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Celebrating Hanukkah 2

Category: Life

After lighting the candles and Ma'oz Tzur, singing other Hanukkah songs is customary in many Jewish homes. Some  » Continue Reading

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History, and being what was called a Crypto-Jew

Category: Life

Crypto-Judaism  is the secret adherence to  Judaism   » Continue Reading

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What a difference!

Category: Travel and Places

December 6th in England, 0, that's zero degrees Celsius. Here in Lisbon, 9 degrees and sunny. The morning is only just starting! Yes, I got a very early flight from London. It is expected to be fourteen degrees Celsius, which, compared to England, is positively balmy! I am waiting for my sister. Story of my life, she's never on time! Two of my cousins from Israel are already at home with my Dad, a... » Continue Reading

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Perhaps a unique family tradition....

Category: Life

My family tradition is that although we are Sephardic Jews, we are descended from Jacob's son Issachar. Now because of the Roman destruction of the Jewish state, and prior to that the Babylonian captivity, lots of records were stolen from the people of Israel, so traditions were passed down by word of mouth, a » Continue Reading

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What is the IDF?

Category: News and Politics

The  Israel Defense Forces  ( IDF ;  » Continue Reading

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A strange night - no cats moving around on my bed!

Category: Life

I have a flight very early tomorrow morning (I might pay for internet on the airplane). So, having arranged with a friend for her to look after my two cats, I had an empty flat last night, and this morning. No cats cuddling up to me for my warmth. It felt strange, I almost like on reflex fed them, which is why I put their paraphrenalia away in their cupboard! Today, I shall probably repack my vali... » Continue Reading

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Manuel Bento

Category: Life

Manuel Galrinho Bento  (25 June 1948 – 1 March 2007) was a Portuguese professional  » Continue Reading

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Ancient homeland

Category: Life

The Jezreel Valley takes its name from the ancient city of  » Continue Reading

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Assembling what my cats will need for the month I shall be away is staggering!

Category: Pets and Animals

My friend has cheerfully acceded to care for Samson and Gideon over the almost four weeks I shall be away from England, and I have had a small delivery just this morning, to go with the cats to their Christmas lodging. A huge bag of cat litter, two bags of catfood (they are fussy over what they eat, and this online company has developed just what they like, and it's kosher too!), a new litter tray... » Continue Reading

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