Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 15 November 2020

Unveiling the contours and contrasts of an ever-changing Middle East landscape
Reliable reportage and insightful commentary on the Middle East by seasoned journalists from the region and beyond


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Jokes Aside

Jewish Humour – an antidote for all seasons

By David E. Kaplan

Ben on the Beach. Israel’s sole stature of an esteemed leader, Ben Gurion, is not to honor but to solicit laughs.

In an age where public discourse can be so vindictive, vicious and venomous, humour provides – if not a vaccine – a comfort. Rather than capitulate in despair, people find amusement. Jews have managed this over 4000 years with humour – alongside Torah – as instruments of survival.

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Remembering Rabbi Sacks – Giant of the Jewish World

Global Jewry mourns one of its greatest.

By Rolene Marks

The Great Communicator. Towering intellectual giant and endearing personality, Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

In this polarizing age, humanity has lost one of its most eloquent spokesman in the passing of Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks who touched so many souls. Constantly striving to heal a fractured world, the writer joins with people of all faiths and backgrounds, in paying tribute to this towering intellect and titan of the Jewish world.  

Remembering Rabbi Sacks – Giant of the Jewish World

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A Rose is a Rose is a Rose is a Rose…

By Stephen Schulman

How does yesterday’s terrorists intent on causing death and destruction morph into today’s guest speakers at the world’s prestigious universities? While a word’s spelling may remain constant not always its meaning. The writer exposes the phenomenon in linguistics of how Zionists today are publicly abused, while their violent opponents enjoy the fragrance of innocence.  

 A Rose is a Rose is a Rose is a Rose…

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We Are Just Like You

By Diana Petrank Peledd

“Just the Two of Us”. An Israeli marriage in the age of Corona, without guests and a one-man-band.

Enduring long days of insolation and social distancing imposed by Corona lockdowns, the writer counsels “to take stock of our lives”. With a wealth of “time”, she rediscovers the fresh joys from cooking to reading and if we can’t visit friends, we can revisit “long filed away memories” that return “stored away items… back to life.”

We Are Just Like You

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LOTL Cofounders David E. Kaplan (Editor), Rolene Marks and Yair Chelouche

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