The view from my veranda

2018

Shabbat, Lammas and Eid-el-Adha

31st July, 2020   Shabbat Shalom, Happy Lammas and Holy Eid-el Adha!   You know what Shabbat is although this is a special Shabbat after the spiritual cleansing of the 9th of Av, Lammas is the Christian Festival of Bread (tomorrow) when many Christians eat popcorn and bake bread, and Eid-el Adha the joyous festival…

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Blame, Bari and Breakfast

17th July 2020   Shabbat Shalom dear friends, hope you have a good weekend.   The easiest thing in the world is to blame our leaders for the failure to contain this pandemic, but is it really their fault? Basically it is a lose-lose situation, a juggling of economy, health and an unresponsive public that…

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Beinart, Bibi and Sinat Hinam

10th July 2020   Shabbat Shalom dear friends. I hope you are well, entertained and busy despite being home. For all the medics out there – thank you, you have done wonders despite the ineptitude of our leaders!!   Since the vote to recreate of the State of Israel out of the shreds of the…

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Mark Twain was right

3rd July 2020   Shabbat shalom dear friends. I hope you passed the last 2 weeks without too much drama and are well and surviving yet another round of isolation or closure.   “Get your facts first,” said Mark Twain “and then you can distort them as you please.”   Today’s journalists rarely get their…

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Do you want the good news or the bad news?

18th June 2020   Hello dear friends, I wish you a Shabbat Shalom, I wish you shalom – peace.   I don’t know about you but I am sick of gloom, doom, viruses and politics. So, after I’ve tackled the question on everyone’s lips – it’s good news only – well actually a “Do you…

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Racism, Religion and Resilience

12th June 2020   Shabbat Shalom dear friends. How are you? Have you read any good books lately? Seen any good movies or series on the telly? Zoom meetings and Zoom grandchildren? It’s a funny old world we live in when people who have kept to the isolation/quarantine/lockdown religiously are so angry that they take…

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Chaos, Court, Closure and life in general

5th June 2020   Shabbat Shalom dear friends   What a disturbing world we live in. Closure, lockdown, isolation, whatever one calls it, ultimately it has dire effects on one’s sanity. We were warned by many specialists that ultimately emotions would overflow into violence. The reason can be outrage at the cruelty of one human…

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Shabbat, Shevuot, Trials and Tribulations

28th May 2020   Shabbat Shalom dear Friends, Shabbat Shalom, Happy Shevuot and Whitsun or for both of us, Pentecost   I woke today to a beautiful morning, the sun was just rising, a bright red ball behind wispy clouds and the air was still cool with a slight breeze. It is worth waking early…

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Jerusalem Day 5780

22nd May 2020   Shabbat Shalom dear friends. How are you? Today I won’t talk of politics or trials, Iran, the PA or pandemics – today I will write about the city I love – Jerusalem   “Jerusalem is an epic. It is the well-spring of a civilization. Without Jerusalem’s civilization, the spiritual history of…

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Confusion and Edification

19th May 2020   Well here goes the Mid-week update!   Usually one says “Do you want the good news or the bad news”? Well, today I’m going to say “Do you want the ‘I have no idea what is going on’ news, or the incredible news!!   The I have no idea what is…

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