Ask an Israeli about an important event in his or her life, a marriage, career change or the birth or death of a loved one, and you are likely to hear it described in terms of its relationship to a crisis, a war or disaster. Consider ,דוד דגיםthe not uncommon testimony of the English-language web page of David’s Fish shop in Jerusalem, a landmark family-style store run by David and his son Tuvia, “a store where the professional knowledge and experience has been passed down from father to son.” David, who spends much of his time while at work chatting with his customers, “began working at the Mahane Yehuda market in the fish department at the age of 14, when the Yom Kippur War broke out.” (emphasis added.)

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