Israel - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
Though decidedly modern and largely secular, Israel is a country steeped in biblical history and in which religion and tradition continue to play an active role in public life. In seventy five years it has grown from a sparsely populated strip of land into a vigorous democracy and regional superpower. Its fight for survival has had a profound impact on the Israeli psyche; every family has been touched by war, and this has palpably sharpened people’ s zest for life. Often called the Startup Nation, it is a world leader in a number of hi-tech industries, and its democratic institutions, despite increased polarization in recent years, distinguishes the country from its surrounding region.
Culture Smart! Israel is a concise cultural guide that helps readers get to the heart of this diverse, dynamic, and paradoxical country. Thoroughly revised and updated, this new edition takes you beyond the headlines and gives you the tools you need to make the most of your visit to this beautiful and complex country.