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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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Here and There in Hebrew Posted by on Apr 26, 2017

Here and there: two little words that make a big difference. Well, four actually. Hebrew has two different words to refer to this place, and two similar words to refer to that place. Let’s take a closer look at them. Here פֹּה (Po) is a biblical word meaning ‛here’. For example: וַיֹּאמֶר אַבְרָהָם אֶל נְעָרָיו…

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Passover פֶּסַח Posted by on Apr 8, 2017

The most common question in Israel this month is: ‟Where are you celebrating Passover Seder (לֵיל הַסֵּדֶר)?”. Passover is an important Jewish festival. It’s a long holiday – seven days to be exact – and required a lot of preparations. לֵיל הַסֵּדֶר is its highlight. It’s a long evening filled in traditions, symbols and ceremonies.…

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The Big Trip Posted by on Mar 23, 2017

The Big Trip (הַטִּיּוּל הַגָּדוֹל) is a literal translation for the Israeli custom of travelling abroad after being discharged from the army (צָבָא). Nowadays, Israeli boys serve three years in the צָבָא, and girls only two years. The majority packs their bags as soon as they can and fly away. This habit began as a…

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