It’s Yom Ha’atzmaut!  At the time of this writing, it’s 1:27 AM in Israel and people are partying up a storm.  Sadly, I’m in California but I would bet a lifetime’s supply of free chumus that people are partying up a storm.  And why wouldn’t they be?  There’s no better time to be in Israel and celebrating than on the country’s birthday, and there’s no better time to turn 64 than now.

I present you my annual Yom Ha’atzmaut list, 64 MORE Things I Love About Israel.   Here’s a preview:

1. I love how Israelis can be completely indifferent to politics but will still argue about their favorite hummus place until they blow an artery.

8. I love how when you call a wrong number on Passover, they still say  “chag sameach!” before hanging up.

22. I love that even the post office clerks show their cleavage. It makes me wonder what the numbers you pull out of the machine get you.

44. I love that Wonder Woman is called “Ayshet Chayil” in Hebrew. What, is she cooking Shabbat dinner in her invisible jet?

Go read all 64!   Or read the previous years’ (60, 61, 62, and 63) here.  And wherever you are, chag sameach.  It’s time to party!

About the author


Since making aliyah in 2006, Benji Lovitt has spent roughly every waking moment doing one of the following: trying to make people laugh, eating chumus, or writing about chumus to make people laugh. In addition to working with tons of Jewy organizations to promote Israel, Benji has performed stand-up comedy about Israel for groups including Hillels, Birthright Israel, Jewish Federations, and of course, at Jewlicious Festival. His perspectives on aliyah and life in Israel have been featured on Israeli television and radio and in publications such as the Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, and the Jewish Daily Forward. It is said that every time he calls CK "Mr. Jewlicious", a tree is planted in the Jewish National Fund forest. For a hilarious comedy show, contact him at [email protected].