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Archive for December, 2017

The Many Drivers of Israel’s Streets Posted by on Dec 25, 2017

There are 22 letters in the Hebrew aleph-bet. These 22 basic units are the material from which the Hebrew language forms its consonantal roots. Putting two, three or four letters together creates a root. For example, the root כ-ת-ב (k-t-v), is composed of the 11th letter with the 22th letter plus the 2nd letter of…

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Say wow! How to use and read the letter ‘vav’ in Hebrew Posted by on Dec 19, 2017

Your first encounter with a Semitic language like Hebrew can bombard you with a lot of new concepts: the root system, new sounds, and a different script, are just a few of them. Once you get over the fact that Hebrew doesn’t usually write out vowels, you realize that some of the letters you painstakingly…

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The Story of Hanukkah Posted by on Dec 11, 2017

During the Hellenistic period (323 BC–31 BC), Greek culture spread throughout the vast empire. The Greek arts, literature, architecture, music, mathematics, and science prevailed in the states under the regime of the Greeks. Among them was the Kingdom of Judah, and the Jews living in Judah were inspired as well by the Greek culture. They adopted Greek…

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