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Why, you might ask, did I choose to write a story about tattoos? It began unexpectedly, when I discovered a tiny tattoo parlor seven minutes' walk from our home, tucked into an alleyway in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City. Razzouk is their name, the owners being Coptic Christians, originally from Egypt, whose ancestors started the busi...
Monument dedicated to the Australian Aboriginal Light Horse Troopers Mark Pollard clothed in his grandfather's soldier uniform Mark Pollard and Dalia Ayalon Sinclair at the unveiling ceremony Photos by Dalia Sinclair OAM  "They" were "us" Living in Australia for almost 36 years I held a number of positions within the Jewish community relating to Israel - Australia affairs, including Israel Hasbara. It seems as though I have always lived in two worlds. Since my move back to Israel a year ago, I often find myself focusing on Israel -...
The following statements about the Bible were written by children.   Original spelling has been left in.  In the first book of the Bible, Guinness, God got tired of creating the world so he took the Sabbath off. Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah's wife was Joan of Ark. Noah built an ark and the animals came on in pears.Lo...
Donor and philanthropist Caroline Simon symbolizes the act of giving. Students from Bnei Akiva in Beer Sheva met with her and heard about her Bnei Akiva experiences in London, her willingness to extend a helping hand, and her enormous contribution to the Ben Gurion University. Photo: Dani Machlis Translated from the Hebrew by Norman Silbert When she was young, Caroline Simon was a member of Bnei Akiva in London.She never dreamed that almost seventy years later she would be interviewed by students from the Bnei Akiva Yeshiva in Beer Sheva as a subject of their history project.The interview evolved into an impressive work, the pride of Ya'ako...
Illustration: Liora Blum As humans we crave certainty.We imagine that our lives can be run and controlled entirely by our own decisions that will lead to certain outcomes.Modern life has become even more adept at making this illusion a reality.From the mundane such as Waze, predicting our exact ETA to any destination, to the incredible man on the moon, to the formidable ad...
Many thanks ESRA Magazine for the latest issue #205 which as always provided many fascinating and educational articles. I would especially like to thank Cynthia Barmor for her article "100 Years On History Repeats Itself" and feel sure that her words spoke for other readers who lost grandparents during the Spanish 'Flu Epidemic. There were 250,000 ...
Illustration: Liora Blum In the ten years since I left Manchester to come and live on a kibbutz in Israel, I have been constantly aware of the differences in culture. Of course, moving to the kibbutz meant moving from a city to the countryside. Instead of owning two cars we became the owners of two bicycles. We now have a car and I have learnt to drive on the wrong side of...
Alan Caplan and Bill Shutts on holiday in Provence, France, 2008 It is a little over two years since I lost two wonderful brothers-in-law and great friends, Gert Guttman and Bill Shutts. Both were highly intelligent and well-read men with endearing senses of humor. Warm memories of Gert, the man, are supplemented with numerous fine examples of Gert, the architect. On a day-to-day basis, his Tel-Aviv apartment an...
Photo by Sylvia Zhou on Unsplash I first learned to drive when I was a young mother. After our marriage we moved to a small country town in Hampshire. The computer company where my husband worked was, like so much of the developing hi-tech industry, moved out of the cities into more spacious premises in the Home Counties. At the birth of our first child we were presented with...
Photo: Sara Bertisch Covid-19 has rendered many people irrelevant, their skills and services put on long-term hold. The park bench, often reserved for the elderly, is currently shared with considerably younger members of society. All lives must matter! Running, rushing, scurrying – Racing through the marathon of life. Eyeing longingly a park bench, Its inhabitants seem...