The relationship with our parents is not always black and white. We love them, we respect them, and we are grateful for what they have given us. But we can also be plagued by their flaws and what we wished we had received from them as children.
Trying to live up to the ideals that her mother believed in, Tovah never quite received the emotional support she craved. It was only years later after her father had died that mother and daughter finally had the connection that did not exist in Tovah’s childhood. Balancing work, marriage, and motherhood, she finally understood Lily in a way that only occurs in adulthood.
This is easily one of the best books of 2021. It’s heartfelt, its humorous, and authentic. Though the details are specific to her life, it could easily be the story of any complicated parent/child relationship. What I took from the book is that it is possible to move beyond the unspoken words between us and our parents. It would have not been unexpected to slide into CEN (Childhood Emotional Neglect). But the fact that they were able to not only get along, but understand each other, is a testament that it can be done.
I had the pleasure of seeing Ms. Feldshuh play Golda Meir in Golda’s Balcony years ago. It was one of the most powerful and enduring performances I have ever seen on stage.
I agree with him and I don’t agree with him. I agree that this is a generations old argument that cannot be so easily solved. But if there is one point in which he is wrong about, it is power.
The issue is not the power itself, it is how it is used. In the 70+ years of Israel’s existence, the country has grown from a backwater desert to a thriving democracy with an solid economy and a drive to create. The list of inventions that have come out of the Jewish state are nothing to sneeze at.
If the Palestinian leadership would use their resources to build up their country and help the people, they wouldn’t need to blame Israel or anyone else. Instead, they focus their financial, physical, and people resources on building tunnels and putting their own children in harms way.
I’m going to end this post with a quote from the late and brilliant Golda Meir.
“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us”
Born in pre-war Poland, Mr. Peres emigrated with his family to what was then British controlled Palestine in the 1930’s. A former President of Israel, he saw the need for peace in the region and was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for his part in creating the Oslo Peace Accords.
Mr. Peres was the last OG of the giants who founded the modern State of Israel. David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, and others have long since left this earth. But Mr. Peres remained.
He was 93. My heart goes out to his family and those who knew him.
In today’s news, the United Nations has once more proved how useless it has become.
The United Nations Commission On The Status Of Women accuses Israel of denying Palestinian women their rights.
The areas that the Palestinians have claimed for their own (if claimed can be the right word) are ruled by a fundamentalist government who do not believe in democracy. In a fundamentalist society, women are second class citizens. They have no rights.
Israel is a democratic government. We all saw the headlines earlier this week about Benjamin Netanyahu being re-elected. There is no law, either on or off the books that states what a woman can or cannot do. Golda Meir, a woman was Prime Minister from 1969-1974.
So please tell me how a democratic government where a woman was in charge can be accused of being anti-women. Unless, that is, the accusations are coming from the same neighbors who spread hate and lies and make no bones about wanting to destroy Israel.
There was another bloodbath in Jerusalem today. Four rabbis, three of whom have dual American-Israeli citizenship and one who has dual British-Israeli citizenship was murdered as they prayed in a synagogue.
While Israel was again mourning for their dead, it was party in Gaza.
These are the same people who celebrated 9/11.
President Obama and Secretary Of State John Kerry publicly announced the usual condolences and warning. It was again, sound and fury signaling nothing.
The condemnation, forced upon President Abbas by international pressure was as it always is: false and inflammatory.
These people don’t want peace. They never have and never will. They have a specific goal in mind and will do anything, including murder, lies, incitement and destruction to reach their goals.
Golda Meir once said that “peace will come to the Middle East when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us”.
Sometimes, we have to make choices in life. These choices are not easy and no matter what decision we make, we loose something or someone in the process.
Efrat Israeli’s new book, Her Promised Land: A Novel is about these hard decisions. The book is loosely based on the life and career of the late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Devorah Abramson, like millions of Eastern European Jews, emigrated to the United States in the years leading up the first World War. Raised in the Midwest, she made Aaliyah (emigrated) to Israel when it was still ruled under the British Mandate.
In the early 1930’s, with her young children in tow and her marriage slowly fading away, Devorah is sent to the United States to be the emissary for the Women’s Worker’s Council in Palestine. Her goal is to not only bring in money, but to turn hearts and minds to the idea of a revival of the Jewish homeland. She often finds herself torn between her political mission, her children and her heart.
The idea of this book is interesting. Golda Meir was and still is a unique figure in not just Israeli politics, but world politics. Using Golda as a mold for the fictional Devorah was very brave on the part of the author. It’s very difficult, when using a woman like Golda as the inspiration for a fictional character. One on hand, research is required to make sure that the details are accurate. However, this is a novel and not a documentary. The reader has to be taken in by the story and the character to finish the novel.
Did I recommend it?Yes, but only if the reader knows something about Golda and Israel before 1948. If not, then I would recommend that any potential readers first learn about Golda and then read about her fictional counterpart.
I finally get it. You would think that it would be obvious all along, but I’ve finally realized the truth.
The world and UN ( whom I consider to be useless at this point) specifically has extreme tunnel vision when it comes to how they react to what is happening around them.
When ISIS executes American journalist James Foley, it’s like hearing crickets. No response, no outrage, no protest, no catchy hash tag that everyone on social media uses. Nada. Nothing.
But when Israel is simply trying to defend on herself from a neighbor whose everything in life is to destroy Israeli property and murder Israeli citizens, then the reactions start fast and furious.
I would like to remind you that this neighbor will say and do anything to get the press and the rest of the world in their corner. Including having citizens lying under body bags who move while they are they unaware that they are being filmed.
The late, great, Golda Meir once said the following:
“Peace will come to the Middle East when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us.”