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We share a Hebrew word with the definition, transliteration, and a little about why that word is timely and where you might hear it! Check back here for the weekly word and for our entire archive! Reach out with any questions, ahasidovich@jfedsnj.org or cgreen@jfedsnj.org.


Arkady and Charlene


Arkady Hasidovich, Senior Community Shaliach (Israeli Emissary)

Charlene Green, JFEDSNJ Director of Leadership and Learning


This Week

Ivrit In A Bit Archive

Many of you may have heard Israel on the news this morning (11/22/2019). Currently, Israel is in the midst of trying to form a government after their second election this year. It is looking like a third will be necessary. To add to that, Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit has announced his official indictment on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.However, the Prime Minister in power has immunity and cannot be put on trial. This is due to the fact the Israeli government has a system of checks and balances. Part of the system is a self-appointed (Not Elected) Judicial court. Therefore, this indictment will not necessarily be followed by an immediate trial. The trial will not occur while the indicted is Prime Minister. However, the trial of public opinion in Israel and globally has already erupted in the media. For more information about the indictment, Israeli electoral process, current electoral status, please reach out to Arkady!

Since the summer months Jews around the world, and especially in Israel, often procrastinate untill “after the holidays” (Acharei HaChagim). “Aharei HaChagim Sameach” is an all-Israeli idiom aligning with the “Chag Sameach” (Happy Holiday) blessing we recite throughout the high holidays. Use it to greet your colleagues and friends as we get back to routine.

Sukkot is a Harvest festival celebration. We honor the wandering of the Jewish people from Egypt to Israel, from slavery to freedom. As they travelled through the desert they built temporary homes, sukkahs. Today we build temporary homes/Sukkahs during this holiday of sukkot, some even sleep in them. They need to have at least 3 walls and a natural roof (palm tree/bamboo) that enables you to see the stars.

In our suburban community, people can build their sukkahs in their front or backyard or even on their patio. In Israel, in the city, there is less real estate and so the typical Israeli builds their sukkah on their balcony. Actually, a typical architectural component widespread in Israel is a sukkah balcony - a balcony with no roof over it, so that a kosher sukkah can be erected on Sukkot. Sometimes these balconies are built with a retractable roof, which provides shade all year round, but can be removed for building a sukkah.

Balconies In Israel During Sukkot

During the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we atone for our sins of the past year. At the end of Yom Kippur, we are judged for the coming year.

With Yom Kippur coming and if you are wondering what the proper greeting is, try out Tzom Kal/Have an Easy Fast.

In Israel  it is customary to say this blessing/greeting.

It is customary to begin our first Rosh Hashanah meal with a sweet apple dipped in honey. The sweet foods symbolize a wish for a sweet new year.

Tapuach = Apple

B’ = In

D’vash = Honey

Tapuachbudvash Song

The Israeli Election results are in! Here is the comparison between 90% of the Israeli and 100% of the South Jersey votes. Forget the parties, focus on the 4 blocks that will really shape the next step – formation of a majority government. The right block has clearly won the majority of the votes, but the right cannot rule. Learn more...