Post 610 : Baltimore Jewish and Black history: Joining A Wedding in the bride’s home. Speaking about dating norms with Israeli men, young and old. New Hapoel Jerusalem, team now returned to ownership by its fans.

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Wedding in Jerusalem: Ceremony took place on a porch in a historic building of the Ottoman rule, built in 1908 to house the Vaad (Rabbincal Council of Nachlaot).

Lovely antique clock at the bride’s home.

This holiday past. Israelis made Tu B’av into a “VALENTINE’S DAY “.Dumb

I had fun with some young people Tuesday night. Went out alone to a neighborhood restaurant bar, Chakrah in Gan Ha Atztmaot. Evening air was perfectly refreshing. Actually didn’t want to be indoors at the bar because of Corona. The place was packed. The owners squeezed many tables outdoors.

Basically only the waiters were wearing masks. I decided this was a good venue to casually ask about dating norms. The variables in my study are income and age. The restaurant is NOT KOSHER.

I brought a container of coconut water. I just try not to eat after 7 or 8 PM until 12 PM the following day.

The maitre de was perfectly ok with my drink. He took my temperature and I looked over the crowd. There were 4 guys in their 20’s sitting on high chairs next to the entrance. They looked like they had consumed a few glasses of wine.

It is the practise of Israelis to go to America for part of the year and work in the home moving industry. I think this unreported activity is not approved for visitors but they manage to make this a major source of their income.

We started to chat while I was waiting for a seat. One fellow at the table worked in a family business in America. Many also work in shopping malls in those quasi businesses that line the halls, like the ubiquitous helium balloon kiosks.

We chatted a bit further. I still didn’t have a seat. Israelis like to show off their English and knowledge of American Jewish communities. That’s usually the icebreaker.

I wanted to know about how young male/female Israelis meet their potential dates. The consensus among young Jerusalemites is, whether at bar or even on the street, the guy walks up a girl, takes her cell phone number and they basically have each others numbers, and he’ll try to reach her and actively show interest in her.

By this time the waiter brought me a chair to stay outside and the young guys and I continued to chat. The waiter brought over a glass with ice cubes. After 5 minutes, he escorted me to a table up front. I waved goodbye to the young guys in my sample. After a minute or two I was invited to join two older guys up front next to the mellow band. Their table was next to mine.

One a bit older than the other, was Marcus Gershkowitz, the owner of Anjelica Restaurant, on King David Street considered the best restaurant in Jerusalem. He invited me to try the faire.

He is a big promoter of the renamed Jerusalem soccer team with the manager Ziv Arie, at his side. I had my container of coconut water because I don’t eat after 7 or 8. They tried to tempt me with a creme Brulet concoction. Marcus was not impressed with coconut water.

Arie remarked that he and Marcus had just now in renamed the Hapoel Yerushalayim soccer team.20200723_191223.jpg

The photo shows some of the Saturday night demonstrators on their way to Balfour Street. The restaurant Chakra is beyond the bushes.

A little history: As you know soccer is Israel’s national sport. Each city league draws from the local communities, often very poor.

Football club Hapoel Jerusalem was founded in 1926. The team belonged to the “Histadrut”, Israel’s organization of workers unions, and represented Socialist values. In 1957, the team advanced for the first time to the top Israeli league. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the years known as the “golden era” of the team, “Hapoel” outperformed and outnumbered in spectators city rivals , Betar Jerusalem, – a team associated with the right-leaning “Revisionist” movement. The most important achievement in the history of the club was winning the Isreal State Cup in 1973. Privitization did not fare well for the team.

Since the 1980s, “Hapoel” has lost its lead to Beitar Jerusalem. The team spent the 1980s and 1990s swinging between the 1st and 2nd leagues. Eventually, it was purchased by businessman Yossi Sassi, in 1993, who appointed his friend, Victor Yona, as chairman. Since the late 1990s, the two got into various disputes and legal proceedings, and the team changed hands back and forth between the two.

After the 2006–07 season, in which the team dropped for the second time to the 3rd league, and after years of searching for someone to buy Hapoel Jerusalem, disenchanted fans, extremely dissatisfied with the management, resolved to create a company with the aim of purchasing the club. When it became evident that reaching such a deal was impossible, they decided to start an alternative team.

The group, led by journalist Uri Shedadsky and supported by then future mayor Nir Barkat, bought Apoel MaMivaserret/Abu Gosh (which was founded in 2004 by a merger of two clubs by those names and renamed it “Hapoel Katamon/Mevasseret Zion” The new name was taken from Katamon, a neighborhood of Jerusalem where Hapoel Jerusalem played from 1954 until moving to the YMCA stadium and later on to the Teddy Stadium in the early 1990s.

The first game was played October 19, 2007, to a crowd of 3,000;

Not all of Hapoel Jerusalem fans supported this move; some believed that creating Katamon was “betraying” the team. A popular slogan among the critics was “love can’t be bought for a 1,000 Shekels”, a reference to the membership price. However, the number of spectators at Katamon matches has steadily outnumbered that of Hapoel Jerusalem.

Eventually, it was decided by a vote of member-fans to end the cooperation with Hapoel Mevasseret, and instead establish a new club altogether. The advantages of this move were that the new club was untied to the management of Hapoel Mevasseret, was owned and operated by Hapoel Katamon fans alone, and since it was based in Jerusalem, could be supported by the municipality. The main disadvantage was that a newly created team must start out at ligations Gimmel, the 5th division.

The new club, named “Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem”, started playing in late September 2009 at the Hebrew University Stadium at Givat Ram, Jerusalem. The new management form consists of 3 representatives elected by the fans. Amir Gola, a team icon, returned from retirement as a former captain of Hapoel Jerusalem to be captain of the new team. Throughout the 2008/2009 season Hapoel Katamon had a steady lead, and it finished first in the league, advancing to Liga Bet. The final home-match was played to an estimated crowd of 4,000.

For the 2009–10 season, the team reinforced with numerous new players, most notably Shai Aharon, who was Hapoel Jerusalem’s captain for several years, including the 2008–09 season. the Aharon’s decision may help cement Katamon’s future as “the true Hapoel Jerusalem”.

Throughout the 2009–10 season in Liga Bet, Hapoel Katamon had a steady lead, and it finished first in the league, advancing to Liga Alef. At that season, the club had also established a youth branch and some of the youth teams managed to advance a league for their first season.

In May 2020, during the 2019-2020, the club’s Council decided to rename the club’s name to Hapoel Jerusalem, and changed the logo accordingly. On August 9, 2020 the club has been officially recreated, as Hapoel Katamon renamed to Hapoel Jerusalem.

As soon as I sat down Marcus offered me a season membership for 1000 sh, gives you a seat to two games during the season. That’s about $250. “There are 100 owners and you will be the 101st”.

Not a lot by American standard, with 33 to 36 matches. That’s about $7.00 a ticket. No tickets are sold the day of the game. Only subscribers. Really membership owned.

On Shabat? No, they don’t play on Shabat, only during the week. This makes sense because the workday could end for many at 4. the guys are itching to get out from behind a desk. They take a gym bag along and maybe still play. and then end the evening at a game and manage not to see the wife at all. Bingo.

When I mentioned that basketball was my sport, they both groaned. Ziv, age 49 admitted that until 6 years ago he played soccer semi/pro including a 6 hour regimen. Remember, soccer players run up and down the court numerous times. 43 is beyond the age of a football, baseball or basketball player.

The conversation got around to keeping fit. Ziv was relatively trim. He admitted to gaining a few kilos since joining management. And by 62 a guy who was trim in the army can be obese, just by gaining a kilo a year. This was discussed over eating pastry.

He declared, now I don’t exercise, I did it for 6 hours a day my whole life until a few years ago. Now is where the humour comes in. I revealed that I was trying to understand the norms of Israeli dating.

I asked my question, when they were single did they chase after a woman that they were interested in? Call them, etc. They had some funny answers. Both said that they never chased after a women. THE WOMEN chased after them, including their wives. I am not surprised because I heard this from a man recently, twice divorced. And Ziv was very proud of his inclination.

Tziv Arie went on to reveal how this attitude impacts on his philosophy of life. He said, “The young man works hard, he comes home, he has no energy to chase a woman. He wants to sit down on the sofa and not move, be served food and drink ( not beer), and watch soccer. He said that he never gets up even to play with his little kids.” He seems to run his home to his liking.

I am reminded of my French teacher, Miss Brenner, in 8th grade, who never rose from her seat. She looked straight ahead and gave oral instruction to a roomful of quivering adolescents. Her method was to throw out a question, and before one could finish a sentence she was on to the next victim.

The next day, I needed to purchase protective glasses. I asked David the owner of one of the large hardware stores on Agrippas Street, the same question. I know David for 12 years, and he has helped numerous times. He said they were lying. If the lady is worth it a man would do everything, necessary to win her over. And the man is afraid to show emotions. He has a reputation to keep as a strong, independent guy.

So what’s the takeaway?

I think the urge to chase a woman diminishes with age, so much so that by the time a man reaches 60 or 70 he is ready to hang up his cleats if he not already done so 40 years before. And if he didn’t chase a woman as a youngster then he’s not going to suddenly start.

If the man is successful and single a long time another factor kicks in.

He asks himself, “If I show interest and emotional investment I’ll have to put out money to court the lady. But if the woman chases me she can’t have expectations that I’ll be showering her with gifts.” For the independent woman, if she regards herself as the prize, she may be just that, left alone at 31 on the shelf.

It ain’t simple. To be continued.


Post 679: Changes to make use of Public transportation; This post on transportation is now updated In the last month over 75 seniors pay nothing for all public travel. Except if you have a car….I have been away from writing, now back with great news. And balances to the card are transferred to a credit card.

Great news

At the heart of the revolution: a ‘Nationwide Unlimited Monthly Pass’

As of 01.08.22, a nation-wide unlimited monthly pass will be available to all public transport passengers in Israel, enabling travel on all public buses around the country, without limitations, for a fixed monthly rate of only NIS 225. The pass is also valid for unlimited travel on the Jerusalem Light-Rail, Haifa’s Cable Express, Metronit bus rapid transit system, and the Carmelit underground funicular railway. Railway travel will add a certain cost per ticket, based on the distance traveled.

A ‘Regional Unlimited Monthly Pass’

For those living in the Negev and the Galilee, and any other region not part of the country’s three largest metropolitan areas (area 1 on the map), they will be able to purchase a discounted pass; the Regional Unlimited Monthly Pass, enabling unlimited travel of up to 40 km within the region, at a fixed cost of only NIS 99.
In fact, all former local discounts will now be converted from a single-trip discount to an especially worthwhile regional unlimited monthly pass.

More extensive permanent discounts and free travel for over 75-year-olds!

For the first time ever, passengers aged 75 and older will travel free of charge on public transport everywhere! All other senior citizens will continue to enjoy a 50% discount.

More extensive permanent discounts also for children and adolescents

For the first time ever, 5 to 18 year olds will be able to purchase an unlimited monthly pass at a 50% discount, meaning that a nationwide unlimited monthly pass would cost them only NIS 112.5 and a regional unlimited monthly pass only NIS 49.5.

More extensive permanent discounts for disabled persons and those eligible for National Insurance benefits

The discount for disabled persons and those eligible for income support will be extended from 33% to 50% per trip.

Making public transport fares easy and simple

Public transport travel costs will be updated and become uniform throughout the country, so that from now on you will know the exact cost of each trip you make, based on this simple distances table.

The more you travel, the lower the cost

With the new scheme, those who regularly use public transport will enjoy unlimited travel at discounted prices. From now on you will be able to travel throughout the country, without limitations, for a single price.

A smart application for unlimited traveling

With the new scheme, you can pay via the payment apps and rest assured that you will always pay the lowest possible price. The app will make sure you get the best price, whatever option you choose. All you need to do is embark, and be on your way.

The New Perks

  • Over 75’s travel free of charge
  • Disabled persons and those eligible for National Insurance income support enjoy a higher discount (50% instead of only 33%)
  • One pass for the entire country – a “Nationwide Unlimited Monthly Pass”
  • A regional pass for designated regions for only 99 ₪
  • Children and teens enjoy a 50% discount on monthly passes
  • A 90-minute free transfer pass (up to 15 km) valid across the entire country

Post 678: Jerusalem street life and a recent judicial update

Last week the streets around my apartment were swarming with revelers in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. Unfortunately, I was not able to upload photos.

good evening
Today there was a court hearing on “truth and faith” and we are much more optimistic.
We will know in the next two days the judge’s decision.
Although the judge again explicitly stated that the temporary restraining order he issued is still in force but there is a dispute between the lawyers brought before the judge.
Our attorney argues that by order, the association must open the synagogue for prayers and they must not prevent us from praying there.

Their lawyer claims that they cannot be forced to open the gates of the synagogue and the intention of the restraining order is that when they decide to open the synagogue, they must not prevent us from joining.

Is this bizarre?
We will keep you updated and pray for good news, especially this week that Jews are busy preparing for the joy, ahead of the Purim mitzvah.
We thank Jeremy, Ehud and David for joining us for the discussion. Great support for us.
Congratulations on the above-average success.

Post 677: vigil and zucchini sour dough muffins


Dear Friends,
As you know, our Jewish brothers and sisters in the Shimon Hatsaddik neighborhood of Jerusalem, just a few hundred meters from the center of town, have been suffering from Arab attacks, arson, attempted murder, trampling by cars, deprivation of free movement and harassment.

*Tomorrow Wednesday March 2nd at 6:00pm there will be a vigil to show support to these Jewish heroes and demand they get security*.

*It is very important to attend. The vigil has a police permit.*

Write in Waze: Kunder street 8

See you there please G-d,
Yehudit Katsover & Nadia Matar
The Sovereignty Movement

CRAZY muffins with vegetables , protein, grain and fat: Tea was an experiment. A few muffins make a complete meal: yield 20 small muffins

Ingredients Much too much sugar. Use dried blueberries chopped

  • 145 grams spelt flour
  • 25 grams oat flour
  • Cup of ground almonds, pistachios, seed, chopped or ground
  • 20 grams corn starch or chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Tab Matcha (green tea powder)
  • Tab lemongrass tea.
  • Frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup selan
  • 1/3 cup sourdough discard (unfed starter)
  • 2 medium bananas 240 grams, mashed or dried blueberries and frozen blueberries
  • 3 medium zucchini 262 grams, grated and excess water squeezed out with towels.
  • 2 large eggs and or flax seed
  • Soy yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or coconut butter softened.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup baked tofu mashed in food processor

Instructions: Honestly I didn’t use all the dry ingredients. The muffins get brown if one flips them in the tin. They will be loose. But after they cool in the fridge overnight, they become more solid. The nut component replaces the need for sugars. Because of the high protein content these will sustain you.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together spelt flour, oat flour, cornstarch or chia seeds, teas, baking soda, cinnamon, ground nuts and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together tofu, sourdough starter, bananas or the other sugars, blueberries, soy yogurt, zucchini, egg, coconut or olive oil, and vanilla.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry, then gently stir to combine, until no flour streaks remain.
  • Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes. Flip to brown thoroughly. Let cool for one hour before eating. They are pretty greenish, but does not effect the taste

Post 676: At the beach in Netanya

Temperatures reached high 60’s and no jacket weather.

Fire destroys art venue in Tel Aviv.

Fundraising winetasting

About this event:

Had enough of this rainy weather? We sure have! Join Wine of the Vine on February 23rd and let us warm things up for you with a Winter Vibe: Wine & Cheese Night. Come out in your best winter attire as we serve you a special selection of wines from our exclusive collection hailing from the best wineries in Israel.
Enjoy a concoction of our delicious hot sangria, eclectic cheeses, and bites. Enjoy excellent music, live art, mingling, and meeting new people from all around the city.

Featuring Wines by Tulip, Maia, Shilo, Jezreel Valley Winery, Gush Etzion, Bravdo, and Ella Valley.

Tickets are:
90 Early Bird
110 Regular Bird
125 Late Bird

When: February 23, 2022 at 19:00
Where: Nefesh B’Nefesh Tel Aviv Office, Rothschild Blvd 76

Post 675: An interesting date and Result of court hearing and a link to extraordinary portraits of British holocaust survivors.

This is definitely an interesting date.
And if we rotate 90 degrees then also from top to bottom and from bottom to top.

Some members of the community. Waiting for the judge’s decision.

The hearing room. Very positive result. This is what I heard. The judge said go work it out so that the place should be used for tefillah, (prayer). And the opposition guy kept saying “No”, which demonstrates how recalcitrant he is. The judge has acknowledge that the Kehila, the new group, is a legitimate group and not a nonentity. At the start he called for the names of the responders. The judge also took note of the crowd and welcomed all the elders into the courtroom and instructed the younger ones to stay outside. That must be in the record. That recommendation was because of Corona. I only saw one young woman in te opposition camp and I kept wondering what she was thinking.

These are extraordinary portraits:

BBC News – Holocaust Memorial Day: Portraits of last remaining UK survivors unveiled

Post 674:The saga of the Shul of Emet V’Emunah continues. In fact the Shul’s full title is Kehilah HaDati Emet V’Emunah

The saga of the Shul of Emet V’Emunah continues.

In fact the Shul’s full title is Kehilah HaDati Emet V’Emunah

Which is somewhat ironic as the lawyer acting on behalf of the committee shouted at our lawyer, ‘why can’t you understand that this is a Shul for the irreligious ‘

That is a conundrum.

Since when do the irreligious require a Shul not to Daven in?

So the name of the Shul is

THE COMMUNITY- lies-there is no community

OF THE RELIGIOUS- lies-their own lawyer labels them as disbelievers

EMET- lies-well up to now they are strangers to the truth

EMUNAH- lies-believers – in what?

The Shul is still locked.

The Tefilot still in a private home.

The lawyer after berating our lawyer agreed to open the door only on Shabbat

Thereby ignoring the court’s instructions

Hey Ho

At least the Auf Ruf can go ahead.Friday morning
Shacharit over
Now we wait for the keys to the Shul
The Lawyer arrived bearing keys and a six page letter of lies and half truths.
Now we need to collect witness statements to prove that the letter is full of falsehoods.
Meanwhile the Shul is open for Shabbat until Tuesday.
Shabbat Shalom to all.

The showdown is in the lower Court on February 20th. I was asked to bring a crowd.

Post 673: The Synagogue will Open: following tale is incredible, written by the Gabay’s wife.

All my life I had heard of Sinat Chinam

Only here in the middle of Yerushalaim, the Holy City have I ever actually experienced it.

Our story begins with Corona, March 2020 after Purim.

We sought refuge from the outbreak in the UK by coming to our apartment in Jerusalem.

Whilst we were in enforced quarantine and lock-down, we found that neighbours in similar positions were Davening on their balconies which eventually grew to a Minyan of men grouping together in prayer and this, during the months with the relaxation of the rules turned into a garden Minyan which grew to encompass 3 buildings and up to 50 people most Shabbatot.

To celebrate the fact we had all survived unscathed this plague, we held weekly kiddishim in the extensive gardens of our building, everyone carefully distancing and masked when required whilst enjoying a L’Chaim.

A year passed and our Minyan thrived, knitting together the neighbours, Ashkenazi, Sephardic, Chasidim, Yekke, Mizrachi and on Rosh Hashonah and Yom Kippur the melody of the Tefilah brought an additional 60 to 70 people who thronged the street in front of our buildings.

Eventually this mixed bag of neighbours were allowed to return to their individual Shul’s but they actually enjoyed their disparate community and looked for a home.

By chance in the building complex was an empty Shul that had been closed for a few years.

This Shul had been opened 90 years earlier by German Jews who had traveled to Palestine to avoid the antisemitism in Europe, however over time it had struggled to raise a Minyan even once a week.

We approached the man in charge of the charitable foundation, responsible for the Shul and he gave us permission to use the premises conditional on us not changing the basic customs of the premises.

We agreed as we understood that it was a religious community and received a key to this unloved, destitute building.

The people of the Minyan set to and cleaned years of neglect. Food that’s use-by date was 1990, dust of decades, a Sefer Torah that was worm infested, books that were falling apart with mould growth, pamphlets from the missionaries and from the church across the road.

All the old torn German Hebrew Seforim were carefully cleaned and restored where possible, pages that had come adrift, reset in chronological order and then stored on shelves behind glass in the new bookcase we installed.
New Seforim, Siddurim, Shas were purchased and used for the growing Minyan.

The Shul premises were deep cleaned and then cleaned again.

Cats and vermin had been sheltering in the empty premises so new wire nets were installed into the rotten window frames.

We painted the premises and repaired what we could and replaced what we couldn’t.

With the help of the charitable foundations chairman we raised the money for the air conditioners and for the Seforim.

The rest of the repairs and the cleaning was either done by the attendees or donated by individuals.

The Shul opened with prayers three times a day, every day.

There were study groups during the day and children learning with their fathers in the evening.

In short this old premises which had turned into an empty, dusty, filthy, mausoleum, had new life injected into it.

The sound of learning and the songs of Tefilot were again resonating from its walls and children’s voices were heard praying.

Neighbors who lived in the complex said that in the 60 years they had lived there, they hadn’t ever seen the Shul so active.

The original members of the Shul, 3 in number, started praying with us but as they only attended one prayer a week their membership wasn’t influential.

On the other hand within a couple of weeks our Minyan grew and before the month was out we had outgrown the mens section and had to reduce the mostly unused ladies section, to be able to accommodate the new members whilst still socially distancing.

That is when the Sinat Chinam started.

It started over Rosh Hashonah when we were told to find another premises because our type of prayers were not what the original members wanted.

We did and they, the original members couldn’t scratch together a Minyan.

Next we were told to vacate the premises because we had changed the tradition of the premises and put in unsuitable books.

The Gemarot presumably.

We were accused of vandalising the premises and removing their valuables.

Yes the wax and oil encrusted Chanukah menorah and the sculptural lamp that was blackened with layers of filth that took me over three hours to attempt to Polish had indeed been at my home in order to attempt to clean it.

They demanded that we return the premises to its original condition.

Unfortunately it is impossible to return the dust and dirt of decades and the cats and vermin are now excluded by the net in the windows.

Besides that and the ancient food, everything has been restored and put into safe keeping.

But no that is insufficient. We were locked out of the Shul.

It is now a mausoleum again, a symbol of Sinat Chinam.

We were told to get back to the Synagogues we previously attended.

I might expect that in an antisemitic country, where probably the law would protect us from Racial hatred.

But here?

Shame on us Jews.

Have we learned nothing?

The Shul is now a monument to Sinat Chinam and the folly of old men holding onto the illusion of power.

Shame on them.

P.S The members won the injunction and the shul will open. Come to Narkis 1 Basement.

Once expelled from the Shul we continued our Davening and Kehilah in one of the neighbours homes.
We were hoping that an appeal to the Beis Din would give the elderly men of the committee time to climb down from their tower of ire and give them the opportunity to rewrite formally their conditions to allow their empty, lonely, dormant, precious premises to be resurrected, as a vibrant centre for our neighbourhood community.
The Beis Din appeal fell on deaf ears and consequently we were allowed to approach the court.
The court determined a speedy trial within days. However the judge came down with covid and our Corona Minyan would have to continue our Davening in the homes of the neighbouring members.
Meanwhile another emergency emerged.
One of the young attendees was due to be married and had printed an invitation for this Shabbat for his ‘auf ruf’
How would we physically be able to fit all his guests into one of our homes?
Back we went to the court for them to look at the invitation and perhaps grant us an injunction for temporary use of the Shul premises until the judge was able to attend court.
The injunction arrived yesterday evening.
It instructed the elderly keepers of the charitable trust to reopen the Shul immediately and allow us access until the official hearing.
This morning we have one more Minyan at home.
Once more our small diverse community will have a cause for a L’Chaim to celebrate a temporary stay of expulsion from its spiritual home,
Hopefully Mincha will be able to take place in the Shul.
Meanwhile we wait to see what today brings.

Post 672: Es Gibt mir a Mazel Tov

Generally, the title refers to the joy brought about by experiencing a life-cycle passage, a birth, an engagement; you get the idea. I’ve been studying for the NREMT exam. I took the exam in Tel Aviv on Monday: just now got the results

There were 120 questions and was so doubtful that I passed. YES! Passed!

Today I am reading Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s book, Your Sacred Self, Making the Decision to be Free. Doubt is the evil subversion against our higher purpose.

I’m trying to keep that mantra in my head. How can we make connections when the potential for misunderstanding is always lurking?

Today, Sunday, a Zoom meeting took place by our building committee, the Baalet (the head) me ( her chair lady, and another owner in the building. As you see there are four sections of decrepit, neglected window sections begging for attention. We acknowledged each other respectfully. Progress!

Last week I was invited with a friend to a concert honoring Max Stern, a professor of music theory at Ariel University and a neighbor.

The event combined media and live music. The most fascinating is the enduring impression he made on his students at Ariel University.

Post 671: Jonathan Pollard sits Shivah

יהונתן פולארד יושב שבעה עד יום ראשון בבוקר ברח’ בית שערים 9, פינת רחוב ריינס, קריית משה (מול ביהכנ”ס “היכל יעקב”)

זמני הניחום
10:00 – 13:00



Jonathan Pollard sits seven until Sunday morning at 9 Beit Shearim St., corner of Raines Street, Kiryat Moshe (opposite the Heichal Yaakov Synagogue)

Consolation times
10:00 – 13:00
16: 00-20: 00

10: 00-13: 00

19: 00-22: 00

Prayer times
Morning 08:00 | Moderator 16:30 | Arabic 17:30

זמני התפילות
שחרית 08:00 | מנחה 16:30 | ערבית 17:30

Post 670: Lemon grass tea cake and my Center Delet Petucha is closed. Police paid me a visit just now.

This past week I was served a slice of green tea cake. The herb was called mache.

I don’t have the mache which is ground green tea. But I have lots of lemon grass.


  • 1 13.5 oz can full fat coconut milk

  • 4-5 fresh lemongrass leaves, , about 2-2/12 feet long(See Note below)

  • 13 oz \ncake flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 19 oz granulated sugar, use much less.

  • 12 oz excellent quality unsalted butter at cool room temperature, (I used Stirling Churn 84–See Note below)or coconut butter

  • 1 1/4 teaspoons fine sea salt

  • zest of 2 lemons

  • 1 full teaspoon of freshly minced ginger, (use a microplane for extra-juicy, finely grated ginger)

  • 5 large eggs, , beaten and at cool room temperature.

  • 2/3 cup fresh, frozen, (do not thaw) or dried blueberries,


    1. Wash the lemongrass leaves and cut into about 1″ lengths. Put them in a container with a tight-fitting lid and pour in the can of coconut milk.
    2. Shake the container well and leave in the fridge for about 5-6 hours, shaking well when you think about it.

    TO MAKE THE CAKE prepare

    1. Spray and flour a 12 cup

      1. Set an oven rack in the bottom third of the oven. Preheat oven to 325F.
      2. Put the coconut milk and lemongrass leaves into your blender and blend on high speed for about 20-30 seconds, until the milk is a pale green and the leaves are very finely shredded.
      3. Strain the mixture, pressing down on the solids, and weigh out 11 oz**(See the Butter note below). Set aside.
      4. Whisk the flour and baking powder together really well. Set aside.
      5. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until it is smoothe.

        לתשומת לבכם

        לאור המצב אנו נאלצים לסגור את המועדון עד להודעה חדשה .

        לתשומת לב המאומתים :
        מאחר ומשרד הבריאות אינו עומד בקצב החקירות האפידמיולוגית, נבקש מכל מי שמאומת/ת לגלות אחריות ולעדכן את מי שבא אתו במגע בארבעת הימים שקדמו ליום הופעת התסמינים שלו.
        במידה ואין תסמינים, יש לעדכן מגעים שהיו בשבעת הימים שקדמו ליום ביצוע הבדיקה.

        בברכת בריאות מהירה לכולנו, שמרו על עצמכם, גלו אחריות וזהירות, ביחד נחזור להיות ירוקים.
        בתשבע 🤗🙏

      6. To your attention
      7. Since the Ministry of Health does not keep pace with the epidemiological investigations, we will ask anyone who has been verified to take responsibility and update the person who came in contact with him in the four days prior to the day of his symptoms.
        If there are no symptoms, contacts that were in the seven days prior to the day of the test should be updated.

        With a quick health wish to all of us, take care of yourself, take responsibility and caution, together we will be green again.

        Of course there only needed to be a couple of people sick to close the center.

        I am today Wednesday the beneficiary of a visit from the Covid police. I got a call and was asked to peak my head out the door and wave to the policeman on the lower landing. Fortunately, a minute earlier I had plans to sneak out, do some exercise and leave my phone at home. Was I lucky! I really must stay indoors until Saturday.