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23 February 2017

The Tel Aviv Marathon ~ good luck to all the participants ... בהצלחה




The annual Tel Aviv Marathon sponsored by Samsung is on this Friday, 24th February 2017.  The marathon is a total of 14km and is multi-course to enable people of different ages and abilities to partake in this event.  According to the website, http://www.tlvmarathon.co.il/Default.aspx?l=en there is the main marathon, a half marathon, a 10km route, a 5km route, a kids mini-marathon and a hand cycle race.  The route takes the competitors down principal roads within the city and past major landmarks.  Up to 35.000 runners have said to have participated in previous years. The weather tomorrow is expected to be warm and sunny 20°C or 68°F.

21 February 2017

Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl



I bought this book whilst on holiday in Australia.  I always knew about its existence but I had never read it before so I thought now would be a good time to read it.  "Anne Frank was born on 12th June 1929.  She died while imprisoned at Bergen-Belsen, three months short of her sixteenth birthday." If Anne Frank had survived the concentration camps she would have been 88 years old.  A photograph of Anne as a young girl is on the cover of the book.  In a way it seems as if I am trespassing on her privacy by reading her diary which is a deeply personal account of her thoughts, fears, emotions, hopes and aspirations. At the start of the book Anne talks about all the restrictions which were placed on people of the Jewish faith.  She says her friend Jacque always said to her, "I don't dare do anything any more, 'cause I'm afraid it's not allowed."

Reading Anne's diary made me reminisce about the diaries I kept during my formative years at an all girl's Catholic convent cum boarding school in England.  Unlike Anne's diary, my diaries did not have names.  I did not view them as friends but rather as a safe haven where I could keep a record of my inner most thoughts and feelings.  

"Since its publication in 1947, Anne Frank's diary has been read by tens of millions of people.  This Definitive Edition restores substantial material omitted from the original edition, giving us a deeper insight into Anne Frank's world."
Published by Penguin ISBN 978-0-141-18275-9 
http://www.penguinclassics.com/ 
 

18 February 2017

Street musicians in Tel Aviv


A trio of extremely talented musicians play classical music and other well known instrumental songs on Saturday mornings on the pavement just in front of Frishman Beach in Tel Aviv.  It is an absolute joy to listen to them.  There are two men playing the violin and another man playing the cello.  Their music is of concert quality.  Do make a point of coming along next Saturday morning, you will be glad that you made the time.

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17 February 2017

Recycling clothes in Tel Aviv


I have had the opportunity to live in and visit many countries around the world but I have never before come across such an ingenious and effective idea.  These large blue metal bins are dotted around Tel Aviv at prominent collection points and their sole purpose is for people to put their unwanted second-hand clothing.  What could be more simple?  So, the next time you want to do some Spring cleaning and throw away clothing items such as hats, t-shirts, shirts, shoes, shorts, trousers, dresses and handbags etc as depicted in the pictogram then you will know where to put them.  According to the Rosnir רוזניר website, http://web.my2all.com/Sites2/rosniren/ "Rosnir Tel Aviv Ltd. was established in 1984 and is the younger partner of the Rosenkranz company which was set up in 1950, as is today run by the third generation of the family.  Both of these family owned companies deal with the collection, processing and recycling of second-hand cloth" (sic).

Here is their address:
36 Derech Salame Street, Tel-Aviv | Tel: 972-36821662 or 972-36833553 | Fax: 972-36823685 | rosnir@zahav.net.il

Here is a link to their website in Hebrew:

2 February 2017

Make the most of your time in Israel ...

I wanted to share with you an invaluable information source for potential visitors to Israel.  Whether you are coming to Israel as a tourist, as an expatriate or as a returning resident be sure to check out the official website of Tourist Israel https://www.touristisrael.com.  

This excellent website provides detailed lists of tours, travel ideas, information about hotels as well as a list of things to do and see in Israel.  It also provides information about forthcoming events such as concerts, cultural excursions, lectures and a whole lot more besides to ensure that your visit will be a success.  As an expatriate, I find the best way of keeping informed with what's going on here is by subscribing to the Tourist Israel mailing list https://www.touristisrael.com/newsletter/ and receiving monthly up-dates.  

Have an excellent visit to Israel ~ יש ביקור מצוין לישראל

31 January 2017

Street Library Australia

Take a book.  Give a book.  Whatever.  Enjoy!
https://streetlibrary.org.au

A Street Library outside someone's house in South Melbourne, registered as number 139


https://youtu.be/r37LuPtyLCY

Interesting to see that the Street Library initiative has also been embraced in Melbourne, Australia albeit on a smaller scale than the one in Tel Aviv, Israel.  Whilst the Street Library in Tel Aviv is organised and run by the Municipality of Tel Aviv - Yafo and is mobile (i.e. on wheels), its namesake in Melbourne is different in that it is static and relies on individuals who are encouraged to purchase a small, custom-made box via the Street Library Australia website and affix it to a wall or other prominent, easily accessible place outside their house.  They then put their second-hand books in it and register their library at the Street Library Australia website https://streetlibrary.org.au/register/ so that other people can locate it and also donate or borrow books.  As Nic Lowe, who founded the Street Library Australia explained in the short YouTube video clip that he based the concept on the original Street Library which he saw in a community garden in Portland, USA.  Lowe says, "it encourages the recycling of books and increases literacy in the community and sharing the things that we own and use everyday".  Lowe also provided the mind boggling statistic that "in the US there are currently 35,000 Street Libraries whereas in Australia there are only 50".   I think one way of improving the number of Street Libraries in Australia would be if people purchased these custom-made boxes from https://streetlibrary.org.au and gave these as birthday presents to friends and family so that they too could enjoy having a mini-library outside their house or apartment.  It would make a unique gift and what can be more worthy than giving someone the gift of reading?

"A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us." Franz Kafka

Happy reading!

15 December 2016

Happy Hanukkah ~ חנוכה שמח

A selection of menorah with the distinctive nine branches 
 As I am about to go on holiday tomorrow, I wanted to do a blog post about Hanukkah even though it is not for another ten days.  Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights and it lasts for eight days.  It is not celebrated on the same day every year. This is because the Jewish calendar is lunar so the 25th of Kislev, which equates to the first day of Hanukkah can in fact be celebrated on any day between late November to late December.  This year, Hanukkah will begin on the 25th December and it coincides with Christmas.  Jewish people around the world celebrate Hanukkah which in Hebrew means dedication and during this eight day festival they commemorate the Miracle of the Oil by eating fried foods like sufganiyot סופגניות (jelly filled doughnuts) and other foods cooked in oil.

The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched menorah (also called aChanukiah/Hanukiah), one light is lit on each night of the holiday, progressing to the eight on the final night. The typical menorah consists of eight branches with an additional visually distinct branch. The extra light, with which the others are lit, is called a shamash (Hebrewשמש‎‎, "attendant") and is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest.  Other Hanukkah festivities include playing dreidel and eating oil-based foods such as doughnuts and latkes. Since the 1970s, the worldwide Chabad Hasidic movement has initiated public menorah lightings in open public places in many countries.
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