Zelda Harris
Five on the 100 aliyah from UK list!

Time goes by

There was a popular song  “As time goes by” and people of my generation will remember it from the scene in the iconic film “Casablanca”. Humphrey Bogart leaning over the piano as it is played”

The words are going around in my head as another birthday approaches. I thank God for my years of productivity and no less of achievements and more than that for the love I have received from so many across the seas and especially my family.

Time is going by slowly in these Corona days but for those of us at the end of our lives it’s going fast. We are losing out on so much that would have been possible despite our advanced age.  Now it seems that there will be no time left to proceed, with any plans we may have made.

We are lucky here in Israel that the month of November is always surprisingly sunny, not really cold and the rain which we so sorely need is enjoyable for most of us notwithstanding those who have been flooded out.

So my friend Noah calls and says “Have car will drive, where would you like to go?

So we go to Tel Aviv Port. It’s buzzing with people almost like a normal summer day, except there’s no one swimming.

Despite the fact that it’s Corona time and everyone is wearing face masks it could almost be any normal day.

We get hungry and near to the Market we stop at a great place which serves a variety of fresh mostly, hot food in Pittot and we join the queue distancing of course and feel almost normal.

I mentioned normal three times, I see.  I think it’s because everything in my life has actually ceased to be normal.

On another day we find ourselves in Herzlia Pituach. Noah really loves the Benedict Restaurant and they, are doing take-aways. So we join the queue.

Most people have taken the hot, delicious beigels stuffed with smoked salmon, egg and mayonnaise down to the beach. We older ladies look around for a bench. Outside the restaurant are dozens of chairs but they are chained off so we cannot get to them.

“Look, let’s sit there” I say pointing to the grassy roundabout.

What was I thinking of? I had fought with my organization for Road Safety METUNA  for roundabouts at every junction, so as to cut down road deaths. Even convincing the Transport Minister at the time Rav Yitshak Levy, to visit the UK to see how lives were saved there.

Suddenly WOOOP WOOOP a police car pulls up.

This is it we thought, we are going to be arrested and we deserve it!

After taking one look at us they actually sighed with relief and said softly”Ladies this is very dangerous, please move off…”

In these days sometimes the heart actually responds, before the head.

Thank you kind and efficient policemen and bless all of those who are working 24/7 to keep the citizens of this country both safe and protected.

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.
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