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World Cup 2014

Thursday Jul 10, 2014
  (Attendants celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Daniel Petruccelli Israel at the Beth Yacov Rabi Meyr synagogue in Manaus, Brazil, last month. Photo: Anne Benchimol)      "You are invited to a Bar Mitzvah tomorrow at 6 in the morning," I was told by my host right after we came out of the Manaus stadium, Arena da Amazonia, watching Switzerland beating Honduras 3-0.    "But I don't really know the family...
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Wednesday Jun 25, 2014
    Manaus, Brazil — By the time I finished a quick lunch at the nearest diner that had a TV showing Holland's victory over Chile, the street was surprisingly half empty. Just 45 minutes earlier it was the hustling and bustling Mercado Municipal in the old part of downtown Manaus. Thousands of people dealing and buying in the market's stands and shops. But now, with just two hours before Brazil was to face Cameroon in a decisive...
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Tuesday Jun 24, 2014
  Oren and Dror Ruhana are out to enjoy the World Cup, but also to spread the good word of what Israel really is. And the easiest way to do that is attending as many games as they can and at each one hold Israeli flags with great pride. The brothers from Kiryat Ono, aged 30 and 23 respectively, are traveling to six cities and have tickets to eight games, including the elimination phase of the quarterfinal and the third-place match...
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Sunday Jun 22, 2014
      Football is what brings us together today.   Before leaving for South America, I read a lot about the protests in the streets of Brazil against the funds spent on the World Cup as opposed to say, schools and infrastructure. Then, I read about the race against time to complete all the stadiums and ready them for inspection (they were still painting some walls at the Brazilia airport when I went through it). There was...
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Sunday Jun 22, 2014
    (Nigeria vs Bosnia game)     I just got back from the Nigeria vs Bosnia game. What a fantastic experience. Although a mediocre game, the atmosphere was great. What a wonderful brand new stadium in Cuiaba.    Everything was so well organized. In fact, it is an Israeli company who is providing security. Rishon Lezion based security company RISCO is providing security management at the football stadium. The...
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