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Dorothea Shefer-Vanson


Shefer-Vanson is an author and freelance writer based in the Jerusalem suburb of Mevasseret Zion.  She may be contacted via [email protected].

Declaration Hall, Independence Hall (Beit Haatzmaut, בית העצמאות), Tel Aviv, Israel

Israel Lowers Its Cultural Standards of Excellence

Another Independence Day. Another day in which the aroma of roasting meat fills the air wherever you turn. My Other Half (OH) and I are as guilty as anyone else of adding to the...
Photo by Kashif John via Flickr

An Immigrant’s Struggle to Learn Hebrew

A recent article (by Elaine Samuels, on Facebook and in the Israel Telegraph online) recounted the trials and tribulations she experienced in her efforts to learn and speak Hebrew. This triggered long-dormant memories of my attempt...

Book Review: ‘Inflitration’ by Joshua Kenaz

The death a few months ago of Israeli author, Joshua Kenaz, led to renewed interest in his work, and impelled me to read this book (published by Am Oved in 1986). For me, reading...

Contemplating life after the coronavirus

What are your plans? In my youth, that was the question that a beloved uncle would always ask the younger members of the family. The only problem was that his heavy German accent would...
Visual cacophony (Rear of a closed factory), Lawrenceville, January 20, 2016 by William Real

The cacophony of politicians talking about music

Two politicians in Israel recently referred to music in one context or another. This made me prick up my ears and pay attention, which is not something I usually do when I come across...
Campets autour du bourg de Nant (Aveyron, France).

The World War II bravery of remote French villages

Based on extensive historical research, personal interviews and visits to the places concerned, Caroline Moore has produced an astounding account of life on a remote, mountainous plateau perched on France’s Massif Central, where the residents...
צילום: אורן פלס Oren Peles [CC BY 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)]

Its people and geography make Israel special

Like every country, Israel has its advantages and its disadvantages. One of the former is its climate, which is on the whole pleasant (at least in Jerusalem) with sunny days throughout the summer, often...

‘A Trace of Smoke’ set in pre-war Berlin

I downloaded this ebook from Amazon’s Kindle Store in order to have something to read on the plane. I always like to have something to read in my phone-cum-Kindle, as that means I’m not...

A nostalgic, educational visit to London

Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner, la la la. Yes, I was born and brought up in London, albeit by parents originally from Germany, but London still has a place in my heart, and...

Book Review: The Talmud has defined the Judaism of today

The Talmud, a Biography: Banned, Censored and Burned, the Book They Couldn’t Suppress by Harry Freedman, Bloomsbury, 2014 I ordered this book from good old Bibliophile in an attempt to broaden my education. I feel...