Israel is special.
(I heard that gasp of surprise and will ignore it.)
Unfortunately, Israel Outlook doesn’t capture more than a fraction of that special quality.Â My blog is all about terrible people doing terrible things to a country that I care deeply about. But, terrible people have done terrible things to other countries since there were countries to do terrible things to.
It says very little aboutÂ your uniqueness when the terrible hate you.
That’s why you should turn to other blogsÂ when you want a ‘slice of life’ look at Israel. I’ve already profiled Marallyn’s blog Shalom from Jerusalem, but there’s another blog that should also have your attention.
The name is Treppenwitz,Â whichÂ is Yiddish for ‘wisdom of the stairs’ – the kind that’s just a little too late. David Bogner is the blogger, and his blog consistently wins awards in his category.
David explains the unusual name for his blog in this way:
Literally, ‘the wisdom of the stairs’. The striking reply that crosses one’s mind belatedly when already leaving, on the stairs. People are often angry because they did not have the fitting answer directly during a conversation. The term is old, but it was made popular by W. Lewis Hertslet who published his book in 1882 entitled ‘Treppenwitz der Weltgeschichte’. In that book, he writes: “Like to a petitioner who is just leaving after an audience, a piquant, striking words occurs to history almost always delayed.”
I think that all of us have been there far too many times to count, and David’s writing is full of the gently ironic tongue-in-cheek quality that you would expect from such a blog. Gentle irony is a rare thing in Israel, which is more used to the harsherÂ kind that yoursÂ truly dishes out.
Here is how David describes himself and his blog:
I live in Israel with my wife Zahava, our three gifted (natch’) kids, and our black Lab’ Jordan.
Some of what you’ll find here deals with the ‘specialness’ and reality of everyday life here. Other stuff dances around the periphery of subjects like fatherhood, husbandry (hmmm…maybe that’s the wrong word), commuting, home improvement, and pet ownership.
What’s left are an assortment of links to web sites I frequent, and other bloggers that I follow. Keep in mind that while I enjoy visiting these places and reading these blogs – you might not. ’nuff said.
So, put Treppenwitz on your watch list, and learn a littleÂ ‘wisdom of the stairs’.Â