Five for Friday

Chinatown, London, formerly part of Europe - June 2016

Chinatown, London, formerly part of Europe – June 2016

One week since the Brexit poll, and it still dominates much of the political discourse, managing even to intrude on the Israeli scene as commentators vie to prove that it will be good or bad for Israel. My opinion? It will be what it will be, and we just need to get on with our own business. Given the horrific terror attack that killed the poor 13 year old kid in her bed, as well as another mass stabbing attempt, we plainly have more important issues than Brexit. Of course, there is no settled wisdom on how we deal with these, which leaves plenty of room for debate, discussion, and argument, but precious little action – except by non state actors making their own small way towards peace and understanding. Don’t worry; I’m not depressed about the situation, though I do wish things were different. I simply recognize it will take time.

Away from the headlines, on to more domestic matters: we have painters in this week. (And next week, and the week after, and…?) So, the house is a bit of a bombsite, with that tainted smell of under construction. This is part of operation Get Ready for the Wedding! It’s been a good week to have work to go to.

Anyway, the weekend is here, and it is time for the regular selection of links. Here they are:

Shabbat Shalom!