Israel is the Only Country in the World Where...
- A passerby on the street, hearing the call from a balcony for a "tenth man," will go up to the apartment of mourners and complete the minyan.
- Bins of bread and rolls, and of milk bags, are deposited at dawn in front of closed grocery stores and restaurants - and no one touches them. (Unless someone needs his groceries early, in which case he takes what he needs, and sends a child, after the store opens, to pay the bill.)
- During the days preceding Pesach, visitors to public buildings are requested not to bring in any chametz.
- On the months with the major Jewish holidays, government pension checks are sent out a week before the holiday, instead of the usual last week of the month. Government employees receive a substantial advance on their salary the week before a holiday as well, to make holiday buying easier.
- There are over ten thousand synagogues.
- Youngsters get up in the bus and give their seats to elderly or pregnant passengers - and get yelled at by strangers if they don't.
- Fathers of newborns are granted paid leave from work; and if it's a boy, they get the day of the bris off too.
- All Jewish holidays are national holidays.
- There is a supply of tehillim books available for the families of patients in hospital waiting rooms, as well as in doctors' and dentists' offices.
- The remains of soldiers, uncovered by archaeologists, are given a proper Jewish military burial 2,000 years after they fell in battle.
- The President and his wife hold open house, welcoming groups and individuals - over 5,000 in all - on the first day of chol hamoed, in their sukkah.
- Strangers stop you in the street at midday and tell you to put a hat on your child's head - the sun is too strong.
- All your neighbors are Jewish - as are your doctors, dentists, grocers, carpenters, plumbers, and repairmen.
- Bible contests are held regularly in the armed forces.
- Bulletin boards in government offices list the daily times for mincha.
- Civil servants, pensioners, and employees of many institutions receive gifts twice a year at work: before Rosh Hashana and before Pesach.
"Israel is the Only Country in the World Where..." was written by Abe Weiss, and is taken from the book "To Dwell in The Palace", published by Feldheim Publishers, Ltd. We have included only excerpts of the original article.
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