While one-stop shopping at the Israelity site I was genuinely touched and very taken aback while watching this video. (sorry can't put it up due to beta blogger issues. Clues, anyone?)
Coming from San Fran, the hugging concept isn't new. Anyone who has attended a single Cecil Williams' Glide Memorial Church Sunday session knows what I'm talking about right here. Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, homeless, Sharon Stone, Maya Angelou, Bill Clinton..."Turn to your neighbor and hug".. A tad twee for me but I digress.
Public hugging in Israel? In I-S-R-A-E-L? And over 200 John Q. Publics reciprocating? I must be uber out of touch with the 20's set.
If this is an indication of something larger then I say: Carry on with post-army travels to India and South America. Continue attending Rainbow Gatherings and bringing eco-awareness back home. Spread the love, mein kinderlach. It might help.