The view from my veranda

Shabbat Shalom from Sheila in Jerusalem

21st November 2014

Dear Friends

Shabbat Shalom to you all from Jerusalem, the most beautiful city in the world

Today I will try to write only positive notes because even after the horror and deep sadness of the events earlier in the week, some goodness came about.

Firstly thousands of Jews and Christians attended the funeral of Sgt-Major Zidan Saif, who was the first to enter the synagogue and gave his life to save the unarmed men at prayer. All of Israel is grateful to Zidan who leaves behind him a little girl of four months and a young widow.

Secondly, this morning Druze, Christians, Jews and Moslemsin the North of Israel handed out roses to passers by and to drivers with the motto – Or lo Terror – Light not Terror –  to show the true side of living together in Israel.
I have no time before Shabbat but I wanted to give you reason to smile on Shabbat.

I could have spoken of the foul lies told on th media but we are all tired of their calumny.

So dear friends, I will leave you with two important songs and the knowledge that we will never forsake Jerusalem –
Firstly D’maot she Malachim, Tears of the Angels. When the angels cry in the other world then this world is sadder. We are sadder.

The second song is a challenge. A challenge to love even those who love us less – or not at all. With love from a broken hearted Jerusalem.” Learn 2 Love the ones who love you less. I suggest maybe we just try…..Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem.

Shabbat Shalom – must run to put the finishing touches to the table, put Rachel’s delicious challah under the special cover, Zvi’s fathers kiddush cup next to it and then light the Shabbat candles in the candlesticks that I used to light the candles as a child – with my beautiful mother who taught me to love Judaism and Israel. Tomorrow marks 51 years since her death but her traditions live on in her children and grandchildren and all future generations who want her memory to live on. My memories are so sweet and her teachings, together with my Daddy, so memorable that I live life according to their morals and ethics. I thank every short minute I had with her.

With love to you all