A. Make sure to keep tracking Gila Weiss’s My Shrapnel blog. It is, without a doubt, one of the most compelling blogs I have ever read. Slowly, slowly, but with beautiful writing, Gila relates how her life changed one day because she was at the wrong place at the wrong time and was one of the victims of a suicide bombing at the Mahane Yehuda market/shuk in Jerusalem. It is as if the bombing and its impact on Gila are, for her, a rebirth of sorts which she keeps examining and relating to us from different angles. She tells us what led up to that decisive moment, what followed that moment and in an incredible couple of essays, the bombing itself and a light moment in its aftermath.
Really, do not hesitate for another second. Click on the links above and read Gila’s blog.
B. You should listen to Aviv Gefen singing Shahor Lavan (black and white) where he tells a woman that she may already have a boyfriend, but she is seeing life in black and white, while he, the singer, would bring lots of color into her life if she would just stop waiting and come to him now. Okay, so a synopsis doesn’t quite make it sound compelling, but it’s a good song anyway.
Did I ever tell you people the story about the Israeli man who met me many years ago and I guess I was telling him about some woman who was of interest to me but who had a boyfriend and was therefore unavailable. He told me, in this gruff and maybe steretypical Israeli bravado, “chaver zeh lo kir” or as he would say in a heavily accented English “A boyfriend is not a wall.”
A romantic comedy or two have been made from that premise.
C. No, I didn’t forget the Winograd Committee’s report. I’m still trying to digest it and gamely actually trying to read parts of it since I don’t trust too many of the media “analysts” out there. I promise to report back if I have anything worthwhile to say.