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The Concept of Freedom in Israeli Culture

‘Tis the season in Israel and worldwide – that Jews are preparing for Passover. This is the holiday commemorating the Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt to freedom. We have been preserving this freedom every day since the State of Israel was established in 1948. Maintaining our freedom is an integral part of who we are as Israelis and of the values that have been guiding our decisions and actions throughout the years.

Anyone wishing to understand another culture must first understand their own, and which principles and influences bear weight on the society in which he lives. In other words, knowing who you are and the roots of your culture’s main values is critical for good communication with people from other cultures. The Passover holiday is a good opportunity to examine ourselves and the concept of freedom vis-à-vis Israeli culture in general and our own lives in particular:

Freedom means the liberty to be myself, without fear of other people’s reactions when I express my own truth.

Freedom is also of thought and of expression, making it possible for me to be creative and to think outside the box.

Freedom enables dynamics and movement, as opposed to a fixed, unchanging pattern.

Freedom allows for risk-taking to fulfill ambitions.

Freedom is related to many of the traits prominent in Israeli culture, such as being informal, hot-tempered and argumentative, as well as innovative and improvising.

Freedom is actually what has allowed us to become a unique nation that has chalked up so many successes despite the countless obstacles in our way. Perhaps it was the obstacles that taught us not to give up and always find a new, original means of pushing forth to a better future.

Happy Pesach to all the Jewish people in Israel and the Diaspora and to all our friends!


OLM Consulting Founder

Osnat Lautman is a well-known intercultural expert and the author of the Amazon bestselling book ‘Israeli Business Culture’. Osnat is passionate about cultures, connecting humans and breaking through culture barriers. She created the ISRAELI™ model of Israeli business characteristics (Informal, Straightforward, Risk-Taking, Ambitious, Entrepreneurial, Loud, Improvisational) to reveal the foundations of the Israeli innovative culture. Osnat supports many organizations and individuals to effectively connect and engage with Israelis, avoid misunderstanding and maximize the value of combining the innovative Israeli spirit into a multi culture environment.

Osnat is the founder of OLM Consulting and her customer include the Manufacturers’ Association of Israel, The Jewish Agency, Verint, NYU Tel Aviv, the British Embassy, the Swedish Embassy, the Belgium Embassy, FIDF, Israel Defense Ministry delegation in New York, JCC Association, National Bank of Australia, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 888 Holdings, Corning, SkyVision, ObserveIT, MX1, Israel Export Institute, StartApp, Tel Aviv Municipality, and many others.

Osnat lived in Hoboken, New Jersey, from 2009 to 2013. During this time, she started her extensive research on the differences between Israeli and non-Israeli business cultures, including video interviews with businesspeople from numerous origins. The recorded discussions are incorporated into her lectures and workshops for demonstration purposes.

Osnat holds:
M.A in Social Science and Communications, Bar Ilan University, Israel
Certificate in Organizational Development, New York University, New York
Coach License from Co-Active Training Institute, Israel

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