The view from my veranda

2021

Signs, Omens and Welcome Home

22nd October 2021 Shabbat Shalom! I’m home after a truly magnificent 10 days in New York City – but more of that later. English speakers in Israel spend every journey along the roads and highways of Israel in a state of permanent “cringe” at the spelling of the road signs and names of towns and…

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Up, Up and Away

211008 8th October 2021 Shabbat Shalom! I will not be writing my Shabbat Shalom next week because I am going to New York with Rachel for Joshua’s Bar Mitzva! I am so excited. We are only going for one week and will be very caught up with family, so please don’t be upset that we…

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Acharei ha Chagim – After the Festivals

1st of October 2021 Shabbat Shalom, Blessed Tabernacles There is an expression in Israel used by anyone who wants to put things off, in other words to procrastinate, “Acharei ha Chagim” which means after the Festivals meaning the festivals of the month of Tishrei. Basically that means they will never really get to the task…

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Shabbat, Sukkot and Tabernacles

24th September 2021 Shabbat Shalom, Hag Succot Sameach and a Blessed Tabernacles Here in Israel, or the Jerusalem region anyway, we are beginning to feel that Autumn is on its way. The sun is gentler, the evenings cooler and the leaves beginning to fall. It isn’t like Mapledurham where I used to live, we don’t…

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Heroes and Atonement

17th September 2021, 11th Tishrei, 5782 So Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are over and I can’t believe it’s Shabbat already! I get very confused as to the day of the Gregorian calendar during this period of “non-stop” festivals. Yom Kippur in Israel is different to anywhere else in the world.  I will explain. There…

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Tower Tragedy, Thoughts and Traditions

10th September 2021` Shabbat Shalom! How are you? How was Rosh Hashana? Were you in closure or did you manage to be with at least some of your family and friends? This is a very special Shabbat, called Shabbat Shuva or the Sabbath of the Return. Return to what? The Torah reading tells us that…

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Rosh Hashana, Presidents and Paralympics

3rd September 2021 Shabbat Shalom dear friends, This is the last Shabbat of the Hebrew year of 5781 and the start of 5782, yes five thousand, seven hundred and eighty two years of history, Despite innumerable attempts to wipe us out we are still here!! Today’s Jerusalem Post made me angry! The headline read something…

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Terror, Taliban, Triumph and Gold medals

27TH August 2021 Shabbat Shalom! I hope this letter finds you well, vaccinated and Covid free. Every leader suffers the mistakes of his predecessors. I don’t know if there is an appropriate quote but that’s the fact. It takes at least two years, some say four years, to undo mistakes and if concurrent leaders made…

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Afghanistan and Arson, Booster and Bar Mitzvah

20th August 2021 Shabbat Shalom to everyone, wherever you may be, however you pray, to whom you pray. How on earth do I start this missive? Afghanistan, forest fires and arson, the return of Covid? (not that it ever really left us) Caliphate, Rockets? I will try to explain all of it but in no…

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Loyalty, Love and Landmarks

13th August 2021 Shabbat Shalom to everyone but especially to my amazing, clever, gorgeous and kind grandson Zachary who will celebrate his Bar Mitzva this weekend and thanks to Covid I can’t be with him or with my family. If only people were less selfish and more understanding that this is a scary pandemic perhaps…

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