Zelda Harris
Zelda Harris
Five on the 100 aliyah from UK list!

It just gets harder!

Corona,Covid 19 has affected or infected the world. It’s as though time stood still. Its all pre- Corona or after Corona.

As the saying goes “Don’t buy green tomatoes?Or is it Green Bananas?

However for older people its more like”Will I ever?” It just gets harder.

Will I ever go to visit my wonderful son and his wife all the grandchildren in the UK?  Will I ever see my granddaughter who lives with her husband in Australia?

I am fortunate to have my eldest son and his family, including grand children and great grandchildren as well as really close friends, in Israel.  As an only child,  those whom I know from my earliest years here especially the daughters of  Yehuda and Nitza Bassevitch  whom I also regard as sisters. They say you can’t choose your family.That’s true in a sense. Some of my cousins who were once keen Zionists, in that they not only supported Israel but came regularly to visit, have gone silent. Each immersed in his or her personal discomfort!

Some seem to be enjoying what to me seems like normal lives and others who have experienced personal tragedies during this period are, almost in mourning twice over.

So what is human relationship?

Is it mutual support or only mutual interest and then only if it pays, as it were.

Since I have a fair amount of guests from overseas staying with me  during the year,I feel the emptiness more than some. Although some of them do keep in contact, I am delighted to say!

It’s as though we are on an Island.

Younger people as is their won’t,will still look forward.We oldies can only lookbackward and talk about “remember when”!

Thanks to Internet for the Zoom opportunities which are great at bringing people together and what’s most important is that we can see each others faces! I even put on make up for, those opportunities when others can see me.

So as its Festival time for Jews and Christians I want to wish everyone Hag Sameach, Joyous Festival(Happy Easter and Lailat al Bara’ah which falls soon) .

We all need to celebrate life.

About the Author
Zelda Harris first came to Israel 1949, aged 18. After living through the hardships of the nascent state, she returned to England in 1966. She was a founding member of the Women's Campaign for Soviet Jewry. In 1978, she returned with her family to Israel and has been active in various spheres of Israeli Society since. Together with the late Chaim Herzog, she founded CCC for Electoral Reform, was the Director of BIPAC in Israel, and a co-founder of Metuna, the Organisation for Road Safety, which received the Speaker of Knesset Quality of Life Award for saving lives on the roads and prevention of serious injury. She is now a peace activist, blogger for Times of Israel and is writing her life story.