Friday, October 13, 2006

Tel Aviv

A sticker on a van:
Excuse me!
Do you think God is happy about the way you dress?
Hey Jewish girl, dress modestly!

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Shoe-shop scene:
Man walks into the shop.
Man: 'Wow. I absolutely adore your shoes. I can't stop buying them'.
Owner: of course
Man: [points to the Crocks sandals he's wearing] what do you think of these?
Owner: [looks to the side, her face expressing extreme contempt] PCHEEEE.
Man: I know why you say that, because everybody has them. What they call 'the common Israeli' (grimaces). [Pause] But me, I live abroad! [triumphantly]

1. The dislike of 'the common Israeli' is indeed one of the traits of the common Israeli.
2. Five years of living abroad, and I have lost my grasp on Israeli social etiquette. I can't tell what is rude and what is just the Israeli way of being friendly, 'the pushy manner which is the Israeli idea of warmth'.


At 4:08 PM, Blogger waiting for the barbarians said...

That's funny. Hope you're having a good time over there :)

At 1:00 PM, Blogger نیکی said...

"the pushy manner which is the Israeli idea of warmth"

this is hilarious. It is how I feel about Iranians too. If I've been away for too long everyone strikes me as being all in my business, but they are just trying to be caring or something.


At 12:10 PM, Blogger הוצאת said...

i saw the "excuse me do you think god is happy" sticker last Friday. i was walking past the Shuk right when the, um, klaxon? you know, that siren of the entrance of the Shabat started. anyway, i was covering my ears because the siren is very loud down by the Shuk, and that's when i saw the sticker, on this pole on the street. i just had to tear it off. felt pretty good after. even though God did punish me with loud noise. guess he's not very pleased with me.


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