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10 Weird Things You’ll Only See in Israel

1. Off-duty soldiers with weapons IDF soldiers get the occasional weekend off, and when they do, they're not allowed to just stash their M16s under their pillows. So what do they do? They take them to the beach, mall, park, or wherever else they may wish to go. 2. Bus stop libraries No return dates, no late fees, no angry librarians... The system is based 100% on trust and generosity. You borrow a book from the shelf, you return it. You've got a few spare books lying around at home? You put them on the shelf at your nearest bus stop library for the next person to enjoy. 3. "I'm Jewish, wanna check?" printed  men's underwear Well, you can't deny that the market is overflowing with potential customers... 4. Live chickens being swung over people's heads [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofvvb438Ug[/embed] For anyone unfamiliar with the traditional kaparot ceremony done before Yom Kippur - this is as strange as it can get. The idea is that the chicken is supp read more

January 6, 2017

Israeli Slang 101

Coming to Israel? Well then it's time to brush up on your Hebrew / Israeli slang! We've put together 14 of the most commonly used and easy to remember¬†phrases for you, so here it goes: 1. Sababa Meaning: Cool, chilled, great, right on Example: Hanging out on the beach in Tel Aviv is "Sababa"   2. Al ha panim Meaning: Literally translates to "on the face" but in slang it means you don't feel good or something is old, tired, not great or tasteless Example: Yesterdays tuna sandwich now tastes "al ha panim" or after going out last night I feel "al ha panim"   3. Arsim and Frechot Meaning: The Israeli equivalent of these types of people - "Frecha" is for a female, "Ars" is for a male. Example: think fake tan, extra long bedazzled nails, animal print, muscle tops, and diamond jewelry for men   4. Combina Meaning: Something "under the table" or "off the record" or acquired only through connections. Also means using an item for someth read more

October 23, 2014