In the Hebrew Bible one of the greatest leaders that the Israelites had was Deborah. She was a prophet; she judged the people and helped them defeat their enemy with God’s help. The Deborah that we are about to encounter today was also a great woman – this is of course the famous author, who passed away on May 2nd, 2013- Deborah Omer- דבורה עומר.
In the past year in Israel, especially in the city of Tel Aviv, a new trend has come about in city life – the trend of Veganism – טִבְעוֹנוּת. Huge numbers of people have decided in a short space of time to change their menu from eating animals products, including meat – בָּשָׂר as well as dairy and eggs, to only eating fruit, vegetables, pulses and grains.
When I wake up every morning, my day starts with a cup of coffee with milk and for my children I prepare an omelet- חֲבִיתָה- from eggs. The vegan -טִבְעוֹנִי –wakes up and makes his coffee with soymilk and his kids certainly won’t eat an omelet, or anything else from an animal – they’ll probably have cereal, with soymilk.
Say hi to Adi from Tel Aviv, who explains why she became vegan: Continue reading
1988 was a fundamental year in the history of the State of Israel. Not only did the Jewish state celebrate its 40th birthday, it was also the year in which different citizen groups begin to emerge, one of which is called Women of the Wall –”נשות הכותל” “Nashot Hakotel”. On December 8th, 1988, a group of 100 women entered the zone of this site, the most holy for Jews around the world, and did something that was always only customary for men – they prayed the morning service wearing prayer shawls – tallit- טַלִּית. It is really important to mention that the women prayed in the area specifically allocated to them – “ezrat nashim”- עֶזְרַת נָשִׁים.
The reaction of other women and men to these 100 women was one of physical and verbal violence. They were cursed and objects were thrown at them, acts that have become a sad daily reality in this sacred place. Continue reading