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Israeli Government Encourages American Jews to Leave Boring U.S. and Make Aliyah [VIDEO]

"Find your inner sabra" and come to the land of milk and honey, new ad touts

By: Daniel Koren

Published: September 11th, 2014 in News » Israel

Israeli Government Encourages American Jews to Leave Boring U.S. and Make Aliyah [VIDEO]

Are you tired with living the same old mundane lifestyle? Worried that you'll end up being either a pencil-pusher, door-to-door environmental activist, or a downtown-based peddler? Or that you'll slide into mediocrity like the rest of the American people and have a wife, kids, gain weight, spend time with your in-laws, and get lost in a sea of toothpaste options?

The Israeli government understands. They recognize that living in the U.S. is, well, boring, tedious, and ultimately uneventful. But they have a solution for you: make aliyah.

That's right, at least according to a new ad released by Israel's Knesset that encourages American Jews to come to the glorious land of milk and honey - "a place where the script is still unwritten" - where you'll grow wicked-cool chest hair, play matkot like a champ while you're riding a camel, and date hot Israeli girls.

While much of the ad is poking fun at stereotypes (both Israeli and American), there's an underlying message here that, despite its humor, many American Jews will take seriously: Israel has a sense of adventure, it offers a home away from home, and for all you Birthrighters who have already been here and have contemplated the move, we're here to help you make the transition, and we're ready to welcome our new olim.

In a nutshell, been looking for a change of pace and/or scenery? We knew it. Come to Eretz Israel. You'll find exactly what you're looking for, including "pita bread, hightech, and bible games."

While many view the ad as hilarious (which it is) some are also, naturally, offended at the manner in which it depicts American Jewish customs and lifestyles. I mean, making it (having a nice job, wife and kids, big house and hell, even developing love handles) isn't all THAT bad, is it?

But for those of you who feel it is, "find your inner sabra," and come, join us in Israel.

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