Grilled Shrimp and Rock Stars on a Bed of Nails
Alterman, Eric, Moment
After visiting Israel four times between 1974 and 1988, I had not been back for two full decades. What I saw during my two-week visit in late June and early July was, in aspects large and small, a different country than the one I remembered.
Tel Aviv has become a cosmopolitan city that is more Israeli than Jewish. No longer the neurotic little village I remembered from a semester in university there, it is a Hebrew-speaking European style-city with a Mediterranean accent. Sure, it has the assorted black hat walking around, and maybe a few of the restaurants are kosher, but I could not get a reservation at Goocha--a fish place with magnificent goose liver-wrapped grilled shrimps--on a Friday night.
The days when Israel was a culturally isolated, near-garrison state are over. However disappointingly it may have ended, a fruit of the …
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Publication information: Article title: Grilled Shrimp and Rock Stars on a Bed of Nails. Contributors: Alterman, Eric - Author. Magazine title: Moment. Volume: 33. Issue: 5 Publication date: September-October 2008. Page number: 14. © 2009 Moment Magazine. COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale Group.
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