Tag Archives: coronavirus

Chag Kasher Ve’sameach – Happy Pesach!

Before starting this post I looked back, as I always do, to what I wrote last year. And I was shocked at how quickly I’ve forgotten Pesach in the shadow of corona. What a difference a year makes – in both directions. Last year we were mourning the loss of …

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The Pandemic Antisemites Call Israel.

People react to what hurts them the most and antisemites are no exception.  A global response to the coronavirus pandemic, which continues to wreak havoc with more than 50 million cases worldwide, apparently is not the priority for the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO).  Instead of assessing a global response …

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Sukkot 5781 – Chag Same’ach!

The festival of Sukkot, the most joyous festival in the Jewish calendar, began last night, lasting for 7 days (8 outside of Israel), running straight into the Simchat Torah festival on the 8th day (9th day outside Israel). Sukkot is the last of the Shalosh R’galim (three pilgrimage festivals). Like …

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Toronto Star Sanitizes Hamas During Pandemic.

On March 30, 2020, the Toronto Star wrote an article “Fearing Gaza coronavirus spread, Hamas preps for mass quarantines” which painted Hamas as a reasonable and responsible government caring for its citizens. The article opened with a woman returning to Gaza from Egypt who was surprised that Hamas had set …

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From Israel: Blessings in the Time of Corona.

The eyes of the world are on the coronavirus and its implications for each of us. Here in Israel we are struggling with a heavy situation, rendered all the more difficult by a political situation that is literally unbearable. I remain alone in my apartment: Alone, and determined to come …

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Keeping up morale in the Corona crisis: Israel.

How can I post a Good News Weekend post amidst this unprecedented worldwide quarantine which has confined millions to their homes, shuttering businesses and places of entertainment and leisure, and bringing the world economy to its knees?  There are more unknowns than knowns, and the worst is the not knowing. …

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From Israel: “Battling Threats on Two Fronts”

Our first battle is against the coronavirus, which is being fought not just in Israel, but around the world.  It preoccupies everyone, so that political news here is not necessarily even front page any more. I write from my Jerusalem apartment: I am well, thank Heaven, but following the rules …

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Good News Weekend: Israel

But now it’s time to catch up on some good news for a change, so here is my latest Good News Weekend post. My first item is davka¹ related to all the bad news about the spread of the coronavirus. It has unfortunately reached Israel via travellers to the Far …

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