Thursday, 12 May 2016

Yom HaAtzmaut 2016

Yom HaAtzmaut is a different experience when in Israel to what it is like outside. I guess that is to be expected, but like any of the special days in Israel, the whole country comes alive at this time. 

I was waiting at the bus stop and a little down the road noticed the above image. People have fun hanging flags outside their windows in all kinds of sizes and combinations.

The next was a little complicated to capture without a tripod but we did it, even with a camera phone! Many fly the Israeli flag from one or both sides of their car and often on the back of the wing mirrors too. 

Last night the skies lit up with fireworks. Today the skies are alive with various forms of aircraft flying in interesting formations. I'd love to have the tripod and appropriate lens to capture that, perhaps in time.

There is much talk happening in the social media about this day. For some it is a definite Yom Tov almost like Rosh Chodesh. For others the fact that we do not yet have all of our land and do not yet have the Moshiach, is source of sadness and a reminder that we have not yet reached our goal. Either way, celebrating the steps in the process are important too and it is special to see the unity happening in many different ways.

What are your thoughts about Israel and Yom HaAtzmaut? What are you doing today? Are you taking some time to help to build the land? Are you spending some time appreciating the land G-d gave to us? If you are not yet in Israel, does today help you to confirm the importance of living in the land where we as Jews belong?

We'd love to hear how you are spending today. Drop us a note in the comment section.

Have a blessed day. May we merit "Next year in the Re-built Yerushalayim!"

Shoshanah Shear

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Two Fans Broken in our Move

The image above shows the remains of our two fans after our move. They used to stand approximately 1.5m  high or more. Obviously they are not as high as that now as there is a piece missing from the middle that has not turned up in any boxes or any of the lose items. If you look closely at the fan in the front of the image you can also see how they broke it resulting in the metal being distorted out of shape. The fans have clearly been broken. Without the middle section, the fans can not work. The metal part on the top also can not function with the way they have broken it.

These fans are BlueStar. We obtained good ones to make sure that we have good ventilation when we have clients or at night when the airflow is not adequate. They cost about NIS 250 each. These are just two of the broken items in need of replacing from our recent move. It might not sound like much but each item lost, broken or damaged adds up, not to mention being overcharged by thousands and having to obtain appliances that we did not have.

You can read more about our move on

Please help us by contributing to our fundraiser in order to replace our food for Pesach, to replace the damaged items, obtain the basic appliances and furniture that every Jewish home requires and cover this unreasonably high moving bill.

Thank you for your kindness

Shoshanah Shear

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Continuation of the Moving Saga

They say all beginnings are hard. That is what many delighted in telling me when I first made Aliyah. Well, I'm no longer new to Israel just newly back in Jerusalem. Is that another beginning? Perhaps it is!

Yesterday I posted about our disastrous move, it seems the saga is continuing. I wanted to prepare something to eat in the kitchen and suddenly heard a crash. I opened the cupboard to discover the shelf I had placed the remainder of a set of dishes on had fallen and all the dishes too. Oh dear, this is turning out to be quite an ongoing ordeal.

Please help us to replace all the broken, lost, damaged items and the time lost in trying to sort this all out. We will have to make some changes to some of our work, but are so looking forward to getting back to working, living, having some kind of order in our lives. Please visit our fundraiser, share the link and help us to continue. 

Ironically, I've been reading the section of Tanach that covers the life of Yirmiyahu the Prophet. The book is full of Hashem's anger at how Am Yisrael turned against the ways of Hashem and did everything but what He wanted, especially in the Holy City of Yerushalayim. I definitely feel the need for Yerushalayim to be re-built. Please join us in developing a very special Torah Centre, it is so needed in Yerushalayim. We look forward to being able to share Torah from Yerushalayim, we need your help to get over these hurdles and to concentrate on increasing Torah and Chessed.

Thank you to everyone who cares enough to assist. This is not just our struggle, there are very many who depend on our work and efforts.

Have a blessed day.

Shoshanah Shear


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