Yes, we are in our fifth apartment after our second move to Zichron Yaacov. Our first landing here in October 2018 was like a warm bath, and we had looked forward to returning after our sojourn in Jerusalem. Yes, now that we are here and looking in earnest, the market has turned. Earlier predictions of … Continue reading Meditations on Moving House, Finding Community & the Sellers Market
From the vantage point of having lived 60 years on this planet, having lived in London as a young diplomat, and having studied the history of England and Great Britain, I did not need to watch Oprah’s interview with Harry and Meghan to understand that systemic racism is alive and well in the UK and supported – implicitly or explicitly – by the Royal Family.
More than twenty years ago we found a home where we could raise our children, cultivate our garden, and open our doors to our community, friends and family to share in our simchas (celebrations) and support us in our sadnesses - the stuff of life.
Like it nor not, Bibi finds himself in similar circumstances in Jerusalem in 2020, as Erap did in 2001 as a sitting President of the Philippines under indictment for corruption and bribery. Both Bibi and Erap faced the prospect of serious criminal charges for bribery and corruption, both sought legislative immunity and/or protection and took other steps, directly and indirectly to suppress key evidence needed by the prosecution and to counter public unrest.
I have always recognized institutional, systemic racism against Blacks. It was a reality in the background that was impossible to ignore or deny. I was proud of the role that Jews played in the history of the Civil Rights Movement but realized that work was sadly incomplete. Racism against Jews (anti-semitism) also has been clear to me from an early age - impossible to ignore or deny.
It is safe to say that the Coronavirus has upended expectations and amplified fears of what will happen next in 2020. We may have started out with ambitious plans for work or family in the new year, only to run headlong into the COVID-19 shut-down.