Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 29 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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Beauty and the Beach

An architectural masterpiece on Tel Aviv coastline will elevate city’s global cultural status

By David E. Kaplan

Marvel on the Med. A ‘shape’ of things to come, an emerging cultural icon -Tel Aviv’s World’s Jewish Museum.

Picturesquely positioned  between the deep blue of the Mediterranean and the Yarkon River, Tel Aviv’s future World’s Jewish Museum will  lift the city to new prominence in the world of contemporary design by packing ‘art’ into ’architecture’. Designed by the legendry Frank Gehry, the future museum will explore the contributions that Judaism, the Jewish people and Israel have made to civilization over 3,500 years of human history.

Beauty and the Beach

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First & Foremost

Allow our bodies to perform the way they were designed for

By Lionel Phillips

Breath of Fresh Air. Breathing correctly contributes to improved health and less taxing on country’s health services.

Each system in our body relies on the proper function of all other systems.  Should one be unable to function efficiently, all other systems will be adversely affected. International Fitness & Health Instructor, Lionel Phillips, instructs on how we can achieve the best of our bodies.

First & Foremost

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Weathering the Storm

Setting a course for family survival

By Gabi Crouse

Shush! Daddy Needs to Focus. Working from home while ‘managing’ the kids requires skillful parenting.

Coping with Corona is hardly a ‘breeze’! Employment concerns, financial uncertainties, working from home, managing the kids, ensuring healthy eating,   and monitoring school studies takes its toll on families. A wife, mother and new immigrant in Israel, the writer reveals with insight, wit and warmth, how to chart a course and emerge with a smile.

Weathering the Storm

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