During the holidays an Israeli is first and foremost a Jew, part of a nation, ready to sacrifice himself for the nation.
The individual is subject to a relentless nationalist assault on his consciousness, and on holidays nationalism is inextricably entwined with religiosity and blessings to the God of the Jews.
Israeli children learn to read, write, add and subtract along with learning about the holidays.
The Israeli term "After the holidays," which means going back to normal after holiday time, means nothing.
For people who manage to retain their individual identity despite this assault on their consciousness that began in kindergarten, the atmosphere of holiday after holiday is a suffocating burden.
The holiday dates engraved in the calendar turn the experience into a machine programmed to mark holidays.
I refuse to say "Happy Holiday." No, comrade.
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