To come to Israel as a single woman and find your Israeli Prince Charming would appear — at first glance — to be the ideal way to integrate into Israeli society. Not only do you have a husband who speaks the language and who knows his way around the country, you also have his family, whose presence should help to smooth the process of adjustment. That's the fairy tale. The reality, as conversations with more than 20 American women married to Israelis reveal, is different.
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One American's Advice About Dating Israeli Women
I recently released a video on Tips for Dating Israeli Men. While many people loved the video, especially American women and some men who are waiting for the version about dating Israeli women, I did get some interesting feedback. The video is a loving joke about the cultural gaps between us that can sometimes cause funny misunderstandings. As much as the video makes fun of some stereotypes of Israeli men, it is also making fun of us, American women — getting all excited about a guy calling us sweetie or thinking that a guy inviting us to a family dinner must mean it is a serious relationship. One of the tips was based on my very first culture gap experiences. It was with the first guy I dated in Israel.
One American’s Advice About Dating Israeli Women
Living abroad in another country is hard, especially when you have to adjust to cultural differences. Certain dating norms that are acceptable in America cannot be applied to the dating scene in Israel. Many Israelis believe in spontaneity, and rarely choose to make plans far into the future. Although it might be tempting to make plans immediately after meeting a guy, try to be patient—chances are he will call or text. If he asks you to drinks in a few hours, embrace the spontaneity and say yes!
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