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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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How to Celebrate a Jewish Wedding (part 3) Posted by on Nov 20, 2017

In our last post about How to Celebrate a Jewish Wedding, we discussed the essentiality of the chuppah. Today we’ll start to discuss everything that happens under it – the wedding ceremony. There used to be two different ceremonies (טְקָסׅים): betrothal (קׅידוּשׁׅין) and wedding (נׅישׂוּאׅין). In the past, when a couple got engaged they celebrated…

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Learning Hebrew Through Movies: And Then She Arrived Posted by on Nov 6, 2017

And Then She Arrived (וְאָז הׅיא הִגִּיעַה) is a new Israeli movie that premiered last July in Israeli cinemas. It’s an enjoyable romantic comedy, and even though the film didn’t receive favorable reviews I still believe it’s worth watching. It’s a fun movie that provides a glimpse into the Israeli culture and a good…

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What are the continents called in Hebrew? Posted by on Oct 30, 2017

From the beginning of humanity people have traveled. They roamed the land to survive, foraging for food and seeking for shelter. As human civilization advanced, they traveled by chariots and ships, looking for power and resources. With the advancement of mechanics and technology, exploring the world became easier. Men went to the ends of the…

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