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Visitor Comments: 15

(12) nancy, March 17, 2012 10:21 PM

amazing taxi driver

In 1985 my good friend and I went to Israel for a vacation. We asked a taxi driver to show us the sights, which he did, and then invited us to his home to show us his son's Bar Mitzvah video at the Wailing Wall. He was the highlight of our trip.

(11) Efrem, March 16, 2012 12:09 PM

Happens to me all the time

I've been living in Jerusalem for 3 years and this happens to me all the time. In a short 10 minute ride I learn so much about the person driving the cab and vice versa. I even get dating advise.

(10) Anonymous, March 16, 2012 11:29 AM

On Buses too

Two days ago I was on a bus in Jerusalem. The woman in the front seat had asked the bus driver where to get off. He asked her why she was going there. It turned out to meet a Shudduch. Then the bus driver broke out, almost in song, with a lengthy blessing, including wealth, good health, marriage, and many, many children and grand children. But the best part was to follow, the woman responded "Amen", followed by an entire bus of people who in unison said "Amen!". I was especially moved. The bus sported secular Jews, young and old, people in jeans, some young men with several earrings, but when it came to a blessing of someone they didn't even know, we all stood united as one voice, and uttered Amen. Where in the world does the bus read "Shana tova" on the days leading to Rosh Hashana? And before Yom Kippur the message changed to read that one should be inscribed and sealed for good and life. In the morning we sometimes catch a bus with an Arab driver. He always asks how we are, and I respond "Baruch HS", and then I ask how he is. And he responds "Baruch HS!" Which usually makes me crack up laughing. I asked him one day why he also says "BH". And he said there is only one G-d. And everything comes from Him. There is only one Israel.

(9) Anonymous, March 15, 2012 11:10 AM

Even after 3 years in Israel, my daughter still has an Israeli friend order a cab. When drivers hear an American accent, fares tend to escalate.

Ayalah Haas, March 21, 2012 8:51 AM


Your daughter should just tell the driver to put on the METER. After three years in Israel, she's probably aware that on the meter, there's a different rate for rides after 7:00 (or 8:00?) at night. I'm American-born, too. I just tell all cab drivers - in Israel or America - to put the meter on.

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