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‘That’s Israel for You’...and other Shtuyot

By Lara Berman

November 9, 2010 | 1:02 pm

A runner I happened to pass in Jerusalem one morning. Kol HaKavod (all the respect)! May we all follow his example!

“That’s Israel for you,” the police officer told me when I complained that people were littering on the beach.

“That’s Israel for you,” my friend shrugged after a granny... read on

  • Enough?

    By Lara Berman

    October 16, 2010 | 5:50 am

    Eskimos have 9 words for ‘snow.’
    And the Zulus have numerous words for the color ‘green.’
    So it should come as no surprise that the Jews have several words for ‘to make a dream come true.’


    See, “l’hagshim” is for when a proper dreamt-of-dream manifests.... read on

  • From Depressed to Blessed, or in other words, Yom Kippur

    By Lara Berman

    September 15, 2010 | 4:17 am

    Yom Kippur draws near, and the word buzzing around Jerusalem is “Tshuva.”
    Tshuva, tshuva, tshuva - frequently translated as ‘Repentence.’

    Don’t stop reading. I know, if you’re anything like me, the word triggers a massive case of the icks.
    Repentence is a drek-filled... read on

  • “It Would be Nice if Something Made Sense for a Change,” Alice said.

    By Lara Berman

    September 3, 2010 | 2:10 am

    I was supposed to go grape picking this morning. A couple from my ulpan invited me to go with them. They frequently visit during the summer months to help farmers harvest their crops. The grapes at the vineyard in Psagot were ready, and so was I.

    Then, last night, I logged onto The... read on

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  • The Land of Milk and Honeys

    By Lara Berman

    August 30, 2010 | 11:10 am

    Big noses.
    Bigger mouths.
    Gangly.
    Squat.
    Pinched.
    Bulbous.
    Painfully pale.
    Deeply brown.
    Dumpy,
    Frumpy,
    Or worse yet, JAP- y.

    Sheesh! Where did these stereotypes about Jewish looks come from?
    And has anyone noticed that plenty of Spanish, Italian, Arab or Indian folks could... read on

  • ‘Neshek’ Means ‘GUN’ in Hebrew - And Why I’ll Never Forget It

    By Lara Berman

    August 24, 2010 | 1:27 am

    Neshek means ‘gun’ in Hebrew. You should all know this. So you don’t stand out like a classic, SToOPiD tourist…like I did.

    I had just arrived in Tel Aviv, as I do nearly every week. I hopped off the sheirut (shared taxi) and headed into the Tachana HaMerkazeet (Central Bus... read on

  • “One Day…” has Arrived

    By Lara Berman

    August 12, 2010 | 2:16 pm

    Before I left Los Angeles, a couple of folks handed me dollar bills. See, when flying, it’s customary in the Jewish world to give the traveler a dollar to donate upon arrival. This practice comes from a teaching that a person in the midst of doing a mitzvah cannot be harmed. So, in... read on

  • Tachzik Maamad, or as we say, “Hang in There!”

    By Lara Berman

    July 30, 2010 | 4:57 am

    The lesson of the week, in language and love: It’s time to persevere.

    The wake-up call started over Shabbat in Tel Aviv when I met two, tiny tykes. We’ll call the older, curly-headed one Geni, since he’s a genius –certifiably. And we’ll call his little brother Mowgli,... read on

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