Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Tel Aviv and Borat, the Movie

Ahhh. Nothing like a Sunday off. Reminds me of the Old Country. Today my work gave me off for Chanukah vacation - not all 8 days but 1 measly day. Better than no days at all though.

My daughter had to take her university/college entrance exam that morning. This exam has nothing to do with how intelligent you are because she is very intelligent and got the highest marks in her high school, but she feels like a complete idiot after studying for 3 months for this exam. English was easy, she told me but math and Hebrew were difficult for her. I spoke to some people who said these exams just show how quickly and accurately you can do these tests under pressure. And you learn how to solve mathematical problems quickly. Big friggin' deal. She lives in my house. She can definitely work/learn well under pressure. Who are they to judge.

But never mind the results. I celebrated the end of her tedious studying day and night and we went off to Tel Aviv to look at the sunset



and to go further north to Ramat Hasharon to Cinema City, a huge complex of 21 or so movie theaters. I hadn't been to Tel Aviv in 1 1/2 years. It's an hour away, but I never find the time to leave Jerusalem.



We got to the cinema just in time for the show. We laughed our asses off and I was surprised to see the audience about my age with few young people. Borat was hysterical speaking in Hebrew when he should have been speaking Kazakh and I'm thinking - man, has this guy put Kazakhastan on the map. Their government should go with it and do "Borat tours" of the country - it would be absolutely hilarious.

Funniest part was the nude wrestling, where it was difficult for me (but I managed) to get my bladder under control, I was laughing so hard.

Also hilarious was the part where he thought the bed and breakfast Jews were poisoning him with their deli sandwich they insisted that he eat. It reminded me of the time when I took my first trip to Israel when I just turned 17 -waay back in early 1973. Our car got stuck in the mud in an Arab village and one of the villagers came out of his home to help us up the hill to his home. They sat me down and served me tea. I had never heard of herbal tea back then especially not flavored teas like mint. So needless to say when I took a sip of it, I truly thought they were trying to poison me and I wouldn't drink it. I was terrified. It wasn't until a year later that I acquired a taste for it and realized that it was the tea of choice for many Israelis, especially of Moroccan origin. Just goes to show...

6 comments:

B2 said...

Borat in Hebrew sounds AWESOME! Was there a Hebrew version of "Throw the Jew Down the Well"?

jerusalemgypsy said...

That wasn't even in the movie. But I did see the video. Nah,he only sings in English. I gather people who don't understand Hebrew will think he is actually talking the language of Kazahkstan. I don't think most people know that he speak Hebrew in the film - I gave away his secret...

G. said...

off topic but thought mentioning there was a cool Interfaith Chanukah Gathering in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Dec 19 at Van Leer Institute (right next to the President’s House on Rechov HaNasi)

full details at:
http://jewschool.com/?p=11618

jerusalemgypsy said...

Yup - I was there - will report on it in a day or so.

Anonymous said...

Is that a photo of you / or your daughter in Tel Aviv....what a beautiful smile...really...

jerusalemgypsy said...

Nah, It's not me. I'm not that young and beautiful. It's my daughter. Thanks!