Tel Aviv Diary September 19-23, 2017 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

Tel -Aviv Diary - September 19-23, 2017 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

September 19, 2017

The Arab-Jewish Theater hosted Rafi Weichert this evening in honor of his new book of poems about Jaffa. And it was a lovely evening. At the same time the Ophir prize ceremony was being held for the best film this year. The prize was given to Foxtrot.

And in case I don't get this out in time for the new year: If I have done anything in the past year to annoy or offend you, it is not too late. Think about what you did to make this happen and ask me for forgiveness.

September 20, 2017

I've done my Kaparah = instead of a chicken around my head I burnt the gefilte fish. You see, this morning we went to the pools at Ramle and rowed around the underground cavern for a few hours, and then went home a bit too tired to think straight. I had imagined the caverns would be like in the HaSamba movies, with all these tunnels you row through, but this was more like a big tank, the tunnels having been closed for years. But it was a remarkable visit to pools that are 1200 years old.

Anyway Ezi whipped up some chopped liver instead of the fish, and we had chicken soup with kreplach, honey-mustard chicken, rice, the kale salad I'm addicted to, and to top it off, silan cake. Very traditional new year food. And now the kids are asleep in the living room.

Once in a couple dozen years our new year coordinates with the Muslem new year. And this year is the year. What an amazing thing it is then that Abbas and Netanyahu are now being manipulated into declaring their desire for peace at the UN. Who knows? Maybe this is the year...

September 21, 2017

This is the reading from a few weeks ago at Milta Books in Rehovot.

and this is the abbreviated talk i gave at the World Congress of Jewish Studies on Kurt Gerron

So Fall arrived and we didn't even leave the house to feel it. New years in Israel, the Islamic new year, and the first day of autumn and we watched wonder woman with the little kids, skipping the poson gas parts and explaining how she understands that there is good and evil in everyone and evil has to be struggled against. That's worth something, isn't it?


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