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Photos by Kobi Klaitman of Lapid ceramic items from the collection of Sharyn Weizman I've often wondered why some of us become collectors. Is there a need to build and eventually complete a set? Is it the search for the proverbial needle in the haystack? Do collectors find gratification in being surrounded by particularly beautiful or interesting o...
A Cheese Saga A certain 28% sliced yellow cheese comes in three package sizes: 200g, 350g and 500g. I buy the 500g package for convenience and economy because I don't have to buy as often, and its per-gram price is cheaper. Fine, until I couldn't find it. About to take the smaller package, I rooted around and found the 500g packages hidden beh...
IDF soldiers with PTSD learn to make music as part of their therapy  Listen here, my child Daddy has a scar Long since the times of war Shards never hit his body, only his soul That's why daddy can't find peace ~Avichai Hollander~  There's a groundbreaking project at the Lin and Ted Arison Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv called S...
Nordic Poles and a dog's lead I have just solved a problem that has made a huge difference to my daily life. I have managed to combine two activities that I thought were not possible - walking with Nordic poles and taking my dog for a walk. My thanks to Dr Silverberg, who introduced me to Nordic walking-poles which enabled me to walk much further t...
Melissa Clark is an American food writer and a columnist for the New York Times Food section, where she reports on food trends, creates recipes and appears in cooking videos linked to her column, A Good Appetite. She is the author of over 40 cookbooks and has received multiple awards for her work. A Jewish native of Brooklyn, her column has include...
The following article was published in ESRA Magazine in April 2012 when Agnes Keleti was 91 years old. This year she celebrated her 100th  birthday. She is now living in Budapest, Hungary and was featured in the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony as the oldest living Olympian.  The Olympic Games will be held in London this year, 64 year...
Image by DEZALB from Pixabay Text and illustrations by Sandra Lee Braude Reviewed by Judy Shapiro The women of the Ndebele tribe, which is situated in the Northern section South Africa, paint murals on their huts in beautiful colors. They have been doing this for generations and their paintings are considered to be great works of art. One old Ndebele woman, whose children had ...
Goat Path Publications, available from Amazon 233 pages By Tzippi Moss Some years ago, inspired by the enthusiasm of friends who had undertaken to walk the Israel Trail, my husband and I decided to sign up for one of the programs that involve walking one day a week over three years to complete the trail. We got as far as the registration desk, and ...
... Would you like to renew your ESRA membership?" Countless ESRA members have lifted the receiver, or accepted a call, to hear those opening words. Sometimes spending upwards of 20 minutes per call, Ruth was often the only voice heard that day by many in lockdown, as she diligently made calls from home in the name of ESRA. Phone calls from fr...
Harold finishing his 2nd out of 13 Tiberias Marathons, 1978 It is a cold and miserable winter's morning. The rain has just stopped falling – the streets of Raanana are still streaming with the aftermath of the downpour. It is a Saturday morning and a group of "older looking" men in running shoes and shorts gather outside the entrance to the park in Raanana for the weekly Saturday run – Tony, Dave, Trevor, A...