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Hebrew Word of the Week: Hitkaplut

Hitkaplut (הִתְקַפְּלוּתcould be translated to folding up or collapsing. It comes from the verb “Lehitkapel” (= to be folded). It is used to describe artifacts or materials being folded or in a more poetic way a subtext “being folded” into a message. The word is also …

Politics in the Museum

Yesterday I took my 11 year old son to the Minneapolis Institute of Art. We enjoyed the beautiful exhibits, wandered through the quiet halls and admired the ancient and modern art. My son was extremely enthusiastic when he noticed the Judaica section and even more so when he saw some signs w…

Is it Hebrew or “Israelit”?

By Noga Shavit, Minneapolis Community Shlicha

This entry is dedicated to my mother, who taught me the love of Hebrew.

Hebrew is a fantastic, vivid and dynamic language. It is my mother tongue in which I do most of my thinking and the only language I can calculate in. More significantly, I dr…

Hebrew Word of the Week - by Noga Shavit: Sharav

Sharav (=שָׁרָב) is the Hebrew word for heat wave and is one of the more depressing words in Hebrew. It is among the words you never want to hear, especialy not in April (but as it is, in Israel you may have a Sharav in March and in November too).

Even more depressing than “Shrav”…

Hebrew word of the week - by Noga Shavit


Sha’aruriya (=שַׁעֲרוּרִיָּה) is the Hebrew word for scandal, although scandal is often used in Hebrew as well. There is even a famous song saying “There is no dull moment (…in Israel…) either a scandal or a festival ”, “Ein Li Rega Dal, O Scandal O Festival”.

I be…