Photo Credit: Gideon Markowicz/Flash90

This is Kikar Hamedina – State Circle, in north Tel Aviv, yesterday, Wednesday, December 11, after the major winter storm that hit Israel Tuesday evening.

When I was a kid, in April, the great Italian Medrano Circus would pitch its tent in Kikar Hamedina for a few months (I doubt they do it any more, the circle is a park now).

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That’s how the circle got its name back then, because it reflected so well the state of Israel – half a year mud, half a year a circus.

This is the mud part.

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Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.