Israel’s Vibrant Jewish Ethnic Mix (My Jewish Learning)

Just because Israel is a Jewish country doesn’t mean all its Jews are the same.
Walk through the Carmel open-air market in Tel Aviv and you’ll hear Russian, Arabic, Yiddish, Amharic, German, Spanish, and of course, Hebrew. You’ll smell foods from Libya, Russia, and Venezuela, and your eyes will notice mounds of yellow and red spices from the Middle East displayed in large wooden barrels. If you talk to a fruit seller, he’ll gruffly tell you he stocks three kinds of bright-orange persimmons — soft for the Russians, hard for the Israelis, and medium for Americans.

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