Israel's Joyful Chaos vs. Europe's Petrified Silence

With all due respect to Europeans, I must confess that we have progressed and they are stuck. We are an advanced technological power and they're still with their ancient churches.

Fall arrives, and with it the guavas smeared on the sidewalk and the inevitable reports of folks returning from abroad. In conversations with friends, we hear amazing stories about stunning hotels and incredible deals. “What, including breakfast?” we ask with raised eyebrows. “Yes, yes!” comes the enthusiastic reply − and we go green with envy.