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Dinner With Friends Posted by on Jan 31, 2013

Having dinner is a great way to meet people. They last a few hours, so you’ll have time to eat, talk and make friends. The atmoshpere is informal and friendly. DO assume that your hosts keep kosher (unless they tell you otherwise). Keeping kosher means that pork and shellfish are completely off limits, and…

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Visiting a Home Posted by on Jan 27, 2013

Now that you got the invitation to someone’s home, you’ve arrived! But, before you go in the door, there are a few things to keep in mind. You can never go wrong with bringing a מַתָּנָה. The perfect choices would be flowers or a bottle of יַיִן כָּשֵׁר. Gifts can be in the $5 –…

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Meeting And Greeting Posted by on Jan 26, 2013

When meeting and greeting someone in Hebrew, most language courses will give you the commonly used ones shown here: Hello – שלום Good morning – בוקר טוב Good afternoon – יום טוב Good evening – ערב טוב Good night – לילה טוב And to ask how you are doing: How are you? – מה שלומך?…

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Invitations To Dinner Posted by on Jan 26, 2013

You’ve got your friends. What if they want to invite you to dinner at their home? Or maybe to a party? Well, let’s find out if that’s what is going on – you don’t want to miss out on the fun and being with friends, right? Let’s get together! – בּוֹאוּ נִיפָּגֵשׁ In this…

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Hobbies and Interests Posted by on Jan 24, 2013

Do you have a hobby? Do you like to collect stuff? I do. I like to collect coins, I love photography and of course, I love learning languages. So let’s start talking about what we like to do – our hobbies. The Hebrew word for ‘hobby’ is תַּחְבִּיב. To tell someone what your hobby is…

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Israel’s Arbor Day – Tu B’Shevat Posted by on Jan 21, 2013

טוּ בִּשְׁבָט‎ (Tu B’Shevat) is a Jewish holiday on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of שְׁבָט‎. It is also called רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה לְאִילָנוֹת‎, literally “New Year of the Trees”. Ecological organizations in Israel and the diaspora have used the holiday to further environmental-awareness programs. Customs There are few customs or observances related…

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