Friday, December 05, 2003

Visitors to my weblog asked me why I have written so few in-depth articles and/or letters to the editor during the last months. This is why basically: Me and my family are here for a very limited period of time. Therefore I have to maximize my use of time available for my work. During the week I work in different libraries and archives, where with my digital camera I make photocopies of documents, proceedings of Jewish organizations, newspaper articles etc. that are or at least seem to be relevant for my research. In an average week I make between 600 and 1000 copies. In the weekends I work at the Institut d'Histoire du Temps Présent, entering all the relevant data about the copies made during the week into my laptop, and organizing everything into something that i can work with when we return to Israel early next year. When I have about 2000 photocopies I put them on a CD-ROM. Only at the institute do I have access to the internet, so that when I am there I have to work, check my e-mails and reply when necessary, and if possible write something for my blog. This leaves very little time for me to write something that is not only serious, but also coherent and original. So be patient, when i return to Israel I will start writing longer opinion articles again. Till then I will keep my postings short, and they will mainly relate to stuff that I read on the various websites that I visit in order not to be totally out of touch with what is going on in the world.

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