Friday, April 12, 2019

April's Major Events


Heads of the electoral parties - from "Haaretz" newspaper

On the 9th of April we had the General Elections;  on the 19th we will be  celebrating Passover (Pesach).. Both April  events are a bit of a madness thing.



the polling station in my neighborhood

'blue evil eye'  poster on the wall, in the entrance hall 

There were 47(!!) registered political groups  (including the regular parties) participating in the elections. That hardly looks to me like democracy,  more like anarchy.
I went "to do my duty" as a law-abiding citizen, in the evening hours, when  it's quieter, with less people waiting in line to enter the polling room.  


inside the booth with the ballots

election workers;  the blue box where we cast the ballot

 voter handing in his ID and after check, getting an envelope

After the elections, forming a coalition is not an easy task. The largest parties rarely get more than 30-35 seats each (61 is needed for a government). so negotiations start, and this is a real circus or nightmare - depends on the beholder.

I'm rather indifferent to all this  'more of the same' show. 
Politicians see only the votes that will assure them a seat in Parliament, with all the power that comes with it; they don't care about the people, or the country.
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Passover (Pesach), commemorates the journey from slavery to freedom. What sort of freedom?! We are slaves to cleaning, scrubbing, burning , spending, cooking - before, during, and after the holiday.


Plate for the symbolic essentials (egg, horseraddish, charoset etc)

Moreover, during Passover, we, the people in the land of the glorious Pita bread, have to abstain from bread made with raising flour, and from grains and their derivates (beer). We are said to eat  unleavened bread, called  'matza'. One gets used to that, but it's not the greatest of eating pleasures. 

Matza, near the green bottle

The weather is fine and drags people out to trips and picnics.
Kids have vacation during the Passover week ; many adults also take the days off, so places are crowded, traffic is congested.
And yet, we don't stay at home. As long as we can stand on our feet, we are all out and about.



40 comments:

  1. I was just about to ask you whether is it a good or bad thing that Benjamin won! Since Western media trashed him relentlessly I'm guessing it is good :)
    Long live Israel!

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    1. Thanks Dezmond for taking an interest in our elections, and especially for the blessing that concludes your comment.

      Personally, I can hardly find any good in politics and politicians, but the case of Netanyiahu is very interesting and should be a lesson for the entire world. It shows the 'power' of trash; no power at all, but rather weakness.

      There are other ways of expressing opposition. When you trash somebody that has democratically won the elections (in his case 4 times!) you trash his voters - and that's inexcusable and unforgivable.
      Not only has he been trashed but also his wife (a child psychologist); she has been undergoing hell for the last years.

      As a believer in God, I would be much afraid to trash and ridicule someone who's first and foremost God's election, and only next the election of his people.

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    2. You've probably noticed today that most of the Western media is also trying to trash Julian Asange, but it ain't working, I've noticed all the people see through it and support him.

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    3. I must confess I'm still trying to understand the whole saga, but I can assure you I'm interested only in the facts and don't let Media interfere with that.

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  2. It was so interesting to read about your traditions, your traditional food must he amazing. I am following, greetings from Poland ☺

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    1. Hi Natalia
      Thank you for following my blog. Indeed, traditional food is amazing. I must , however, admit I'm not much of a foodie myself. I belong to the category of people who mainly eat to live , and not the other way round.

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  3. We soon have elections here too ! Same circus everywhere !Fortunately I don't have to vote, I am not Belgian although I live here since I was 14 !!

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    1. That's interesting; you could probably gain your voting right, but you feel fortunate not to vote. In a way, I can understand you; it's that strange feeling that your vote will not matter after all, and that this is all part of a big circus.

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  4. Interesting reading of your April activities.

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    1. Thank you, Christine.
      Elections and holidays provide lots of activities; not all of them interesting but certainly time consuming.

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  5. It's always so interesting to hear how things are going in other countries. Thanks for the pictures too. Hugs...RO

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    1. Yes,it is. There are differences, of course, but the principle seems to be the same. Thanks for the comment.

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  6. Very interesting post, DUTA. The matza just looks like a cracker. I'm not Jewish, and I've heard of matza ball soup, so I assumed they would be a dumpling like thing. Maybe the two aren't the same at all, and perhaps, spelled differently. Thanks for sharing your April traditions.

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    1. True, Bica. Matza balls (also named kneidlach) are a sort of dumplings made from a mixture of matza meal, water, a beaten egg.
      Chicken soup with matza balls is a most welcome Passover dish.

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  7. I've never had Matza but it doesn't look very tasty.

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    1. Well, it is dry. One can wet it under the faucet before eating ; that makes it more pleasant and easy to eat.

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  8. I have to wonder about many political parties in other countries, seem like a lot. But I grumble about two parties in America. Coffee is on

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    1. It is a lot. We are a multi-ethnical society - that would explain it. America's also multi-ethnical, and after the last elections very divided, so I believe in the next elections we'll be seeing more parties.

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  9. Thank you for your explanations and photos! Very interesting.

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    1. You're welcome, Pamela. Glad you find my post interesting.

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  10. I do love a good matzo ball soup. But, I'm glad I don't have to give up bread. Although, my hips might disagree.

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    1. I'm a great lover of bread but,luckily, I can survive Pesach week without it. There are all kinds of things we make with 'matza' and 'matza flour' that don't leave us hungry. Besides, potatoes are also on the table.

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  11. Both of these are really interesting but I am especially intrigued or fascinated by your description of Passover. It really sets it far clearer than most I've heard. And yes, I'd miss the bread, big time!

    Thanks for your very kind comments on my post on caregiving and Rick's predicament. Your visit is so appreciated and means a lot always, but especially these days when life is a little topsy turvy.

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    1. Most people are addicted to bread. It does us good to take a break, even a short one, from eating it.

      Thanks for your kind words regarding my comments on your posts. Hopefully, Rick will soon get well.

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  12. That's really interesting!
    We've elections going on in Western Canada. I cannot imagine all those parties!

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    1. That's the price for diversity and pluralism. There are attempts to change elections system, but so far no success.

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  13. My best friend live in Israel. he is archeologist and studies human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artifacts and other physical remains.He told me about Passover (Pesach) that commemorates the exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt, and about Passover foods . :)but seeing your photos is like being there. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Daliana, for your kind words. Coming from you, a photography expert, it makes me feel good that my modest photos gave you some idea about our Passover.

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  14. Our Federal Election is coming up....18th May.

    Good Friday is only a couple of days away...the Easter weekend will soon be upon us. Mine will be spent quietly...by choice.

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    1. Each country with its 'headache' of elections and holidays.
      "..spent quietly.." - that suits me too.

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  15. Sorry to hear all the "man's purposes" during the election, makes me think of Proverbs 16, "Commit whatever you do to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. " and praying that the elected people will find Insight and turn to His ways , as "insight is a fountain of life to the one who has it," (16"22) The whole Proverbs 16 is about choosing God's ways. Praying whoever gets in will take "the highway of the upright". Wishing you a blessed Passover and preparations Duta!! Thanks for sharing! I wasn't sure how to comment, and so I wanted to share a verse, hope this one might be encouraging. If you are led to, you might want to read that whole Proverbs 16. Blessings and Love!

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    1. Yes, we all wish and hope that whoever wins the elections "will take the highway of the upright". The winners, however, usually disappoint.
      Blessings to you too.

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  16. PS yes, me too (agreeing about the photos, from above comment!), love your photos and seeing the Passover plate !!

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    1. Glad you liked my photos.
      Wishing you a happy Passover, Shayndel, including all the necessary preparations!

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  17. Those certainly are a lot of choices to make, Duta, especially when many of us have problems making a decision with only 2 main parties here. I wish you the best during the holiday. We will be celebrating with family.

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    1. Choices, options, whatever. What's clear is that the system has to be changed, the sooner the better for the sake of all parties involved.

      Wishing you a joyful Easter, together with your family!

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  18. Fist off, I like your header picture very much. Your comments and observations about being slaves to cleaning etc is so right. Your election business sounds as messy as ours in the US where we are dumbing down the nation with corrupt politicians and an incompetent president. I enjoy your blog!

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    1. You mean the pictures with the heads of the parties? I like it too, but it's not mine, it's taken from a daily newspaper.
      Yes, politics is, sadly, a messy business everywhere. I'm beginning to think that perhaps democracy is not for any nation, certainly not for the multi-ethnical ones like my country.

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