The chronology of my experiences during 2023 can be divided into two parts: before and after October 7. “Thirty Days” is a report on a trip we made between September 10 and October 10, 2023, mainly to central France. It included one week in Tel Aviv and an unplanned two-day derailing to Istanbul. Why is this relevant to readers in Israel? Because, if observed beyond the surface, it offers reasons for hope.
France has a long history stained by bloodshed and fanaticism, including centuries of anti-Semitism. And yet, it succeeded in generating a philosophy based on “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” that includes great art, architecture, literature, philosophy, science, technology and lifestyle.
Our trip included historical sites, majestic nature, stunning engineering and architecture, a submersion into prehistory, a visit to a micro-farm permaculture model, and much of the French lifestyle.
Our nine-day visit to Israel was shortened by a two-day derailing to Istanbul and a two-day hospitalization at the Ichilov hospital. We left Israel thirty-six hours before the horrors of October 7, which we learned while being in Paris.
With some hesitation, in complete contrast to the darkness of war, I decided to publish this visualized story as a source of light.