Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter-19 September 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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Time to Rejoice

Jewish tradition teaches that Sukkot is “the time of our happiness,” with a special biblical command to rejoice. We read the words, “And you shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days.” (Deuteronomy 16:14-15) Who are we to argue – be happy!

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Also listen to the podcast: Rolene Marks representing Lay of the Land and Jonathan Feldstein, President, Genesis 123 Foundation discuss the upcoming  20th anniversary of the infamous UN 2001 Durban Conference on combatting racism that focused exclusively on discriminating and isolating Israel.

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On the Right Track

Building the Burma Road to Jerusalem in 1948 for a united Israel

By David E. Kaplan

A Question of Values. School children at the Burma Road museum at Sha’ar Hagai placing their discs on the Value Board.

A hastily constructed bypass road to relieve the siege of Jerusalem during Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, answered a defiant Ben Gurion: “there is no Israel without Jerusalem”. To understand and honour the brave young men and woman who made it happen, visit the new exciting experiential museum opened in 2021 at Sha’ar Hagai.

On the Right Track

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Revenge for 9/11, like the Holocaust, would be in thriving

By Alex Ryvchin

Israel’s Message to Terror. Survive and thrive as emblazoned in modern day Tel Aviv.

What is the  Jewish perspective of the nature of “revenge” to their persecution over two murderous millennia? If the response of the past was to survive, today it is to thrive and what more JUST “revenge” than the flourishing of Jewish revival in their ancestral homeland.

Revenge for 9/11, like the Holocaust, would be in thriving

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A Tall Order

Posture on your mind – “Think Tall”

By Lionel H. Phillips D. O

Spinal Mobility. Improve your health and wellbeing with improved posture.

What is the correct standing, sitting or walking posture? This is the second part of a series on  how to achieve good posture for all ages.

A Tall Order

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

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