from Steven Pressfield:
Balagan means “chaos.” Technically the term is derived from Russian, but it has been absorbed intact into Hebrew.
Balagan is the most important word you’ll learn here, Steve. If you can understand this, you will understand Israel. And you’ll know why the IAF and IDF are so good.
A Jew by nature, Danny says, understands a balagan. A Jew is happy in a balagan. “Think about it.
What skills do you need in a situation of chaos? Chutzpah. Imagination. The ability to improvise.”
Jim Al-Khalili‘s the secret life of chaos