Benji Lovitt
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Top 10 reasons BTTF couldn’t happen in Israel

Back To The Future Day here in the Holy Land? Not any time soon

Today is “Back to the Future” Day, the exact date that Marty McFly and Doc Brown headed to the future, where we discovered hoverboards, the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series, and more.

Without further ado, here are the top 10 reasons “Back to the Future” could not have happened in Israel:

10. The import taxes would be too high on the DeLorean.

9. The flux capacitor messes up Waze.

8. Nobody would believe that Middle Eastern terrorists would have difficulty acquiring plutonium.

7. Marty would be too busy studying for the Bagrut to hang out at Doc’s.

6. We have no parking lots with enough space to go 88 miles per hour.

5. Before Doc Brown could fund his research, he would get bogged down in bureaucracy.

4. You can’t enter Hebrew dates into the dashboard.

3. Nobody plans even three days in advance. Who would agree to travel 30 years into the future?

2. The flying cars would be shot down by the Iron Dome.

1. “Why go back and change the past? Yiyeh b’seder!

And one reason it could have happened: Hill Valley had Mayor Goldie. We had Goldie Meir.

About the Author
Since making aliyah in 2006, Benji Lovitt has performed stand-up comedy and educational programs for groups including Jewish Federations, Chabads, synagogues, Masa Israel Journey, and Birthright Israel. His perspectives on aliyah and Israeli society have been featured on Israeli TV and radio and in publications such as USA Today, Time Magazine, the BBC, and more. Benji has worked as a cross-cultural trainer with groups including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Masa Israel and is a popular presenter on the Limmud International circuit. During 2014's Operation Protective Edge, his humorous observations on the war led to his being called in Israel "the only reason to go on Facebook.”