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Adi: The Origin of a Common Hebrew Name Posted by on Jul 10, 2017

תַּכְשִׁיט (tach-sheet) )is the common Hebrew word for ‛piece of jewelry’. It refers to any piece of jewelry or other ornament, including bracelet, necklace, earring, ring, brooch, tiara, etc. From the word תַּכְשִׁיט derives other words, like תַּכְשִׁיטָן (jeweler); תַּכְשׁׅיטָנׅית (for a female jeweler); תַּכְשִׁיטָנוּת (manufacture and sale of jewels). The place to buy all…

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The Definite Article Prefix Hey Hayedia Posted by on Jun 26, 2017

In Hebrew, nouns are made definite by adding the prefix ה. This prefix is called ה’ הַיְּדׅיעָה (hey hayedia) and functions like the definite article ‛the’ in English. The word עִיתּוֹן (newspaper), for example, indicates any newspaper; while the word הָעׅיתּוֹן (the newspaper) refers to a specific newspaper. Here are some rules for the use…

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How To Celebrate A Jewish Wedding (Part 1) Posted by on Jun 5, 2017

In the Jewish religion, the wedding day is the most important day of one’s life. It’s even more important than one’s birthday. Because according to Judaism a newborn comes in to the world as only as half a person. Every soul is originally composed of two parts: masculine and feminine. When the soul is getting…

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Israeli Scattergories: A Children Game for Learning Hebrew Posted by on May 22, 2017

Scattergories is a very popular game in Israel. Every native has played, or is at least familiar with, this game. We named it in Hebrew  אֶרֶץ-עִיר  (E`retz-Ir, country-city), simply after the first two categories: country and city. A simple name for a lovely game. The classic version, played mostly by children, seems simple. It composed of,…

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5 Israeli Eurovision Songs Posted by on May 8, 2017

Israel has preformed 40 songs since her first appearance in the Eurovision Songs Contest at 1973. Let’s listen to five of the greatest Israeli Eurovision songs:   Ahava Hi Shir Lishnayim / Ilanit (1977) Ilanit was the first Israeli singer to represent Israel at the Eurovision Contest in 1973. At the age of 25, with…

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