Chelm on meds

Incredible Snippets of Daily Life in Israel Culled from the Hebrew  Press

I had the pleasure of meeting Daniella Ashkenazy over the weekend when we agreed to disagree over the best way to fight the public diplomacy war†. Chelm-on-the-Med‡ is her method. Check it out.

Chelm-on- the-Med helps me keep up with the humorous, unique and positive aspects of our modern Israeli society. It is a perfect counterbalance to the negative and false images of Israel available via the worldwide Media.

Mike Burstyn, Israeli Broadway actor-performer

Chelm-on-the-Med’s news stories are the very essence of what living in Israel is like: lots of creativity, rule-bending, circumlocution, and eccentricity in a nation full of off-beat citizens. There is no better way to show Israel’s ‘normality’ than to highlight its abnormalities.

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig, political scientist/media scholar

The rationale for this approach.


† For the record. Five Minutes for Israel doesn’t believe there is a correct way, only a way that is correct for the audience you are trying to reach.

‡ Chelm, for those unfamiliar with with Jewish folklore is a real city in Poland that, when it still had a Jewish population, was famous for their foolishness. It is not known what the real residents of Chelm thought of their reputation.

Coat of Arms - City of ChelmI was totally disappointed to find it has not been twinned with any city in Israel. On the other hand, I was delighted to see their coat of arms carries on the tradition.

Does a bear shit in the woods?

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B.A./B.C.A. (Communication and Media Arts) University of Wollongong, AUSTRALIA M.A. in Government (Diplomacy and Conflict Studies) Inter Disciplinary Center, Herzliya, ISRAEL Twitter @5MFI
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One Response to Chelm on meds

  1. amensch says:

    I believe our Vice-president Joe Biden comes from Chelm, judging from his words and deeds.

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