The view from my veranda

2018

Fibs, Fences and Friendship

13th May 2022 Shabbat Shalom. Did you know that over the years nearly 23,000 war correspondents have been killed? To become a war correspondent one seeks the excitement of the job, the rush of adrenalin when in situations of danger, and the knowledge that a stray bullet may well end your life. In fact just…

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The Joy of Independence the horror of Elad

6th May, 2022 Shabbat Shalom dear friends. Remembrance Day was deeply emotional as we remembered the lives lost to defend our beautiful little country then in an exceptionally prestigious and meaningful Yom Ha’atzma’ut  – Independence Day ceremony, this year’s beacon lighters were of the people and for the people leading to a decision to have…

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From Sorrow to Celebration

3rd May 2022 ב באייר תשפ”ב Today we mourn those who died fighting to create and hold this little oasis of Jewish life, from before the forming of the nascent State until today. Thousands of lives snuffed out by hatred. In less than half an hour the first siren will sound across the country to…

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Yom HaShoah- Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel

28th April, 2022 27 לחודש ניסן, 5782 יום הזיכרון לשואה   Holocaust Remembrance Day Never Again? Really? Never again yet as I stood on the veranda with Zvi at 10:00 this morning, whereas in the past every car stopped, not a person moved, during the 2 minute siren which wailed over the whole of Israel. This…

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Sticks and Stones, Pesach, Shabbat and Maimouna

220421 21st April 2022 Gut Shabbes, Shabbat Shalom, I hope you had a beautiful Easter and Ramadan Kareem Time and again I try to understand what drives the international media to villainise Israel. Let me set the scene. The Temple Mount, Harem el Sharif by whatever name you choose, is holy to the three monotheistic…

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Pesach, Easter, Ramadan and Pills

14th April, 2022 Shabbat Shalom, Chag Pesach Sameach a Blessed Easter and Ramadan Kareem How appropriate that we all celebrate our festivals together, the three monotheistic religions. If only we could all celebrate together irrespective of our different traditions, our different prayers because after all, we all reach out to the same God. Here in…

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Tolerance and Terror in Tel Aviv

7th April 2022 Thursday night exactly one week before the Passover Seder! It is a time of festivals, religious festivals, from Ramadan to Easter and Pascha/Passover/Pesach. Spring cleaning by any other name is in the air and the shops have scrubbed down their shelves and replaced the “regular” foodstuffs with Kosher for Passover goods. Even…

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Ballistics, Bullies, Britain and Mabul

25th March 2022 Shabbat Shalom! Yes I’m back in Jerusalem after the most incredible week in London. Gathering and dispensing hugs and love was number one on my list of “do’s” and that was exactly what I did. Family and friends, Gideon, Stephanie, Sammy, Olivia and Zachary opened their home and hearts and I came…

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Cellphones, Colour and a busy week

11th February, 2022 Shabbat Shalom to one and all! Today I should write about all sorts of news items, many of them just about as gloomy as the skies outside our window, but apart from a quick half paragraph ( I promise to try) I am going to tell you about our week! Actually, one…

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