Everyone always asks me what it's like to live in Israel. Bearing in mind that my experience is both secular and very Tel Aviv-centric and obviously quite different from others at the other end of the spectrum or the country, this article from the NY Times travel section sums it up better than I ever could. We don't live right in the city but we're close enough that my husband rides his bike to work in Tel Aviv each morning, and we can get right downtown within 20 minutes (45 at rush hour).
Summer in Tel Aviv. There's nothing quite like it anywhere in the world.