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ESRAmagazine Short Story Competition 2020

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES  Your story can be true or f...
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Passover 5780: The Seder’s Mystique

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In the beginning of his book Festival of Freedom (Ktav, 2006...
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Environment Meets Economics

Tomer-2-1Dr. Tomer Fishman
By Trevor Janes with the help of Laura BrownPeople see susta...
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1969's Mixed Bag of Pickles

pickles-2In amongst the lemon trees ... (from left) Brian Kaplan, Livia Edelstein, Stephen Schulman. Les Mirkin on the ladder and the upraised hand holding a cigarette would belong to Alan Michaels, resting his head on Livia. The picture was taken by Robin, our ulpan photographer
Before going out to the orchards for the morning citrus picking, Brian Kaplan and Stephen Schulman, with the ‘infamous’ Flash, relax on the kibbutz lawns

 The morning of the 2nd February 1969 dawned. Amongst a...
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South Tel Aviv ‘Village’

tel-aviv-village-1Inside the Orot Shaul Yeshiva
A children’s park near Dizengoff School

Construction in Shapira Neighborhood is underway, encouraged by Tel Aviv Municipality

An entry gate to Dizengoff School, award-winning school recognized by the Ministry of Education

Story and photos by Akiva HerzfeldWith a skyline of doz...
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Wise Words From my Zeide

Zeide-3Good advice from the author’s zeide
My zeide was a "real" zeide. He was no "zaydee," as so many ...
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Golfer Mark Beats the Odds

Mark-dominoes-2Mark Bloom (second right) enjoying a game of dominoes with his friends
Swing time ... Mark in action

Mark with a golfing trophy

In the early 1960's, a group of four boys from Liverpool, En...
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The Hadera House that Shakes

ShakersJust some of the 26,000 salt and pepper sets at the house in Hadera.


Shakers created by Jewish detainees in Cyprus

Photos by Lydia AisenbergThe private abode of a former Israe...
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RRIS at IDC Success Story

1-1Jonathan Davis, Head of RRIS & Vice-President for External Relations (back row, third from left), with some of the South Africans studying at IDC, February 2019
When asked by Professor Uriel Reichman, Founder and Presiden...
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Carl Hoffman 1952 - 2019

Carl-HoffmanCarl Hoffman ... unpretentious and eminently accomplished

Portrait of the writer as a young boy

Carl Hoffman in Borneo

Carl Hoffman teaching at a refugee camp in the Philippines

Carl Hoffman (far right) pictured in 2019 at one of the regular ESRA Editorial Board meetings

 IN MEMORIAM Rabbi Stewart WeissThe mystics of Kabbala ...
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Kibbutz Building’s Tragic Past

The walls come tumbling down ... demolition of the building in December 2019
Kibbutz founder Kuba Doron breaking rocks for construction. The picture was taken in 1926 when the members were working on the building of the road to Afula – but Doron did the same thing again in the early 1930s to build the children's house

The dreidel memorial and name plaque in a rock commemorating the children who died, behind the concrete dreidel

A bleak day ... the extensively damaged children’s house after the 1948 Chanukah bombing

Story and photos by Lydia AisenbergAlmost a decade afte...
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Remembering Fallen Comrades

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Gun salute ... Max Haber’s funeral at the military cemetery, Ramat Hasharon

Mark and Victor Rosenbaum in Victor’s hospital room in 2017, looking at photos of Norman Rosenbaum

October 2017:Alex Haber viewing photos of his brother with Mark

‘Dateline Sinai’ article by Mark Pinsky found in Norman Rosenbaum’s wallet

This article is reprinted from Moment Magazine - momentmag.c...
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Put it Down to My Condition

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Can’t stand those Hebrew voices on the Israeli Waze

Switch off the radio because of the irritating voices

Hate hearing wrong notes played at classical concerts

Feel uncomfortable when people chomp their food

Is it weird to be pleased to discover that one has a "condit...
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He Helped Build Ashkelon

The shopping and community center in Afridar where the town hall and the Afridar offices were located
Staff of Afridar Housing Corporation Ltd in 1956 . . .Selwyn and Barbara can be seen in the center of the second row

Barbara and Selwyn Lurie who now live in California. The photo was taken on Selwyn’s 97th birthday on 7th August 2019

The Certificate of Honor which the city of Ashkelon presented to Selwyn

Stop press ... The story of how Selwyn built Ashkelon made the front page of the Natal Mercury in August 1958

Ashkelon, 1956: Barbara Lurie outside her home at 7 Johannesburg Road, Afridar

residents of Afridar attending a town hall meeting which was addressed by Selwyn Lurie.

South African Jewry's participation in the founding of moder...
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Ballet Centenary Celebrated

6.2Happy birthday tutu you ... attending RAD pre-centenary celebrations
Georgina Yacobi with a student

Some of the original RAD teachers pictured in 1972

RAD winners, judges and teachers pictured in 2017

Readers of the ESRA Magazine may be surprised to learn two t...
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Cuba’s Jewish Community

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Suszanna Santana Sadi, youth leader of the Havana Jewish Community

Paying respects ... Fidel Babani Leon at the Jewish cemetery in Havana

A tightly-knit Jewish community whose members escaped the Sp...
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New Zealand at Rosh Hanikra

1.2 The southern entrance to the Rosh Hanikra Tunnel
Brendan Judd’s book The Desert Railway. The writer managed to source two copies in New Zealand

As a New Zealander who had lived and worked many years in Eu...
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Going Bananas

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Illustration: Denis ShifrinRecalling the time a bunch of us&...
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Youth for Climate Change

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Swedish activist Greta Thunberg (Photo: Wikipedia)

The youth climate change demonstration in Tel Aviv Rothschild Boulevard

A protester with the words “I want to live” etched on her face

Photos: Strike for Future IsraelIt's sexy, it's cool; the is...
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Downsizing Your Home

downsizing-3After removing walls and widening doorways, the Blumfields were rewarded with this breathtaking view
Room with a phew!

Flushed with success ... the renovated bathroom

Work in progress ... removing walls and widening doorways

Circumstances dictated that we moved on. If you're thin...
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