I love getting phone calls from survey companies in Israel. Their questions usually render them pretty transparent regarding what information they are trying to find out. And I like to play a game where I try to figure out who sent them to ask questions before they start asking the company specific questions halfway through.
And you can learn trends (and political balloons) that are kicking off in Israeli society from these surveys.
So last night I get a call asking me about Lulavim. They had a trick question in there to see if the person answering is really religious and knows about Lulavim - I found that amusing.
But what stumped me was when they asked me what type of Dati I am:
Are you "Dati-Torani", "Dati-Emuni", or "Dati-Chareidi"?
I can't even classify what kind of Orthodox I am in English, I just see myself as "Shomer Torah and Mitzvot". And now they want me to define myself in neo-Israeli terms!
So now I'm pretty sure I'm not the last one (or am I?) on their list, but I had absolutely no clue what they meant by the first two. And besides, I am pretty sure I wouldn't fit into any of those 3 boxes.
But what I learned from the survey is that the Orthodox community is apparently breaking up (or being divided up) into 3 camps. Something I wouldn't have known before the Survey.
I wonder how that will pan out.
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