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Posts by sheila

Meron, Politics and Our New Home

7th May 2021   Shabbat Shalom and Ramadan Kareem   Yes I’m back, well established in our new home and luckily we found the computer in the fourth box! Did you miss me? Of course I chose the busiest, most fateful week in Israeli history to go off line, but I will try to catch…

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Crime, Punishment and Relocation

23rd of April, 2021   Shabbat Shalom dear friends and Ramadan Mubarak to my Moslem friends   The weather is perfect, the sun is shining, Shabbat is before us and I am deeply worried. In 2017 a woman, a 65 year old woman, a 65 year old French woman by the name of Sarah Halimi,…

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Old Times and A New Beginning

210416 16th April, 2021   Shabbat Shalom, Ramadan Kareem   We have mourned for the Shoah and cried over those we lost to war and terror, switching in a flash and a bugle call to the celebrations of Independence.   Two wonderful things happened for Zvi and I on Yom Haatzmaut (Independence Day). To his…

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From Sorrow to Celebration

From Sorrow to Celebration   13th of April 2021 1st Iyar 5781   יוֹם הזִּכָּרוֹן לַחֲלָלֵי מַעֲרָכוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל וּלְנִפְגְעֵי פְּעוּלוֹת הָאֵיבָה‎‎ ‘Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of the Wars of Israel and Victims of Actions of Terrorism   It is said that Israelis understand how to mourn better than any other country. It isn’t…

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Holocaust Memorial Day 25th Nisan 5781 7th April 2021   Tomorrow at precisely 10:00 the wail of the siren will remind all Israelis to stand in deference to those who perished and those who survived the Holocaust.   Buses stop and passengers alight and stand to attention, cars stop, even in the middle of the…

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Knesset, Kitniot and Kinneret Chaya

2nd of April 2021   Shabbat Shalom, Pesach Sameach, a Blessed Good Friday and a Holy Easter.   Jews have entered a 49 day Omer period of prayer, restraint and holding back from excess, while Christians have just ended the 40 days of Lent; We have so much more in common than that which separates…

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Pesach, Politics, Perfidy and the Exodus

25th February, 2021   Shabbat Shalom! Pesach Sameach, a blessed Pascha and for those who do not celebrate those three, have a wonderful weekend!   Yes, I know, the elections provided yet another quandary! There is no clear winner of the fourth election in two years but I have a sneaky feeling that it may…

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Books, BDS and Blossoms

11th March 2021   Shabbat Shalom everyone. I hope this missive finds you well and inoculated, not only against Covid but against the idiocies of a modern world.   For some reason, some of the finest literature is being force off the shelves because of the way people are portrayed. Nobody seems to understand that…

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Fatou, Fuad, Faith, Falsehoods and Moshe Rabbenu

5th March 2021   Shalom! Shabbat Shalom! I should have written yesterday then the date would have been 4-3-21!   I must start with an anomaly. Ms. Fatou Bensouda is leaving her position as Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague – an organisation which has no legal standing whatsoever yet has…

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Heroes, Harmony and Hamantaschen

26th February 2021   Shabbat Shalom and Purim Sameach. I hope this missive finds you well.   Purim, so many traditions which depend upon the land of the dispersion, taking on the flavours of wheresoever your family found safe haven – or not. I was fascinated to see an invitation to a Purim event by…

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