Self-Sanitation 101: Hand Washing

Learn, by demonstration, the best way to clean your hands after using the work restroom.

Welcome to the Self-Sanitation 101. In this course, you will learn how to properly care for yourself and others by way of hygiene.

This lesson demonstrates the best way to wash your hands after using the work restroom. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen (emphasis on the gentlemen), you are supposed to wash your hands after they go places we really don’t want to think about.

Step 1: Soap

You’ll want to pump out the soap. One time is usually enough, but go for two if you feel it necessary.

Step 2: Water

It’s time to lather up the soap. Make sure the soapy water reaches all over your hands and wrists. Rinse.

Step 3: Dry

Grab a paper towel piece for the drying segment. Only take what is necessary, and try to use recycled paper always.

Crazy Dancing Jews Block Traffic

With the Joy of Life as their goal, a subgroup of the Breslov Chassidic Orthodox
movement drives around cities in their happy van. Of course, while they attempt
to bring happiness to all that they come across, they also piss off a lot of Israeli
drivers on the road.

Stopping in the middle of the street, blasting a trance remix of the chant “Na,
Nach, Nachem, Nachman M’Uman” to the tune of “Numa Numa.” They drag
anyone they can off the sidewalk or out of their car to dance with them in a
circular folk dance fashion … blocking traffic during some of the busiest and
most inconvenient time. You’ll also see countless cars, buildings, signs, and
more plastered with a few signature bumper stickers – whether by choice of the
owners or not.

To read more about this group, check out this link. More importantly, check out
these videos and pics below of them in action!

Five Ways to Penetrate an Israeli Military Base

They say the I.D.F. is known to be top secret and impenetrable. Well, anything is possible and there are a few ways you can get onto their highly-guarded military bases. P.S. – It’s easier to do this if you’re a chick.

Have a fling with a soldier whose best friend is on guard duty. (The parking lot at a base in Tel Aviv is a bit uncomfortable, but fun place to “hang out.”)

Make sure the upper ranks (i.e. Captain) have your phone number. They will use it when they are bored and ask you to bring a couple of friends to hang out on the base. (The lounge-loft at a base in Jerusalem, has comfortable couches to watch television on).

Borrow your friend’s uniform and i.d. and walk onto the base like a normal soldier. Act nonchalant. It may be best to come with snacks (i.e. Soda, chips, or candy) to bribe the guard and to provide an excuse for being off the base.

Go through the Hasbara (I.D.F. Spokesperson) unit to arrange a group tour or special interview. (Although, with all of the Kasaam rockets being sent over, the base inside Gaza, near Sderot, may be off limits.)

Join the Army, Air Force, Navy, or Border Police. That way, you’re legit!

Green Sea Turtle Beached in Tel Aviv

Green Sea Turtle Beached in Tel Aviv

A walk on a Tel Aviv beach turns out to be more than expected as we run into a member of the endangered Green Sea Turtle family.

It was a picturesque night, walking along the main promenade in Tel Aviv. The Mediterranean Sea beneath the full September moon glistened. I was with my friend Joey here at about midnight, because neither of us could sleep, and we both needed a breather from a seemingly never-ending to-do-list.

Joey suggested a move from the cement to the sand, for a little variation, on the return leg of our stroll. While walking past many posh on-the-beach bars with beautiful colored lights and hip lounge music, I noticed something on the water line. I originally thought it was a trash bag or some other junk (even though Tel Aviv beaches are generally clean). Joey assumed that it could be a fallen satellite or who knows what.

A few steps closer, and we saw it was a sea turtle! This is an exciting moment, because Green Sea Turtles are a very rare sight in Israel, especially in such a populated area. There are only a few thousand in the Mediterranean Sea, and their main breeding grounds for the region are in Croatia, not here. They are an endangered species throughout the world, and even more sparse in the Mediterranean area.

Unfortunately, this exciting visit by our lovely friend was for a not so lovely reason. Further evaluation brought to our attention that she was missing an entire front flipper, and part of the remaining bone was still sticking out. There was fishing line wrapped all around it, and the line also went to her mouth, which led us to believe she might have a hook stuck.

Immediately, we called the 106 service number for the Israel Nature & National Parks Protection Authority. A dispatcher took the basic information, my phone number, and within minutes a man named Yaniv called me back. Once he found out all he needed to know about our Green Sea Turtle, he rushed to her rescue, commanding us to stay and hang out with her until he arrived.

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Joseph LeMaire, Yonah, and an onlooker
Photo Credit: Yaniv Levy, Israel Nature and Parks Authority

During that hour, we were trying every way possible to not allow her to go back into the water. If she did, she would surely die, if she ever made it fully out. She constantly tried to turn herself around towards the sea, as minimal amounts of water lapped against her barnacle covered shell. We found a muscular Israeli guy to pick her up out of the water and bring her to the dry area of the sand.

We talked to her, people walking by stopped to visit and inquire about this odd scene on the nighttime beach, and we even gave her a name.

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Joseph LeMaire and Yonah
Photo Credit: Yaniv Levy, Israel Nature and Parks Authority

Introducing, Yonah, the Green Sea Turtle. She is an Eighties baby, about 25 years old now. We decided on the name Yonah (English translation: Jonah), being that we were only a few minutes walk/swim from the Old Jaffa Port area, where the original Jonah, from the Bible, began his seaborne journey, and in the end, was saved.

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Yonah, trying to escape the city
Photo Credit: Yaniv Levy, Israel Nature and Parks Authority

Finally, Yaniv arrived to carry Yonah off to what will be her new home until she is taken care of and fully rehabilitated. Another random Israeli, named Boaz, assisted Yaniv and Joey in transporting her to the truck. She’s a quite strong young lady, with a strong spirit to match. She exhibited this to us openly, which we’re happy to see, because we know she will not only survive, but also succeed, when she is released into her natural habitat.

If you would like more information about Israel’s Nature & National Parks Protection Authority and various specific projects relating to sea turtles, you can find it at The Israeli Sea Turtle Rescue Center.