The view from my veranda

Posts by sheila

Iran, Gaza, Cheese Gold and Star Struck!

14th June 2019.   Shabbat Shalom! I hope you are well and that at least a few of your dreams came true.   Did you know that observant Jews say “Shabbat Kodesh” or “Shabbat Shalom” from the minute they do their shopping to cook for Shabbat? I didn’t until this week!!!   Israel struck back…

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Trump UK, Nehama Rivlin z’l, D-Day, Bulgaria

Today is the 6th of the 6th 2019. A most propitious date. 6th of June and the 3rd day of the Hebrew month of Sivan. Shabbat Shalom and Chag Shevuot Sameach everyone. I hope this missive finds you well. A blessed Ascension Day to all my Christian friends and Eid Mubarak to my Moslem friends. Before writing about this…

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Heatwave, UN, Operation Solomon

24th May, 2019. – 19th Iyar, 5779   Shabbat Shalom! How are you? I hope everything is good with you.   It’s still May and the capricious May weather has gone into overdrive – from blessed rain and cool temperatures at the beginning of the month to searing heatwave of between 40- 46 degrees Celcius…

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That Was the Week That Was!

17th May, 2019 – 12th Iyar, 5779   Hello dear friends! Good Shabbes, Shabbat Shalom.   How are you? I hope you are all fine and if not then that you will have a speedy recovery – Refuah Shlema.   One of the more famous patients in an Israeli hospital this week is Jibril Rajoub,…

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Israel Twito and the Barkan Industrial Estate

One of the high points of my year was a visit to a factory! This particular factory is the result of the dream of one man who in his deep humility decided to change his world and the world of those around him. His name is Israel Twito. Israel Twito and his family lived in Tunisia for…

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Yom HaZikaron – Yom HaAtzmaut 2019 – 5779

Yom Ha Zikaron – Remembrance Day 7th May, 2019   Remembrance Day for the fallen, soldiers and civilians, victims of terror   We stood on our veranda, the cool air whipping the blue and white flag to attention, both of us waiting, our hearts beating loudly in the silence of the streets, waiting for 20:00…

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Yom ha Shoah 2019

Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Memorial Day, 26th Nissan 5779 1st May, 2019 Yesterday, I sat on our veranda, the sun was shining on the panorama of Jerusalem before me, the rehearsal for the Independence Day fly-past of Israeli Air Force aeroplanes overhead, the flowers were bright red and the blue and white Israeli flag was blowing in…

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Sri Lanka, Passover, Easter, coalition, Yahya

25th April, 2019   It isn’t yet Shabbat Shalom, Easter and Seder night have already passed, but I can wish you a good second days of Pesach!   The tragic, horrific terror attacks in Sri Lanka left us all breathless and furious. At least 359 people slaughtered because they were Christians in churches, at prayer…

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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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