Friday, April 23, 2010
Brezlev religious movement is founded on Rabbi Nachman from Brezlev, they dance and blare music on the promenade next to the Tel Aviv Beach. These are interesting believers bringing back happiness and lightness in practice. / © 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Israel is viewed in a harsh light recently with the media accusing the country or actually it's leaders, in not cooperating to come to a peace agreement with the Palestinians. President Obama is being betrayed as the proverbial "bad guy", at least here in Israel. After receiving a Nobel Peace Prize (some say prematurely), Obama is said to be pushing hard for an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. This situation does not bother Israelis. Plenty of leaders from the time the state was founder in 1948 and even before have tried to make Israelis and Palestinians to stop fighting. The ones who succeeded, Carter and Clinton, were not necessarily great international statesmen, but they somehow got the leaders of the two sides to stop for a moment, shake hands and sign an agreement.
Monday, April 5, 2010
The first colors of spring flowers amaze with almost plastic look. Colors are brightest in the early dawn and late dusk when the sun is not as bright / © 2010
A flower floating in the shade, Wolfsohn park, Tel Aviv, Israel. At first look we assume perfect symmetry, but a closer look shows unique asymmetric construction in each flower. / © 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
How do you describe a country's personality? How do you explain to someone how things are done in a different culture? or business environment? Israelis have been doing things their own way for such a long time, it is hard to most people to understand a unique and very different culture. Israelis are not at all like their American Jewish cousins, also they are not like their European Ashkenazi ancestors and certainly not like the Arabs surrounding cultures (and the Arab countries from where the Israeli Sephradi population came from.)
Israeli culture of creating is unique and can help others in becoming more creative, productive and constructive. Israelis have an 120 year record of building, inventing and innovating intensely. That attitude of doing the "hard-fun work" or what here is considered the "important work" gives Israelis pride and confidence. Some say over-confidence (or false bravado) at extreme cases. Israelis are known to be overly optimistic about their abilities. For most Israelis culture and history also gives a sense of reality and a "can do" attitude. I think this is the most crucial difference between Israeli and people in other countries. In some countries, like the US after World War II this was the case. American won the biggest world war so now Americans felt like they could do anything. For a generation, this attitude propelled the American economy and society which became the envy of the world. Attitudes are developed in Israelis as a cultural element from early age. It makes sense when you are here and you see and experience how Israelis think and work. It is very strange for foreigners with different cultural attributes to understand (or even believe) Israelis describe this attitude. A combination of historical success and strong personality gives the country a truly unique behavior.Read More...
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Red poppies are a sign of spring. The burst out all over the country. In the city, they can be seen in hidden little patches where Israelis have not gotten to them. For many years spring flowers were cut to almost extinction, today there is more awareness to keep them as they are. When fresh these flowers are delicate and seem to float like red dots / © 2010