The view from my veranda

Posts by sheila

Hamlet, MLK and Trees

22nd January, 2022 Good Shabbes, Shabbat Shalom, This week saw Epiphany on the 18th and Martin Luther King Day on the 17th and today is a day that we all want to celebrate but are scared to do so – International Hug Day. I have a feeling that with Omicron rampant, changing from a pandemic…

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My Birthday, Wishes and Prayers

14th January 2022 12th Shvat, 5782 Shabbat Shalom! I hope you are all well and that the current wave of Covid-19 will pass very quickly. My ever vigilant daughter Rachel was very excited to discover that since I was born on the 12th day of the Hebrew month of Shvat in the year 5706 my…

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Anecdotes, Education and Change

7th January, 2022 5th Shevat, 5782 (the Hebrew date) Shabbat Shalom! The first missive of 2022 and about 22 years since I started writing The View From My Veranda and my world widened and grew along with each and every one of you. Even though we may never meet you are my friends, the owners…

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Kalman and Alla’s Stories

Kalman Thursday  the 29th of April 2004 (10 Iyar 5764)  at six o’clock in the morning, my wonderful, good, kind and gentle father-in-law, a true gentleman, Kalman Raviv (Ribak) died in his sleep. I want to give you his story as my gift to you from him. It reflects a small part of his achievements, but…

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Fears, Friction and Forecasts – 2022

31st December, 2021 That’s the last time I write 2021 unless I’m talking about the past – and no, I’m not going the make a list of what happened over the last year, nor a list of “the most effective people” of that year, because the real movers and shakers of this world are the…

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Merry Christmas and Shabbat Shalom

24th of December 2021 Shabbat Shalom and a blessed Christmas to everyone. In our strange, surreal circumstances brought about by a virulent virus I think all of us have lost touch of time passing. Yes it is almost the end of 2021 and our hopes are for a kinder 2022, one in which we can…

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Changes, Christmas, Covid and Education

17th December 2021 Shabbat Shalom everyone! Just one week to Christmas and the Old City of Jerusalem, especially the Christian Quarter, and Nazareth are ablaze with coloured lights and Christmas trees! The main road to Bethlehem, actually called Hebron Road, has Christmas decorations and lighting and the general feeling is one of hope that the…

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Vizier, Violence and Visions

10th December 2021 6th Tevet 5782 Shabbat Shalom! Just 14 days, a fortnight, until Christmas Eve! Where has this year gone? I was looking at this week’s Torah reading and am convinced that every family should read it and interpret its message for our own family and friends. We all know about Joseph’s jealous brothers…

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Alpha, Delta, Upsilon and Omicron

3rd December 2021 Gosh I can’t believe it’s already December tonight is the 6th Candle of Chanuka and it’s only 21 days to Christmas! Where has the time gone? This morning, thanks to a crossword clue that I couldn’t answer, I discovered that the word Omicron is a strange choice for the newest variant of…

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Tradition, Terrorism, Tears and Chanuka

26th November 2021 Shabbat Shalom everyone! How are you? I looked at today’s date and I couldn’t help but wonder where the year has gone! It strikes me that this time last year we had no concept that Covid would still be running our lives! 29th of November 1947 was one of the most important,…

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