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Posts by Leah Garber

Mother Nature’s playground

Fall is in the air. A season of uncertainty. Unpredictable weather toys with summer’s swan song and winter’s hesitance to obscure our skies. Cold winds blow a mixture of leaves from where they lie on the ground like a wild, confused paint palette. During the summer of 2017, the world witnessed an overwhelming number of … Continued

A View from Jerusalem – September 2017

Days of Awe The last days of Israel’s hot and steamy summer finally shorten. The air with cooler winds, heralding the longed for fall. Wandering birds fly high above, escaping Europe’s oncoming winter, looking for warmth and serenity. We are surrounded by the Days of Awe, days of self-reflection and examination, days of hope. Hopes … Continued

A View from Jerusalem—August 2017

… no further than our own backyards Steamy hot August is one of Israel’s well-known features. One that attracts tourists from all over the world, escaping chillier and rainier summers to enjoy our wonderful beaches and sunny skies. But Israelis take for granted what others value, and during the month of August flee Israel’s high … Continued

A View From Jerusalem – July 2017

For The Sake Of Heaven Today, the first of the Hebrew month of Av marks the 70th anniversary of the Exodus—symbol of Jewish despair and helplessness in the face of an apathetic world. Exodus, a packet steamer, carried 4,515 Jewish Holocaust survivors from France to Israel, then known as British Mandatory Palestine. Most of the emigrants had no … Continued

View from Jerusalem – The Kotel

On Sunday, the Israeli government demonstrated the true meaning of politics by doing not necessarily what is right, or even what it believes in, but rather, took a long hard look at polls and did a calculated assessment of what would best ensure votes for the next elections. The government voted to freeze the implementation … Continued

A View From Jerusalem – June 2017

True colors are beautiful …“But I see your true colors Shining through I see your true colors And that’s why I love you So don’t be afraid to let them show Your true colors True colors are beautiful Like a rainbow”… Cyndi Lauper   Tel Aviv, the first Hebrew city, also known as the “World’s … Continued

A View From Jerusalem – May 2017

“Jerusalem of Gold, and of Light and of Bronze, I am the Lute for all your Songs” “You’re shaking … so am I. It’s because of Jerusalem, isn’t it?“—Elie Wiesel Today, the 28th of Iyar marks the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem, the Jewish world’s capital. I was born and raised in Jerusalem—a fourth … Continued

A View From Jerusalem – April 2017

Turning from mourning to celebration “Thanks to you I understand what I received from our country, but more so, what I need to give back,” Hadar Goldin Z”L Hadar Goldin was killed on Aug. 1, 2014, during one of Operation Protective Edge’s 72-hour ceasefires. Despite the break in hostilities, Hamas terrorists went ahead and ambushed … Continued

A View From Jerusalem, April 2017

Memory that carries us back—and forward The Talmud in Ta’anit tells the following story: Honi the Wise One, also known as Honi the Circle Maker, was taking a walk when he saw a man planting a carob tree. Honi asked the man, “How long will it take for this tree to bear fruit?” The man … Continued

A View from Jerusalem (March 2017)

Next week the Jewish world will celebrate Purim, a holiday that introduces the concept of anti-Semitism and the demonization of the Jews, whose laws are different from the people of Persia, where they live. “There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among all the other peoples and in all the provinces of your empire. … Continued