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How to Use the Hebrew Verbs to Elect, to Vote Posted by on Feb 17, 2020

For the third time in under a year, Israelis are heading back to the polls. Efforts to form a government failed again after the second election held in September 2019. The unprecedented third election will be held on March 2nd 2020. We’ve already learned the relevant vocabulary of Israel political deadlock, in these posts: What…

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Hebrew Adverbs of Frequency Posted by on Feb 3, 2020

Adverbs of frequency are adverbs of time that are used to indicate routine or repeated activities. They describe how frequently something occurs, how often a certain action takes place. Most of the Hebrew adverbs of frequency that specify an exact time frame are patterns of two words. They begin with the prepositions כָּל (kol) or מִדֵּי…

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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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