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On sheep in wartime

While driving back from Beit Shemesh, where I dropped off Tzur Hadassah’s contribution to the collection of toys and food for kids and soldiers stuck in shelters and bases in the south… I saw this scene and it took my breath away. The sound of hundreds of hooves crunching against the grass; watching hundreds of sheep […]

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city feature

Lil Israeli farm zoo at Kibbutz Tzora.

Checked out a new kids’ attraction in our area today: the Eretz Yehuda farm-zoo at Kibbutz Tzora (about 5 seconds outside Beit Shemesh/Big Center). Fun fact: Kibbutz Tzora is also where they make Teperberg wine. Mmmm. It’s a nice place to spend up to two hours with small kids. You can pet the roaming goats, […]

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conflict management/negotiation politika religiousness

Thanks for keeping it classy, Beit Shemesh ladies.

Since I’ve been ranting about the Beit Shemesh tolerance vs extremists issue, it’s only fair I follow up with a ray of hope in the form of Queen, or, well, 250 of them… with a Beit Shemesh women’s dance flash mob. On Friday, Jan 6th, 2012, a group of 250 women from Bet Shemesh decided […]

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politika what a country

Beit Shemesh, united against extremists.

The protest in Beit Shemesh was impressive. We really did have all kinds of people – people with dreads, people with payot, women with head coverings, women with leggings, kids with their parents, charedi guys willing to speak to the news cameras, women holding pamphlets, men holding signs thanking god for making them women. I […]

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religiousness

Protesting violence and extremism in Beit Shemesh.

The House of Sun has been pretty dark lately. And by pretty dark, I mean as dark as a ten-layer burqa on a Jewish woman. I  haven’t written about it here, but you can learn more about the abuse of 8-year-old dati leumi Na’ama Margolies, signs ordering women how to modestly walk the streets, and […]

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aliyah rites

Feeling the home land.

After almost a week of driving back and forth to work through trees and hills (the way God intended, no doubt) I have to say that it’s as if I’m only just now settling into my Israeli life. Jerusalem is more international, more global… in importance, position, people. It was a very different Israel, if […]