Aliya: Trusting the process… and strangers

The “honesty” payment system left me baffled.

December 28, 2017 22:24
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A man changes the tire on a car in Abu Ghosh, near Jerusalem

A man changes the tire on a car in Abu Ghosh, near Jerusalem. (photo credit: AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS)

ONE OF my favorite life-coaching life lessons is learning to “trust the process.” For me, it means letting go of one’s fears and “limiting beliefs” and having faith that things are going to work out the way they are supposed to, in the end. But trusting other people is a whole different topic, and I have been amazed on so many occasions in the last few months by the way people in Israel often trust strangers, clearly giving them the benefit of the doubt or believing that fellow human beings are simply genuinely good people.

Going the extra mile…
Standing in a tire shop in the industrial area of Ra’anana, nine months into our aliya, is not exactly what I would call my comfort zone. My knowledge of car parts is embarrassingly sparse. I’m also not proud of the fact that up until now, all vehicle related purchases and repairs have been handled by my better half. But with my husband out of town that week, I had no choice but to up my game and tackle this tire puncture dilemma on my own.


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