The Israeli Phenomenon in India
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The Big Israeli Escape
This year, statistics show that, on average, every Israeli will travel out of the country. Many go to India.
The Israeli Phenomenon in India, Part 1
Israelis desert their homeland for the High Holidays. Warmed relations with Saudi enable air carriers to fly direct, shrinking the continent for the India-bound Israeli. And the crowd is not what you think…
The Israeli Phenomenon in India, Part 2 – Tushita Meditation Center
Israelis in Tushita Buddhist Meditation Center, Dharamkot, are over-represented 63 times over the other 11 leading countries of students origin. Tushita offers 10-day silent retreats, short courses and drop-in meditations.
The Israeli Phenomenon in India, Part 3 – The Case of Bhagsu
Israelis in Bhagsu. If you thought you knew why Israelis come to India, read this post and be ready for surprises. Post compares Hindu and Israeli tourism to this friendly village in the lower Himalayas. Everybody co-exists and cultural co-fertilization brings about interesting results.
Bamba, Turkish Coffee and the Legendary Hezi
Falafel and Israeli salad in every corner Bhagsu is not sufficient. How can the Israeli traveler survive without his fix of Turkish coffee and Bamba?
The Israeli Trail in India – From Lower Bhagsu to Upper Dharamkot
The Israeli trail can be found in India, complete with the trail’s markers, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, problems, joys. Welcome to India if you want to know Israel!
Israeli Phenomenon in India Part 4 – The Spiritual Scene
The home-made Israeli spiritual scene in India ranges from the orthodox Beit Chabad to the innovative Beit Bina with the “Jewish Heart” in between. They all provide a warm home but with some strings attached, and a “protection” from the surrounding overwhelming “spiritual salad”.
The Israeli Phenomenon in India Part 5 – Music, Grass and the Spiritual Salad
Music, grass and the spiritual salad – the three occupations of Israelis in India outside of shopping… Western, Jewish and israeli involvement in Indian spiritual paths create interesting fusions that transform Israeli society, Judaism and India.
The Israeli Phenomenon in India, Part 6 – Reasons We Flock There
Why Israelis go to India? This first post enumerates the more obvious reasons – fun, escape, learn, shanti, post-army, herd, cheap, the Hummus trail infrastructure, adventure, and, of course – Incredible India. Sequel: non-obvious reasons.
Israeli Phenomenon in India, Part 7 – Less Obvious Motives
Less obvious reasons Israelis to India include personal issues, spiritual needs, religious quest, national / existential issues, a strong need for answers. Israelis are perfectly suited to bridge East and West in the Indian setting, and India is a perfect simulation for what peace could look like.