But now, more than forty years down the road, there's no real difference. Israelis are more gadget and tech-crazy than Americans. Cell phones were considered a necessity here before in the states.
Living a rather rural life here in Shiloh, I've had to do without water and electricity on occasion. For my American family and friends, this was considered the height of insanity and primitive conditions. But things have changed as storms annually ravage Long Island, NY, my old hometown. I wonder if the people who now own my parents' old home have electricity and if the house and street are safe.
I'm used to getting help from my neighbors, such as the last couple of weeks, when we didn't have a functioning washing machine. This notice I read in the Long Island Herald about showers being available for those without hot water made me smile:
For residents still suffering from power outages, shower facilities will be available at the Nassau County Aquatic Center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.It's nice, but considering the gas shortage, I hope people can arrive safely. Long Island living is based on having a a drivable car or two or more.
The facility will be open for residents from 8 a.m to 11 p.m. beginning Saturday, and will open each day until further notice.
I guess the message is that nobody is immune, and we have to learn that all the modern conveniences we consider as necessary can just disappear.
G-d is in charge of it all.