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  1. It seems that this was another one of those weeks. I was plannin to visit my grandmother and great-aunt in Eilat this weekend, which would gave been a great vaction for me and an opportunity to find out more about my family. As luck would have it I have been sick for the past week, with a persistent fever, ear infection and other yummy things, so no Eilat for me.
  2. You know what happened this week? The 67th anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two events that went against all international treaties, because their intent was the same as that of indiscriminate bombing, except worse: the killing of tens of thousands of civillians. Somehow these two anniversaries seem to have been forgotten or ignored. This worries me greatly: when we forget the devastation and the horror of what happened in our past, we are much more likely to repeat the thing that caused that horror and devastation. I know it’s uncomfortable for Americans to face their pasts, as they are not forced to do so often.
  3. You know what else happened this week? My sister Serach and brother-in-law Etienne welcomed their first son on Wednesday, who now shares a birthday with a certain Israeli singer. 😀 He was born weighing 3400 g and being 51 cm long. He has his dad’s red hair, and I have no idea what his name is. We will find out when he has his bris on Wednesday.
  4. I went to the concert of the above mentioned Israeli singer 0n is birthday. It was most excellent.
  5. Can someone please send me some tacos? I’m hungry for them, which is funny: I’m not that big of a fan of Tex-Mex. But I can’t wait now.
  6. Hungary has 8 Olympic golds so far! Yay! Ireland also has one! Yay! None for Israel…
  7. Shabbat Shalom

5 Responses to “7 Quick Takes”

  1. Alexis says:

    You forgot to mention something on your homepage. What do you miss from the USA? Arbys. I would love to send you some if you can figure out how I can do it!

  2. jen says:

    1.) I totally understand on the ear infection front. Mine is almost over and has been excruciating.

    2.) Actually, those of us on the west coast of the US are reminded yearly of this anniversary and we don’t take it lightly. What we’re told is that it was necessary to end the war. I don’t know how true it is but there are a lot of us in the States who aren’t totally proud that we dropped the bombs on Japan.

    5.) Do I need to find a way to send you corn chips or something?

    • Hevel says:

      It might have been neccessary to end the war, but had the USA not win, this would have been treated as a war crime. Indiscriminate bombing of civillian targets is strongly forbidden in war time, and while the bombs were dropped on military sites, the intent and effect was the same as indiscriminate bombing. As a matter of fact it was an act of terror. Especially because there might be a lie of an arguement that they didn’t know what the bomb would casue in Hiroshima, which we know is not true, but they definitely had the information in time for Nagasaki. Actually, they aimed to kill more people in Nagasaki, it was only bad execution that prevented tens of thousands of more deaths.

      The war would have ended fairly soon. What the USA, according to my studies, didn’t want was that their ally, the Soviet Union get more involved in the war in the far east and gain more influence in post war Japan.

      I don’t know, maybe because I’ve been to Hiroshima, maybe because I feel like that the yearly rememberance of Pearl Harbor are so touching, the whole of the USA should be reminded of both the Wartime Interment Camps and Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

      I think what I need is taco seasoning, or rather yet, a good recipe to mix up my own!

    • Hevel says:

      I do realize I was preaching to the choir with my previous comment. 🙂

  3. Christina says:

    Several of my friends who are in the military acknowledged the anniversaries. I totally agree with you that its important to remember.

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