The view from my veranda

2009

Shabbat Shalom and Happy 2010

31st December 2009. Shabbat Shalom to you all – Shabbat Shalom and a fulfilling 2010 Personally I am quite relieved to see the 00’s behind us and ready to turn over a new page and leap into the 10’s!! SMS/text messages, Skype, Facebook and Twitter, Webcams allowed me read bedtime stories to my grandchildren overseas…

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Shabbat Shalom letter from Jerusalem

091224 24th December 2009. Shabbat Shalom, and a truly wonderful Festive Christmas Season of joy and love. I don’t intend depressing anyone this Festive week but have to address two subjects. This is the link to my “No Room at the Inn” letter concerning the plight of Christians in the Palestinian Authority http://shabbatshalom-theviewfrommyveranda.blogspot.com/ We can’t…

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No room at the Inn – Christians in Bethlehem

Christmas is a time of joy and celebration for Christians around the world. The paradox is that for Christians in Bethlehem it is far from joyous – it is a life of fear and desperation. 22nd December 2009. No room at the Inn? Public disregard for the situation of Christians in the PA is a…

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Shabbat Shalom letter from Jerusalem

17th December, 2009. Shabbat Shalom and Chag Orim Sameach Today’s letter will be rather long but the information it carries is essential so please bear with me. Due to an aberration in British Law, intended to protect and sustain the rule of justice, Former Deputy Prime Minister Livni, or for that matter any Israeli Minister…

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Midweek shalom from London

Dear Lovely Friends I thought I would drop you all a line from London where I am with my wonderful children and their children out in the greenest of green parts of London. The constant rain ensures the lush pastures even though the dampness seeps into ones bones – especially mine since I am not…

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Shabbat Shalom letter

091202 2nd December 2009. Shabbat Shalom is coming early this week since I am off to visit my London grandchildren tomorrow at the crack of dawn. I spend one week immersed in them and rarely see anyone else or do anything else and am happy, satisfied and loved! David Ben Gurion was a founding father,…

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Shabbat Shalom letter

091127 Friday, November 27th 2009. Shabbat Shalom and to all my American friends, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, commemorating a time when Christians were persecuted, founded a nation and “settlers” was not a dirty word. I want to write a different Shabbat Shalom letter today. Of course I will give you the news…

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Shabbat Shalom from Sheila

091119 19th November 2009. Shabbat Shalom This week I was angry. Not the anger that one feels toward those whose hatred is overt but rather the anger one feels toward those who claim undying friendship yet fail to deal an even hand. Let me describe the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Gilo for you. White stepped buildings…

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Shabbat Shalom from Sheila

091119 19th November 2009. Shabbat Shalom This week I was angry. Not the anger that one feels toward those whose hatred is overt but rather the anger one feels toward those who claim undying friendship yet fail to deal an even hand. Let me describe the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Gilo for you. White stepped buildings…

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Shabbat Shalom from Sheila

091113 Friday 13th November, 2009. Shabbat Shalom! I hope you are well. Just because we are paranoid doesn’t mean no one hates us! Israelis, are the major cause of instability in the world and the annihilation of the “Palestinian People”. President Shimon Peres’ visit to South America has been cancelled due to security considerations and…

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