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Posts by sheila

Beresheet, Elections and Passover

11th of April, 2019   Good Shabbes, Shabbat Shalom, Blessed Pascha and a Holy Easter.   I live in a little country with big dreams.   I am so proud of this little country and her citizens – well most of them anyway. Actually 3 citizens in particular who entered a competition, found themselves the…

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Zacharia Baumel z”l, Hamas prisoners, Hakol Yachassi, MLK

4th April 2019   Shabbat Shalom dear friends. Shabbat Shalom from sunny Jerusalem.   They say that miracles no longer happen but the truth is they happen every day in simple acts, births, healing, growing……………… but sometimes incredible, unimaginable miracles happen too.   American born Sergeant Zacharia Baumel z”l, was missing in action in the…

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London, Olivia, Gaza, Golan

29th March 2019   Good morning, Good Shabbes, Shabbat Shalom!   Last night the clocks went forward into summer but the weather most certainly didn’t. It’s rather cool, cloudy and threatening rain, but in my heart it is warm and sunny because we are home.   Zvi and I travelled to London last week, together…

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Ariel shooting, Purim, UN, Olivia

19th March, 2019   I can’t really wish you Shabbat Shalom yet but I wanted to be sure that you received your pre-Purim newsletter before we set off for Olivia’s Bat Mitzva in London.   The electioneering stopped for a few short hours this week as we were shocked and saddened to read of a…

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Response to a friend on how to respond to Anti-Israel bias

A friend asked me how to respond to anti-Israel bias in her community and university in the USA – this was my response Did you know that every other country in the world has held on to land won in war and nobody screams foul play? Israel is the only country that was actually recreated…

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Gaza, Rockets on Tel Aviv, Free Speech, Purim and Yuri Shtern

15th March 2019   Good morning, Good month of Adar 2, Happy Purim and of course Shabbat Shalom   Apropos nothing and everything, as the world is reverting to type I found this quote from Chaim Weizmann, December 1936; “There are now two sorts of countries in the world, those that want to expel the…

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Vatican Papers, Blair, US Embassy, Mercy Gate, Haifa

8th March, 2019 Good morning! Good Friday, good Shabbes – Shabbat Shalom. I read a Steve Jobs quote this morning, one that encapsulates my beliefs in a very few words. “Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice“ Every day we are inundated with the opinions of others, be they politicians, journalists or television presenters,…

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Political Tsunami, Hike in the Desert, Eli Cohen and RAIN

1st March 2019   Good Shabbes, Shabbat Shalom and Happy St. David’s Day!!!   Today, March 1st, is St David’s Day. St David is the patron St of Wales and the only patron St to have visited Jerusalem. When my children were small I used to sing Calon Lan to them – now Only Boys…

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Yeruham, Elections, Conf of Presidents, Shalva and more

21st February 2019   Shabbat Shalom! Hope you are well. We are going to spend Shabbat in Yerucham with the choir. Now there’s a sentence I never thought I would write! I didn’t know where Yerucham was until two weeks ago, didn’t even know if it was North or South. I now know it is…

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Zvi, Prince Turki, Warsaw Conference and lots more

15th February 2019 Shabbat Shalom! How was your week? I would love to hear about it from you. One question that almost everyone asks is “How do you know so many people outside Israel”? It is easy to answer – primarily because of Zvi’s work with Keren Hayesod, creating Young Leadership all over the world (Keren…

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