I Am Proud That I Caused An Accident Today

Baruch Gordon,

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Baruch Gordon
Baruch Gordon founded the Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews.com website in 1995 and served as manager and News Director for its English Media Department for 14 years. Today he serves as Director of Development and Public Relations for the Israel Defense Forces Preparatory Academy in Bet El and Bet El Institutions. He also directs BetElTours.com which offers countrywide tours of Israel. Baruch founded in Bet El a Smicha Program for working men, and received his smicha in 2014 from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Baruch served in the IDF Search and Rescue Unit. Born and raised in Memphis, he was elected International President of United Synagogue Youth in high school and soon after became religious while studying at Tufts University. Baruch resides with his wife Anat, a native Israeli, in Bet El and has 7 Sabra children and even more grandchildren. ...

I proudly declare that I caused a car accident today. 

While crusing today in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev, I stopped to allow a car to merge into traffic from the curb. It is standard on all streets in the deep South to slow down or stop to allow a driver to merge into your lane. It's really second nature for us Southern Gentlemen as well as a select few New Yorkers. 

The Arab driver behind me driving a British Consulate car (the British mostly employ Arabs) kept his distance and stopped when he saw me doing my southern thing. But the Arab driver behind him, crashed into the consulate car, jolting it forward into mine. The official British car sustained serious damage to the back of his car. For my car, it was just a fender bender. No one was hurt. 

Fender Bender David King, Wiki Commons

We all pulled aside, and I was delighted to find that Jamal from the British Consulate defended my right to be a southern gentlemen, and we both pointed at the Arab behind him as the culprit. The culprit was screaming and having a fit about me stopping my car for no reason whatsoever. 

I drove from the scene and pondered whether being courteous extracts too high a price, or even puts a person in downright danger. After all, this is the Middle East where ISIS fighters have to prove their manhood by beheading people, and many drivers prove theirs by abruptly pressing the gas pedal to cut off any approaching vehicle as though allowing a car to merge ahead of you is tantamount to castration. 

My gut feeling is to continue my crusade of spreading southern-style courtesy even at the expense of future accidents. Jamal and I must continue to bring the good practices from the West to Israel even at risk of personal injury.

Comment below on how to make Israeli society more civil. Please - no slander against all Israel or Arab drivers. Jamal and I are gradually changing the situation, and it definitely is getting better by the day.

And finally, calling all courteous Jews. We need you here. Each one who comes tips the scales to a more civil society. Come home to Israel, roll up your sleeves, and contribute to further beautifying this beautiful country.