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New Year Greetings

ShareOne of the nicest things about the approaching New Year, is receiving cards from family, friends and different well-wishers. In today’s digital age, most of those cards are via email or Facebook and it’s become rare to actually receive a printed card. As for a handmade card? That would indeed be something to treasure… Whatever … Continue reading »

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An Afternoon in Ashkelon

Share    My father and I went to Ashkelon today and spent a fun afternoon. After stopping at the bank and the pharmacy, we went to a hardware store. On the screen above the front door I could see my image from the security camera. Try as I might, though, I couldn’t find the camera. … Continue reading »

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Mr. Toad

ShareTonight was the first time ever I’d held a toad. You see, I’d taken my dog Sweetie on her usual nightly walk when suddenly, on the side of the brick sidewalk, I noticed something hopping along. Since I, in my excitement, gave voice to my surprise and pointed at it, Sweetie noticed it too – … Continue reading »

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Taxi Man

ShareI generally stay indoors as much as possible throughout the summer even before reading warnings from the Ministry of Health that the hottest hours of the day are from 10:00 to 17:00 and BEWARE of the dangerous rays. However, terrible as I find the summer heat, there are those who find it worse than me … Continue reading »

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Back to School!

ShareThe first day of school calls for a bevy of good luck wishes: – To the children starting in a new educational institution. – To the parents who need to get used to the sudden quiet, yet not worry about their offspring. – To the teachers who are new in the system. – To the … Continue reading »

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Reactions to Rockets

ShareIt just hasn’t been my day. Granted, unlike the two previous days, I wasn’t wakened by a blaring siren… so I was spared running within 45 seconds to the protected room and meeting the rest of the family – all as bleary and half asleep, and only the dogs excited at the early morning family … Continue reading »

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Singing with Shwekey

ShareI heard the warm-up band playing so I went to have a look. The big basin that used to be Gan Dov had been scraped of all the weeds, and several dozen white plastic chairs had been set up in front of a stage. The obligatory ambulance was parked on the side, and police  stood and chatted … Continue reading »

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Remembering Gush Katif

ShareHow to remember the past? As the sixth memorial marking Gush Katif’s destruction nears, this question becomes increasingly important. There are those who wish to commemorate the struggle to prevent the Disengagement. Some of these people continue wearing orange bracelets and flying orange banners. Orange – the color of the Gush Katif struggle. Others will … Continue reading »

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Lecturing the students

ShareI am so pleased that Stanley Fischer has addressed the strikes. When I read his comments this morning, I felt as though finally someone responsible was in charge. It seemed like the kindly lecturer was back at the podium spouting wise words to the students. Will they listen? I don’t know, but I think they … Continue reading »

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Tents Sprouting in the Sun

Share With all the tents and protests and the summer heat, it seems as though we’ve regressed back to the desert under Moses’ leadership. However, unlike then, we can’t expect any miracles. Thousands of rent-free houses won’t suddenly appear, with G-d grimacing as the people rush, and trample over each-other in their haste to stake … Continue reading »

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