Tel Aviv Diary May 4, 2006 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

Tel Aviv Diary - May 4-8, 2006 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

May 4, 2006

Okay from now on I'll try to be more positive.

Not blind.

I'm going to try to be happy about the new government, even though i won't pretend Shas will have the country's interests at heart, and i am pretty sure Olmert won't be able to get the important plans through, and i'm pretty sure that leiberman is going to be the most obnoxious and destructive parliament member ever...

right. i'm going to be positive.

May 5, 2006

Had a dream last night where Achmadinajar and Liberman are ensconced in the same ward of the "Institution for the Very Very Nervous." They were a minor part of my dream, which was about my proposed retirement and the need to leave the world in a manageable situation for the next generation.

So our famous literary representative to the world, A.B. Yehoshua, got into trouble with the jews of the world because he said he identifies himself as israeli and not as a jew. That's nothing. I've heard him say that the religion is why there is antisemitism. Anyway everyone is upset. And I say. Give me a break. Lighten up. Smile. Come on. You get two jews together you get three opinions. So what. Yehoshua is just saying what a lot of people said after the holocaust, when the state was founded. Then it was a reaction to the betrayal of God, and without that sentiment the state would never have been founded.

I should add that one of the reasons there is antisemitism is that we need to lighten up.

Me I think that religion is important, as long as it allows rebels like me to hang around and do what I feel like doing.

May 6, 2006

Ladies and Gentlemen: Oren. Now this is a column by a very fine poet and editor named Avia Ben David who also does a weekly fashion spread in Tel Aviv Magazine. And Oren, although he might not look it, is my baby.

Shabbat - and even though I have hundreds of papers to correct and an entire script to memorize, we have to be en famille for lunch. We are not alone - most people go for friday night dinners around here but somehow we got into the saturday lunch syndrome. Last night we went with friends - Esther, Boomy and Ariel, to a friday night dinner at Yakimono Pretty impressive. For the first time in a long time i ate much more than i had room for. And looked longingly at what i just couldn't finish. Now you don't get much better than good people and good food together.

Back to A. B. Yehoshua. I've been trying to find ways to dismantle the bomb he dropped - first by saying it doesn't matter WHAT he said, and then, later today, by saying to some friends that Ben Gurion did the same thing more than half a century ago. But it is still a pretty disgusting lack of empathy.

There. I said it. Now I can go to sleep.

May 7, 2006

the most irritating thing about the new parliament for now is the shushing of speaker Dalia Itzik. I don't know how to get through a day of being shushed.

Spent the afternoon looking over the seaside empire of comme-il-faut. With its complex of hair dressers, beauty parlors, designer clothing shops, sexshops and coffee restaurants,it is a perfect feminist home. And a wonderful place to get rid of that ugly lump in your wallet.

Israel Festival - May 29, 2006 - Love Soup -

Even though I might have told you otherwise, this is a one-time event, so if you're thinking of ordering, it would be a good idea to order in advance.

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