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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

An observation. Nothing more and nothing less.

It has often been observed that Israelis (as individuals and as a nation) are masters of extricating themselves from difficult situations that no normal people would ever allow themselves to get into in the first place.

I can't really allude to the specific incident that inspired this post, but suffice it to say that it constantly amazes (and frustrates) me that we are a nation of MacGyvers... actually proud of how little strategic thinking we do because it gives us endless opportunities to demonstrate our incredible tactical problem-solving skills once the inevitable sh*tstorm results from our lack of anything even approximating planning.

When you add to this the fact that everything from our impulsive lane changing on the highway to our international relations on the world stage seems to be governed by the simple-but-overriding imperative not to be anyone's 'frayer' (sucker), it is nothing short of amazing that this tiny country of ours still exists!

And if you ask any Israeli about this incredible state of affairs, they are likely to shrug and say 'Kacha zeh hayah... v'kacha zeh yehiyeh l'olam'" (that's the way it's been and that's the way it will always be).

[shakes head in loving exasperation]

Posted by David Bogner on September 1, 2009 | Permalink


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The phrase, and worldview, yehiyeh b'seder (it'll be fine) is the one that drives me nuts.

Sure it will. Until it's not. And then what will we do?

Posted by: Andy Levy-Stevenson | Sep 1, 2009 5:59:05 PM

This is what makes me believe that there are still miracles in this world :-)

Posted by: Mark | Sep 1, 2009 10:55:16 PM

Aww, come on, now I'm dying to know the specifics.

Posted by: Baila | Sep 1, 2009 11:52:57 PM

Andy beat me to the punch. Israelis won't plan, will improvise, and when you ask them why they don't plan yiyeh b'seder.

Posted by: Avi | Sep 2, 2009 8:56:57 PM

Personally, I think that's one of the reasons G-d chose Abraham's tribe. That, and the bargaining, which begins in Genesis :')

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Sep 3, 2009 4:39:15 AM

P.S. YOU HAVE PERCEPTIVELY DESCRIBED THE VERY CORE OF MY BEING: "masters of extricating themselves from difficult situations that no normal people would ever allow themselves to get into in the first place". Truly, which makes me think maybe, as a Gentile, I'm in the wrong line of work?

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Sep 3, 2009 4:41:37 AM

yehiyeh beseder can sometimes kill. Wasn't Versailles an example of yehiyeh beseder?

Posted by: Mark | Sep 3, 2009 6:59:14 AM

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