Award-winning writer and lecturer Barbara Sofer grew up
in a small town in Connecticut, and moved to Israel in 1971. She is a
graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem. Her articles -taking on a wide range of subjects from ethnic
cooking to terrorism--have appeared in The New
York Times, The Boston Globe, Parents, Readers' Digest, Woman's Day,
Hadassah Magazine and Inside Magazine
among many others. She writes a bi-weekly column for the Friday Jerusalem
Barbara has written five books and contributed to
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The Human Spirit: Water in Jerusalem
By Barbara Sofer
Water and Jerusalem: history, archeology, the conflict rush to mind. The ancient water tunnel used by King David; the dramatic meeting of King Hezekiah’s architects as they dug from two ends. Cisterns – some so large, modern architects have turned them into computer rooms. Donkeys lugging water in sacks. The 100,000 civilians cut off from their water supply in the War of Independence. And, of course, the constant anti-Israel clamor that includes charges that we deny Palestinians drinking water.
With all this noise in my head, I decide to see what I could do to help my friend, let’s call her Amira, who wants to get an account and regular water in her taps.
Amira’s problems began several years ago when she and her husband cashed in all their assets, borrowed from all their relatives and bought an apartment near the Mount of Olives. They have five children and were living in cramped conditions in another Jerusalem neighborhood.
The deal sounded too good to be true, and it was. The contractor turned out to be unscrupulous. Their apartment was added illegally. Amira, a special education teacher in a kindergarten, and her husband, who does odd jobs, went into further debt paying two lawyers to rescue their property.
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