Only In Israel

Friday, November 04, 2005

Of all the places in the world.

Israel has a new reality show craze, with "Mikol Habanot Ba-Olam" (of all the girls in the world). It's a "Bachelor" style show, with the twist of a rich Jewish guy from NYC coming to Israel to find a Jewish wife. It's not that interesting, not a big hit, and I have to say, it looks like the producers worked pretty hard to find every last skank in the country to drool over Ari. Ari became a superstar, atleast in the US newspapers. But apparently some in the US aren't satisfied:

Josh Neuman, editor-in-chief of Heeb magazine, thinks that the comparison between Israeli women and American women is feeding into a "stereotype" and "clich‚" that's outdated, hence the show's title "Of All the Girls in the World."

"That clich‚ goes back to a Zionist ideological theory," he says. "It's such a blatant rip-off of the idea that Jews aren't really at home anywhere but Israel and only there do they live an authentic existence.

Clich? Theory?
Hey Josh, when is the last time you got Friday afternoon and Sabbath off and worked on Sunday? When is the last time all traffic in YOUR town stopped on Yom Kippur? When was the last time you got Passover off? What about Sukkot? Have you ever went on a job interview and were afraid to mention your religion? How many of your Jewish relatives raise their children to Christianity/Islam/Buddhism/Whatever?
Israel is indeed the only place Jews can feel truly home. Any Jew who has ever visited Israel knows that. Even Israelis who have left to find better financial or security conditions know that. Israel is unique, one of its kind.
Some want to stay and live abroad, and wait for your first grandson's baptism before realizing that Israel is the place for the Jewish people. I prefer understanding it now, than being sorry later. Israel is the key to the survival of the Jewish people as a religion, ethnicity and culture, even if they don't live here, Jews recognize Israel as their insurance policy, they know it will be here for them during the hard times (ask Ethiopians, Aregntinians, and French Jews).
So you might sit in your convinient home abroad, but know this, the future is in Israel. The only thing abroad is the past.
There, I think I ranted enough.


  • "Some want to stay and live abroad, and wait for your first grandson's baptism before realizing that Israel is the place for the Jewish people."

    Sad but true.

    By Blogger Cosmic X, at 9:57 AM, November 06, 2005  

  • Poor bitter Josh Neuman for having no luck in the dating world of Manhattan... I can say with conviction that Israeli men are far more attractive than a Rick Moranis look alike.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:59 AM, November 09, 2005  

  • Look, Amen to alot of what you say. But there is no shame in living in the diaspora and its no easy run either.

    I devote alot of my time in South Africa to Israel activism - it doesnt mean I should have a say in Israeli democratic processes - but it allows me to know that I have my place role in doing what I can for Israel.

    Things are always more complicated than they seem.

    But in general...Amen to your rant!

    I will actually be in Israel in December - on an Israel Activism Seminar. Cant wait.

    By Anonymous Steve, at 10:32 PM, November 09, 2005  

  • yes, but I miss the asado...and the hummus really does not compensate.

    By Blogger Fabián, at 10:49 PM, November 09, 2005  

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