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Falafel: the Unofficial National Food of Israel Posted by on Jan 20, 2020

The diverse Israeli cuisine comprises both local dishes and dishes brought to Israel by Jews from the Diaspora. A variety of flavors, ingredients and countries create a plentiful cuisine, but only one dish is considered to be the national food of Israel: falafel (פָלָאפֶל). Falafel is a deep-fried ball made from ground chickpeas (חוּמוּס), herbs and spices. It’s a very common…

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Encouraging Birth in Israel Posted by on Jan 6, 2020

The average number of children per family (מִשְׁפָּחָה) in Israel is the highest among the OECD countries. An Israeli woman gives birth to three children (יְלָדׅים), on average. A famous Hebrew song from the 70’s is called יְלָדׅים זֶה שׂׅמְחָה (Children is Happiness). The joyful tune made the song a hit. More than three decades…

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6 Best Israeli Tunes of the Decade Posted by on Dec 23, 2019

Time flies (הֵזְּמַן טָס), and 2020 is just around the corner. It’s time to bid farewell to another tumultuous decade full of events. Wars end, trends change, leaders alternate, innovations revive, but music – the soundtrack to our lives – will always accompany us. New songs never replace the old ones, and there are songs…

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Hebrew Vocabulary and Grammar for the Winter Posted by on Dec 9, 2019

Winter has come in Israel! This is a good opportunity to delve into some related grammar and vocabulary. Hebrew nouns have gender – masculine or feminine. The Hebrew word for winter חֹורֶף (ho-ref) is masculine, as all the Hebrew seasons’ (עוֺנוֺת) names (אָבִיב, קַיִץ, סְתָיו). Hebrew adjectives come after the noun they describe and match…

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Hebrew Food Vocabulary Posted by on Nov 25, 2019

Food is an essential part of our life, and a good opportunity to practice Hebrew. Breakfast אֲרוּחַת בֹּוקֶר “All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast”, said John Gunther. But breakfast is not only enjoyable, it’s also the most important meal of the day, according to most nutritionists. In the next video the nutritionist Maya Rosman…

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She’vet Achim Ve’achayot: A New Israeli Song Became a Hit Posted by on Nov 11, 2019

A new Israeli song, called שֵׁבֶט אָחִים וַאֲחַיּוֹת (A Tribe of Brothers and Sisters) was released in April this year and immediately became a huge hit. The song (שִׁיר) was produced through the initiative of the popular Galgalatz radio station (תַּחֲנַת רַדְיוֹ) operated by Israel Defense Forces Radio, in an appeal to encourage unity and consolidation. The producers…

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Hebrew Colors’ Names: Black, White and Gray Posted by on Oct 28, 2019

Colors’ names are very useful in daily spoken language, they are among the first words every language learner memorizes. Today we’ll delve into three basic colors: black, white and gray. שָׁחֹור (black), לָבָן (white) and אָפֹור (gray) are the singular masculine forms of these colors. The Hebrew language has a grammatical gender. Every noun and…

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