By the time you read this the Festivals of Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah will be ending or have already finished… writes Michael Kuttner.

It has been a unique experience for most of us as Israel remains in lock down and praying outdoors has become the norm. With our endless days of summer this has presented few problems. The real challenge will be when winter arrives and the weather turns nasty especially if indoor gatherings are still prohibited.

The battle against COVID 19 continues. Politicians keep vacillating and squabbling while scientists and researchers continue their relentless efforts to find vaccines, new treatments and cures.

Daily life, frustrating as it has become, continues regardless.


Surprising as it may seem there are certain areas where Israel and the European Union actually co-operate and work together. Israel’s expertise in environmental sustainability is much appreciated and therefore it should not come as any surprise to learn that interesting developments are taking place.

Learn about the latest achievements here:


It is common knowledge that Israel is situated in a volatile part of the world where many countries and terror groups work day and night to cause murder and mayhem.

One of the IDF’s most elite units are the navy seals. These soldiers help to guard the country and provide a powerful deterrent to those who wish it harm.

Michael Kuttner is a Jewish New Zealander who for many years was actively involved with various communal organisations connected to Judaism and Israel. He now lives in Israel. 

[This article was originally published on J-Wire and is reproduced here with permission from Michael Kuttner.]