Actually, I'm back in Israel, but I can't get over how many Russian names I'm seeing. From the woman who stamped my passport to guy hitting up for Tzedaka, the Former Soviets are everywhere. Big difference from last time I was here, but I'm glad for it. Not really sure how many are actually Jewish, though..
The other big difference is the place definitely seems more frummed-out than I remember. It's especially noticable in the Central Shopping area of Ramat Bet Shemesh where despite the 95 degree heat all the guys are wearing black pants and jackets and all the women and girls are covered from head to toe with winter-wear. Well, the women have no choice, judging by the dress code plastered in large letters over one of the taller buildings.
Ah yes, no place like home.
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael