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Posts by sheila

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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Politics, Antisemitism, Eurovision and Bamba!

8th February 2019 Gut Shabbes! Shabbat Shalom, שבת שלום ומבורך   I swear that if I never hear the word politics again I would be a very happy camper. It is currently being rammed down our throats on the hour every hour plus special broadcasts built around the Likud Primaries and statistics. There is only so much…

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Politics, Legalities, Gantz, Venezuela, Brazil

1st February 2019   Gosh is it really the first of February? As a child I would rush around saying “Pinch, Punch, first of the month”, but somehow it isn’t appropriate – especially since Israelis have no idea what I’m talking about!!!   Shabbat Shalom! How are you? It would seem that you are either…

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Elections, Iran, Yom haShoah, Spring is coming

25th January 2019 Shabbat Shalom! How are you? I know that in Melbourne it is 40 degrees celcius and in Toronto it is almost at the other end of the scale so I won’t complain about the rain that was and will be or the glorious sunshine that is today! I was thinking, something that happens…

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Politicians, politics and inventions

18th January 2019 Hello everyone! How are you? Good Shabbes and happy Christmas to all Armenians. Today is also the celebration of the Epiphany and I missed the Greek Orthodox Christmas on January 6th. We may be confused but at least there are many celebrations!!! On Sunday night Jews celebrate the first ecological project ever – Tu b’Shvat,…

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Netanyahu, Moshe Arens z”l, Turkey, Mahane Yehuda

11th January, 2019 Good morning, Gut Shabbes, Shabbat Shalom and have a good day. This has been a very strange week in the even stranger world of Israeli politics. An announcement by the Prime Minister that he had “an important announcement” which would be made on that evening’s 8 o’clock main news had an entire country…

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Elections, Amona, Gabbai, Brazil and Lies

190103 3rd January 2019 Shabbat Shalom dear friends, I hope this missive finds you well and if not I wish you Refuah Shlema – a full recovery. It may be a new year but the old lies abound. The claim that Israeli volunteers go to the rescue of disaster struck countries just so that they can…

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Shemot, Syria, Elections, Hopes and Dreams

28th December 2018 Shabbat Shemot Shalom, Christmas is past and we reached 3 French hens, 2 Turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree and of course Happy 2019 (yes this time I got the date right!) Why Shabbat Shemot?  Why did I choose to begin with this particular Torah Portion? Because that is our Torah…

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Australia, Santa, Canon White, Haley and Rona Ramon z”l

181221 21st December, 2018 Shabbat Shalom dear friends. Gosh it is almost Christmas and 2019 is just around the corner. They say that time flies but this is insane!! An uncomfortable truth rarely told. Here Canon Andrew White tells of the horrors suffered by Christians in almost all of the Middle East. This Christmas, before hanging your stockings, lighting up the tree,…

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Hamas, Faith, Hope

181214 14th December, 2018 Shabbat Shalom dear friends. Christianity has begun the countdown to Christmas, today is the second day of Advent, looking toward the season of goodwill to all mankind. Sadly in Israel this has been far from the season of good will and most certainly none coming our way from our neighbours. Strangely enough I don’t believe that this wave of terror…

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