Gefilte Fish Out of Water

August 26, 2009, 5:40 pm
Filed under: Cultural Differences, Identity


Right before the morning break today in school, our teacher crammed in one more lesson, where we had to read various numbers in our textbook and say them in Hebrew.  The textbook didn’t just pick random numbers, for the larger ones it picked numbers that had some significance to Israel’s history.

One of them was 1967.

This is a MAJORLY important date in Israel’s history.  It’s the year of the 6-Day War, in which Israel launched a pre-emptive attack against Egypt, which had amassed 1,000 tanks and almost 100,000 soldiers up against the border.  Israel wound up gaining a lot of territory – including the West Bank and Gaza, which if you watch stuff besides The Hills, you know is totally relevant to Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations and is a factor in the stability of the entire Middle East.  It’s a date you can’t escape – from current events to history books, the shiz is mayjah.

And so it is in America, too.  But for totes different reasons.  1967.  The Summer of Love, man.  Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  Hippies, LSD, The Haight, sexual revolution, peace.

I just thought for a moment and took notice of how that year holds such incredibly different significance for two whole populations and cultures.  I’m deep like that.


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