The view from my veranda

2018

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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Tolerance, Brain Freeze and Mahane Yehuda

23rd July 2021 Good Shabbat, a blessed Eid al Adha, have a safe and beautiful weekend I hate saying “I told you so” but sadly the raucous parties, pubs and huge crowds at the Euro 2020 football games, especially the final, have put Britain, or rather England, into the red. Thanks to the idiocy of…

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Calamities, Covid and Archaeology

16th July 2021 Shabbat Shalom dear friends. Here I am again, telling you my thoughts on the world and hopefully enlightening you just a little bit about what really happens here without the angle of the BBC or CNN. Two days ago I wrote to my family in the UK worried about the impending floods…

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Birthday, Bennet, Bougie

9th July, 2021 210709 Shabbat Shalom! Hope you are well and the heatwave of the last weeks is passing. Yesterday was one of the three most important dates of my life, July 8th, 1972, My son Gideon Saul was born. Gideon Saul has lived up to his name and his Torah Reading his whole life.…

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Presidents Old and New

2nd July 2021 Shabbat Shalom dear friends. Most of us outside Florida had never heard of Champlain Towers or of the people who lived there. Sadly the horrific collapse of the building could so easily have been prevented, the incident and sheer criminal negligence has everyone thinking of the horror of its collapse and the…

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25 years

25th June 2021 Shabbat Shalom everyone. Today was going to be our 25th wedding anniversary but we chose the 23rd of June 1996 instead…….but more of that later. Today I really intend just giving you a few headlines then telling you about our wedding and why I love being here, in Israel. A building collapsed…

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A new start

210618 18th June 2021 Shabbat Shalom everyone! I hope this missive finds you and your loved ones well, safe and happy. Let’s get the political scene out of the way so that I can talk about the veranda (mirpesset) and the fact that the plants love the beautiful air of Motza. Sir Walter Scott could…

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ABC Arson, Bennet and Coalitions

210611 11th June 2021 Shabbat Shalom! Do you realise that it’s already nearly half way through 2021? Where on earth has the time gone? When my generation hears “Scorched Earth Policy” We think of Vietnam, Cambodia and a dreadful guerrilla war. Now when I think of scorched earth I think of the Hamas policy of…

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Haniya, Hope and the Middle East

28th May, 2021 Hello! How are you? Did you have a good day or is your day just beginning?  Am I in time to wish you a Shabbat shalom? So this week we were reminded that we live in the Middle East where logic is not the order of the day yet it rules the…

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Holocaust Memorial Day 25th Nisan 5781 7th April 2021   Tomorrow at precisely 10:00 the wail of the siren will remind all Israelis to stand in deference to those who perished and those who survived the Holocaust.   Buses stop and passengers alight and stand to attention, cars stop, even in the middle of the…

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