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Dec. 5th, 2006



The War on Christmas

Does the War on Christmas really exist? Last year a bunch of conservative radio wackos made the claim that a Jewish conspiracy to secularize christmas existed(as if it isn't already secular enough). Christians nation wide refused to shop in stores which said "happy holidays" instead of "merry christmas".

I was up late last night with a Muslim brother talking about Christmas and I found myself wondering where the War on Christmas was this year. He and I began to discuss, fancifully, a Judeo-Muslim movement that advocated conservative Muslim and Jewish values, although we included Jehovah's Witnesses in the fantasy. A kind of solidarity of strict monotheists.

So I guess my questions is... To your knowledge, does the War on Christmas exist? And secondly, do you think such an organization is possible?

Dec. 3rd, 2006


Getting good work

Ok, this next question might seem a little stupid but I'm curious...

I was talking to my dad earlier this evening and he said that in order to get a good job at a good company in Israel, your only option is to know people who can get you a good position. How much truth (if any) is there in this?

Dec. 2nd, 2006



Does anyone know how much a 17 year old lifeguard could realistically expect to earn (per hour) in Israel? What about if you're 18+?

Dec. 1st, 2006

Pecan tree in January


Question for Israelis

What did you have for breakfast this morning?
What do most people eat for breakfast?

Nov. 30th, 2006


It's Not Disneyland

This isn't a question, but it's pertinent, I feel.

I'm pretty lucky when it comes to the army.  In addition to the lone soldier benefits I'll be getting, (granted, most of them are ceremonial, for instance the monthly calling card that's good for just 10 minutes of phone time with family abroad) I have the benefit of someone on the inside letting me know what to expect.  My friend who went into the army two weeks ago is going through the exact same tironut (basic training) and course that I'll be doing in March.  She's been giving me the exclusive inside scoop.  So far, I've been feeling pretty well prepared.

Well, she called me last night from the army.  She finished tironut yesterday and straight away started her course, the same course I'll be starting in March.  She had called me pretty much every day of tironut with stories from the day.  Mostly funny and amusing stories.  I don't know if it was that she didn't have time to tell me about the rough parts of the day, or if they weren't bad enough to be worth mentioning.  In any event, last night was the first time her stories scared me.  Tironut for girls is hard physically and psychologically.  It consists of not enough sleep, lots of excercise, and getting used to the strictness of the military.  But after two weeks it's over.

The course is evidently more serious.  The job that the course trains for demands a certain kind of personality, and they drill and watch meticulously to see if you can hack it.  They're constantly testing you.  A girl who had recently finished the course talked to the new girls and told them stories.  She had gotten a 64 on a test, but it was marked as a 94.  She went to correct the problem, and they gave her the 94.  The whole thing was a test of her honesty.  Another girl's test showed a mark just a few points higher than what she'd actually earned, and she didn't come forward to correct it.  She failed the test and the course.

She's equated the experience so far to a mixture of 1984 and a reality show.  They watch your every move and if you don't own up to mistakes, you get punished.  Sometimes you get punished just the same.  Honesty and responsibility are the most important things.  I'm really going to have to work on that.  I'm so used to fudging over my mistakes, not taking responsibility for things i think people didn't catch.  Forget sit-ups, I need to start working on attention to detail.  Tironut I'll get through either way, no matter how hard it is.  But the course?  If you don't do well, they send you to a unit with no quality people, and you're pretty much stuck there for the rest of your service.  And if you really don't do well, they can boot you out of the course.  And then you get stuck as a secretary making coffee and filing forms for 21 months.

But hey, it's not Disneyland.  It's the army.



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well... as I see a strange lack of action here, let's start with this one: Why are there so many people who've joined this community already, but nobody's asking questions yet? Is everybody around here that shy?

Nov. 29th, 2006



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