Best worst elections ever.

Before all the poli-bloggers, pundits, op/eds, and water cooler folk get all crazy with last-minute election talk on this eve of the governmental choosings…

…it’s time for the pre-elections awards!

Carefully chosen while ruling out who not to vote for, here they are, in no particular order (like their proposed governments!)

To Amir Peretz: Best national joke.
To Bibi Netanyahu: Best worst personality and Best sneer.
To Crazy Leiberman: Best scary eyes while holding a gun in a photoshopped picture.
To Ehud ‘the Second’ Olmert: Best looking softy with a soft puppy in a soft photo-op.
To Shas: Best, ahem, persuasion tactics.

And, finally, to Meretz: Best. Ads. Ever.

The last ditch campaign by Meretz:



Damn, they are good.

Open letter to the Ravs.

Rosh Yeshivot for year-programs in Jerusalem, shalom.

This past weekend The Jerusalem Post published an article called “Violent Nights”, discussing the troubled behavior of American/Anglo yeshiva students as loud, rowdy, and worse – violent – within Jerusalem nightlife.

As an American, an Israeli, a Jew and a citizen of organized society, I am embarrassed and disgusted by the behavior I witness on Thursday and Saturday nights downtown by (mainly) American boys donning kippot and usually openly displaying tzizit. Verbal taunts and fights – whether geared toward their peers or native Israelis – make it hard to justify their studying in Israel for their gap years. Perhaps remaining in Brooklyn, etc., could have contributed as much, if not more, spirituality for some of these students.

In short, the חילול ה’ that I witness and have to explain apologetically to my native Israeli friends is extremely painful.

It is also unfortunate that we American olim have to pay the price for the behavior of visiting yeshiva students. Our reputation is such that until proven otherwise, we are judged as rowdy, obnoxious and careless as soon as we part our American-accented lips.

I know this is not a problem with every year-program yeshiva student – or even most of them. My brother and many of his friends, who I grew up with, study here for the year in Jerusalem yeshivot and exemplify good, calm, respectful students and temporary abiding-citizens. However, even if it is only the fringe of students, it is no less revolting to my peers and me.

It is important to teach these visitors (and perhaps their parents) that Israel is not only a vacation spot for these young tourists or a place to send unmanageable kids with behavior problems.

I moved here because Israel is the place for Jews who want to be halachic and law abiding citizens of the only place in the world we can be sure to make a significant difference in society. Israel is a real place where people live, work and raise children, and not just a pity-case for Anglo communities or gap year destination.

Even if yeshivot administrators are making some effort to control this behavior, nonetheless, it has been occurring and is still a disturbing issue, as the Jerusalem Post has finally publicized.

I hope that hearing this from a real, live, tax-paying citizen will help move along the solution – a serious lesson and guidance in living out דרך ארץ.

Thank you for your time.


Jerusalem resident

(x) + (x – 3) + (x + 1) = conflict.

Lately I have been pondering one specific conflict I find myself caught in amongst the rest.

I think this is a conflict most, if not all, people experience. It comes out in election time, it comes out when thinking about provocative issues. I want x for the world. I want to see the world being x. Now, it is not a coincedence that I also either am x, or hope to be x myself. basically, there is this ideal for me called x. And I think x is quite fair and just. And beneficial to society.

However, the problem is that everyone has their own x. Compared to mine, it might be x + 1 or x – 3. And as everyone sees their x as ideal, no one can ever agree or manage their ideal x’s with everyone else’s.

And so you have heated debates, violent elections and hate crimes.

I wonder how I can be in conflict management and manage this paradox. (They don’t teach us that in the degree…)

The resume, I mean, CV.

This was included in the March NBN newsletter thing, so I thought I’d share…

Employment Tip of the Month with Aliza Israel
hondAdjusting Your Resume for the Israeli Market –
Part 2: Pitfalls in Israeli Resume Writing

Does your resume unwittingly turn away Israeli employers?
Here are a few common pitfalls to avoid:

Contact details. If you are applying for jobs that are relatively far from home, avoid mentioning your mailing address. For example, if you live in Jerusalem and are applying for jobs in Tel Aviv, list your cell number and email address only. Similarly, if you live in a politically sensitive area, avoid listing where you live – unless you are sending the resume to someone with similar political views.

Language skills. Language skills are important in the Israeli job market. List your language skills in a separate section, and describe your knowledge level with care. Write “Native speaker” for languages that are your first language. Use terms like “Fluent,” “Conversational” or “Basic” for languages that are secondary. Many employers are looking for individuals to interact with clients overseas and are only interested in people with native language skills.

Personal information. Traditional Israeli resumes list age, marital status and number of children. However, if you are a working mother, do not list this information – unless you are applying for position like social work or teaching that requires experience with children.

Israeli experience. Israeli employers like to see that you have previous Israeli experience. However, if your current Israeli experience is less senior than your previous North American experience, you can list it in a separate section near the bottom of the page, allowing employers to notice your North American accomplishments first. If you have not worked in Israel but volunteered here prior to your Aliyah, it is worth mentioning this as well, as it shows that you have experience functioning in a Hebrew-language environment.

Yeshiva studies. Most Israeli employers do not view yeshiva as part of your academic or vocational training. Avoid listing your yeshiva or midrasha experience unless you are applying for a job in Jewish education – or unless this leaves a big gap chronologically. In some places in Israel, Yeshiva study is interpreted as indicating a whole socio-religious package, which you don’t necessarily want to raise.