New Year greetings from our readers

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New Year Greetings 2014
Category: ESRA News
Issue No. 176
 

Brenda reflects on the difficult time we have all had during the weeks of Operation Protective Edge, and the terrible toll it has taken on the lives of the young soldiers who died so that we could go on living safely. She also reports on ESRA's highly successful campaign to collect donations that were used to provide aide for the soldiers and residents of the south.

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A time to weep . . . and a time to count blessings
Category: ESRA News
Issue No. 176
 

On a walk in the in the fields and orchards near her home Barbara came accross a row of sabras, or pricky pears that form a natural border. They reminded her of the term sabra which is used to describe true Israelis. She recalls the first settlers who settled the land, and how ever since, Israelis have been called upon to defend their country. She feels the sadness and tragedy of those who have given their lives for this cause.

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Reflections on the Sabra
Category: Israel
Issue No. 176
 

On Yom Kippur morning, October 6, 1973, Emil Murad went for a nature walk enjoying the peace and beauty of God's creation. But on that fateful day as he approached the synagogue, the sirens announced the beginning of that traumatic war. Emil was called up for military duty and although he survived the war unharmed, he questions God's ways and fears for the future of Israel.

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Out for a walk with God on the Day of Atonement
Category: Features
Issue No. 176
 

A heartbreaking report of the funeral of a young soldier, killed in Operation Protective Edge.

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A funeral
Category: Israel
Issue No. 176
 

Moshe Kwart has organized bags of support for the people of the south, suffering from the barrage of rockets that hit them during Operation Protective Edge. He describes the truckloads of toys, games, food and equipment that are part of the the tremendous outpouring of generosity and unity shown by the very kind people at ESRA.

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Bags of support
Category: ESRA News
Issue No. 176
 

A request for awnings for the soldiers for protection from the severe heat was received in the ESRA office during Operation Protective Edge, and a delivery was made to Battalion 405 of coffee kits and shade nets.

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Troops need to take cover – from the severe heat
Category: ESRA News
Issue No. 176
 

A project that started in a kindergarten in Raanana spread to many other cities. Children sent their drawings and blessings to the soldiers fighting in Gaza, together with treats and useful items to make the soldiers' lives easier.

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For our soldiers! Children send their blessings: ‘Return safe’ together with gifts in decorated boxes
Category: ESRA News
Issue No. 176
 

Letters to ESRAmagazine from our readers

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Weve got mail
Category: Letters
Issue No. 176
 

The author describes the roller-coaster ride that she is experiencing during treatment for a rare type of cancer that she has. She is especially touched by the help and consideration of people that she encounters and has some very valuable advice for those who are suffering a similar experience to hers.

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Like Gloria Steinem, I’ve found my elephant to ride . . . this article is it
Category: Health
Issue No. 176
 
 

FROM THE EDITOR

Merle Guttmann

These pages were put together in the heights and lulls of Operation Protective Edge.

CONTRIBUTORS

Yonit Gurfinkel
Ilan Shachar
Alan Caplan
Dr. Pamela Peled
Barbara Abraham-Vazana
Sharona Glaser Ben Avraham
Nina Zuck
Nachum Jacobs
Ilan Hirschowitz
Anthony Green
Gloria Deutsch
Lydia Aisenberg
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