Sometimes we’re so busy that we sit a moment, thinking: “I’m so tired, I wish I could sleep a few days almost straight through!”
Well, I caught this winter’s flu two weeks ago and had some days of almost straight sleep –and believe me, it’s no relief! Sure I was at home and missed work; sure I slept a lot; sure I read stuff just for fun (Shelby Foote’s history of the Civil War) – but it wasn’t a rest, it was the flu.
I don’t have a computer at home or a smartphone (I prefer smart people with dumb phones rather than the other way around) so I’m without internet which is indeed restful. I heard radio (we don’t have a T.V. either), and the news is always a mix of the frustrating, the fantastic, the fun and the fictional.
While I was home sick with the flu the V.P. of the U.S. came to visit – not my home, but my homeland. I feel I have no right to express an opinion about internal American politics, since I haven’t lived in the States for over forty years, but what relates to American policies towards Israel is something I think I can say something about. It was very heartening, reclining in our second-hand sofa sipping first-rate hot tea mixed with cinnamon, lemon and honey, and just listening to Vice President Pence address the Israeli parliament, the Knesset.
Now I’m back at work and back at this blog. Yesterday I heard another absurdity – if it wasn’t just plain anti-Semitism. In Ireland there’s a move to ban imports from Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria – another instance of double standard and Jew-baiting. So I say to the Irish: your country was invaded and held by the British for centuries until you finally regained your independence. I’m happy for you – but think a moment: what language is spoken in Ireland, is it Gaelic (Irish) or English? You see, we had been dispersed and yet after almost 2,000 years of exile we came back to life and we speak the language of our ancestors, the same language found on archeological finds from 2,700 years ago, with names from the Bible. Perhaps a bit more respect for the truth is fitting?
Thank you V.P. Mike Pence for your words of truth – I hope the Irish hear them as well.