WHAT I LOVE ABOUT ISRAEL
An American olah lists the things she loves about Israel, which include:
“I love how I stud- ied Spanish for years in Texas, but I only became fluent after moving to Israel and getting addicted to Argentinian telenovelas (soap operas).
I love that you don’t worry about not having Friday night plans on Friday afternoon — no one else has made them yet either. Just wait till 9 — you’ll be turning people down.
I love that anywhere you go there is history. Even if you don’t know it.
I love that you can walk through the Old City (during the quieter times) and see people and sites from all religions and forget there is a conflict going on.
I love seeing garbage men with tzitzot hanging out.
I love how everyone recognises the names of almost every terror victim and kidnapped soldier.
I love how Israelis are so close to their families, and will do anything for their mum’s cooking.
I love how I don’t feel the need to look over my shoulder when I’m walking down a dark street alone.
I love how you can sit at a wedding at table with 12 people and everyone is from different countries.
I love that I don’t feel the need to be religious in order to feel Jewish.
I love the ‘Careful - Camels Crossing’ signs on the way to the Dead Sea and Eilat.
I love how random acts of crime are barely existent.”