Tel Aviv Diary September 11-15, 2020 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

Tel Aviv Diary - September 11-15, 2020 Karen Alkalay-Gut

September 11, 2020


September 20, 2020

here's the video

see if it works

this is the last reading - at least until the holidays are over. i promise.

i know we're going to have a shutdown next week - and then maybe I'll catch up with real life.

we had to go out today, so i check my corona mapto see what areas are clean (as of 2 days ago) and we go to fix Ezi's glasses and meet kids. it always feels so safe. everyone's wearing masks, the sun is shining, people are buying ... wait ... the clothing stores are empty, the cafes are full, the health center is full.

Yesterday w went to the ancient city of Zippory. Because of the extreme heat, we were sure no one would be there, and most of the time we were right. and in the drinking hall of Dionesias we spent an hour alone. but when we got to the synagogue, with its ancient mosaics - we were wrong. there was a party of some sort of religious families - with no one wearing masks - and we left and went home without having seen the famous floor.

September 11, 2020

After a late night carousing - from a distance - with old friends, this has been a very online shabbat. we began with a docaviv film on Zalman Schoken here and hope to end the evening with a film on Yiddish here

I would be watching already but i invited some relatives to a zoom meeting and had problems getting online what with my reset computer. in the meantime my relatives cancelled the other and now i'm alone on zoom in case someone shows up. .

social distancing keeps us near

September 13, 2020

the thought of a lockdown has all of us scurrying around to finish errands, get haircuts, post letters, etc. etc. my week until the holidays is full - i've got to find time to think about calling friends and family to wish a good year, but some people are definitely going to disappear from my agenda. the sense of impending catastrophe is overwhelming.

on the other hand we met with friends this afternoon we haven't seen for at least six months - we drank beer at a local pub and made ourselves feel good by giving 20% tips. After all, they're closing down soon, and what will they exist on? they managed to crawl through the first closure, but probably barely got back on their knees. and now this.

the unending heatwave doesn't help. going out with a mask at midday is brutal. saves a bit on sunscreen though.

September 14, 2020

The worst thing about this closure is that people really believe that the only reason the country is closing down is because some neighborhoods didn't follow the rules, and those neighborhoods have been complaining that they are being discriminated against by a partial closure. And those neighborhoods have big representation in the government. So there are lots of people who are choosing to disobey the closure.

The whole idea of law here has broken down. Look - Bibi has gone off to sign a peace agreement of which no one here knows the content. NOBODY. not even the foreign minister. and he took his wife and kids instead of his ministers. if he doesn't follow the law who should?

So on thursday night we're all going to turn back the clock six months and pretend it's spring.

September 16, 2020

Tonight's the big reading. i hope i'll be able to manage the zoom techniques and put everyone's poems online. who knows how that will go.


Join Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 211 256 6648

Passcode: womenpoets

Bpy did you miss an evening. i'm so glad we spent days trying to get the idea of zoom and hosting. it is pretty amazing. i'm going to try to put the video up because you really deserve to see it.

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