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  • Stories From My Mother

    By Ilana Angel

    November 10, 2015 | 10:57 pm

    I am having a wonderful time having my mother here with me. She has been here a week and it has been so much fun. She will be with us in Los Angeles for another nine days and while I am trying to focus on having a good time, I am sad at the thought of her going home. She is great...

  • Hebrew word of the week: eqsit

    June 18, 2015 | 2:05 pm

    Trendy American words are quickly incorporated into Israeli Hebrew and cherished by the media gossips. They are taken from the English, as seleb (בלס) “celeb,” or selebrita’it for “female celebrity;” a formal Hebrew synonym is yedua’nit (less common).

    Eqsit takes informal English...

  • Iranian regime’s propaganda use of Jews would make Goebbels proud

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 4, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    Two weeks ago, the Associated Press reported that roughly two dozen Iranian Jews took part in a “pro-nuclear rally” at the United Nations office in Tehran. The report indicated that the Iranian Jews held Torahs in their arms and also signs in Hebrew and English proclaiming their...

  • Iranian Jews hold pro-nuclear rally in Tehran

    November 20, 2013 | 8:51 am

    Iranian Jews holding Torah scrolls demonstrated in Tehran in support of Iran’s nuclear program.

    Demonstrators, who also held signs in English, Hebrew and Farsi, rallied Tuesday in front of the United Nations office in Tehran, according to The Jerusalem Post. They denounced...

  • Textism: Is spelling over?

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 9, 2013 | 10:28 am

    f u cn rd ths, u cn bcm a sec & gt a gd jb w hi pa.

    You can tell that’s not a text message.  When secretaries were getting good jobs for high pay, no one was texting.

    Those School of Speedwriting ads were everywhere in New York in the 1950s and ’60s, and in New Jersey, where I...

  • A linguist’s take on the knaidel/kneydl controversy

    June 10, 2013 | 10:01 am

    As a linguist who studies Yiddish-influenced English, I’ve had a busy week. As soon as Arvind Mahankali won the Scripps National Spelling Bee with the word “knaidel,” the messages began to arrive. On facebook, through email, and in person, my friends, relatives, and colleagues...

  • West Bank Hebrew language study is growing

    March 27, 2013 | 10:35 am

    Listening to Hebrew songs is officially frowned upon by many West Bank residents, but interest in learning the language of the “other society that is very close but still far away” is clearly picking up among Palestinians wishing to understand Israelis. One example is the Mohammed...

  • Israeli-Iranian singer Rita performs at U.N.

    March 6, 2013 | 4:29 pm

    The Israeli-Iranian singer Rita performed at the United Nations General Assembly Hall.

    Rita performed in Hebrew, English and Farsi at the "Tunes for Peace" concert on Tuesday night -- just the third full-fledged concert at the U.N. venue.

    The singer, who goes by just her first...

  • Pollard clemency petition reaches 103,000 signatures

    March 5, 2013 | 10:16 am

    More than 103,000 people have signed a petition calling on President Obama to free imprisoned spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard.

    The petition, which appears in Hebrew and English, was placed online Feb. 11 and will be hand delivered to Obama during his visit to Israel later this...

  • LAUSD OK’s English-Hebrew charter school

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 23, 2013 | 4:06 pm

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has given a green light to a proposal for a dual-language charter elementary school to be located in Van Nuys offering classes in English and Hebrew. 

    Lashon Academy is the first Hebrew-language charter school to be approved by...

  • Israel celebrates education gains, but challenges remain

    December 31, 2012 | 9:43 am

    Just before 1 o'clock on a sunny afternoon, students streamed out of the Amirim Public School and headed for home. But for their teachers, the workday was far from over.

    Some would stay late to attend faculty meetings and prepare upcoming lessons. Others would help small groups...

  • Iranian TV interview blames Israel for Sandy Hook massacre

    December 18, 2012 | 2:43 pm

    An Iranian state-run media outlet reported on an Arizona businessman's claim that Israel is behind the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    PressTV, Iran's 24-hour English language news network, cited an interview with Michael Harris, who said that the massacre was an...

  • Holocaust, Jewish themes remain prominent among foreign Oscar offerings

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2012 | 2:24 pm

    The long-forecast “Holocaust fatigue” among filmmakers and their audiences has not yet arrived, judging by the entries for 2013 Oscar honors by producers and directors in numerous countries.

    Each of a record 71 foreign — meaning non-English-speaking — countries has submitted its...

  • Frum women find a place

    November 15, 2012 | 3:18 pm

    When “Rivky,” a Charedi, or ultra-Orthodox, woman with “a very large family” — she declined to say how large, fearful of tempting fate — opened a woman’s clothing shop in the basement of her Jerusalem home 40 years ago, advertising her business was easy.

    “There was only one...

  • Hebrew media is imploding, but Israeli English press booming

    October 22, 2012 | 10:47 am

    On Oct. 17, seven Israeli English news websites led with seven different stories.

    The Jerusalem Post had a piece on Egypt’s commitment to its treaty with Israel. Haaretz's English site ran with a recently released Israeli document on Gaza. Ynet News, Yediot Achronot’s English...

  • Tel Aviv council rejects proposal to put Arabic on city emblem

    August 6, 2012 | 3:03 pm

    The Tel Aviv City Council rejected a proposal to include Arabic on the city’s official emblem.

    Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said during the council meeting Monday that Arabs comprise only 4 percent of the city’s population, according to Ynet.

    Councilman Ahmed Mashrawi had initiated...

  • Popular English word game isn’t lost in Hebrew translation

    February 6, 2012 | 3:32 pm

    When his family moved to Israel in 1998, Robert August-Dalfen probably never envisioned the day he would wear a banana costume.

    But that’s exactly what Robert recently donned along with his wife, Sharon, to promote the new Hebrew version of Bananagrams, the popular American game...

  • Opinion: Tunisian pizza

    By Gina Nahai

    January 4, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    There’s a concept in the Persian language – ghessmat – for which no exact equivalent exists in English. It refers to a person’s unrelenting, inescapable, for better or worse but either way, it was designed and executed specifically for you, destiny.

    Like when you miss your...

  • Jewish English-language magazine launched in Germany

    January 3, 2012 | 11:31 am

    German-Jewish author Rafael Seligmann has launched a Jewish quarterly magazine.

    Jewish Voice From Germany, a private initiative started last week, is aiming to convince English-speaking Jews around the world that there is a future for Jewish life in Germany.

    Seligmann, 64, a...

  • Supermarket Memories…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 9, 2011 | 3:20 pm

    Every time I’m at the Supermarket, I start to remember my very first trip to one just like it.  When you come to America from the former Soviet Union and enter ANY grocery store, you are bound to go into shock.  As I’ve written before, the shelves of U.S.S.R.’s grocery stores...

  • Summer Rules are not meant to be followed, at least in my house…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 6, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    I am just not as Tiger-esque as I had hoped to be this summer, in fact I am the very opposite of the Tiger Mother!  But, I did have big plans to become one over the summer break…  And even bigger plans to grow a pair when it comes to my children NOT sitting around watching TV,...

  • Voicemail and My Father’s Outgoing Message…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 2, 2011 | 2:59 pm

    The other day a friend of mine told me that I am the only person she knows that still owns an answering machine…  Apparently, everyone else in the world has long done away with those and only using electronic voice-mail now.  I’m a bit slow with technology, I admit.  However, I...

  • Oh Sarah Palin, what nonsense fell out of your mouth now…

    By Julia Bendis

    June 7, 2011 | 10:10 am

    Before I start, I’d just like to acknowledge that apparently, or should I say allegedly Sarah Palin’s knowledge of American history came from her misguided ten-year-old daughter.  That or she was raised by wolves in the forest.  That is the only explanation that I could find to her...

  • Obama planted seeds of failure

    By David Suissa

    March 30, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    A couple of years ago, I wrote a public letter to President Obama applauding his commitment to peace in the Middle East, but warning that he should be prepared to fail. My reasoning was that he was following Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and...

  • Dana International is Israel’s choice for Eurovision

    March 9, 2011 | 10:22 am

    Transgender pop diva Dana International will represent Israel at this year’s Eurovision song contest.

    The Israeli music star won the chance to sing the Hebrew and English song “Ding Dong,” written by Zvika Pik, during a contest Tuesday night broadcast on Israeli television, where...

  • I speak Latin, therefore I speak English

    By Julia Bendis

    January 26, 2011 | 10:56 am

    Seeing an older lady at the grocery store today reminded me of my own Grandmother.  She came to the U.S. a few years after we did.  At 70 years old, she was eager to learn the culture, to try everything new, and to live the American dream.  My Grandmother had lived through the...

  • Funny things kids say

    By Julia Bendis

    January 2, 2011 | 9:31 pm

    * As usual, Nik (the 5 year old) was taking forever in the bathroom.  I yelled out to him: “Are you OK?  Did you fall in the toilet?”  “No Mommy, ONLY my butt fell in the toilet!  But, its OK.  I pulled it out!”

    * As we were all driving one day, a car cuts us off.  I yell...

  • “Belle du Jour”—Nice Jewish Girl

    By JewishJournal

    November 17, 2009 | 8:53 am

    It’s official, the mysterious English prostitute Belle du Jour is Jewish… and somehow the real life woman, a cancer researcher named Brooke Magnanti, credits (is that the word?) her Jewish background for leading her to become a high-priced call girl. This from The Daily Mail:

    In a...

  • VIDEO: Message from people of Israel to people of Gaza (Arabic with English subtitles)

    January 4, 2009 | 4:58 pm

    Message to the residents of Gaza from the people of Israel

    Danielle/Dahlia of Jewlicious.com narrates

    Here is the English:

    Dear Residents of Gaza,

    This is a message from the people of Israel.
    We do not hate you.
    We do not rejoice in your suffering.
    We are not happy when we...

  • VIDEO: Islam TV—‘Faith Off’ for laughs

    By The Web Guy

    October 26, 2008 | 4:01 pm

    Ismail Elmokadem of the Daily News (Egypt) writes:

    In the UK the Islam Channel has dedicated itself to building bridges with the West, as well as providing English-speaking Muslims with their own voice.

    “We wanted to counteract growing hatred against Muslims after 9/11 and the...

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