Tuesday, February 9, 2016
|Tamir's Shnitzel on Givatay'im's main street (53 Katzenelson St.) is a rare find, busy from 1:00 to 3:30 PM)|
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
|Used books stall on Dizengoff reflects Tel Avivian's thirst for English literature: pulp to art, cheap to boutique... an identity crisis? Some say no, some are still at the horn of the dilemma.|
Sunday, January 10, 2016
|Almost empty King George (Ha'melech George) street on a weekday morning. Tel Avivians see the fear in empty streets, shops, cafes and public events. Is this a peek of "things to come"?|
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
|Memorial candles and photo of terror victim on Dizengoff Street, Tel Aviv, January 5th, 2016|
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
|Memorial candles and funeral notices at 130 Dizengoff, site of the two killings, January 2nd, 2016|
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
|From the book "International Business: Theory and Practice" by Ehud Menipaz, Amit Menipaz (Google book preview)|
Thursday, December 10, 2015
|Mosaic and tinted windows historical collage reflected at the Hanukkah Beit Bialik light show|
|A house on Bialik street "set on fire" at the Hanukkah light show, Beit Bialik, Tel Aviv, Dec. 9, 2015|
|Menorah projected in a light show at Biyalik house, Tel Aviv (9-Dec-'15)|
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Thursday, October 22, 2015
|WOK Republic on Ben Yehuda, brisk business on a Saturday night ||
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
|Modern Klezmer kept the horns & added electric guitar and synthesized drumd / @ DAVider 2015|
|Modern and traditional mix at a Simchat Torah celebration / @ DAVider 2015|
Monday, October 5, 2015
|Some small graffiti stencils are designed to promote a product or a message / @ DAVider 2015|
|Graffiti in walkway (clearance) above Gordon beach and pool, Tel Aviv beach @ DAVider 2015|
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Sunday, September 15, 2013
"We are the children of the winter of 73 ...
"You promised a dove, an olive branch,
"You promised peace, at home, you promised spring, blooms "
This controversial song is raising old memories and complaints about the balance between hope and reality. When the two clash, like during and after the Yom Kippur war, idealism about peace and promises to children, seem like something cruel or at least out of touch with reality. Then there are the voices who claim to never believe the naive view of "peace next year" propaganda songs (especially from IDF musical groups). Regardless of your views or beliefs, the wars in Israel, hard and painful, Israeli military bands perform incredibly nice, to the point of "too nice" (syrupy sweet some would describe them) for a band that suppose to motivate troops to the front. Here in Israel you will not find anything close to a Russian army chorus belting out propaganda songs a-la-World War II. You will also not find the European or American brass bands leading a long march of well heeded marching units. So what is this Israeli style army bands suppose to do?Read More...
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Sunday, November 7, 2010
|Colonia Aelia Capitolina map, a Roman city built by Caesar Adrea nos in 130 CE on Jerusalem's ruins. A reminder of the ancient in modern Israeli life. (image from WikiPedia (http://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/היסטוריה_של_ירושלים)|
Modern Israel is a new creation in an ancient land. In Israeli's daily life, there is a mix of the modern and the ancient at the same time. Entering Tel Aviv University's Frankel gate reveals a row of Roman statues lined up as they were guarding a procession of students entering campus. The Eretz Israel Tel Aviv Museum* gardens are dotted with ancient Hebrew and Roman mosaics. Family law is based on Rabbinical legal practices going back 1,000 year with basic values taken from the Torah, Talmud and Mishnah. Israelis regularly quote biblical and Talmudic verses in daily conversation. The speaker's richness in planting a fitting quote shows their religious knowledge and even where they grew up. Jerusalemites and Tel Avivians often compare their biblical and Talmudic knowledge. Jerusalem speakers, living in a more orthodox city use more biblical phrases. Tel Avivians using fewer but with more meaning sometimes. Less you use something, higher it's importance.
Living a modern life in an ancient land brings tensions between the two. On one side Israelis want to live in today's world with all the benefits and pleasures of a modern world. On another, Israelis from the earliest immigrants to today, want to discover and preserve ancient culture, values and practices. The land is filled with archeological digs, stringing a continuous path in time like breadcrumbs in a barren land. Culture and knowledge of ancient writings is continuously studied and interpreted to our modern language.Read More...
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
|At ''The Gregg Cafe'' in Dizengoff center, the manager's dog has it's own ''personal'' table. Not a common and acceptable practice, it is still telling of the informal feel of Israeli cafes. Not so with ''The Coffee Bean'' and regular laptop workers in 2009 / © 2010|
About a year ago bloggers in Israel made some noise about working in cafes. They were grumbling about cafes being hostile toward people who sat and worked using laptops. Some cafes at the time did not offer free WiFi or did not have AC plugs to connect laptops power supplies. Tel Avivians love their cafes and to some it is their living room and office apartment extensions. A virtual (or actually real?) home-office away from home. In central Tel Aviv, where apartment prices are beyond belief, many people live in tiny apartments. Some work from home, that means sometimes working from the local cafe when they meet customers or clients. The American coffee chain " The Coffee Bean (& Tea Leaf)" had a nice big cafe on Iben Gvirol in front of Gan Ha'ir commercial complex. I wrote about The Coffee Bean's up and down policy toward laptop users. Around 2008 the Israeli high-tech sector collapsed. No new investment in start-ups caused companies to lay off thousands of workers. These were software engineers and professional support workers (salesman and marketers, human resource, administrators) as well as related professionals.Read More...