It is strange that one can just fly to Israel like this. It’s the same as if tickets to Eden were sold at the box office of the Belorussky station.
Although the one who has already been to the Middle East or at least to our own South, Israel is not impressive in the first minutes: well – in Tunisia we saw an Arab bazaar and abruptly; the brown marl under the feet is also familiar – according to Koktebel; exactly the same man-made garden-terraces with olive trees on the slopes of the mountains can be found in Greece; The Red Sea from the opposite, Egyptian side, will be more transparent than in Eilat, Tel Aviv does not make an impression after Abu Dhabi. No “Turkish delight” for you, no “Thousand and one nights” … A connoisseur of spicy oriental exoticism is too clean, decorous and expensive, although the prim European Eurocentr, on the contrary, is too homely and in a southern provincial (well, what’s it this, in fact, is a waiter in a hotel restaurant for the second time himself, without an invitation, shaking hands …) Continue reading
Most of the current immigrants – as the immigrants call them in Israel – come either to close relatives who help them settle in a new place, or go through an ulpan-kibbutz (school and home): they work in a kibbutz and at the same time study Hebrew. This is the so-called First Home Home program. Those kibbutzis who participate in the program receive some benefits and material assistance from the state – the state pays for the temporary residence of new emigrants.
All returnees arriving in Israel are entitled to the so-called “absorption basket”. Absorption is a takeover, but in Israel, newcomers are “absorbed” very humanely: in this basket there are various kinds of cash benefits, tax benefits, loans for renting and buying apartments, paid education, legal advice and retraining courses. Baskets for those arriving at the kibbutz are the most “weighty”. Continue reading
It was the end of January, but the water temperature turned out to be quite acceptable: not that warm, but, as they say in such cases, invigorating. I chuckled cheerfully, dived and made a few energetic strokes. The punishment immediately followed: I was thrown to the surface and turned over like a kayak controlled by an inept hand, and my eyes hurt, as if they had been carried out with sandpaper. I realized that you need to be careful. Still, before me is not the Black Sea or even the Red (Red), through which Moses spent his dry land, but the Dead, which requires a special regime of behavior.
Dense, oversaturated with salt water did not want to accept foreign objects, in this case my body, and elastically pushed them to the surface. It seems to me that with certain skills and hard training, you can learn how to take a couple of steps along the surface of the Dead Sea with a running start. Continue reading