HOW TO BEHAVE IN ISRAEL
Israel is a country where it is recommended to refrain from photographing other people's children or smoking in public places on Shabbat. Although, of course, this is, first of all, a free country and there are no official taboos in it.
However, no matter where you are in the world, you should never forget about local traditions, the violation of which can be regarded as disrespect for its people. Therefore, to avoid any unfavorable situations, so that you do not have to blush for yourself in Israel, we recommend seeing the following tips.
READ IN THIS ARTICLE ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BEHAVIOR IN ISRAEL
Tip # 1
Since ancient times, Jewish traditions have respected the Sabbath as a day of rest. On this day, a religious holiday is celebrated - Shabbat. It starts every Friday at sunset and ends on Saturday at sunset.
You should be aware in advance that all this time almost all shops, restaurants, and other public institutions are closed. Even public transport will not give you a lift, and then, if you need to go somewhere, you can only use a private diver in Israel.
Also, remember that during Shabbat it is forbidden to drive into the religious quarters of Israeli cities (especially Jerusalem). If you disobey this rule, your car may even be stoned. You should also not smoke in public places during Shabbat: this can be perceived as an insult to the holiday.
Tip # 2
There is no need to resent the strict security measures in Israel, even if they seem overstated to you. Be prepared to be checked with a metal detector even at the entrance to a public institution. In crowded public places such as shopping malls, cinemas, restaurants, you may be required to show your personal belongings for inspection. Please understand this.
It is highly discouraged to joke with airport officials or border guards when answering specific questions like "Do you have a bomb with you?" Here it is better to answer as briefly and clearly as possible. And comedians usually spend an extra hour or two in specially designated rooms.
Tip # 3
For your own good, do not leave your personal belongings or luggage unattended, even for a short time, especially in crowded places. The security service may regard this as a potential terrorist act.
Even if you really want to, do not take pictures of military facilities, power plants, airports, port facilities - what if you are a foreign spy!
We also recommend refraining from photographing other people's children, including children of Orthodox Jews. You also run the risk of finding yourself in an unpleasant situation when photographing Orthodox Jews during the Sabbath.
Tip # 4
Remember that about 90% of Israel's restaurants are kosher, meaning that there is no pork or seafood on their menu. You don't need to worry though: non-kosher establishments can also be found. The main thing is not to confuse! If you come to a kosher restaurant (on the signs of such restaurants it is written: "kosher"), then under no circumstances ask: "Do you have shrimp?" or "Do you serve pork?" Or "Can you please give me some beef and cheese?" (after all, meat and milk cannot be eaten together).
Tip # 5
Don't go far from your home without a bottle of water. This rule is extremely important because the hot Israeli climate contributes to the rapid dehydration of the body. So we strongly recommend that you keep this in mind and take two liters of water for the required minimum when traveling to the Promised Land.