Tag Archives: tel-aviv

So Whats Been Going On With Me

15 Jul

Well first off, I got married. Yeah, you read that correctly. I got married. MARRIED.

You know, it doesn’t feel weird to say it at all.  Nor does it feel weird to call Eitan my husband. Well, seeing it in writing actually makes my heart jump. Eitan is *my* husband. I am the luckiest girl  in the world IMHO

We are Mr and Mrs Burcat. Well, unofficially right now. You see, my little (I should really start to refer to her as my younger sister since she is 26 years old) sister got engaged the day after our wedding and is getting married mid October please Gd. Since we are traveling to the States and I need my American passport, I am not changing my last name until we return from our honeymoon and the wedding. So as of right now I am Berger-Burcat which kinda has a nice ring to it. We joked about changing both our names to Berger Burcat because it just rolls off the tongue nicely but I think I’m going to stick with just changing mine.

Oh and July 14 marked my 8 years of making Israel my home. I think after this year I am going to stop – as we are currently building a Bayit Ne’eman B’Yisrael. No more looking to the past but rather, going to keep my eyes on the future while holding my husband’s hand.

To see our wedding pictures  click here

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Luck be a lady tonight

6 May

Last night Eitan and I went to Jerusalem to meet with someone I consider a sister. Actually, she is the sister of the brother from a different mother.

Both of us needed an ATM for cash. I had NIS7 on me and he had about NIS3 and that would not get us to Jerusalem.

So off we went to the closest ATM but there was no money in it. Then we tried another ATM and again no luck. Then we went back to the first ATM and tried taking out the smallest amount possible and guess what, nada. The machine was sucked dry. So we decided to walk t0 Dizengoff Center and (fingers crossed)  withdraw cash. We passed by another ATM and cash machine at AM:PM and both of them were void of cash.

Eitan then suggests the “Tal Muscal” method. Which is.. you take your chances with the lottery. At this point, what else is there to lose and its the closest “cash machine” around. So we walked up to the lottery stand and asked for the NIS5 scratch’n’play. Remember, this is now half of the money we have on us.  The nice older lady hands Eitan the ticket and he starts to scratch. And 3 doves appear under the scratched out part.

WINNER!!!!!

We won NIS100 (a profit of NIS95) and were merrily on our way to Jerusalem. No more ATM hunting in TLV

(PS – We had no problem finding a working ATM in Jerusalem)

Social Justice and the Generation of “Me”

21 Aug

I came across an article today titled “Generation א” and the essence of the article is they are entitled bourgeois who are not fighting for social justice, they are fighting for themselves.

And I agree mostly with this statetment.

Yes there are issues with high taxes, anti-monopoly laws, very small group of extremely wealthy families running most of the large businesses in the country. On the flip side of it – all I hear from the protesters is “I deserve”.

What exactly do you deserve? You deserve to be able to afford any kind of lifestyle you chose without working for it? You deserve to be able to live in the metropolitan city of Tel Aviv? You deserve a car?

What is really happening here is the erosion of the middle class and now the middle class is standing up. For themselves.

“Large sectors of Israeli society and its periphery have been crying out for over a decade to the self-declared Israeli bourgeoisie to ask for support in pressuring the government to alleviate their pain. It is only now, as that pain has begun to trickle into that bourgeoisie’s own pockets, in the relatively mild form of decreasing purchasing power and rising rents (as opposed to living in abject poverty and huddling in bomb shelters), that the privileged urban Israelis responsible for this latest civic awakening are finally willing to listen.”

I recommend you go and read the entire article “Selfish Goals of the Tel Aviv Tent Protests