Wondering what the Western Hebrew months sound like? It’s very common in Israel to use the Gregorian (Western) Calendar, after all, this is the global calendar that even anti-Christians are using today, so why wouldn’t Israel?
Israel has finally reflected its diversity on the Israeli beauty pageant , a black woman has won the crown!
Yityish Aynaw, known to her friends as Titi, is an Ethipian olah (immigrant) to Israel, who came to the country 10 years ago, when she was 12.
Yityish left her Facebook profile open for public, however, I thought it would be best not to share any photos there, in case she changes her mind later. However, let me give you a few hints about what kind of woman she is:
The new Miss Israel doesn’t seem to be a gung-ho about politics, however, she still “likes” Amir Peretz, the famous Moroccan-born Israeli politician, who is a member of Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah party.
Beside being a “fan” of Will Smith, Titi defines Martin Luther King to be her personal hero.
Titi hopes to be “the first black TV host in Israel” and to help change the stereotypical image of the Ethiopian women and immigrants generally in Israel.
Here is a short interview of Yityish Aynaw…
Anyway, before we jump into the lingual part, let me tell you some facts about Miss Israel contest generally:
First Miss Israel ever was Miriam Yaron, who was born in Germany.
First Israeli-born Miss Israel was Michal Har’el, from Jerusalem.
First IDF soldier to compete in the Israeli beauty pageant was Chavatzelet Dror.
First mizrahi Miss Israel was Ora Vered, who was born in Yemen.
First Miss Israel to win Miss world was Rina Mor, in 1976.
Youngest Miss Israel ever was Dana Wexler.
First Israeli Muslim and Arab to be Miss Israel was Rana Raslan, in 1999.
Now let’s see how to say Beauty Queen in Hebrew.
Before we start, let me tell you that it is very common to say “miss yisrael” instead. Here is how Israelis write it and say it:
The Hebrew New Year is back! That time of the year again when everybody is hopeful again and tables are full of great food and warm and cozy. Want to stand out and some some Hebrew off? Here you can learn how to say happy new year in Hebrew as well as a few other useful phrases and tips.
First off, New Year’s Beginning.
First day of the Hebrew New Year is called “rosh hashanah” written in Hebrew like this:
This literally means “head of the year”. Makes sense, right?
ראש = head
ה = the
שנה = year
I pronounced it here for you:
Happy New Year in Hebrew
Now, let’s see how you would wish someone a happy birthday in Hebrew. What you actually would be wishing them is a “good year” or as in Hebrew they say “shana tova”, written this way:
שנה = year
טובה = good
I pronounced the Hebrew word here for you:
You might have noticed that the word for good is usually “tov” instead of “tova”. The reason why we put the heh at the end of the word is that Shana in Hebrew is a female word. This should be kind of tricky, finding the female and male nouns, but a good sign we have here for female nouns is the final heh ה.
It is pronounced like “todah rabah”, I have recorded it as usual for you. Click on the play button below the word to hear the Hebrew pronunciation of it.
People also asked me to write about how to say thank you in Hebrew to both males and females, I will write that in details, however, be sure that “todah rabah” can do the job very well without additions.
However, let’s break it down with more details if you want:
pronounced “todah lech”. the Hebrew pronunciation is there if you click on the play button.
1: When I say the “male” version or “female” version I am NOT referring to the speaker, but rather to the recipient. So whether you are a man or a woman, it doesn’t matter when you are the one saying “thank you” in Hebrew. What matters is who you are talking to.
2: The difference between the male and female versions is the last vowel. You will learn more about that if you either enroll in my free conversational Hebrew course or follow the website for future Hebrew grammatical notes.
3: You should feel free to say “todah rabah” without “lech” or “lecha”.
“I am, of course, ready to press the button if necessary,” Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said on November 6th.
This came after a controversial a report on Israeli Channel Two, said that back in 2010 Benjamin Netanyahu gave an order to the military to “be ready to attack iran in hours if necessary”.
That order was faced with big opposition from both Chief of Staff Lt. Gen Gabi Ashkenazi and the Head of the Mossad, Meir Dagan (both men who are no longer in office).
This statement of Netanyahu came after the administration of Barack Obama (who is ironically running on the same day for presidential re-election) failed Netanyahu when he asked the United States to put a clear red line for Iran, saying that “red lines do not make wars, they stop wars” back in his UN speech.
Done with politics, let’s turn to the Hebrew language
How to say “prime minister” in Hebrew:
Just like the president is called “head of state” in the U.S., Israeli prime minister is called “head of the government” in Hebrew. This would be “rosh hamemshala”, written and pronounced this way: