When I first arrived in Israel as a new Oleh (immigrant), I was so fascinated by the cultural differences between my new home and my native U. that I wrote regular column in the local paper about it.
Israel Culture 101: Some of my most interesting observations about Israel Culture: Be careful when dealing with vendors, taxi drivers, etc..
But to set the record straight: The joke about men being primitive is a joke.
Speaking from experience as an Israeli man who's dated an American woman (or vice versa), what are major cultural differences you've noticed?
Some of the top Art Dance companies in Israel include The Inbal Dance Theater, The Batsheva Dance Company, The Bat-Dor Dance Company, The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and The Israel Ballet.
I also got a number of private messages legitimately pointing out that I might have been dating the wrong type of people. Then there were the more serious comments about racism, which I took very seriously.
I consider myself to be very liberal and open minded, but I guess if you don’t know me, the joke could leave some with a bad taste.
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From the secular business hub-cum-seaside resort of Tel Aviv to the religiously significant and fought-over Jerusalem, as well as the many Arab villages, kibbutzim and moshavim in between, Israel contains a huge amount of diversity in one very small strip of land.
On the surface, Israelis may often seem rude, pushy and inflexible, but expats will be frequently surprised by how willing people can be to break rules in their favour, and how helpful people can be in moments of crisis.