Hello there! שלום וברכה!

I am glad to announce my joining the Times of Israel Ops & Blogs! It is a great honor to be able to share my ideas and opinions with a greater  crowd than what I am able to reach with my blog, whose readership is usually just my Mom and Grandma. So who am I exactly? That’s a great question.

My name is Yoni [Nobody has called me Yonatan since I was a little kid] and I moved to Boston from Israel when I was eleven but am making aliyah at the end of this summer. I am a pretty opinionated person and I believe that people would be interested to hear what I have to say, even if they don’t agree with everything I say. Maybe even especially then.

So what makes this blog different than any other? What is my differentiating strategy? I am going to try and make this blog as crowd-sourced as possible. I am going to take topic ideas and suggestions from my Twitter followers [second shameless plug] and friends and then write about those ideas.

I am going to do this for two specific reasons. First, because I haven’t heard of this sort of thing before, though it may very well exist in some part of the Internet that I don’t know of. Second, because coming up with ideas for articles is exhausting and I don’t get paid to write. So I want to enjoy this experience, not be drained by it.

So what sort of ideas would I talk about on such a varied blog? After asking my friends on social media (That means Facebook and Twitter) I came up with the following list of topics that were requested:

  • Kinder eggs [old vs new] [bring back old]
  • Israeli health technology
  • Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount
  • American liberlism vs. Israeli liberlism
  • American falafel vs Israeli falafel
  • Jewish online dating vs American
  • Feminism
  • Philanthropy in Israel [how IDF service shapes philanthropic landscape in regards to mentlaity of philanthropy in Israel]
  • Israeli pro hoops

That’s quite a lot to cover. Also, there is some assumption here that I even know anything at all  about some of these topics or have formulated enough opinions to write a blog post about them.

So what I am going to do is choose one topic each time and dedicate a post to it. I will choose the most interesting/popular (by way of “likes”/retweets/etc.)/relevant topic and share my thoughts about it. I am no expert in any of those topics that were listed above. I am a simple guy who just graduated college and likes to think about things and ask questions. Unfortunately, it seems like that is almost a lost art when it comes to discussing Israel, as everybody is wholeheartedly committed to one opinion and if you’re not with them, you’re basically the worst thing to happen to the Jewish people.

Now that was quite an introduction but I am a firm believer that before I put my name on anything I want people to know who I am and why I am here. Who knows, maybe if we spend some more time thinking about the fact that every belief and opinion is held by a human being the world would be a bit of a better place?

See you later, my friends!