Early on in the Israel sojourn – my voluntary exile – I visited a hummus café in South Tel Aviv. It was a tiny place – cheap and cheerful – and the food was great. On finishing the meal I went to the counter to pay, and the short, stocky, and very handsome owner said to me, "You mind I say something?" I said of course not, so he continued, "You too heavy. You take the world too heavy." I smiled at this, and he hurriedly added, "Yes, smile! Smile very good for you!" One of the lessons I'll remember for the rest of my life.

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