Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 29 March 2021

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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Happy Passover

Celebrating the ‘liberation from bondage’Lay Of The Land wishes all across the world, a speedy ‘liberation from covid’ that plaques us all.  We remember those we sadly lost and salute our heroes – our healthcare workers.

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Music to Our Ears

Israel’s Shalva band sings with artists from the United Arab Emirates

By David E. Kaplan

A Different Tune. Voices in different languages from different cultures illuminates path forward.

Transcending borders and boundaries, musicians with disabilities from Israel and the United Arab Emirates sing together in Hebrew Arabic and English, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’demonstrating  that regardless of nationality, religion or culture, we can join together to promote positive social change and foster more inclusive societies.

Music to Our Ears

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“From Slavery to Freedom”

Transformation is in the air! Do you feel it?

By Justine Friedman

Passover in a Pandemic. Grandkids wave to grandmother in Haifa during Passover Seder via Zoom in 2020.

Does celebrating our “Freedom from Slavery” that occurred over 3000 years ago in Egypt remain relevant today everywhere? Examining its significance during a pandemic, the writer – a clinical Dietician and Mindset Mentor – explores how a contemporary “breaking of shackles” from restrictive mindsets can enhance the quality of our lives.

“From Slavery to Freedom”

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

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