Israeli Taxi Driver

He isn’t just a taxi driver. He is a real person.

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Comments (12)

(12) Brian Arón Kerke Laredo, March 31, 2015 4:08 AM

Sephardim and Lori Palatnik

Dear Aish, Just a quick message to email to say how much I enjoy reading your website. Normally I read the Aishlatino version to keep current and practise my Spanish. My mother was born in Spain; my grandmother, a holocaust survivor was born in Thessaloniki, Greece then immigrated to Spain after the war. I was born in London, the birth place of my father and raised in Madrid and Buenos Aires. At home I heard Ladino, Spanish, Greek and of course my father spoke that language best. Despite the fact my father was a none Jew, my brother and I were raised Jewish by my mother, her sisters and my abuela. It is an integral part of our identity and who we are. You must now know that we are Sephardic Jews; we are very proud to be " Sefardís" Would be nice to see some more articles on Sephardic food, customs and culture. I'm always surprised when my I come across Jews that have never heard of our Yiddish, Ladino and are shocked that yes, we eat rice on Pesaj. Also I just wanted to say how much my wife and I enjoy listening to Lori, Almost Live. I know her videos are meant for mostly woman listeners; however I view her as a wise Aunt that gives me great advice and life lessons. I look forward to each video and find them very comforting. Pesaj alegre! Chag Sameach. Brian

(11) Nancy, March 14, 2015 10:37 PM

Taxi driver enhanced our trip to Israel.

My friend and I went to Israel a number of years ago. We hailed a taxi and had the great fortune to have the driver not only show us the highlights of Israel, but invite us to his home to see the videos of his son's bar mitzvah at the Wailing Wall. He made our trip all the more special. Someone once said that if you want to witness the true character of a person, see how he/she treats a waitress/waiter or someone in that capacity.

(10) Keith, UK, March 14, 2015 3:32 PM

Exactly right!

Thanks Lori..
As they say: "Never a truer word......!"
Although I've now retired, I worked with the "general public"
as a bus driver for most of my working life, starting as a conductor with London Transport..
You are so right on what you say. It doesn't apply to most people, but there are some who have the opinion of "You're just a public servant". Fortunately they are in the minority.
I have found though that a lot of a passenger's reaction is directly affected by their observation of our attitude to them. Usually I found that a smile and a greeting made all the difference.. well most of the time, unless the last two buses were missing and it was pouring with rain!..
Thanks again Lori..
Keith, UK.. :)

(9) Anonymous, March 13, 2015 8:29 AM

I understand the question.

I understand why the person Lori was talking to asked, "Why are you asking the driver's opinion?" I would imagine that the person Lori was speaking with wanted a private conversation, and wanted the focus on herself. When Lori turned to the driver, it was a bit of a put-down to the person she was speaking with. Not because he was a taxi driver, but because pulling a 3rd person into the conversation was not what she wanted. When I'm in a conversation with someone, if they turn to a 3rd person who's not really a part of the conversation and ask them what they think, I'm also kind of insulted. I happen to love Israeli taxi drivers. But I think we need to consider the feelings of the person we're speaking to, as well, and give them our 1-on-1 attention. My 2 cents.

(8) Mary, March 13, 2015 4:54 AM

Israeli Taxie Driver

That was a nice story. She is so right. I have been to Israel twice and we had some awesome tour bus drivers. We loved them very much, They had good stories to tell us, too. P.S, I love Israel.

(7) Aviva, March 13, 2015 12:08 AM

Tow Truck Driver

Last year I spent over three hours shmoozing with the man that towed my husband, duaghter and I back to Staten Island from the Anderandecks, I spoke to him mainly to ensure our safety that he would not fall asleep on the way, as it was past 1am. Nevertheless, I got to know him and asked him who was the most interesting person he ever met doing his job. He replied that I was the only person who had ever spoken to him during his drive. (He even drove someone over 300 miles away and they never said a word to him!!)

(6) B, March 12, 2015 7:45 PM

Very nice

I enjoyed this video very much. Its the most basic of common sense, but I guess some do not realize it. Excellent video for those with increased self importance.

(5) Albert Gad, March 12, 2015 5:33 PM

Lori, You are great and we Love your clips

I always look to find out what news and comments Lori has, and I must say that each time I discover new wisdom and fantastic "Divre Chochma".
Please come and lecture us every day. YOU ARE GREAT.

(4) Patrick, March 12, 2015 5:07 PM

Being humble and grateful

If you're being humble (I'm a person just like you) and grateful (I couldn't have done it without you) then a comment like "he's just the XYZ" will never escape your mouth. Thank you for sharing your story!

(3) SusanE, March 9, 2015 10:46 PM

They know more than I do.

My town doesn't have a Cab company so I use these taxicabs when I am traveling like you. . London taxis. Island taxis. Washington DC taxis. All the drivers and I were friends when I exited their cabs. They aren't servicing me. They are a Godsend. Can't imagine anyone thinking otherwise.

(2) Anonymous, March 8, 2015 3:48 PM


Certainly the people we hire for a service have feelings and should be treated with dignity and respect. While it is not wrong to do so, generally, I am not so sure as to the wisdom of asking an opinion of a service person unless it is related to their specific service. From the context, R' Palatnik felt sufficiently comfortable with these two men -- they drove her around repeatedly -- to ask an opinion. Not discounting the advice of an impartial party, this is not the same thing as soliciting advice from a stranger on the street or a bus driver you've never met. Even a stranger has a personal bias based on factors that no one can discern that can make their advice questionable.

(1) Nancy, March 8, 2015 1:23 PM

Someone I will never forget

When we were moving from one school district to another, I needed copies of my son's school records. I called our school district to make that request. A very nice person at the other end of the line said to me: "I guess you need a copy for yourself as well." After I replied in the affirmative, I told this young woman an extra copy of his records would be most helpful. When I went to the school district to get the records, the polite young woman I had spoken to handed them to me personally. Moving is very stressful and she was such a port in the storm. I hope she is healthy and happy wherever she is and whatever she is doing.


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