Shakshuka

On my 19th birthday, I was down with the flu and unable to get out of bed, which was a huge disappointment for someone who loves birthdays. The only thing that managed to lift my mood was a steaming pan of shakshuka that was presented to me by my Israeli friends. They promised me great…

What’s mine is not yours

It is impossible to write a blog about Israel without addressing the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Despite lasting over a century, the attacks and its consequences have not stopped affecting the people of this region. The history of this issue is extremely complicated and I have yet to meet two people who agree on the ‘facts’….

Kibbutz shockz

The first time I ever heard the term kibbutz was when I asked to hear about the love story of two of my best friends, who are a couple. They had both grown up on kibbutzim (pl.) and had been shuffling between each other’s kibbutzim ever since. Although the concept fascinated and interested me endlessly,…

Holy, but not wholly

One of the phrases I often hear my Israeli friends joke about is their home being “the Holy Land”. While I’m unsure how many of them actually believe in this term, I am aware that they make fun of this term because it is the one people associate most with their country. With the capital…

Alice in the Holy Land

Similar to Australian cities, each Israeli city seems to offer something entirely different from the other. Tel Aviv seems to be the counterpart to Melbourne, not least for being noted as one of the world’s most renowned street art centres, with various forms of art being displayed proudly on its streets, especially in areas such…

A rock by any name is still holy

Growing up in a Muslim country, Israel was a touchy but interesting topic. One of the few times this topic would be discussed with a sense of reverence and admiration would be when discussing Jerusalem and its holy regions. One of the most significant among these has always been Israel’s “most recognisable landmark”, the Dome…