Today is the 6th anniversary of my aliyah, my immigration to Israel. I'm really happy that I came. And so today, to celebrate, I'm taking a page from the book of Treppenwitz and presenting ways I've become more Israeli:
- When someone cuts me in line, I speak up and say something
- I cut other people in the "line" at bus stations, even if I know they were there before I was. All's fair in love and bus seats.
- I can tell the difference between an Israeli who is being accusatory or confrontational and an Israeli who is being merely conversational. This took 6 years to master.
- I understand why Israelis all go on vacations abroad during the last 2-3 weeks of August.
- I understand (but do not yet feel) the allure of having red and green peppers at breakfast.
- Deli + Hummus = Yum!
- I have uttered the words "Yashar, Yashar, Yamina"
- The intermission at movies doesn't bother me any more.
- Wherever I am, I shut up when the news comes on the radio, on the hour.
- I'm even more upset that Haredim (often/generally) don't serve in the army or join professions.
- I can instantly tell whether a young man is a Jew or an Arab by his hairstyle and the way he wears his jeans (in Jerusalem and its environs, anyway - don't know about the rest of the country).
- Hafuch gadol dal, daily.
To my readers who are fasting today: have an easy fast.