Our roving reporter, Jill Cartwright, reports on the annual convention of alternative healing held in Tel Aviv.
A free massage at Alternativa
When I walked into the hall, and looked through the fine mist of incense that hung in the air, it seemed every herbalist, masseuse, healer, meditator and psychic chanter in Israel had set up stall for the Alternativa 2006 convention, which was held at the exhibition grounds in Tel Aviv from April 4-6.
The event had pulled in the crowds, who had braved the day’s appalling weather (pouring rain) to be there, and the scene was brimming with half naked people being pummelled by men and women in white coats, squatting in front of machines having their eyeballs analysed, sitting silently while their third chakra powers were read, or just generally scratching and sniffing, fondling and prodding the huge array of natural cosmetics, soaps, candles, spices, herbs and strange looking dried fruit that was out on show.
We all know the election results but in case you missed it. Kadima is the narrow winner, the pensioners rocked (got 1 in 10 in Tel Aviv), Likud (Bibi) was killed, Israel Baytenu (Avigdor Liberman) did very well and so did the religious parties. Now there are 28 days for Ehud Olmert to put together a government. Not going to be easy.
Meanwhile, these 3 videos are part of the Drink Milk site . Check out the “second chance caveman” flash campaign as well.
Click here to see all 3.
Kaki Metumtam is the name of this clip. The loose translation is “stupid shit”. A parody on Israeli interviews of famous actors.
The clip is in English, well sort of…
Hat Tip: Arutz 2
I got this from a few different sources and some of these are good. You can see here some of Israel’s leading politicians in different film roles. This was circulating as an election and Purim gag. Shimon Peres stars in Peres Gump, Amir Peretz and Shelly Yechimovitz star in Grease and Shaul Mofaz is 007 to mention a few..
Click HERE to see the full PowerPoint presentation. More images Here.
What Are you Sinking About ?
To all those working on their English.
Don’t give up.
This is a video that was made for Hamifkad Haleumi (National Census). It’s old I know but someone told me they loved it and wanted to see it on OJ. From the site:
The People’s Voice is a new Israeli-Palestinian civil initiative that aims to advance the process of achieving peace.
The People’s Voice will launch a public process whose goal is to influence the leaders on both sides, including a mass signing of a joint Statement of Intentions that is based on the “two states for two peoples” formula.
The leaders of the initiative are Ami Ayalon and Dr. Sari Nusseibeh together with public councils and field activists.
And now the video (Hat Tip: KetaKeta.com)
Now this is not for the queasy among you. Shilshul or Diarrhea is a familiar experience for anyone who has eaten that local fare that has been sitting all day at some select food vendors. In the army you are often forced to eat on the road or at some low cost dubious culinary purveyor.
Click the dishes on the left, hear the name of the dish in Hebrew and then what it sounds like coming out
Do not play after lunch and don’t forget to flush !!
Click Here to Play.
This is a great video by Javier Prato. Javier is a 28 year old director from Buenos Aires, Argentina, now living in Los Angeles. Javier has directed and edited many of his own short films and music videos, and has worked on some major productions. Click play to view.
Thanks for the clip Javier.
As the EL AL plane touched down at Ben Gurion Airport the voice of the captain came on: “Please remain seated with your seat belts fastened until the plane has come to a complete stop and the seat belt signs have been turned off. We also wish to remind you that using cell phones is strictly prohibited.”
He continues: “To those of you who are seated we wish you a Merry Christmas and hope you enjoy your stay…and to those of you standing the aisles and talking on your cell phones we wish you a Happy Hanukah and welcome home.”
Hat tip: Yifat Menchik
This is a strange little piece…you figure out this one. Small step for Peace or just a court marshal waiting to happen.
Click Play and Enjoy.
For those of you who miss the high holidays, or just can’t get that garage door open..
Courtesy of Jewish Impact Films.
Click the Play button and Enjoy !
Have you ever spoken and wished that you could immediately take the words back or that you could crawl into a hole? Here are the testimonials of a few people who did…
This is an Israeli comedy clip that comments on the state of the Bedouin and Druze in Israel. It’s in Hebrew but there is a message here that transcends the language barrier. It’s in Hebrew but there is a message here that transcends the language barrier.
Olny srmat poelpe can.
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!
This classic shockwave game needs no explanation. But just in case, click the various foods on the left.
Try it here.