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Detail of “Three Angels on the Balcony in Jaffa” — Oil on Canvas, 1996 The artist in his studio Sharir with “Little Paradise in the Red Sea” — Oil with Gold Leaf Photos: Liora Blum  The Dual Disciplines of David Sharir My introduction to the creative work of versatile Israeli artist David Sharir was by coincidence. The expression "never judge a book by its cover" is applicable to buildings as well. Some of the least attractive office buildings in Tel Aviv can hold the most wonderful surprises. One exam...
I'm passionate about crochet. I first learned to crochet at the age of 16 while on a French exchange. My French pen-friend had learned to make granny squares and she showed me how. During the next few years I continued to crochet, making small items from books and patterns. Then family life became more hectic and for a while I had to put down my ho...
The Herring Eaters of Katwijk The best way to get around Amsterdam A weekday cruise through the locks Windmills at the Zaanse Schans park Stephen Schulman: The Dutch version of “Too big for his boots” is “Too small for his clogs!” Lunch break on the beach at Zandvoort Holland is renowned for many things; amongst them are its cheeses, chocolates, tulips, the flatness of the low-lying topography, and its many windmills. For the cyclist, no hills to climb are a blessing and in the countryside, the ubiquitous turning windmills are a picturesque sight. Nevertheless, while pedaling along and quite often encountering g...
Thank you for your scholarships  Dear ESRA Five Towns Branch, I wish to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your willingness to support and donate funds for my studies in medical pedicure. I especially appreciate it very much in these uncertain days which we are now experiencing in the Corona times. It is important for me that in this pe...
Shirimon Rimon Music School Annual Singing Competition  Warning: gushing granny alert!  You might say I married into music. Rusty, my husband, played violin as a boy. His mom, a piano teacher, forfeited a lavish wedding in favor of a Steinway boudoir grand. It found its way into our parlor, where visiting virtuosos wowed us, as my sister-...
Photo by Niilo Isotalo on Unsplash  It was during the last summer of the 20th century that I found myself standing, one of two people, next to an open grave, in a cemetery not far from Tel Aviv.After an illness which had wasted her away, a friend had died and was to be buried there. For many years Helen was one of the few customers at my bookshop in Ibn Gvirol, and also one of ...
Poetry from Israel & Abroad, Vol. 46 Published by Voices of Israel, 2020 Soft cover; 155 pages Purchase from www.voicesisrael.com; NIS 50 for non-members, $25 for outside Israel incl. shipping With the emergence of Modern Poetry, there has been an unleashing of poetic form that runs the gamut from traditional poems containing meter and rhyme to...
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz changed his family name to Even-Israel at the suggestion of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, but kept the name Steinsaltz for all his publications. Rabbi Steinsaltz was a teacher, philosopher, social critic, and prolific writer. He published over 300 titles. His lifelong work in Jewish education earned hi...
"We don't need pity, we need jobs," a prostitute told Tabea Oppliger six years ago in Zurich. From then on, Oppliger and her husband decided to help eradicate female trafficking and prostitution. Now twelve people who used to sell sex on the street are now selling bags instead, made out of recycled, lightweight kite materials in a workshop in Tel A...
Photo by clipart-library.com Suddenly faced with time thrust on us when lockdown arrived overnight, we made all kinds of resolutions about what would keep us busy for the duration of the isolation in the expectation that it would be a few weeks at the most. Realistically, this could be thought of as a golden opportunity to tidy all our cupboards, sort out our pictures and answ...