The Sunny Side of the Wall

Beyond phone apps and deep breathing

Beyond phone apps and deep breathing

  The day after Israel’s third coronavirus lockdown ended we got a call from our good friend Eli. Eli had worked for years in Israel’s booming tourist trade but is now completely out of work. “We’re not far from your place,” he said on the phone. “We have the...

Americai?

Americai?

  A Russian-born Israeli friend asked us recently, “Is there going to be civil war in America?” As odd as that question seemed to my wife and me, two American expatriates living in Israel whose entire childhoods passed under an umbrella of seemingly unshakeable...

Hark! How all the welkin rings

Hark! How all the welkin rings

  Suspiciously Christmas-like decorations have begun to appear again in Jerusalem neighborhoods, parks and malls, though fewer than in the recent past thanks to the world’s most pervasive virus. But one will not typically hear Christmas music in public,...

Jerusalem Thanksgiving, 2020

Jerusalem Thanksgiving, 2020

  Thanksgiving morning in Jerusalem, 2020, with our turkey properly stuffed and roasting in the oven, Marcia and I got a call from a British expat in town with whom we were doing business. “Good morning!” he began, “why don’t you chaps come down to the office...

Lockdown, Part 2

Lockdown, Part 2

Israel is locked down again. Some restaurant owners here smashed plates in the streets to protest the nation’s second round of coronavirus restrictions. Other citizens simply went without pizza. Upon learning that just under 12% of recent, ongoing nationwide COVID-19...

What next? Israel has a sail-in theater!

What next? Israel has a sail-in theater!

While in Tel Aviv, why not catch a movie on a boat? Israel joined the elite ranks of Canada’s Port Toronto and Washington State’s Port of Everett this month when the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality launched (to use a nautical term) this country’s first sail-in floating cinema.

Keeping the rules

Keeping the rules

— By Cliff Keller — Israelis got a scolding on Saturday evening. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed regret in reporting “a change in direction” in Israel’s fight to halt the spread of COVID 19.

Something new under the sun?

Something new under the sun?

- By Cliff Keller — Just before dawn some mornings during the days leading up to Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, the highest hill in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ir Ganim has been visited by handfuls of Orthodox Jews who faced the Old City and prayed. Though...

Change, shortages and substitutions

Change, shortages and substitutions

By Cliff Keller — During Israel’s ongoing coronavirus lockdown, a refreshing, cooperative spirit, albeit mandated by law, seems to have caught on in the Land. Despite our new restrictions, Israelis are permitted to eat, drink, walk their dogs and take (prescription)...

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