Israeli Culture in Perspective by David Derovan

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Asked Shmulik. “Yes, it means that we are firm believers in the Zionist dream of the return of the entire Jewish people to the land of Israel. We support the State of Israel and participate fully in Israeli society, just like Nadav and Ori’s families,” answered Ziva. Shmulik interrupted Ziva, “Haredi Israelis are also Zionists! We wouldn’t live anywhere else but in Israel. ” “Sorry, Shmulik,” said Ziva. “I certainly did not mean to insult haredim. ” “No problem,” replied Shmulik. “I guess my point is this,” continued Ziva.

Chapter Four Ori When Ori opened the door to his apartment to greet Yityish and his Rabinowitz guests, they were greeted with the delicious smell of cooking. As they gathered around the dining room table, Ori’s mother Sima came in from the kitchen to greet them. ” asked Ziva, expressing what everyone was thinking. ” they all answered enthusiastically. “Here is something to eat in the meantime,” said Sima as she placed a platter piled with small pastries on the table. As his mother returned to the kitchen, Ori said, “Already you can see a big part of my Sephardic culture.

A door opened and a young Arab, dressed just like them, approached them. ” he asked politely in Arabic-accented Hebrew. “Yes, please,” said Ziva’s Dad. ” “I am Mahmoud Salman. ” came the reply. ” Mahmoud led them across the courtyard and into one of the apartments. They entered a good-sized room with woven carpets on the floor and oversized pillows against the wall. In one corner sat a very old man. As they entered an old woman came into the room from inside the house. Mahmoud translated his grandfather’s request to bring them coffee.

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