I'm an apple youre an apple we're all apples :)אני תפוח
posted Sunday, 18 February 2007
This is probably the only place in the world that you're gonna read about the ani tapuach revolution, unabridged, and skipping nothing(not intentionally at least, out of 3 brain cells that I have left, one is having a sick day and one is busy trying to tie his shoes, so I cant remember much these days). The original story(although it already has a couple of slightly different versions) takes place a couple of years back. Some yeshiva guys (No I dont know any of them personally, at least I dont know if I do, cuz no one can pinpoint exactly who it was. Although I know a guy whos cousins friend was the driver or something.)were speeding in Israel and were pulled over by a cop. The driver after pretending to completely not understand the cop's requests for his license and registration, hands them over with a little wave (underhand, in the its all under control gesture) and says [dont worry] "ani tapuach" (hebrew for I'm an apple). The cop obviously has no clue what he's talking about and puzzled he asks "mah?" Again he repeats his statement with total smug self assurance, that the cop has to ask again "mah?" After a couple of times and the cop starts getting frustrated, a guy from the back pipes up (in an exaggerated american accent) " hu lo yodeya ivris kol kach tov, hu rotze liomer, shekulanu tapuchim!" ( he doesnt know hebrew so well, he wants to say that we are ALL apples!) The cop just let them go. Thats the original story. Then a friend of mine (the garden variety lacking in the sanity department friend of mine)a couple of months ago wrote a song about the incident called ani tapuach. (The lyrics are 'ani tapuach, ata tapuach, kulani tapuchim') Its a very catchy tune and it became rather popular. Then just recently he got a shwarma resturant to sponsor over 10 thousand (just for now, but many more are on the way)bumper stickers with the phrase (by now practically an anthem) ani tapuach ata tapuach kulanu tapuchim. Instantly they were stuck all over the entire country of Israel in every place that you'd never even think thered be one. This friday I was part of the volunteer crew who's job was to cover the entire shomron area with stickers. We started hitching around going from place to place putting em up. We even got to shchem. We hung around the entrance to shchem contemplating putting stickers on the ominous sign prohibiting entry for israelis, but decided against it.(I didnt think it would be a good spot for it) We did put all over the country though. (some pics at end) For shabbos we ended up in elon moreh. Its a beautiful settlement right next to shchem, overlooking shchem, har grizim, har eval, and a couple of arab villages. We got there a little before shkia and knocked on the door at the yeshiva, and asked if there were a couple of empty beds. There were cuz one class had went on a trip, so we unpacked (read: removed cellphone and camera from pocket and placed on dresser) and spent an amazing shabbos in elon moreh. After shabbos we hitched around some more and covered some more ground for the tapuach association volunteer work. We made it back home ok. (besides for us having a minor rock and firework fight, and me winning a chin up contest against two arabs off a street sign) Consider yourselves lucky, when you see the tapuach sticker somewhere in the future, you'll know 'the rest of the story'..