Oh, the locals. Always a pleasure. Or at least, an experience.
Israel is such an interesting place to live and just when you think you’ve moved beyond the culture shock and finally understand the local customs, you realize just how much you’ve left to learn. Read further down for further “Israeliness”. Plus, check out a personal little blurb from me down at the bottom. Soak it all in and then have a lovely weekend indeed, y’all.
I wanted to share this with you, as a part of “Beyond the Scoot”, because I found this while searching through the Israel posts here on WordPress and was really impressed by this video.
The music is so beautiful and the footage of the musicians playing only adds to its beauty. It is from kutiman, over on youtube, who has some other great videos uploaded.
Also, if you are interested in blogs about “being Israeli”, you really should check out one of the best blogs I have ever come across: HowtobeIsraeli.blogspot.com. I cannot recommend this blog enough to those expats here who need a little help with the culture (and a good laugh too). I have be able to cope with some of the more harsh moments of my transition between cultures much easier with the often hilarious words from Maya.
There was also a good post about “Israeliness”, found here, that list 64 things the blogger loves about Israel (-as this past Independence Day was the 64th ‘birthday’ for the country). It is a great and humorous insight into the life of someone who has made Aliyah and how he has adjusted to the changes in culture throughout his past five years here in Israel. Here are a few of my favorite from his list,
- “I love that the Asian sushi chef gave me the rega hand gesture. How do you say “kibbutz galuyot” in Japanese?
- “I love the “mmm-bye” farewell greeting used by certain Israelis when hanging up the phone. It’s a cross between ‘l’hitraot’ and a Hanson song.”
- “I love that instead of worrying about kids developing peanut allergies, parents feed their babies Bamba before the doctor has even finished cutting the umbilical cord.”
- “I love that the Red Hot Chili Peppers are finally making their long-awaited appearance here. I hope they open with ‘Californicatzia.'”
If anyone has a blog to suggest or an article (or just really anything) that centers around being an expat, or those who made Aliyah, who is adjusting to the culture and dealing with culture shock here in Israel, please share it in the comments below. I really love reading how other’s interprete all of these little cultural happenings and love reading about the confusion created therein. Oh, and the humor from this type of writing makes it worth reading too.
What are Sabras? Sabras is the Hebrew word for the prickly pear fruit. But more interesting to note, sabras is slang for native Israeli Jews. What do native Israelis and prickly pear fruit have in common? Both are tough and thorny on the outside, and soft and sweet on the inside.
A few Haaretz articles about certain aspects of “Israeliness” and then other blogs that you might like to click out,
- Israelis’ obsession with being Israeli
- Israel needs national symbols all citizens can identify with
- What’s on the Israeli Menu? What we eat, in numbers.
- The Big Felafel Blog
- Stuff Jewish People Like
- A Time of The Signs Blog
- Israel at 64: Love is Complex (More political in tone.)
- Are Israelis Rude? Learning Not To Be Polite In Israel
- Are Israelis Rude or Am I a Wimp?
- A Guide to the Israelis – Rude, Smart and Kind
- Balashon – Hebrew Language Detective
- Aliyah By Accident Blog
- And Israelity’s List of Other Such Israeli Blogs
And that is it for this edition of, ‘Beyond the Scoot’. Hope your weekend is lovely. Cheers everyone!