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Israel

War journal, entry 1

ShareMonday, July 28, 2014 We’ve just had a siren. Six short syllables that contain so much! The 30 second frantic dash to the security room, the panicked glance to make sure every family member is there, the tense listening for the boom, and the uncontrollable rush for news. Having described the symptoms, I ought to … Continue reading »

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New article in ESRA magazine :)

ShareSo cool! I recently stumbled across my name in the article “Whatever Happened to Gush Katif” by Marsha Stein in the Esra Magazine  as she vividly discusses her tour of the Katif Heritage Center in Nitzan.   Reading it made me feel as though I were once again conducting that tour, it’s spot on! http://www.esra-magazine.com/blog/post/gush-katif Tweet

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New Permanent House Project – a Success!

ShareDear Friends and Supporters, I am very pleased to be working with Friends of Gush Katif, keeping in touch with all the communities, and doing my small bit to help former residents improve their future, and keep the Gush Katif spirit alive.  I am currently pursuing my MA in English Literature at Bar Ilan University. … Continue reading »

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Purim: learn your booms

ShareAs usual, Purim this year was ushered in with firecrackers, cherry bombs and larger, more powerful fireworks. They were noisy, loud and … they took me back to Gush Katif. At night, lying in bed and hearing the booms, I sleepily wondered whether it was mortars causing the windows to rattle. Mortars – shouldn’t that … Continue reading »

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When the dog crossed the road…

ShareYesterday I had just gotten to the bus stop on the main road when I spotted a big, brown dog. To be more accurate, it spotted me and came over wagging its tail, sniffing me and everyone else at the stop. I noticed it had on a choke collar. How terrible, I thought. Some family … Continue reading »

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Rabin Memorial

ShareAnd so another Rabin Memorial Day has passed. My problem with these RMDs is the way they’ve been twisted. Instead of being about Rabin – the Man (and then you could talk about the long stretch of his life, the pros and cons, what you admire and what you disapprove of), they are about Rabin … Continue reading »

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Noah – not a metaphysical chap.

ShareNoah was a man Who Got The Job Done. Not only that, but he Didn’t Ask Questions. If this were in Ankh Morpork, Sam Vimes would have approved. The question is, do we approve? And did our commentators approve? It seems that they didn’t really. They would have preferred it if he had spoken up … Continue reading »

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We bring them together

ShareThe four Succot species are very different from one another. The lulav is strong and straight; the type that will break in a fierce wind. Which is, perhaps, why it grows in the very center of the palm tree, protected by many fronds. If you don’t know the correct art for taking it, you will … Continue reading »

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Protecting us from ourselves

ShareSuccot is when we put our trust in G-d. We go out to a small flimsy dwelling that we constructed ourselves, and we eat and sleep there for seven days. G-d who looked over us for 40 years in the desert can surely look after us as we observe His commandment. But will He look … Continue reading »

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Seasons and seasoning

ShareIt’s that time of year. The days are getting cooler, and the warm shafts of sun really feel good. The nights are cold, and I know that I’m keeping my fan on only because I’ve gotten used to the noise it makes – and not because I really need it. In our garden yesterday I … Continue reading »

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