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.More...
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.More...
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.More...
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.More...
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.More...
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.More...
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.More...
FROM THE EDITOR
These pages were put together in the heights and lulls of Operation Protective Edge.
You can read about ESRA’s help to the soldiers; a soldier’s funeral; the meaning of our Sabras; a home and history destroyed. There are New Year greetings; a rabbi’s message of unity; a memory of Yom Kippur 1973 and a fun story of how a writer found a husband in shul. For the holiday months there are enticing places to visit - locally (Bat Shlomo/Moshav Avikam; Trash Mountain; Geva Museum; a hike in Jerusalem; the Herb Farm), and abroad (Sapa; Varna in Bulgaria; Slovakia/Bratislava). Read about great ESRA educational projects; a cancer patient finds moments of solace; how women can increase their fertility; British tax issues for former Brits; finding freedom at Midburn; what happens to our disabled child when parents die; ways for making your home water safer to drink; how three women changed medical history.
For presents for the high holidays buy ESRA embroidery products or our Calendar. Read our Events pages for stimulating lectures, outings, hikes, games or dancing. There are bids for bridge players, a survey of local wines, a Sushi salad, a crossword, consumer hints, jokes to enjoy.
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