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I wonder if Israel needs metallurgists with expertise in weapons?

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By J. Kb

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    1. Now you have me thinking, BBQ is inherently kosher if you use kosher meats. There is very little dairy in bbq. Mayo is both kosher and parve (neither milk or meat).

      Could do brisket, chicken, turkey, lamb, BBQ beans, slaw, potato salad, fries. As long as there is no dairy its fine. Margarine instead of butter for cornbread and biscuits made with vegetable shortening or shmaltz instead of butter and I could do an entirely kosher, southern style BBQ restaurant in Israel.

      I wonder if that would be popular there?

  1. Thank god there was never a mandate for masking outdoors in my area.

    That face diaper does not go on until one foot is officially over the threshold of the building I am entering, and it starts coming off as soon as the first foot passes the threshold. Only exception is if both hands are full.

    1. I only know a few words so far, but I don’t think Hebrew is all that hard. Not like Chinese with its tones, or X’hosa with its clicks. I remember a colleague, from India, who moved to Israel to work with the division there. On one phone call he mentioned he had to leave a bit early because he had to go to his Hebrew class.

      Weapons metallurgy? I think the military uses a lot of that. Or what about the people who make Desert Eagles?

      But a kosher Southern BBQ restaurant sounds neat. Even neater than “Strict kosher Chinese” which I remember seeing next door to my hotel in Tel Aviv when I was last there (25-ish years ago). Quite possible there aren’t any yet, and places like Tel Aviv seem to be full of people who want to try interesting new foods.

      1. I’d probably do okay on picking up the spoken language, especially if I was living in the country and was immersed in it all day… But I’ve always struggled with literacy in languages that don’t use the Latin alphabet.

        I could probably do it, if I had to though.

        1. Give it a try. I’ve only been there twice, a week each, and managed to pick up just a few small tidbits of writing. Non-latin alphabets don’t bother me, that just takes a bit of practice. The lack of vowels (mostly) is a bit trickier but then again it’s the nature of the language that vowels aren’t as significant. Still that’s just practice. “f y cn rd ths y wnt hv mch trbl wth hbrw”. 🙂 And it doesn’t have too many special writing rules like you find in some south east Asian languages, where modifying marks get attached to letters as you construct the syllables.
          Japanese or Chinese writing, that’s an entirely different matter. Doable, obviously; school children do it every year. But quite a lot more work.

  2. There’s a really good BBQ place in Tel Aviv just south of the hotel area, about three blocks east of the Mediterranean.

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