FROM THE EDITOR
Our new year issue features a challenging article on how we are judged on Rosh Hashanah – both on our individual actions but also within an overview of the state of the world for which each one of us also has a responsibility. Thank you for sending in New Year Greetings – we appreciate your thoughtfulness and support.
Our society mostly lacks compassion and tolerance. Here and there are sparks of moving, compassionate acts of helping the downtrodden. More...
The Ethiopian riots made a strong, sad indictment about the intolerance of our society for minority groups. We bring you a verbatim and enlightening explanation from a successful Ethiopian of what Israeli society has done to their morale and status.
There is also a poignant story of how the parents of two children with disabilities found constructive ways to help their own and others – including a cookbook for children with special needs.
For ideas about local trips in the holiday months – to the neglected jewels in the Western Negev; in the north to the Ghetto Fighters Museum and its children’s wing, and the Battalions Museum; spending a green weekend in the Golan on Moshav Nov; a visit in Tel Aviv to enjoy the beauty of Sarona and its restored Templer houses, the stores and tempting restaurants.
Two trips overseas are written up, one to southern Morocco; the other to Ravello on Italy’s Amalfi coast.
The woes of e-bikes are escalating in Israel, and especially with teenagers; in contrast, an emeritus professor who loves getting places on his conventional bicycle and folding cycle. New regulations are now in force for pedestrian crossings - drivers please note.
Remember Aesop’s fables? There is a story of a beggar with a moral – winter reveals the truth as summer cannot.
Israel still has a few who vehemently stand up for our rights, amongst them CUFI – Christians United for Israel.
Over the past year our newspapers have featured stories of Israelis who have children using surrogates abroad. This magazine brings you an excellent article on the subject.
In this issue we have powerful memories of Iraq; fun stories from those first years as an immigrant on Ellis Island; the story of Sofia, an immigrant from Yugoslavia, who has been helped significantly by ESRA volunteers; the impact of being the daughter of Holocaust survivors, of being the parents of your parents, and the efforts she makes to build a meaningful life for her children.
Rosh Hashanah is an opportunity to donate to ESRA – to our 2015 campaign; to make a bequest in your will; to diarize our fundraisers, The Timekeepers in November and Dudu Fisher in January. Plenty to do in the next few months: art lectures at Tel Aviv Museum of Art; lectures in Raanana or Netanya; opera in Acco; Eilat Chamber Music festival; trips to Hadera and Maaleh Adumim, or hikes for the energetic – check www.esra.org.ilClose
- life's journey – exploring relationships, resolving conflicts. a review
- real estate investment in the us: a primer
- the mendelssohns moses, abraham and felix
- 100 years on: teaching teachers at levinsky college of education
- the warsaw ghetto uprising
- the strawberry woman
- wherever you go - a review
- advantages of the living trust
- the key question
- itamar makes friends - a review