The truth about milk and honey.

Fear not; I will be the first to admit my last post was utter and total crap. Milk and honey? It sounded nice but I don’t feel it.

Here’s the truth: Israel has made me a crappy Jew and an even crappier Zionist.

I don’t really have those initial oleh-chadash-feel-good-moments anymore. I don’t even miss them. Instead, I’ll be riding a bus, watching an oleh-chadash hippie hopeful walking out of Misrad HaPnim and I’ll get annoyed. I’ll be in a taxi and the driver hears my accent and he tries to overcharge me. I peer over at Arabs standing next to me in a Talpiot store and I’ll think about how much they probably hate me.

I’d like to write about it more, to explain ‘the truth’ above, but now is not the time. I just wanted to get that off my chest.






  1. עם אחד Avatar

    Now you’re really Israeli.

    It’s important to be realistic and get past our mythic image of this country. Only with a realistic (and, ok, cynical, too) view of Israel can we change it.

    In fact — and this is a larger issue — I really think the mythic Disneyland image created of Israel in the Diaspora (from the synagogue – regardless of denomination – to the hasbara/”advocacy” group) really hurts Israel as it doesn’t reflect the real Israel – both the good and bad.

  2. stephanie Avatar

    Welcome to the club. I find the moments get buried but are still there somewhere. They filter in on occasion…

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