ברא Creation in Genesis – Chapter 1 of the Bible

The story of Creation in the Bible has captivated us for generations. Nothing can match the poetry and meaning in these 34 verses. The story doesn’t really end at the end of Chapter 1, but continues until the next three verses of Chapter 2. G-d included the 7th day in the creation. The Word creation ברא occurs a total of 5 times here. Continue reading “ברא Creation in Genesis – Chapter 1 of the Bible”

Retire in Israel

Congratulations (מזל טוב) on your decision to retire in Israel!  Here are some factors that you have to take into account when you move to Israel. The first is that you have to be able to live within a budget. In Israel there are some items that are less expensive, and some that are the same as in a major city in the United States. Make up your monthly budget (תקציב) now and learn to live within it. Continue reading “Retire in Israel”

The advantages of learning Hebrew online

Congratulations on your decision to learn Hebrew (עברית).  It is a very interesting language with a history (היסטוריה) of 3000 years, as well as a new vibrant, growing modern language(שפה). Hebrew is for the most part, a what you see, is what you get language. That is once you learn the rules, and the basic grammar(דקדוק), you can be sure that most words will “fit” into a category and you will know how to say it. Of course there are some exceptions, like any growing, modern language, but there are not as many exceptions as with English. Continue reading “The advantages of learning Hebrew online”

Learning about Pesach

Pesach (פסח) is the Jewish holiday that falls in the spring, usually in late March or early April. It is the holiday that celebrates the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt. The Jews were slaves in Egypt for 210 years. They were forced to build cities for the Egyptian Pharoh (פרעה). The holiday lasts for 7 days in Israel, and 8 outside of Israel. One of the hallmarks of Passover as it is called in English is that bread and other products that are made with yeast are not eaten the whole week. Continue reading “Learning about Pesach”

David Ben Gurion

David Ben Gurion was the first Prime Minister (ראש ממשלה) of Israel.  Before that he was a mover and a shaker in the movement to establish the State of Israel. He was born in 1886 in Czarist Russia, with the name David Gruen which he brought into Hebrew as Ben Gurion. He was an early leader of the Zionist Movement whose aim was the establishment of a Jewish State. Continue reading “David Ben Gurion”