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Israellycool Mailbag

Blogfather Gary asks:

Dave, can shoes be made out of jelly?

Dave, can jelly be made out of shoes?

Dave, how far is it from my house to the beach?

Dave, do my socks match my shirt?

Gary, I am only answering these questions because you have spent weeks upon weeks helping me with this site, as well as a considerable amount of time defending Israel against the haters. 🙂

1. Not shoes that can be worn

2. Not jelly that can be eaten.

3. Further than from your room to the bathroom.

4. Sometimes.

Ariks asks:

Hey Dave, whats up with Marty Roberts, give us some info!

Well Ariks, Marty has decided to hang up his microphone for reasons that I am not at liberty to discuss. It was a relatively quick decision, hence the lack of a formal announcement. At this stage, Marty has no plans to return to broadcasting.

If you have any questions that need answering, contact me at [email protected]. I will publish the answers next week.


Laurence Simon asks:

First question is one I always ask: Is there a Doggy Heaven?

The second question is serious… what’s the littlest picky detail change from moving to Israel? (For example, when I moved from Ohio to Texas, people saying “Y’all.” In a US-Midwesterner at heart, and it’s still hard to say.)

Regarding your first question, Laurence, I am somewhat surprised that you would be more concerned about the ultimate fate of man’s best friend than that of cats. But then again, your blog name contains an allusion to a dog’s favorite pastime. In any event, I have no idea about doggy heaven. But if there is one, it surely involves a fire hydrant.

Regarding your second question, there are little picky things which are by no means unique to Israel, but rather to the whole Northern hemisphere, such as water running down the drain clockwise instead of anti-clockwise. Assuming you want to hear about something more uniquely Israeli, it is a tough question because the changes here tend to be anything but “little.” Nevertheless, if I have to choose one “little, picky detail” change, it would be the lack of suit-and-tie wearing. In Australia, professional people tend to wear a suit and tie to work. Here, it is almost unheard of. In fact, jeans and shorts are pretty common in the workplace here! This lack of formality also extends to the synagogue, where an open collar white shirt (sometimes hanging out and not tucked in) is the norm here, as opposed to Australia where the suit and tie is worn more often.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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