The view from my veranda

2018

Pageantry, Prime Minister and Prince Charles (King Charles III)

23rd September 2022 27 Ellul 5782 Shabbat Shalom! Gosh, it’s nearly 5783, yes that’s right five thousand, seven hundred and eighty three! That’s 3,761 years more than the Gregorian Calendar. I find that fascinating and even proud that the Hebrew calendar predates the Gregorian by so many years! Before I sit down to write to…

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Elections and other things

16th September 2022 Shabbat Shalom! Today’s Hebrew date is the 20th of Elul, 5782, almost Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year which isn’t really a NEW year but rather the “Head of the Year”. It has been an interesting week, a week in which even the most determined anti-monarchist has been following the Royal family.…

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Her Majesty, Bias and Motza

9th September 2022 13th Elul 5782 Shabbat Shalom dear friends. I know it is hard to absorb the depth of sadness that Britain is experiencing now. Queen Elizabeth II represented everything that is good in a leader, albeit a nominal leader, a titular head, but a figurehead representing dedication to post and people, humility, dignity;…

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Justice, Politics and Basel

2nd September 2022 Shabbat Shalom everyone! Can you believe that it’s already September? 2022 is in its ninth month, let’s see what the remainder of the year gives birth to! For a change I’m going to start right away with news so that we can talk about the more pleasant aspects of life, leaving us…

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Brits, Russians and Moslems

26th August, 2022 Shabbat Shalom! Did you miss me? I felt really guilty about not writing last week, I think the first time in many, many years, but soon got over it! Instead of writing I spent Friday morning with my children and grandchildren walking through the English countryside picking blackberries which I turned into…

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Love, Songs and Breaking Dawn

12th August 2022 Shabbat Shalom everyone! How are you today? Did you know that yesterday was Tu b’Av, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Av and a day of love. Very different to the highly commercial Valentine’s Day, not only because in fact St Valentine wasn’t a very nice man, it is a…

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Mourning, Motza and Music

5th August 2022 Shabbat Shalom everyone. I hope and pray that all our friends in California and Europe where brush and forest fires abound are safe and sound. Thoughts for the day as we near Tisha b’Av. Tisha b’Av, the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, the day on which we mourn the…

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Mourning, Maccabiah and Music

29th July 2022 Shabbat Shalom! I hope this missive finds you well. Chodesh Tov, happy new month. Today is the first day of the Hebrew month of Av and we are in the middle of the three weeks of mourning for the destruction of the Holy Temple thousands of years ago. The final day of…

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Sport, Saudia Arabia and Song

22nd July 2022 Shabbat Shalom everyone, especially all the participants of the 22nd Maccabiah! Last week I promised you the video of the opening ceremony of the Maccabiah, always spectacular and particularly so this year. Since I don’t expect you to sit through the hour and a half of the original ceremony here is a…

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Presidents, Purpose and Athletes

15th July 2022 16th Tammuz 5782 Shabbat Shalom world! A truly incredible week which began with the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency, continued with the visit of President Biden, the arrival of friends from all over the world for the Maccabiah Games and finally showing Tel Aviv and the sea to our dear…

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