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Home » Articles » Destinations » Middle East » “I am Eating Absurd Amounts of Felafal”
“I am Eating Absurd Amounts of Felafal”
Submitted by lisa on 2006-12-11 23:38:57 (via
I must be really torn in order to get to the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, and leave my ATM receipt there, instead of a peace note I have written for one of my relatives. Well, this article’s author did it, and it was really fun to read about it. Still, I’m not sure what the title has to do with the rest of the article. Can anyone enlighten me?:)
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Submitted by jordan on 2006-12-12 00:24:33
I never really put too much thought or intend too much meaning for the titles of these... articles, if you want to call them that. In the case of this missive, I remember that I was eating felafel just about every day in Israel. That point wasn't necessarily worth mentioning in the piece itself, but it made for a title that was informative on multiple levels, and also perhaps a little bit funny.
I'm glad you enjoyed the piece - thanks!
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Submitted by bindero on 2006-12-13 01:03:57
I liked the article too, it gives Israel a different taste, a truly intense one, I'd say! I enjoyed reading about both nature/ climate/ attractions and politics in the same piece of writing.

So what's felafel made from?
Submitted by roxy on 2006-12-13 01:10:33
I wouldn't say it's an article we're talking about, it's more of a really funny trip report (I especially liked the part with the ATM receipt too - hahaha), sounds like a really nice trip! and makes it more interesting to have the article's author present here. Cheers!
Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-10-19 12:32:07
As an Israeli I think your description is one to one Israel.
As if your were born here and decided to travel in Israel as a tourist.
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-10-20 08:05:25
i am israel woman who live in israel, as i read ur articals, i couldn't see the lead ur take the reader. well if u think israel is just phalfel then u don't know what israel, if to put anote at the west wall ao the tample u could put something trvial it show me what low person u are. couse although i a jew and very much belive imy trudition i am also belive of god. and i respect arabic or chreistian places in that matter.

but u are taking ur writting to show how the israel native are. for ur enformation most israeli speak some kind of english and most of them entertain with resepct every kind of people but respect the place that they go there. for u i think i will be bless u to go sedrot a city that it popolatin live under kasmes terorist. i want to show me i u manege ther for one hour when ther is kasem.

well we israeli not native one as u put it infact we tend to learn to much things and behaviur from u.s.a so u ve to blame ur people. unlike u i resepct every one who born in god image.

for u i wish that life teach u very good lessons how to treat hospitality.

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Submitted by jordan on 2007-10-22 12:25:20
Allow me to clarify a few points:
-I certainly don't think 'Israel is just phalfel.' As I mentioned in my comment above, I had been eating a lot of felafal at the time and was just looking for any kind of title that might be informative and a little bit funny. I am distressed that anyone would read so much into it; I guess I should re-title the piece.
-I don't believe in god. But I do respect people and places of all religious bents.
-I don't quite follow all of your criticisms. I think you're unhappy with the way I'm representing Israel and its people. I certainly don't claim to do that very well. I just wrote based on the experiences I had and the people I spoke to (which, in my defense, were many).

I will say that I had an amazing time in Israel, a beautiful country with many wonderful people. I'm sorry if my writing has upset you. If you'd like to challenge any specific points or claims that I make, I'd be happy to continue the discussion.
Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-10-22 10:18:18
as a person that lived in israel i just can tell u that israel is amazing country and we have the varied of beatifull view , we have dessert in the sout and beatiful mountains in the north . if u want to come to israel and see all this view and travel come in the winnter or the begining of the spreanig , maybe it sound not funny but the winnter here is not a real winnter like in usa or europe .
about the food , i travel a lot in the world and i am really honnest to tell u that the most delicius food is in israel becouse we have a lot of diffrent culuters so we have a diffrent food , Moroccan food Bulgarian food and more and more ...
if u want to come just to chill u can come to tel aviv every night we have parties until the mornig.. bars that open every night ... a lot of people said that tel aviv is number one in night life in eurpe ... so u must and cheak it .
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-10-22 12:06:33
my name is rachel and i live in tel-aviv.
israel ia beautiful there is so much to see in hre the small country is big when it comes to mountains,desert,beaches and more.
tel-aviv is the city of night :bars restaurants shopping ang more..
i recommend coming here and visiting israel..
you will love it:)
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Submitted by Jacob on 2008-08-05 10:06:05
Hi there, kind of a long article but it was kind of fun because I actually enjoyed to read an article about Israel from a foreign point of view...

So I read only the first article and I must say its rather true and I find it amazing that a traveler was so right about whats going on.
When it comes to her traveling, of course she'll enjoy all the sights more than a local.. Its true that the dead sea has what to offer and going to the Western wall is a great holly experience.

Sights here very so fast, its only a matter of an hour or two between mountains and forest 'till you get to sand and deserts.

When it comes to the politics she pretty much got it right(on the Israeli side), most of us don't really feel that there is a relevant solution and there is an up and growing believe that total separation is the only answer, time will tell..
Most of us are part of the conflict, and most of us do go to the army so it definitely influences our point of view.

And yes we pig out on Humus and other middle eastern food, its said to be much healthier than western food.

As an Israeli I related to every single word from the article and I find to be most accurate.

Cheers, Yaacov
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