind wispy clouds and the air was still cool with a slight breeze. It is worth waking early…

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Jerusalem Day 5780

22nd May 2020   Shabbat Shalom dear friends. How are you? Today I won’t talk of politics or trials, Iran, the PA or pandemics – today I will write about the city I love – Jerusalem   “Jerusalem is an epic. It is the well-spring of a civilization. Without Jerusalem’s civilization, the spiritual history of…

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Confusion and Edification

19th May 2020   Well here goes the Mid-week update!   Usually one says “Do you want the good news or the bad news”? Well, today I’m going to say “Do you want the ‘I have no idea what is going on’ news, or the incredible news!!   The I have no idea what is…

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Declaration, Division and Disputes

15th May, 2020   Shabbat Shalom dear friends. Shabbat Shalom and Ramadan Kareem   Obviously you know that yesterday was the 14th of May but I wonder if you know that two historic events occurred on that date? The first, which brought such enormous joy and pride to the Jewish people is the Declaration of…

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VE Day, Virus, Virtual Meetings and Verdicts

8th May 2020   Shabbat Shalom dear friends, I hope you are well.   Today’s date holds a place of paramount importance in the history of the world; 75 years ago yesterday the German war machine surrendered and the 8th of May was declared as Victory in Europe Day. The last German military communications decoded…

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