The view from my veranda

Posts by sheila

Succot, Syria, UN, Guests and fun

191017   17th October 2019   Shabbat Shalom, Moadim leSimcha, Happy Feast of Tabernacles!   I am so confused with all the days of Festivals that I am not sure what day it is, but then it must be Thursday because I have an urge to write to you, and Friday when I send it!…

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The new Ottoman Empire, Kippur and Succot

10th October 2019   Shabbat Shalom dear friends. I wish you a day of peace and reflection as Succot, Tabernacles, and the joy thereof is before us.   Yom Kippur is over and we have all made promises to be better people, kinder people, but the world goes on around us in its ever spinning…

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Knesset, Rosh Hashana and Old Friends

4th of October 2019   Good Shabbes, Shabbat Shalom, Shana Tova, Hatima Tova………. So many blessings but then one can never have too many!   I have to admit I wasn’t going to write to you today, I was going to wait until next week and Yom HaKippurim, but I have so much to tell…

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5780 and all that

27th September 2019 – 27th Ellul, 5779   Shabbat Shalom to one and all. I hope you are well and that the sun is shining on your day.   I’m going to write one short paragraph about Israeli politics and then we move on to that most meaningful of festivals, Rosh Hashana, the Head of…

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Elections and normal Jerusalem life

190919 19th September 2019   Shabbat Shalom! I hope you are well.   So, that was a waste of a couple of billion shekels wasn’t it? We could have built a new hospital with the money. Another election driving Israelis into apathy or a party political frenzy.  Of course Zvi and I voted, we take…

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September 11th, Tony Blair, Elections and good stuff too

Friday the 13th of September, 2019 Good Shabbes! Shabbat Shalom! Have a wonderful weekend.   Two days ago we remembered. We remembered the horror and disbelief as we watched, time and again, as first one aeroplane then another flew into the Twin Towers – conceivably the archetypical symbols of Western Society. The Twin Towers, where…

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Impact, Greenblatt, Mahane Yehuda and Daniel

6th September 2019   Shabbat Shalom!   Tomorrow marks 50 years since I became a Mother. Incredibly, Daniel, my eldest son, is 50 years old tomorrow despite the fact that I call him baby!! He is far away in New York City and my deepest sadness is that I cannot hold him, hug him, kiss…

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Hezb-Allah, Hebron, UN, Impact and World Champion Muki

190830   30th of August 2019   Good Shabbes Everyone! Shabbat Shalom. Upon waking I went into the salon and raised the blinds to the veranda and the view as I do every morning. The sight took my breath away. The sun was rising over the horizon, a huge bright crimson ball, climbing very fast,…

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True Friendship

23 of August 2019   Shabbat Shalom. I hope you are well   I am terribly disturbed and beyond piqued. The reason is obvious but I will just write a few words about why I am so upset.   It isn’t because so many are angry with Israel for refusing entry to two women because…

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The Boycotters got Boycotted

16th August 2019 – Tu b’Av 5779   Shabbat Shalom! How are you?   Today is Tu b’Av, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Av, a mini-festival which has evolved from a day of joy to a day of love! Once upon a time young men and women would dress in white and…

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