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Posts by sheila

The Boycotters got Boycotted

16th August 2019 – Tu b’Av 5779   Shabbat Shalom! How are you?   Today is Tu b’Av, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Av, a mini-festival which has evolved from a day of joy to a day of love! Once upon a time young men and women would dress in white and…

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Tragedy, Guns, Litzman, Tisha b’Av and Dr. Malcolm Hoenlein

190809 9th August 2019 – the eighth day of the Hebrew month of Av.   Shabbat Shalom dear friends. Today is the day before a very important date in the Jewish Calendar, Tisha b’Av, the national day of mourning. More of that later.   Yesterday we woke to the horrific news that a student of…

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Sanders Shoah, Boris, Reconectar and Jen from the Block

Friday, 2nd of August 2019 Shabbat Shalom everyone! I hope you are well. Zvi is home and had a wonderful time with his choir in Montenegro. They sang, visited the Capital city Podgorica, where the Chabad Rabbi organised a concert in a local stadium with a Montenegran group and Hakol Yachassi sang. They saw fabulous countryside…

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Why are we here? Article for LDS Magazine November 2010

November 2010.   Once upon a time, the world perspective of why the Jews came to live in this particular part of the world held Biblical clarity whereas in a world which values the Bible less and less it has become a topic for debate, doubt and misunderstanding, brought about by disinformation, religious disinterest and…

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All the B’s. Barak, Boris, Bibi, Britain, Bon Jovi and BDS

26th July, 2019   Good Shabbes! Shabbat Shalom! How are you feeling? I hope you are well, or at least getting better.   You have a lot of links to open this week, but I promise it’s worthwhile.   Just when you thought Israeli politics couldn’t get more complicated – Meretz leader Nitzan Horowitz, former…

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Trump, Cyprus, Barak, Australia and so much more

18th July 2019   Shabbat Shalom! Good to see you again.   Please can I start with the bad news and then move on to the searing heat before I calm down and tell you some pleasant news items?   I know you think you know how I feel about President Trump, but my job…

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Corbyn, IEAE, Panorama and why did I start writing

12th of July, 2019   Shabbat Shalom dear friends. I hope you are well.   This has been an eventful week out there in the world and at home. Here in Israel we are once again wading deep in the pre-election calumny and lies of the various candidates who have not learned that all we,…

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Passports, Riots, Banks, Javid, Tweets

5th of July 2019   Shabbat Shalom! I hope that those of you who celebrate Independence Day had a wonderful day yesterday. Of course we are happy George the third lost the battle and the United States of America came about, but sad about the ghastly waste of decent tea. Let’s face it, tea at…

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Kushner, Barak, Putin and Bahrain

28th of June, 2019   Erev Shabbat 25th Sivan 5779   Shabbat Shalom and lots of love from our home to yours   Aubrey Stone, aka Abba Eban, was a brilliant Israeli diplomat. Born in South Africa, educated in the finest British schools, he was a craftsman of the English language and a brilliant mind. He spoke…

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Moses, Wag the Dog and Kay Wilson

21st June 2019   Shabbat Shalom dear friends. I hope this missive finds you well.   This week’s Torah portion describes the 12 scouts that Moses sent into the land of Israel as the Children of Israel neared their goal. They all came back with a cluster of grapes, a pomegranate and a fig, but…

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