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This year next year 5781

  18th September, 2020 29th Ellul 5780 – 1st of Tishrei, 5781   שנה טובה ומבורכת, سنة جيدة وحلوة א גוט און זיס יאר, A good, kind year ¡Añada buena y clara escrita en libros de vida! What a strange Rosh Hashana! Even the most level headed amongst us is concerned, all of us who…

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Lockdown and Atonement

200911 11th of September 2020   Shalom dear friends. I hope you are well and ready to celebrate Shabbat and a good weekend – albeit without family gatherings but that will return.   Yes, we are headed for another lockdown over the High Holy Days. Starting next Friday we have stringent rules to ensure that…

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Hamlet, Honesty, Haredim and High Holy Days

4th of September 2020   Shalom lovely people. Shalom, Shabbat Shalom, Blessings and wishes for good health.   Shakespeare was the journalist, the reporter of his day. Somewhat long-winded and poetic but my goodness he understood society and power. As we come closer to elections in the USA and it would appear that yet again…

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Prayer, Peace, Palestinians, Pandemics and Back to School

28th August, 2020   Good Shabbes everyone. I wish you a peaceful weekend. Don’t forget that one thing that the Coronavirus can’t stop is our private prayers. We don’t need a community to pray, we need the will to change, the determination to maintain our traditions despite.   Buddha said “Three things cannot be hidden.…

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Planes, Politics and the Mossad

21st August 2020   Shabbat Shalom to one and all – I never think of people in “boxes” – it matters not what religion or race my friends are, just that they are my friends. I wish everyone a peaceful Sabbath!   This week we discovered that the incentive, or inducement for the Emirates to…

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Good news, very good news and songs

14th August 2020   Shabbat Shalom, Holy Feast of Assumption and Mabruk for the Islamic New Year   I’m going to shock you! This week is going to be the most positive newsletter for months!! In fact a newsletter full of good news from Covid to diplomacy, from research to successes. Are you sitting comfortably? Then…

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Beirut, Bibi and Birds

7th August 2020   Shabbat Shalom dear friends. I hope this missive finds you well.   It’s really hard to stay pragmatic, let alone positive, at this moment in the history of the world, but pragmatic we must stay because it doesn’t help to be anything else!   A horrific tragedy struck Lebanon this week.…

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Shabbat, Lammas and Eid-el-Adha

31st July, 2020   Shabbat Shalom, Happy Lammas and Holy Eid-el Adha!   You know what Shabbat is although this is a special Shabbat after the spiritual cleansing of the 9th of Av, Lammas is the Christian Festival of Bread (tomorrow) when many Christians eat popcorn and bake bread, and Eid-el Adha the joyous festival…

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Chaos, Kindness and Sabich

200724 24th July, 2020   Shabbat Shalom lovely people. I hope you are well and not too troubled by the insanity of our world. The response to the chaos outside is to take advantage of the time to really get to know our children, grandchildren and, yes, even our spouses!   As much as I…

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Blame, Bari and Breakfast

17th July 2020   Shabbat Shalom dear friends, hope you have a good weekend.   The easiest thing in the world is to blame our leaders for the failure to contain this pandemic, but is it really their fault? Basically it is a lose-lose situation, a juggling of economy, health and an unresponsive public that…

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