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Coronavirus in Israel: Israel Returns to Normality Posted by on Jun 8, 2021

More than a year after the global pandemic broke out, the worldwide Covid-19 situation is still dire. While many countries are still struggling with case surges and high death toll; Israel, on the other hand, has already moved out of pandemic mode. On May 23, the headlines announced: next week almost all Covid-19 restriction will…

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Lag BaOmer celebration Ended in Tragedy Posted by on May 5, 2021

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai (רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן בַּר יוֹחַאי), who lived in the second century, was a brilliant Talmudic scholar. He was an active Mishnaic sage who is attributed with the authorship of the Zohar, the main work of Kabbalah. According to tradition, Rabbi Shimon died on Lag BaOmer (ל”ג בָּעֹמֶר). On the day of his death, he…

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Hebrew Family Vocabulary: Part 2 Posted by on Apr 28, 2021

In Part 1 we’ve learned all the words for parents. Today we will learn the words for siblings. The Hebrew word for brother, either younger or older, is אָח, pronounced as ach. The Hebrew word for sister, either younger or older, is אָחוֹת, pronounced as a-chot. For example: יֵשׁ לׅי אָח אֶחָד. I have one…

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Hebrew Adjectives Posted by on Apr 12, 2021

An abundance of adjectives enriches our tongue, and expands our expression skills. Here are 8 pairs of basic Hebrew antonyms, 16 adjectives in total, to describe objects and people.   עַל הַמְּחַנֵּךְ לְלַמֵּד אֶת הַיְּלָדִים לְהַבְחִין בֵּין טוֹב לְרַע. The educator must teach the children to distinguish between right and wrong. הִיא יַלְדָּה טוֹבָה. She’s…

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Hebrew Words for Entry and Exit Posted by on Mar 22, 2021

The Hebrew words for entrance and exit are both feminine. They both end with the feminine suffix – the letter ה: When talking about a specific entry or exit, we use the singular feminine demonstrative pronoun זוֹ (pronounced as zo), or זוֹהִי (pronounced as zo-i). For example: לַבִּנְיָן שְׁתֵי כְּנׅיסוֺת, זוֹהִי הַכְּנִיסָה הָרָאשִׁית. The building…

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Israeli Woman who Crossed into Syria Returns to Israel Posted by on Mar 8, 2021

On October 5th 2020, during a state of alert along the Israeli-Lebanese border, an Israeli woman in civilian clothes was spotted right near the fence. Pictures of the woman in her twenties sitting alone in a civilian SUV, with an open window, smiling right to the Hezbollah camera, were shared in Lebanese social media. At…

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Hebrew Family Vocabulary: Part 1 Posted by on Feb 21, 2021

מִשְׁפָּחָה זֶה הַכָּל (family is everything), as Israelis say. And family vocabulary is essential for every language learner. Let’s start with some basic family members vocabulary. A joyful Israeli nursery rhyme called הַמִּשְׁפָּחָה שֶׁלׅי (my family) is about a little boy’s birthday party. Songs, gifts, and, of course, family are all part of the celebration…

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