It’s so easy to be Jewish…

when you live in Israel.

Great things about living here:

  1. The sign at the entrance to Jerusalem which cites from Psalms: Omdot hayu ragleinu b’sha’arayich, Yerushalayim (our feet stood immobile, in the gates of Jerusalem).
  2. The shuk in Yerushalayim.
  3. The mini-shul (synagogue) in the shuk in Yerushalayim.
  4. Shuls located in malls in Israel.
  5. Plethora of suitable clothing including long skirts, hats, scarves and berets.
  6. Kippot (yarmulkas) sold everywhere.Buses that wish a Chag Sameach or G’mar Tov on the signs above the windshields.
  7. The sign on the rear view mirror of Egged bus drivers which reads: v’ahavta l’nahagcha kamocha – and you shall love your driver as yourself.
  8. Bus drivers wearing kippot.
  9. Living here.

What do you think is great about living in Israel? Please help me continue the list by Leaving A Comment so that I can include your thoughts on my Jewish in Israel List page.


5 responses to “It’s so easy to be Jewish…

  1. 1. only in Israel is there a “thing” about not throwing away bread, and having a special place on the street, that looks like a planter, but filled with bread scraps to feed the birds.
    2. only in Israel, in December we do not have to listen to the “other holiday” songs!
    3. only in Israel, are all kinds of Judaica sold in the grocery stores and the dollar stores, like washing cups, yarmulkes, talis katan and many more things, that we used to have to travel to NY for.
    4. only in Israel, can we find it possible to keep the apartment hallway lights on over Shabbat, and there is a good chance of finding a Shabbos elevator
    5. only in Israel, in Friday, will the shop keepers, wish you a Shabbat Shalom!
    whether they are religious or not.


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  3. I’ve been following your blog since you started. You have made amazing progress. This site is an inspiration for all pursuing a long transition versus the big chop.

    – Rob


    • Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging words. No matter how prepared one is mentally for the transition, in actuality there are many unanticipated “bumps.” This blog helps keep me focused on why we came and positive during the rough spots. If I can do the same for others along the way, I’m honored.


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