Israelis test their thorny natures against the inconvenience of lockdown
Due to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19, we in Israel are now, by law, “locked down,” a social condition during which everyone keeps his or her distance from others whenever it’s convenient. When inconvenient, however, Israelis invent clever ways to skirt the rules; take the young Israeli couple, for example, who recently married in a supermarket to avoid Israel’s legal limits set upon the size of public gatherings.
Lock down has naturally affected everyone. A few days ago Marcia and I received an SMS notice from the Israeli postal service. “A package awaits you!” it said. Still not quite accustomed to Israeli humor, I assumed that the option provided in the notice to click on a link and set an appointment for pickup was sincere.
Eight-forty AM. Check. Ten-minute window of opportunity. Understood. I’ll simply arrive at the appointed time and avoid the usually frantic Israeli postal scene.
It was not to be.[Read more…]
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