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“Israel 201 is a charming, hilarious, relatable and poignant take on the joys and mishigas of life in Israel. This book is truly a must-read!”

-Sarah Tuttle-Singer, author of Jerusalem Drawn & Quartered


Why do Israelis go bike riding on Yom Kippur?

What's a "freier," and why are Israelis so afraid to be one? 

How is Israel's first-responder medical system unlike any other in the world? 

And why are Israelis less concerned about the prospect of a nuclear Iran than about the cost of cottage cheese?

In Israel 201 (Gefen), readers meet the real Israel, behind the headlines.


Shomer-Shabbos car insurance policies, IDF slang, Sukkah-friendly apartment buildings, medical clowns who travel to war zones overseas...


This is the Israel you didn't know you didn't know!

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As part of their research for Israel 201, Joel and Benji interviewed dozens of experts from across the spectrum of Israeli society, including: 

  • Yael Arad, former Olympian and President of the Israel Olympic Committee, on athletics;

  • Avi Issacharoff, co-creator of the TV show Fauda, on show business; 

  • Susan Weiss, Executive Director of the Center for Women's Justice, on laws of marriage and divorce;

  • Haifa University anthropologist Dr. Tamar Katriel, on the evolution of the Israeli personality;

  • "Futurist" David Passig, who predicts what Israel's next seventy-five years will  be like...

...and more. 

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