Tel Aviv Diary March 30-April 3, 2018 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

Tel Aviv Diary - March 30-April, 2018 Karen Alkalay-Gut

March 30, 2018

Here's the video of the Yiddish Launch:

If you want to escape from your seder this video will keep you busy for a few hours.

March 31, 2018

We have been making dinner and seder preparations all day. I'm sure we forgot something or someone very important.

on this day where we celebrate freedom, seven Gazans were killed trying to get over the border to their promised land. I know we tried not to harm, but their feeling of having no choice makes them desperate. food, water, electricity, would help for starters. Most people do no dream of freedom unless they are confined.

April 1, 2018

For the record, no more, i mention that the yiddish book was mentioned in Ha'aretz last week. And they quote a poem.

. c'est tout.

When I began to berate one of my grandsons today this afternoon for dishonesty, I suddenly remembered my own dishonesty this morning. It was so easy. I went past the cosmetics counter where my usual saleslady usually grabs me and was met by her jealous partner. instead of being loyal I milked the opportunity and came home with expensive bribes as well as what i was thinking of buying. The temptation was too much for me, it was. I even called her "Padruga" while basking in the buttering up she was doing. Ah, but we don't know what "this" is, do we? If 16 Gazans were killed and we say at least a third were active terrorists and we were only aiming at the bad guys how did we hit one of them in the back?

Yes I'm mixing everything all up. The kid just told me he ate chocolate every day at home so it was okay to raid my snack drawer, and I knew the whole family has been off sugar for months.

I think I have to change my blood pressure medication. I seem to be getting kaleidescope vision.

April 2, 2018

Here's the traditional Passover story: A Jew walks by an Arab and sees he is eating matzos. "Ah, so your people like matzos?" says the Jew. "Not at all," says the Arab, "But the Jews ate up all our pitas!"

warning: after the racist joke comes a gender/racist joke. "Why do JAPs wear only tampons?" "Because nothing goes in without a string attached." The former may be appropriate to the season but the latter is appropriate to our government. When the notice came out that the refugees would not be exiled to Rwanda but would be divided into two groups - half would remain here and half would be integrated into other western countries - Canada, Germany, Italy, etc. I wondered what the catch was. But I didn't realize how many catches there are. For example, when the Likud party found out - after the announcement - they were not happy. But they would soon discover that they had nothing to worry about. Germany immediately announced that they had not been consulted about this at all. I'm sure that the whole thing is a trick to get the people to ease up on the pressure against deportation.

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