Tel Aviv Diary October 6-10 2019 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

Tel Aviv Diary - October 6-10 2017 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

October 6, 2017

the return is not easy. when i was in New York I wept over the homeless people, and cursed a society that allows it, But when i complained about it to my daughter who lives in the center of the city, she pointed out that the condition exists here - that there are beggars who live in the park, who turn to children and the children give them their lunch money and wonder how this could be.

maybe all of us should go off the grid.

October 7, 2019

I did a quick survey of what my friends are doing on Yom Kippur.

1. One is fasting and going to synagogue 2. Two are mourning their husbands who died in the war, and don't plan to fast on purpose 3. Two have good books they're looking forward to read 4. one is working and grateful for the silence to concentrate 5. one is going to the beach 6. two are planning to walk around and enjoy the streets.

what am i doing? i don't know. Some of my plans depend on what the world news is at the moment.

Take for instance the wonderful gift that Trump has given us on the anniversary of the Yom Kippur War - that he's pulling out of Syria. I guess it means I'll be huddling in the corner waiting for a Syrian/Iranian rocket coming through my nice new window. Now what did he have to go and do that just now i don't know. maybe it's to set up a nice war so people will insist on keeping Bibi in office, it's a scary move whatever it was meant to mean. and i figure i'll be once again in the panic of war.

October 9, 2019

Somehow I couldn't get myself to the synagogue today. instead I read Teyve the Dairyman with Ezi. And we didn't get very far - not past the first story. but it was a corrective. so unlike "Fiddler on the Roof" - so real - so funny - so complex and so simple. Read it.

And except for dinner with kids and a brief visit with neighboring friends, we didn't go anywhere. As soon as the news came on, before friends come by, i wanted to update. after all, we are all addicted to news - especially on yom kippur. and indeed there was a terrible rash of news. children on bicycles killed, people at prayers attacked in germany, turkey's attack on the kurds, arabs protesting justifiably over neighborhood violence and the inability of the police to protect them.

October 10, 2019

Thank goodness we have a private auxiliary doctor who keeps us together between visits to our health clinic guy. Ezi has been sick for weeks, and sometimes he passes it on to me and sometimes i give it back to him. but lately doctors are not immediately available so we have our backup lady, who used to be our health clinic doctor before she went rogue. sp we have a subscription with her, and get to her whenever we really need it. this morning both of us couldn't really move, so we called her. she's retro so we got some old fashioned synergy to strengthen us and make us feel emotionally supported. i love her.

of course i'm still sick.

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