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Posts by sheila

Politics, Corruption, Elections and Good News

6th December 2019   Shabbat Shalom! I hope this missive finds you sane and balanced as election fever takes over so many of our countries, a process to drive us crazy at the best of times and of late to test our brains to the limit. As always George Bernard Shaw puts things into perspective…

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Andrew Neil, Danny, Ishmael and Dona Grazia

29th November, 2019   Shabbat Shalom! How was your Thanksgiving? Did you remember just how many things we have to be thankful for?   November 29th, Kaf Tet b’November, the 333rd day of the Gregorian Calendar, 72 years ago the United Nations General Assembly voted to partition Palestine into Jewish and Arab States joined by…

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Indictment, Iran and Irony

22nd November 2019   Shabbat Shalom dear friends. I wish I could tell you that this has been an easy week but I would be lying and I never lie to you. Yesterday was a very sad day for Israel. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblitt announced to the nation that after exhaustive investigations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…

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The end of an interesting week

14th November 2019   Shabbat Shalom   The great Jewish satirist, Ephraim Kishon, wrote: “The State of Israel wasn’t founded so that anti-Semitism would end. It was founded so that we could tell the anti-Semites to shove it.” His best known work “So Sorry We Won” in 1967 was the herald of things to come.…

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Eddies Story of WW2 for Sderot today

There is much discussion of the traumatised children of the South of Israel and I remember asking my big sister Eddie about her memories of the heavy bombings of Cardiff during WW2 and asked if she was traumatised. It made me realise that the innate ability to improvise and adapt to all situations of the…

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Life with bad neighbours

Tuesday, 12th November 2019   Mid-week update    08:30 in the morning and half of Israeli children are not in school because so far over 50 rockets have been launched from Gaza, Red Alerts reaching from the South to the central region. Surprisingly Hamas is not involved.   The head of Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s (PIJ)…

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Musings of an Autumnal Friday

8th, November 2019   Good Shabbes, Shabbat Shalom! Hope this missive finds you well and not too disturbed by the state of our world.   I don’t normally discuss the politics of other countries, unless it directly affects Israel, but an article in the long established British community newspaper “The Jewish Chronicle” caught my eye.…

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Remembering Yitzhak Rabin – Current Viewpoint

Remembering Yitzhak Rabin by Sheila Raviv Jerusalem 4th November 2003 The first time I saw that shy, boyish expression, head leaning to one side, emphasising his lop-sided smile, was in the press photographs as he walked beside Moshe Dayan and Uzi Narkiss toward the Western Wall, the Kotel, during the Six Day War of 1967.…

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Tolerance or Tragedy, November 4th 1995

Dear friends, I wish you a good week, Shevua Tov.   Tolerance is the only way forward. Before you jump down my throat, I’m not advocating tolerating evil, but rather being tolerant toward the thoughts and beliefs of others – to accept the idea that just because people think differently doesn’t mean they are wrong.…

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Al Baghdadi, Turks, BOG, Australians and other friends

31st October, 2019   Happy Halloween, Shabbat Shalom – strange that the two wishes stand so well beside each other! The meaning of Halloween or All Hallows Eve, is pretty much lost today but Shabbat, yes Shabbat is still going strong.   All our guests have gone, the sheets washed and the beds remade for…

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