Tel Aviv Diary - September 25-29, 2014 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

September 25-29, 2014

September 25, 2014

We went for tashlich, but it turned out it was at the sea, and we happened to be wearing our bathing suits, so we joined the thousands of fellow tel-avivians, and went swimming...

September 26, 2014

Help! My website has gotten all mixed up! I've obviously done something wrong but I can't figure it out, and my site may just disappear if I don't pull myself together and work it out. In the mean time if there is anyone out there who is a webmaster, please write!

Another day another meal. My back gives out and Ezi takes over - for variety there are no matzo balls and so we have carrot and apple soup.

This is also a time to see as many close friends as possible. Everybody brings something and praises everyone else's cooking. We're supposed to bring something literary and/or religious for the new year as well, but i'm fresh out.

Help! is cancelled. Everything seems to be back running.

Lots of our friends seem exhausted from the holidays. We are as well. Perhaps the war that may not have ended is taking its toll now. September 27, 2014

Last week we met some of my more wealthy friends at a charity benefit, and I was not surprised to see how much interest there was in helping others. As our government becomes less and less responsible for social and cultural institutions, the needs are being filled by regular citizens. We - who are middle class - get numerous requests, and give as much as we can, but everyone here worries about their children and their future as well. The thing is that to invest in our future we have to invest in our country's future.

September 28, 2014

There are many things I don't understand in this world. My most recent puzzle is the high number of children and adults in rehab after injuries in Iron Dome. I went back and read the papers and can't find many reports of injuries, but at least 2 friends who work in rehab - one in Tel Aviv and one in Jerusalem - tell me that not only do they have many Israelis in rehabilitation but they also take care of some Gazans and are anticipating more.

The previous question I had, how many rockets fell on us this summer I found here. Impressive.

90 years ago my father-in-law, Bandi Gut, and his friend David Mossinson photographed all over this country. The results are finally available to all courtesy of Haifa University:

David Mosenson went on to become a veterinarian and was killed with two friends when their jeep hit a mine in September 1938. In their memory the place "Giva'at Hasholsha" is named. Ezi too was named after him. Ezra David.

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