Have you noticed that Israelis with few exceptions end their “customer service” conversations with English speakers with the words “have a “NICE” day? What exactly does the word “NICE” mean? According to the authority Merriam-Webster “Nice” can mean any of the following:
2: possessing, marked by, or demanding great or excessive precision and delicacy <nice measurements>
I would like to offer my own definition of “Nice” Israeli style with 2 episodes that happened this week.
I was a passenger on an Egged Bus traveling from Jerusalem to Beit Shemesh and one of the passengers informed the driver that he was sick. Not only did that fact mobilize an instant “committee” to help take care of the sick passenger (offering water, advice etc.) but more importantly the driver of the bus pulled off the road and choose to wait until he was satisfied that the sick passenger’s needs were taken care of – when a passenger inquired after a bit of time as to why the entire bus was stopped, the driver matter of factly said “one of the passengers does not feel well” and it was understood that the bus should wait. To me that is NICE!
The second was a bicycle accident where the young child fell down and clearly injured himself. Several people who witnessed the accident immediately pulled off the road and offered to take the child home or administer to his needs for medical assistance. To me that also is NICE!
In the midst of all the tensions surrounding the haredim and the army, the social protests, the international concerns with Iran- it is important to know that having a “NICE Day –Israeli style” can really mean taking those precious moments to help fellow Jews in their moment of need.
May we always have “NICE DAYS”