Israeli President Reuven Rivlin took an unprecedented step in publicly telling all the politicians vying for places in a new government that it is time they served the people instead of expecting the people to serve them. Of course, he’s absolutely correct. Israel has been without a functioning government for a long time. The people … More It’s a Loooong Wait.
We moved from Haifa to our little village (now a small town) just a little over 40 years ago. We didn’t think of ourselves as pioneers. That’s what new immigrants to Israel were back in 1880. We were just moving to a new home. We were going to a real house, with indoor plumbing, running … More Being a Pioneer 40 Years Ago
The Easter and Passover holidays have now passed. The New York Times tells us that the Biden administration is having meaningful talks with the Iranian regime over the nuclear weapons issue. And in Israel, there is still no sign of agreement on a new government coalition. The one item that I feel stands out in … More Winds of War?
Today is the day the heads of the various parties elected to the new Knesset bring their recommendations for who should be asked to form a new coalition government to the Israeli President. The President, traditionally, then asks the individual with the most recommendations to try to form a government. This time around it’s more … More The Wheels of Democracy Turn Slowly
In about two weeks Israelis will go to the polls. Israeli democracy is unlike that of most other countries. In Israel one votes for a party, not an individual. Each party presents a list of candidates. Each list receives a number of seats in the new Knesset (Parliament) based on the proportion of votes it … More Elections in Israel – Will Anything Change?
The snow was very wet snow. It accumulated on the branches of our trees. Soon, the weight was more than they could bear. One after another, branches gave way. Some broke off completely, Others simply fractured and dropped until either the snow fell off or they hit something that could help support the load. Our … More After the Storm
It started last night, I haven’t seen snow this deep for several years. We usually only get snow about once a year.Even then. it usually melts within 24 hours. Not this time! We have about 5 inches in the yard. Deep enough so that I can see our smaller dog go by because his tail … More Snow!!
The Israeli Government has just announced another update to our current lock down status. All restrictions are to be lifted by March 9th (if there is no deterioration in infection rates etc.). The entire country, indeed, the entire world, has been through ups and downs, closures and relaxations, and other restrictions for almost a full … More The End of A Tunnel – A Corona of Light
My daughter and her family will all be listed as having recovered from COVID19 today. My granddaughter, who brought the infection home from her Army basic training camp, has already been declared infection free and returned to her base. All of them got through the ordeal? with minimal discomfort. That’s the up side. The down … More A (Slightly Tarnished) Silver Lining
Israel has started vaccinations against CORONA. The country is starting by inoculating Health professionals, and then proceeding to people who are at higher risk. Higher risk means those over 65 years old or with significant prior conditions that might make them more vulnerable. Old age homes are of higher priority for both residents and staff. … More Coming Soon to a Clinic in Your Neighborhood