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Take a look at Reuters’ “Oddly Enough”. Or
The best man-bite-dog and back-page news is only reported in the Hebrew press. (Some Israelis, no doubt, sigh with relief…) The fact is, we Israelis do countless equally unbelievable, innovative, nutty or chutzpadik life-embracing things – many that could happen only in
I’m convinced that what passes for ‘normalcy’ in the Jewish state and that all too often sounds like a modern-day Chelm-on-the-Med (see the FAQs if you don’t know what Chelm is) will leave no stock preconception of Israel intact, not even our worst enemies’…
While there is not one kernel of authenticity in traditional Chelm tales, it should be emphasized: As unbelievable as it may seem at times, I’m not making this up! Not even exaggerating! All the stories on this website are based on facts published in genuine news items that appeared in the Hebrew press in periods of relative quiet and in wartime alike – all gleaned from Israel’s largest Hebrew daily – Yediot Aharonot, unless another news source is stated.
Yet, I’m convinced that readers will be laughing with us, not at us.