If you happen to be living in the UK, Australia or New Zealand, 5 November is a time to enjoy firework displays as Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated… writes Michael Kuttner

For USA citizens this year, 3 November will be a day of fireworks of an entirely different kind.

In Israel where every day produces fireworks of one sort or another, life is tentatively, slowly and cautiously trying to emerge from Covid lockdown.

TOURISM GOOD NEWS 

One of the biggest casualties of the COVID pandemic has been international travel and tourism. Israel as a leading tourist destination has been particularly hard hit.

Now, with the second wave seemingly on a downward curve, it has been decided to re-open two of the country’s most popular sites.

Get your bags packed, your passports ready and plan ahead. New routes via the Gulf seem likely to shorten travel times and who knows may even reduce prices.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKvkjw57wKI

CHALLAH WITH A DIFFERENCE 

The Abraham Accord between Israel and the UAE has inspired an Emirati based kosher catering company to show off its special challah recipe.

The dough preparation may be the same as all over the world but it is the unique blended glazing which gives it that extra touch.

Try it for yourselves and taste the difference.

https://www.facebook.com/IsraelMFA/videos/emirati-inspired-challah-recipe/788020591775356/

HELPING THE ELDERLY 

Growing numbers of elderly citizens face increasingly lonely lives whether it is because of virus lock downs, illness or the absence of family and close friends.

Israel innovation and technology once again comes to the rescue and hopefully will help to improve the quality of life of all those affected.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml2pX8fiZJE

MUSICAL TRIBUTE 

In celebration of the peace accords between Israel and the UAE, an Israeli orchestra played an instrumental arrangement of a well known and beloved Emirati song.

It is interesting to note that there were some who still cannot detach themselves from the old hate and deligitimization.

Hopefully these voices of boycott and incitement will soon be drowned out by the increasingly louder music of peace.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbZ2ETDNZQc

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.]