another day, another cab driver

driver: when did you get here?
me: i came here two weeks ago on aliyah.
driver: from where?
me: new york city.
driver: voice raising… new york? what? are you crazy? your life was so good there –
me: i know…
driver: why did you do it?
me: um…
driver: voice raising higher... i’ll tell you why. because israel is the greatest place in the world.
me: yeah…
driver: i’ll tell you the truth. life is very hard in this country, but it’s your country. you will be fine. good luck.