I just wanted to connect with you long enough to tell you how very much I am enjoying sisters Ratiba, Orit and friend Elisheva.
I must confess that I have found myself anticipating Israela's lyrical contributions, in that you use her commentaries by way of offering "release" -- tension, release, tension, release -- much as we do in music. In essence, you gently "poke" your very palpable storyline with the insertion of the completely unexpected poetry of Israela's compassion as well as her plight. In having done so, Israela's "truths" become a virtual "whetstone", on which each character's keenest beliefs are unwittingly sharpened. Israel's gentle expression is an absolutely brilliant use of "small symphonies" as inserted into a resolute marching band that has been afforded no rest for centuries. For, most unexpectedly, those "small symphonies" can in fact be heard.
In other words, Batya, I'm loving it!
If you are in Israel this month, go to the Jerusalem Book fair and check out Israela. To see the display, press on the jpg address above.
The Pity Of It All Reader comment on: The Hamas-Egyptian Alliance
Submitted by Batya Casper, Feb 11, 2013 01:09
How tragic that people have to wage war against their own in their desire for democracy and a better future for themselves and their children. How tragic that this struggle is likely to pit them against the threat of the Middle East, with no end in sight. As cynical as this sounds, we are used to these conditions when they involve the Israel-Arab conflict. It is when we see it in the context of peace-seeking Arabs fighting their countrymen in their desperate search for the "good life" that we recognize the pity of it all.
Author Batya Casper.