Imitation is the best form of flattery
I was flattered by the Indianized look of Alex, who has worked hard blending into the Indian city of Hyderabad and educating the under privileged on essential and soft skills. Our discussion took us all the way from differences in Israeli and Indian culture, the commonalities of Judaism and Hinduism to the lifestyles of San francisco and Philly.
Israelis are in general crass. They do not tend to cushion their opinions and are very fast. That is one of the reasons I took the discussions with Alex who is half Israeli, at the face value. Israelis are extremely friendly at heart. Indians are indirect and would never say no. Just like in Chennai, Israelis are not conscious of following the religion and the emigrants put effort to adhere to culture.
Jews are in general a closed group and do not promote conversion. There are orthodox, conservative and reformed types of Jews. Mostly Israelis are either orthodox or secular. They focus on education a lot. The religion has been a predecessor to other religions. These are all very similar to Hinduism. They have a marriage contract in the form of art called Ketubah (Jewish prenuptial agreement). There are also well defined rules for divorce. These are different from Hinduism. Also unique is a movement called Chabad, whose main mission is to run educational institutions by Jews local to a given location. The Bar Mitzvah/Bat Mitzvah is an important event for a Jew, since the child has to recite/read ancient Hebrew holy text that lasts about an hour. It coincides with thirteenth birthday for boy or twelfth birthday for girl.
Alex would like to explore India more perhaps towards the north. Her open mindedness is going to put her in a position to do greater good and make positive changes in the life of others. I wish her best of luck to carry on the great work.
Air India flight 191 BOM-EWR.