Showing posts from September, 2013

Newsflash: Facebook Replaces Blogging (Almost!)

I have not blogged since September 9th.  Two posts in one month.  In August, I posted twice; in July, twice or three times (-not even checking to make sure my numbers are correct. Go ahead, check it yourself).  In analyzing why this is happening, I think it's all Facebook's fault.  Instead of posting about my life, subjects important to me, people I care about, daily activities--on my own blog, I do it by commenting on my and others' pages and updating my status on Facebook! What has this world come to? 

I've commented to certain friends on the concern in Israel vis a vis its Arab neighbors, most recently and more specifically,Syria and its terrible civil strife. I've commented on the holidays--our most important chagim, which this year were a veritable marathon, with a three-day Yom Tov (holy day) leading into Shabbat, starting from the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana--through this past week with the holiday of Sukkot.  I've written about my daughter having been…

Energy Independence for Israel in this Jewish New Year 5774

Finally, here is something worth writing about for the Jewish New Year, which has just begun with Rosh Hashana this past Thursday and Friday.  On the occasion of the 4th of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, there is a very good chance that Israel might be on the way to energy independence, through the gas and oil discoveries in the Tamar and Leviatan fields in the Mediterranean.

What impact will this have on Israel's economy, on its current dependance on the U.S. and other countries for oil? On its relations with its volatile neighbors the Arabs, in 'neutral' countries (relatively speaking, as far as its Arab neighbors go) such as Jordan?  Or Egypt? Or the "Palestinians?"

This is a door opening to a positive, exciting future. Here is my wish for the New Year: may Israel achieve energy independence and economic wealth, eliminate poverty among its citizens, and may this discovery help promote true peace with its neighbors in the Middle East.