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Is Sherut Culture a Vehicle for Kindness?

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As I stand on Ben Yehuda, a busy main street parallel to the beach in Tel Aviv, I wave down a yellow taxi – not the New York kind – but what Israelis call a ‘monit sherut’, or shared taxi. The sherut is an alternative to taking the bus, as it often runs along the…

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Texting Terribly in Tel Aviv

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“Why did you just punch me in the face?” he asked. “I didn’t punch you,” I responded. “I fist bumped you. Ehm, is that just a Jersey thing?” It was only the beginning of our blossoming text message conversation, and I quickly learned that for the majority of Israeli men, the fist emoji is a…

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Young Band Wins Hearts in Israel

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While politics, religion and economics are ever dividing the nation of Israel, especially leading up to April elections, a new heartwarming movement seems to be taking center stage. Enter popular television show the Rising Star, or Kochav Habah in Hebrew, which is the annual competition to determine who represents Israel in the Eurovision Singing Competition.…

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From Mindless Consumption to Mindful Consumerism

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It was a rough day in Tel Aviv. I missed the bus, spent too long at the bank, forgot to eat, and cried on four street corners for no apparent reason. The craving had kicked in and I knew just what I needed. I ducked into a shop, scoured the shelves, picked something up and…

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Tel Aviv is Expensive and Worth Every Shekel

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Tel Aviv is ranked the 9th most expensive city in the world, reported by the Economic Intelligence Unit, making her a challenging place to live comfortably, save money and afford many of life’s luxurious pleasures. Despite the financial obstacles which exist on a daily basis, there is an inherent and indescribable value that lives within…

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