I'm flying back to the US from Australia at the end of February, and decided to take advantage of some cheap flights and stop through Sri Lanka along the way. I've always wanted to see a bit of the middle east as well. Coincidentally, there are some cheap flights to Amman from Colombo. How should I split my time and (very limited) budget to maximize this trip? [more inside]
I'm giving serious consideration to making aliyah to Israel, specifically to Tel Aviv or Akko/Acre. Does anyone have experience / tips for picking a city and then finding a place to live? [more inside]
Trying to remember a book a woman next to me was reading on the subway. It was contemporary nonfiction about Israeli politics and society. The title was something intriguing and maybe a little provocative; I'm pretty sure it contained the word "Israel". It was not specifically focused on the Israel-Palestine conflict. I think she may have described it as being about shifts in political or cultural identities in Israeli society. Sound familiar?
I thought we had locked down the girl name for our baby due next month (Lila) but my husband is having cold feet. We are stuck! Please help. [more inside]
What credit card is best in life for traveling abroad? I'm in the U.S., headed to Israel next month. Would like to get a new credit card that has no foreign transaction fees and no annual fee. Any recommendations welcome. Thanks!
I'm trying to find an article by some historians that posited that the places described in the Bible we not actually in present day Israel. The historians had done some theorizing that the mountains and valleys mentioned in the bible (can't remember which book) fit better with an area in Saudi Arabia off the coast of the Red Sea. I've searched the Google but can't find any mention of this theory. I would love to find it again. Thanks, MeFi!
Traveling to Israel in May. What are my best options for using a smartphone while in-country without breaking the bank? I won't need a lot of data, but I'd like to be able to check email and consult Google Maps. I have an iPhone 6 on Verizon in case it makes sense to use that. Thanks!
I'm going on a trip to Israel in October. I've never been to that part of the world before. I am an American woman. What kind of clothes would be appropriate? [more inside]
I'm going to Tel Aviv next month for a school function for about 5-6 days, that will include a 1-2 day side trip to Jerusalem. I'll also have a couple days before and after on my own, what should I do? [more inside]
We've all seen and read written and spoken rhetoric that supports one side of the conflict. Are there any brilliant articles or speeches that expresss an original viewpoint that take a higher-level view - maybe from the psychological, sociological, or even evolutionary science point of view? Articles that don't take sides, that try to explain rather than to shout?
I thought I saw a recent announcement for a panel including Israeli author Amos Oz in New York City (perhaps as panel moderator). Now I can't remember where I saw it and Google hasn't been any help. Anyone know of a recent appearance in NYC or an upcoming one?
Here's a tough one.... I read a long-form article online a few years ago about Jewish settlers in the West Bank. I remember that it focused on a few teenagers who squatted at an outpost that lacks things like electricity and running water. I definitely remember it was illustrated with photographs of the settlers. I think it focused on a few religious schools in the West Bank that produced these settlers, and was more a profile of the participants than anything else. It was from an English-language publication, probably a Jewish one. Ring any bells?
I'm like every other post-college twentysomething in lots of ways: I make too little money, watch too much Netflix and indulge in an existential crisis oh, about once an hour. Also, like many in my cohort, I love the idea of packing up a ratty old duffel bag and heading off to some far corner of the world to taste, see and do all I can, while maybe giving myself either a leg to stand on once I return to the job market here or the warm-n-fuzzies that come from volunteering and/or service learning. All pretty standard fare. Here comes the doozy of snowflake: I'm in a wheelchair and have certain difficulties with speech fluency, owing to my CP and spastic diplegia diagnosis. Try as I might, I can't get myself to give up on the dream of spending a year or more abroad, even with all this in my way. Help me get there, oh beautiful hivemind? [more inside]
My friend has inherited a gold pendant from a recently passed mother-in-law and she was hoping to learn some more about it. Do any MeFite's know what the story might be behind this pendant? Where it's from, what it might say or represent? [more info and link to photo inside] [more inside]
My family has planned, but have not purchased plane tickets for, a trip to see relatives in Israel a couple of months from now. We are concerned about the presence of wild polio virus there, apparently imported from Syria. The CDC is recommending that adults get a booster dose of IPV (the "killed" virus used in the countries, like the US, where polio infection has been essentially eradicated) and that kids are up to date with our vaccination; for our 3-year-old, this would mean getting her last dose of IPV early (though not so early as to violate any guidelines.) But Israeli children are getting OPV, the live vaccine. If I understand correctly, IPV is effective at preventing you from actually getting paralytic polio, but it does not prevent asymptomatic infection with poliovirus. [more inside]
That I've posed this question more than once before in various forms doesn't say very many good things, but the circumstances being what they are, I have to hope the answer is yet to be found. That's all I've got really- hope.I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( in May, with a BA in psychology from Stony Brook University in NY), looking for love, a job, a journey and a purpose. I'm also in a wheelchair, unable to speak fluently in an increasing percentage of life situations, grossly overweight, unmotivated and uninspired. Help me build a life away from my couch and outside of daytime TV, Facebook and lies. [more inside]
Israeli (or Israel-located) responses only, please. :) I'm flying to Israel this coming Sunday morning for a week-long vacation with my wife. The current plan is 1 day Jerusalem, 1 day Ramallah, 4 relaxing days on the beach in Tel Aviv. Now I'm trying to figure out whether I'll be flying into a war zone. [more inside]
I've been to Ramallah once before as a single guy (in the Summer of 2008), just walking across at the checkpoint in Jerusalem and grabbing a taxi, and I had a great time -- everyone was super friendly and extroverted, got by fine in English, fun shopping, tasty food, though I returned to Jerusalem at sundown so if it's really different at night I didn't see it. Now, I'm going back to Israel with my wife for the first time, and I want to show her Ramallah, but I want to double check first that this isn't a bad idea safety-wise for any reasons I might not be thinking of (security situation changing in the last 5 years, treatment of women travelers possibly different than treatment of men, etc.). [more inside]
5 days in Israel: what should we see and do? [more inside]
This one might be a doozy. So, I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( this May) with a B.A. in psychology and no idea what to do with my life. ( Original, I know, but bear with me, it gets better.) Everyone around me seems to have what are at least well-outlined 5 year plans, oriented around either grad school or a great entry level job. Certain circumstances in my life though seem to leave me with a vision of the future that doesn't extend far beyond the living room couch and daytime TV for the next 10 years and that frightens me to no end. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good company in Israel from which we can rent a prepaid sim card? [more inside]
Should I pursue a casual FWB relationship with this narcissistic but very intellectually interesting and sexy jerk?
Should I pursue a casual FWB relationship with this narcissistic but very intellectually interesting and sexy jerk? [more inside]
I need to stop reading wikipedia at work, so please give me books instead [more inside]
Can you please recommend a good book on the formation of modern Israel? [more inside]
Where to get Israeli shekels in Los Angeles? [more inside]
Help me find the petition, published in The New York Times, condemning the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine around the time it was passed in late November 1947. [more inside]
This morning I had this really nice Israeli spread - and I hesitate to use that word because it's quite liquidy - which I would like to know more about. What's in it? Can I buy it anywhere else? What is it called? The name is comething like "chrinach," it's considered a student food (cheap, easy to make), and it has a salty, maybe malty or yeasty taste. Making it is easy: start with a concentrated paste, add water little by little; add salt, garlic. Has the color and texture of wallpaper paste, but tastes awesome. Goes great with bread, vegetables. What is it!?
What would be some good radio monologues to have kids read for a sleep-away camp podcasting group? [more inside]
The US and Israel, according to all accounts, are behind the Stuxnet and Flame worms. Does the creation and deployment of these cyber espionage worms violate any treaties or international law? Does the creation and deployment of these worms violate any existing domestic law? [more inside]
Anybody know about the cost of getting an MRI or MRA in Israel (or Cairo)? This is my student insurance, and it puts imaging under "Included in the limits of liability". I'm not sure what that means. I am unable to get this done in the US due to scheduling conflicts. I'll be in Jerusalem this summer and then in Cairo this fall, but am not sure what my insurance will be in Cairo (and I also know less about Egypt's health system in general). Thanks!
Suggestions for the four days after my Birthright Trip finishes? [more inside]
Looking to travel to Israel soon and interested in renting a motorcycle - anyone know of good places to rent in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem that allow for travel around the country? [more inside]
I'm trying to find out the title and author of a near-future geopolitical thriller written sometime back in the 90's. [more inside]
Are there any, good, books (or peer reviewed articles?) on the economics of Mandate Palestine including original Jewish immigration before the British mandate? I'm interested in the comparative development of the immigrated Israeli and indigenous Arab populous, as well as all the relevant, important tidbits: rates and causality of forced landlessness, Arab immigration from outside Palestine, etc.
What's a guy to do in Jerusalem? [more inside]
Can you recommend an American therapist in Israel? [more inside]
TravelFilter: I'm going to Israel for two weeks in July. Help me figure out how to travel around and see everything. [more inside]
Is there a special branch of the Israeli police that specializes in investigating antiquities theft or artifact smuggling? [more inside]
Orthodox-in-JerusalemFilter: I watched Eyes Wide Open last night and found it, unexpectedly, quite moving. I'd like to know more about a central image and I'm not finding it online, so I hope an Orthodox and/or Israeli MeFite can shed some light. Dip in, for more details... [more inside]
Contemporary Israeli politics. Israel and Palestine. Point me to good resources. [more inside]
Will the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) ever be appended to include events such as the Shoah (Holocaust) and the foundation of Israel?
Good places to hike in Israel? [more inside]
Should I go to Lebanon in April? What do I need to know if I go? I have a chance to attend a conference there, and need to decide quickly if I'm going, and if so, how long I want to spend there and if I want to go anywhere else in the area. [more inside]
A few decades ago there was this enamel coated oven contraption, resplendent with a small glass door that slid down, that you'd put on the gas burner, it would heat up from below and could then be used as an ordinary baking device. It had virtually no inner parts, aside from maybe a coil. They had them in Europe and Israel - what were they called? Are they still made? (It isn't the Wonder Pot).
Looking for a news article I read about Isreal and Egypt meeting at the State Department, and not saying anything until they agreed on how bad American coffee is. But now I can't find it! [more inside]
Trying to remember a movie in which a woman meets her mother's (supposed?) ghost while visiting Israel. Help me remember. Please!!!! :) [more inside]
Travel to Hebron via Tel Aviv- American citizen, Pakistani ethnicity (and Muslim, don't wear a headscarf), and all sorts of stamps on my passport. Can I do it? [more inside]
I will be travelling for work as part of a delegation to Israel and Palestine in early October. I'm hoping to stay for an extra day or two at the end, but I can't decide what I should do with my time. Help? [more inside]
A friend of mine has recently been sexually assaulted in a Kibbutz in Israel. I have limited experience counseling. I know enough to know this is well out of my league and that she may develop PTSD from this, but she is unable (not unwilling) to seek treatment for another two weeks. What do I do? [more inside]
How can I, a non-Israeli Jew, get an Israeli passport? [more inside]