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It is easy to fall for the electoral bait of tax reforms because no one likes taxes, even though we benefit from them. But this is not a new phenomenon. Having been levied by most civilizations for political gain or social order, taxes have fuelled many a revolution and have sometimes been contested to the point of bloodshed!

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Whether we like it or not, the obsession with selfies has seduced everyone from the Pope to Presidents, as well as people from all walks of life the world over. Ever so inconspicuously selfies have become part and parcel of our social network and mobile lifestyle and we have even come to believe that they make moments of our lives really count.

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The word “bandwidth” has become a buzzword to refer to the time, resource and processing capacity needed to handle situations.

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Do you feel you are being overlooked whilst someone close to you is being praised and unfairly promoted? Or are your colleagues rejecting you for not getting the same preferential treatment that your boss is giving you? If you do, you are one of the many victims of favoritism!

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Did you know that the land of Israel is not much bigger than the state of New Jersey in the US, or the country of Wales in the UK? Yet it has successfully absorbed millions of Jewish immigrants who have learned to coexist in a remarkably short space of time. Today it accommodates a wide range of ethnic, cultural, ideological and religious differences within its borders. And despite Israel’s internal tensions, Israelis stand as one big family in the face of adversity as no other nation does.

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Even though it is only a retaining wall, the wall that flanks the Western side of the Temple Mount of Jerusalem has become a historic, if not sacred, monument in its own right.

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When searching for a new Skype account password I was shocked to discover that countless unrelated individuals shared my name. They had different nationalities, personalities and lifestyles, but their birth certificate was written with an all too familiar name and surname, that of yours truly!

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Although some of us might speculate about how we will spend our last day on earth, most of us won’t give it a second thought.

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Who would have thought that Oskar Schindler’s story would have got Steven Spielberg an Oscar or that his name would one day be honored in a memorial garden in Jerusalem?

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Weekends spell dread for some and relief for others. Either way they punctuate our week and put rhythm into our lives. They give us the chance to catch up with the laundry, the groceries and the home improvements. They give us time to visit friends and family, to attend parties, to shop till we drop and to indulge our hobbies. They provide a welcome breather and spare us from having to set our alarms.

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The mystery of indivisibility is the popular subject of many a metaphysical arguments, yet the Bible declares with divine authority that God is One. And the Hebrew word it uses here is not about number but about oneness, because it speaks of the only true God who is so whole and complete that He cannot be divided.

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From time immemorial men and women from different traditions have covered their heads and veiled their faces in public.

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There is something rather sad about a large broken branch hanging from a tree like a fractured limb. Because it is a hazard a tree surgeon might cut it off unless there is still some life inside its bark. In which case he will glue and bind the broken parts together like bones in a plaster cast. In time the natural branch will grow again, and produce leaves, flowers and fruit.

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With their demure style, twinsets and pearls are in and out of fashion. But by themselves pearls have remained one of the most valuable and sought after jewels since ancient times.

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Some grumble about another rainy day whilst for others rain is a rare luxury that money can’t buy. But, love it or hate it, too much or too little rain means no harvest, and therefore no food on the table.

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Eden is not a myth. It was a real place! And its location is to be found here on earth, even if it has yet to be identified.

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You probably know that the pupil is the tiny black hole in the center of the colored part of your eye. But did you know that you can see a tiny reflection of yourself in someone else’s pupil?

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The men of Babel had striven in their own strength to build a staircase that would reach the heavens, but it was whilst Jacob slept that God showed him a ladder that linked heaven to earth.

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The French baguette is to France what the Eiffel tower is to Paris. It is an archetypal symbol that the French are proud of, even if they don’t eat as much of it as they used to!

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Life in my twenties was full of unexpected turns. One such incident was living with a hermit who lived in the Judean hills of Israel. This hermit was prescribed a daily injection of gold for her arthritis and she needed a nurse. As I was available at the time I moved in with her for a few weeks.

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