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Shimshon Blass, an Israeli elderly citizens, hung a sign on his neck on Wednesday, during a protest outside a government building in Tel Aviv, against the upcoming, feared budget cuts.

If you try hard you can read some of the sign: he wrote down his military service number, listed his 32 years of service in various campaigns, as well as a short history of his illnesses and hospitalizations.


It occurred to me that older folks are much more into reading texts than the younger ones. It’s about detail, nuance, clarity of purpose. I wonder how many passers by stopped and read Mr. Blass’ sign – and there were others there, with many literate signs.

He should definitely go on Facebook.


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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,,, 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.