What does it mean to YOU to be Israeli?
When you live in Israel, you are bound to have opinions thrown in your direction. Strangers offer their opinions freely – whether you asked for them or not. Being an Israeli means caring about one another. It means that you love your neighbor, even if you’ve never met them before.
There are so many beautiful things about living in Israel. It’s a wonderful melting pot of cultures because anyone that moved to Israel has brought their cultures and incorporated them into their new lives in Israel.
One Big Family
When you’re Israeli, you will offer a bottle of water to someone walking down the street when you notice they look overheated. When you see an elderly person crossing the road with heavy bags, you’ll go out of your way and help them carry them. It means that when you’re in the taxi you’ll learn all about the driver’s story. Alternatively, you’ll be forced to divulge all of your life secrets to the driver.
But none of this will cause you to bat an eyelash, because this is Israel. This is normal behavior for Israelis. No one is acting intrusive in order to be nosy or confrontational. It is strictly because every grandmother thinks she’s YOUR grandmother. The nation of Israel is small. Everyone is somehow connected to one another. Your new friend that you met the other day is your next door neighbor’s butcher’s wife’s 3rd cousin’s dentist’s daughter. And that somehow makes sense to everyone.
So the next time you’re in Israel visiting, and you overhear an interesting conversation, join in! Don’t be surprised if you receive an invite into their conversation or their home for a delicious Moroccan, Yemenite, Polish, or American meal. After you finish every last bite, don’t be surprised if they tell you to go on a diet because maybe you eat too much!
Welcome to Israel!
Tova made Aliyah with her family to Israel from New Jersey, USA. Tova loves to focus on all the amazing experiences she come across while navigating through her new life in Israel. Her other focus is to highlight the positivity of Israel to help inspire others to one day make the move too.