My name is Shmuel Aryeh Koltov.. Living in Israel or – as some prefer to call it – Occupied Palestine.. Born and raised in Denmark, I moved to Israel in 2010, and – at least at present – don’t plan to move away again in the near future..
I’m supposedly religious, meaning that I do believe in HaShem (G-D) with perfect faith, I do believe that Torah is Truth, and I do believe in the coming of Moshiach (may it be in the near future IY”H).. But I’m not Haredi or even near, while not saying that I’m going to be, we should probably all be..
I finished my BA in Hebrew Studies from the University of Copenhagen in 2011, which covers all kind of Jewish and Israeli issues, such as history, litterature, language, religion and culture.. This is what fascinates me, and I hope that it, in time, can lead me to a work in Diplomacy or some other kind of cultural relations, BE”H.. Time will tell.. For now it seems like it has lead me to an MA in Religious Studies at Hebrew University, so let’s see what will be after that..
When it comes to politics, I guess I’m pretty moderate.. It surely depends on the issue we’re talking about.. I’m a great supporter of a welfare structure (which, yes, means higher taxes).. I’m pragmatic when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, accepting that we have to let the Palestinian have their own state, no matter how much it hurts me to accept that Jewish land will be in the hands of non-Jews, but it’s for the best for us, them, Israel and the future, and then we have to accept that HaShem still has something to say, when Moshiach comes, things will be good..
That said, then I have to admit that I’m not very pragmatic or moderate, when it comes to Jerusalem.. Jerusalem is the Jewish capital, it always has been, we longed for her even when the non-Jews were treating her like she was just another outskirt city without any value.. That doesn’t mean that I’m for Arabs getting evicted or thrown out, on the countrary, but Jerusalem is our capital, I wouldn’t accept another man’s claim for my wife (did I have one) either..
Besides that, what’s to tell? I have a fascination for languages, especially Hebrew and Arab.. I’m still not married (apparently a great crime in my age:o).. I’m a dog person, cats hate me.. I love food, but mostly shawarma, hummus, tabouleh, falafel and so on.. I prefer beer and whiskey to vodka and cocktails.. I can’t live without music.. I hate propaganda, no matter who’re promoting it.. Oh, yeah, and I hate when people pronounce ‘ayin like alef, LEARN TO PRONOUNCE IT!!
Yeah, well.. Take care:o)