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Trendy Israel The best music of 5772

Hip Hop Israel Riff Cohen: ‘J’aime Paris’

Classic Israel Svika Pik

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So I was thinking… August is usually a sleepy month news-wise. So this year, we decided to spice it up and do a music themed magazine for August. Every news item, single, and feature is music related! Hopefully after you read this month, you’ll have a very intimate understanding of Israel’s current music scene. We are ecstatic that we got to interview The Young Professionals (TYP) and make them our cover story. They are a great fit for this month’s cover because they are the newest, most talked about, internationally-marketed Israeli band of 2012. We can’t wait to see them become huge! Do you agree with our music choices? Let us know at Thanks again Mara Friedman for co-editing! Peace, Laura

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Arava crossing opens

Riff Cohen: ‘J’aime Paris’

4 – You Said It

16 – Community Israel

D”ashnkim have their day

Jam sessions in Acre

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18 – Classic Israel

Are you obsessed?

Svika Pik

6 – Mah Koreh? 10 – Top Ten

20 – Picture Page

‘Israeli’ songs

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Dear Toby, Thank you very much for your thoughtful, insightful letter. I really appreciate you taking the time to write to us with your critiques of the D’’ash quizzes. To be honest, the quizzes are also the toughest section for us. We have also received some other negative feedback from other readers about the quizzes. So guess what? Because D’’ash team considers our readers more than anything else in determining our editorial choices, this month will be the last month with the “Test Yourself” quizzes. We thought long and hard about what to put in Test Yourself’s place. Recently, we have received feedback from several teenagers that wanted to know more about Israeli teens, celebrities, and tech innovations. We thought the best solution was to create a new page called Israeli VIP. It will give fun facts about who we think is a very important




Israeli VIP will give you a small window into Israelis that you’d love to learn more about. We are also in the midst of coming up with a few new pages, so stay tuned. Feel free to give us feedback! Last but not least, we are glad you appreciated Mara and Ben’s pieces. We are very proud of our young writers and are glad you liked their contributions to the June magazine. Best, D’’ash team

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Four Sons ?


are you? ?

The “Four Sons” part of the Seder is many people’s favorite. This is probably because it’s one of the most controversial sections. Is the smart kid’s question really a smart question? Is the wicked kid wicked, or just critical? D’’ash’s spin on this age old story is, of course, a teen quiz! Test yourself to see which one of these lovable (or wicked) sons (or daughters) you are.

4. A kid at your school is getting bullied. You:

1. Your favorite movie is:

A. Rachel. B. Santana. C. Finn. D. Britney.

A. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. B. Mean Girls. C. Dodgeball. D. Forrest Gump.

2. Your favorite question in school begins with: A. How? B. Why? C. What? D. Where’s my juice box?

3. You get into trouble at school and your parents ground you for the weekend. You: A. Write in your journal and reflect. B. Think this is really stupid. Plus, you’ll be on facebook anyway, so it’s not much of a punishment. C. Ask your parents why they’re grounding you? D. That sounds cool… kind of like ground beef. Although that sounds hard to chew.

A. Ask his friends why the kid was bullied? B. Keep talking with your friends and minding your own business. C. Ask what bullying is? D. Hey, a squirrel!

5. From the cast of Glee, you feel most like:

6. From the cast of Community, you feel most like: A. Annie. B. Jeff. C. Troy. D. Pierce.

7. You read about a humanitarian disaster in Africa through Facebook. You ask: A. Why it happened and how you can get involved. B. Why you should get involved: This is another community halfway around the world. They can probably help themselves better than you can. C. Why humanitarian disasters happen in general. D. Where is Africa.

s: PR)


Check yourself If you answered “A” to most questions, you are the smart child. Smarty. If you answered “B” to most questions, you are the wicked child. Rebel.

Test Yourself

You Said It

Dear D”ash, I enjoy reading your magazine and sharing it with the students here in our school. However, one regular feature that really bothers me consistently is the quiz.  Quizzes can be fun and occasionally insightful but the quizzes you publish are generally insulting and even offensive.  Often, I wonder if these quizzes are meant as a joke. If so, they are not very funny. I would like to see more nuance added to your quizzes instead of reinforcing “black and white” thinking and narrow stereotypes.  One reason we receive D”ash is to give a glimpse of daily life in Israel, not to dumb down and simplify the society.  I want to commend interns Mara Friedman and Benjamin Tenzer on their contributions to the June issue! Thank you, Toby Harris, Librarian Temple De Hirsch Sinai

If you answered “C” to most questions, you are the simple child. To the point. If you answered “D” to most questions, you are the child who doesn’t know how to ask a question. However, you probably just picked funny answers.




? ? ? ? ? ?? Are ?


? you ? ?


Do the following statements apply to you? *You’re a fan of musicians such as Idan Raichel, Hadag Nahash, and Subliminal (all of whom D’’ash has interviewed at some point). *You always buy any magazine with an article about them. *You have posters of your favorite musician. *You wrote their name all over notes. *You video record all their interviews from Israeli TV channels, MTV, European channels, etc. *If a book came out about them, you bought it right away. *You have bought all their mp3s or CDs. *You went to a concert of theirs and screamed like crazy! *You photoshopped yourself into a photo so that it looked like you met them. *You have done your own dance of your favorite song of said

musician. You also took a video of you doing it. *Then, you uploaded it to YouTube. Hopefully this will get their attention so you can do a duet with them on their next tour! *You made a blog for your favorite musician. *You write emails to the musician. You’ve moved beyond paper letters. *When your favorite musician was touring near you, you managed to find out where they were staying through a fan website. *Once you found this out, you stayed outside the hotel all night, hoping to grab a glimpse of said musician up close and personal. *You cry when you see them perform. *You know the details behind every song. *You hate the musician’s romantic partner to the point that you cut the romantic partner’s face out of a photo and put yours in. *If you had the opportunity to take hair from his/her arm pit, you would! *You send your musician presents.

s: PR)


Check yourself

If less than 7 statements applied to you, then you are not such a huge music fan. Other things excite you more.

Test Yourself

We wanted to check if you have a healthy love for your favorite Israeli musicians, or are truly obsessed. Take this test yourself and find out!

If between 7 and 13 statements applied to you, then you are a fan. You love your favorite band. If between 14 and 20 statements applied to you, then you are officially obsessed! Your favorite musician is a huge part of your life.




In line with our music theme this month, “Ma koreh?” is a special music edition. Here are some of our favorite up-and-coming Israeli musicians.


special! Asaf Avidan

Ma Koreh?



Thirty two-year-old Asaf Avidan just released a great, intimate solo album, Asaf Avidan – In a Box, featuring Israeli artists Rona Keinan and Shlomi Shaban. Check it out!

Elisha Banai

Twenty three-year-old Elisha Banai, one of the youngest stars to come out of the musical Banai family, has released a new album. He and his band, Elisha Banai Ve’Arbaim Ha’Shodedim (Elisha Banai and the 40 Thieves) released Kmo Kulam (Like Everyone Else) in February. Last summer, the band opened for Jane’s Addiction and this year they are touring all over Israel. Their hit song, “San Diego”, has received over 135,000 views on YouTube. The band of best friends is currently working on their second album, which will feature a heavier musical and lyrical style. Banai’s rock influence has carried him from being the teenage star of a band called Got no Shame to being the young front man of this up-and-coming group.




Efrat Ben-Tzur

This Israeli artist has found a kindred creative spirit in Emily Dickinson. Ben-Tzur, whose last album was released six years ago, has recently come out with an album that sets Dickinson’s poems to song. The album, Robin, features original takes on the poet’s classic works. She says she immediately felt an intense connection to Dickinson’s poetry. Ben-Tzur decided to work with the English versions of the poems rather than the Hebrew, both because of the clarity of the language and the ability of listeners all over the world to understand her songs. The 43-year-old Nahariya born artist, who was both a dancer and an actress before becoming a musician, is excited for the world-wide reception of this unique and heartfelt album.


“Karolina combines soul, funk and Middle Eastern music into a great collage, which stays with you even after you turn off your stereo.”


Two years after her brilliant first album, Karolina’s second album just came out and it sure lives up to the expectations. Zohar is a beautiful piece of work, which reminded us very much of the sound of 70s Israeli beat bands. All the album’s songs were written and composed by Karolina and the talented musician from Boom Pam, Uri Kinarot, and the result is amazing. Karolina combines soul, funk and Middle Eastern music into a great collage, which stays with you even after you turn off your stereo. Karolina’s solo album was one of the most successful Israeli albums of the last few years, as well as her collaborations with reggae band Solico and the all-women ensemble Habanot Nechama.



Harel Moyal

To most Israelis, he is known as the 31-year-old winner of the second season of Kochav Nolad. Moyal has grown up since then, and he is now leaping forward with “Sami”. It is the first single from his fourth album, which was released last summer. When asked how the fourth album is different from his past three, he said “apart from the songs people are used to hearing from me, this album has another message. The fact that I’m now a father of two and I was in Hisardut VIP (The Israeli Survivor) really affected me. Being in an isolated place has brought a lot of things out. It’s a mix of Eastern/Western music, influenced from music here and a lot away from home.”

Who's the most promising new Israeli artist? What's your favorite radio station?


"It is the first single from his fourth album."

Mi ha'oman hayisre'eli hekhadash hakhi mavti'akh? Eyzo takhanat radyo ata hakhi ohev? "Ze hasingel harishon me'albomo harevi'i."

‫ִמי ָה ָא ָמן ַהיִ ְׂש ְר ֵא ִלי‬ ?‫יח‬ ַ ‫ֶה ָח ָדׁש ֲה ִכי ַמ ְב ִט‬ ‫ֵאיזֹו ַת ֲחנַ ת ַר ְדיֹו ַא ָתה‬ ?‫אֹוהב‬ ֵ ‫ֲה ִכי‬ ‫"זֶ ה ַה ִסינְ גֶ ל ָה ִראׁשֹון‬ ".‫יעי‬ ִ ‫ֵמ ַא ְלּבֹומֹו ָה ְר ִב‬



‫ימי‬ ִ ‫ִאינְ ִט‬



‫ׁשֹורר‬ ֵ ‫ְמ‬



‫ַק ָּב ָלה‬



‫תֹוצ ָאה‬ ָ



‫ֻמ ְר ָּכב‬

Apart from…


...‫ִמ ְל ַבד‬



‫הֹוד ָעה‬ ָ





The Young Professionals

D’’ash interviews the most hyped Israeli band of 2012. By Laura Rosbrow

Music Israel

Last year, The Young Professionals (or TYP for short) won Best Israeli Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards. This year, they signed a three-album deal with Universal. What makes this electropop duo, formed by veteran Israeli music scenesters Ivri Lider and Johnny Goldstein, such an international success? Besides their infectious melodies, catchy beats, and English lyrics, it probably has something to do with men in heels, campy dancing, and multi-layered videos. Part of TYP’s tagline is “We create something new, always based on something old.” “D.I.S.C.O.”, their hit single, is a great demonstration of this concept. The song is an obvious homage to the Disco era, but the music video has various visual and musical influences. The girls that dance in the beginning are a colorful, hipster take on Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love”, also known to some as “that 80s video with models that look bored and fake play the guitar.” The girls here play keytars, and the song itself has a mix of 80s and indie electronic beats. So in one seemingly simple pop song, TYP takes us all the way




from Disco, to the 80s, to today! Despite their impressive musical mastery, their real secret weapon is Uriel Yekutiel, their dancer. Extremely flamboyant, he is usually dressed in women’s clothing and heels, and often leads cheesy, choreographed group dances. His enthusiasm really brings the group to another level. First, he strengthens TYP’s connection to the LGBT community; Ivri Lider, himself openly gay, also sings frequently about relationships with men. But I also imagine that his energy makes their dance hits even catchier, helping TYP cement itself as a powerhouse on the electronic dance floor. This catchiness is also a large part of what has made them an international sensation.

D’’ash was thrilled to chat with this emerging pop duo. Similar to their videos, where Ivri sings while Johnny stares into the screen and occasionally taps his foot, Ivri was the bigger talker. What led you to form TYP in the first place? Ivri: The connection started about a project that featured many different artists but eventually, it didn’t come out. Then we played one year together for fun. And we didn’t plan all this, but we started to develop what we did together, and we found out that there was something tangible and wished to do something with it. Then we came up with TYP, which in its concept, is more than a band. What is the importance of multimedia collaboration in TYP’s concept? Ivri: It’s of huge importance. We don’t view it as mixing multi-media, but as one thing. And our band is a part of it. There are two musicians, a graphic designer, and a stylist as well. It’s more than the music. Music is an experience that combines all your senses. It’s not only what you hear, but also what you see. It’s about everything – what you wear, what you see on stage. It’s a total experience. What impact has signing with Universal Music Group/ Polydor Records had on your lives? Ivri: I think that when you get connected to a huge body like Universal, it’s a very powerful bond because it allows us to do a lot of things. They have thoughtful and creative feedback that is really fun to accept. They have a great understanding of the market and it feels really good to collaborate with them. Basically, it enlarges our abilities – it allows us to do more. Part of Universal’s feedback was to first release TYP’s debut album 9:00 to 17:00, 17:00 to Whenever in France (it was released in June). Why did they choose France first? Ivri: I think that France is a center

for electronic music. The scene and especially the live music scene are very developed. They are very intelligent and stylish. They like things that are chic and special. You said in an interview recently that, “We like opposites… we feel all those opposites is something in our everyday life.” This is reflected in different styles mixing within your music and videos. How much of this attitude comes from being Israeli? Ivri: Yes, I think it’s a lot about being Israeli. There are all these extreme opposites that exist within Israel. You can find almost any opposites: within the economy, the music, that there’s liberal women walking down the beach in Tel Aviv and at the same time you have a woman walking down the street in Beit Shemesh that’s getting spat on. The fact that there’s also a war two hours from here, and clubs in Tel Aviv. Part of it is also feeling like we live in a world where we have so many things. It’s part of also being Western people. That’s interesting to hear your examples because they’re all parts of why living in Israel is

stressful. But your music is really fun. Do you think that’s also part of being Israeli? Ivri: We live in such a stressful environment that we don’t even notice it anymore. I definitely think the whole “party party” thing, especially in places like Tel Aviv, is a response to that stress. You know better than anyone (referring to said reporter) because you’re an olah chadasha (new immigrant) how stressful life can be in Israel. My boyfriend’s also an oleh, from Germany, and I see it through him how stressful life is here. What do you want us to remember from this interview? Ivri: The fact that this is such a unique idea that is going to conquer the world! TYP may not be conquering the world yet, but they will be performing in Paris and a few summer festivals in Europe. After that, we’ll see what Universal has up its sleeve: D’’ash hopes this fun, thoughtful, artistic duo will go far. Sivan Azulay and contributed reporting.

"We were thrilled to chat with this emerging pop duo."

"Anakhnu yotsrim mashehu khadash shetamid mevusas al mashehu yashan." "Hitragashnu lesokhe'akh im hatsemed ha'ole haze."

"Ivri was the bigger talker."

"Ivri haya yoter patpetan."

"We create something new, always based on something old."



‫יֹוצ ִרים ַמ ֶׁשהּו ָח ָדׁש‬ ְ ‫"אנַ ְחנּו‬ ֲ ".‫ֶׁש ָת ִמיד ְמ ֻב ָסס ַעל ַמ ֶׁשהּו יָ ָׁשן‬ ‫ׂשֹוח ַח ִעם ַה ֶצ ֶמד‬ ֵ ‫"ה ְת ַרגַ ְׁשנּו ְל‬ ִ ".‫עֹולה ַהזֶ ה‬ ֶ ‫ָה‬ ".‫יֹותר ַּפ ְט ְּפ ָטן‬ ֵ ‫"ע ְב ִרי ָהיָ ה‬ ִ



‫יד ֵּבק‬ ַ ‫ִמ‬



‫ַמנְ גִ ינֹות‬

Heels To lead (you to do something) Concept


‫ֲע ֵק ִבים‬


‫הֹוביל‬ ִ ‫ְל‬


‫ֻמ ָׂשג‬



‫גּודים‬ ִ ִ‫נ‬



‫ַמ ְל ִחיץ‬



‫ַׁש ְרוּול‬






Our top ‘Israeli’ songs. By Tal Lado Here are the top ten most Israeli songs you are not likely to hear in any other chart. These songs are not necessarily the biggest hits but they have something in them, an essence of this little piece of land – and of its culture – that cannot be found in any other place in the world. 1. Poplex, Itzik – A first single from a first album that became a hit in the 90s. No other name screams out “Israeli” like Itzik (well, maybe Moshe or Shimon too). 2. Shaul Zirlin, Sukar – Sometimes we all need to ask for a bit of sugar from our neighbors. What else can we drink our instant coffee with? 3. Polianna Frank, Ziva – An ugly name? It’s negotiable. But no one will dare say this one is not a massive hit.

Top Ten

4. Ofer Ekerling, Lo Rotze Lezambia – A classic Israeli song that even 30 years after it came out, still rocks the radio stations. 5. Mercedes Band, Mishenichnass Adar – What’s a good Israeli song without a bit of swearing? This one gets a spot in the chart for being an awesome paraphrase of a very common saying from our history about how everyone should be happy during the month of Adar. A hint: it’s the same month as Purim. 6. Fernando Sayshez, Eize Balagan – A visit to the garage on Friday, a pretty girl in a red dress and above all, a cheerful Latino rhythm. What more do you need?




7. Nigel Ha’admor, Humus Metamtem – This cute ragamuffin’ song celebrates the best of Israel’s cuisine. 8. Infektsia, Bakbuk Alay – An offensive, naughty parody on another Israeli cult song (Basbusa). You cannot hear this one without wanting to clap your hands. 9. Tatu, Machboeem – It may seem like a fun tune of one of the most famous kids games, but just like its name, this song is wearing a mask and hiding quite heavy content. 10. Jacky Mekayten, Hame’antezet – Far from being politically correct, some may say this song is a perfect description of the Israeli man. We would like to believe otherwise.

What songs speak to you?

Eyze shirim medabrim elekha?

‫ירים ְמ ַד ְּב ִרים‬ ִ ‫ֵאיזֶ ה ִׁש‬ ?‫ֵא ֶליָך‬

"It's negotiable."

"Ze natum leviku'akh."

".‫ּכּוח‬ ַ ִ‫"זֶ ה נָ תּון ְלו‬

"We'd like to believe otherwise."

"Hayinu rotsim leha'amin akheret."

‫רֹוצים ְל ַה ֲא ִמין‬ ִ ‫"היִ ינּו‬ ָ ".‫ַא ֶח ֶרת‬

‫ירים‬ ִ ‫ִׁש‬






Instant coffee

Kafe names

‫ָק ֶפה נָ ֵמס‬

Dare (to)


‫ְל ָה ֵעז‬



‫ְק ָללֹות‬



‫ַע ִליז‬

Clap (to)

Limkho kapayim

‫ִל ְמחֹא ַּכ ַּפיִ ם‬




On the

Musical Frontlines

Because Israelis from all walks of life join the army, the IDF has a wide variety of roles for soldiers to play. The IDF even has a musical side to it, with over a dozen bands that tour the country and the world. The IDF bands perform on bases to entertain and bring cheer to soldiers that are defending the nation. It might sound like more fun to be in a band when you do your military service, but when they are not singing or playing instruments, these soldiers often participate in normal army activities such as drills and combat training. Some soldiers might also be studying music more intensively in an academic setting. Joining the IDF bands requires an intensive audition process, so it’s something usually reserved for young people who are already serious about music. Many of Israel’s biggest musical stars, such as Idan Raichel and Moshe Peretz, got their start in the IDF band. Whether young Israelis are interested in pursuing music professionally or not, the bands are a way for them to continue practicing a craft while also contributing to the nation’s defense and culture. The IDF bands are a cultural powerhouse for the country, not just grooming future musical talent but also performing songs that often reflect major historic events and issues of national identity. Some of the most well known songs in Israel, especially in the early days of the country, were

given their most famous performances by the army band. Take the 1968 classic “Ammunition Hill”. This battle-march paced song tells the story of the fight for Jerusalem in the Six-Day War. On Jerusalem Day, this song is still performed by IDF bands at the site of the battle itself, which is now a museum. For 18-year-old Israelis who are looking for a way to nurture their musical talents and build a musical foundation for themselves, the IDF bands can provide a way to cultivate their skills while still fulfilling their national service. Whether it’s performing pop covers or original pieces, playing at home or abroad, the bands’ performances are an important note in the IDF’s canon.

"The IDF has a wide variety of roles for soldiers to play."

"Yesh migvan tafkidim lekhayalim batsava."

‫ידים‬ ִ ‫"יֵ ׁש ִמגְ וַ ן ַת ְפ ִק‬ ".‫ְל ַחיָ ִלים ַּב ָצ ָבא‬

Ma hem hashirim hakhi mefursamim shel halahaka hatsva'it? Ekh efshar lehitstaref lalahaka hatsva'it?

‫ֵאיְך ֶא ְפ ָׁשר ְל ִה ְצ ָט ֵרף‬ ?‫ַל ַל ֲה ָקה ַה ְצ ָב ִאית‬

Frontlines Tour (to) Bases

Hakhazit Lesayer Bsisim

‫ַה ֲחזִ ית‬ ‫ְל ַסיֵ ר‬ ‫יסים‬ ִ ‫ְּב ִס‬


Mivkhan bad

‫ִמ ְב ַחן ַּבד‬



‫ִּכ ָׁשרֹון‬

National identity

Zehut le'umit Giv'at hatakhmoshet

‫זֶ הּות ְל ֻא ִמית‬ ‫מֹוׁשת‬ ֶ ‫גִ ְב ַעת ַה ַת ְח‬

Yetsirot mekoriyot

‫קֹוריֹות‬ ִ ‫יְ ִצירֹות ְמ‬

What are the IDF band's most famous songs? How can I join the IDF band?

Ammunition Hill Original pieces

‫ירים‬ ִ ‫ָמה ֵהם ַה ִׁש‬ ‫ֲה ִכי ְמ ֻפ ְר ָס ִמים ֶׁשל‬ ?‫ַה ַל ֲה ָקה ַה ְצ ָב ִאית‬




Defending Israel

By Mara Friedman


The sounds of the Israel Defense Forces.

Going back to the classics in 5772. By Laura Rosbrow

Trendy Israel

The headline sound familiar? If you read our cover story on page eight, you’ll recognize that this is The Young Professionals’ tagline. Interestingly, this slogan also perfectly encapsulates what has been popular this year in the world of Israeli music. It seems like every big album this year, whether from a megastar or an emerging artist, is going back to essential Israeli sounds. According to Nadav Menuhin, editor and music writer for Walla! News, even the big name Israeli artists have more classic touches this year. Interestingly Mizrahi singer Eyal Golan, perhaps the current king of Israeli pop, went against the typical, loud, emotional sounds of Mizrahi pop in recent years. Instead, his new album Nagat li Balev (You touched my heart) takes from older Middle Eastern pop music, with gentler, quieter songs. Menuhin believes “he came back to his origins.” Additionally, Menuhin claims that Golan’s most recent album was, “smarter, better produced, and had better lyrics”








‘We create something on something old.’

than before, and hopes this will be the beginning of a new trend in Mizrahi pop music. When asked what the best album of this year is, Menuhin stated that Shlomo Artzi’s new album, Osher Express (Happiness Express), is firmly in the running. Beyond the fact that it’s a solid album and Shlomo Artzi is one of Israel’s most famous musicians, something appears on the album that has never happened before in Israeli music: the ultimate power duet. Shlomo Artzi sings with Arik Einstein, who is arguably the most famous Israeli musician of all time. The single is titled “Hozrim Habaita”, which literally

new, always based means “coming home.” Although it’s received mixed reviews – in part because of the single’s inevitable hype – Menuhin still believes it will be considered one of the top singles of the year. Although Menuhin thought this wasn’t a huge year for emerging artists, both he and Tal Lado – Jerusalem Post Lite’s music editor – mentioned Elisha Banai Ve’Arbaim Ha’Shodedim (Elisha Banai and the 40 Thieves) as one of their favorite new bands this year. (You can read more about them on page six in our special “Ma koreh” section this month.) Some of you may recognize the “Banai” name, and indeed, Elisha Banai is the son of Yuval Banai from the influential Israeli pop rock band Mashina (which also had a new album this year). A simple band – just a guitar, drums, and bass – their sound echoes classic Israeli rock and has the critics raving. In terms of what was lacking this year, hip hop came up from both Menuhin and Lado. The only exception to this lull was Shabak Samech, Israel’s first prominent rap band, who released a highly acclaimed comeback album this year. Otherwise, there was nothing else of note in the world of Israeli hip hop. Additionally, there was a clear absence of protest-oriented songs. Even though this has been a pattern since the Second Intifada, it was revealing to see that no big songs came in response to 2011’s summer protests. Perhaps time will still tell on that trend. It seems that Israeli music this year was less impacted by politics, and more by global market trends. Because of the internet, more and more small bands have emerged in the last few years with a “doit-yourself” business style. Many have no record labels, and are able to garner digital sales without

any official album. Similarly, many of these bands, which would not have been as popular in the recent past, made a name for themselves this year in Israeli music.

artists increasingly singing in English. Because of the internet, connecting to international fans has never been easier for Israeli artists. TYP is the most successful emerging example of this trend. However, this has been going on for a few years. For example mega band Balkan Beat Box, which released a new album Give this year, continues to climb the international charts with its gypsy influenced funky music. Both bands’ cross-over dance and pop sensibilities characterize this group of English-singing, internationally-oriented artists. Not surprisingly, this group also takes more of its influences from international pop music than Israeli standards.

The most notable example is Riff Cohen, Tal Lado’s favorite artist of the year (and a feature story on the next page). Cohen has no label or PR Company, and yet her first single, “A Paris”, has garnered more than 300,000 views on YouTube since its debut a year ago. Her mix of hip hop, Mizrahi, and Moroccan-style songs infused a refreshing sound into the Israeli music scene. Plus she did it all herself. Now that’s something to celebrate. In the same line of old school, North African- Mizrahi- meetsrefreshing pop, Karolina also released a wonderful second album this year (along with Elisha Banai and the 40 Thieves, she is featured in our list of emerging artists in “Ma Koreh” this month). Whereas Cohen’s music is ebullient and easy to dance to, Karolina’s melodies are earthier and warmer. One of the strongest vocalists to appear in recent years, Karolina is a favorite of the critics and will surely continue to impress Israeli listeners.

If the global market does not change, we can expect to see a similar combination of megastars and a lot of smaller, indie bands next year. However, how do we explain this year’s return to classic sounds? This trend could be partly explained by politics – instead of focusing on the conflict, most news this year focused on Israeli internal politics and identity issues. Perhaps this also made this year’s music more internally-inclined, soulsearching, and root-digging. It will be interesting to see if this trend, both musically and politically, will continue into 5773.

Another trend influenced by the global market has been Israeli

"The headline sound familiar?"

"Hakoteret mukeret lakhem?"

"?‫ּכֹות ֶרת ֻמ ֶּכ ֶרת ָל ֶכם‬ ֶ ‫"ה‬ ַ

"It seems that Israeli music this year was less impacted by politics."

"Nir'e ke'ilu hamuzika hashana lo mushpa'at mipolitika."

‫יקה ַה ָׁשנָ ה‬ ָ ִ‫"נִ ְר ֶאה ְּכ ִאלּו ַהמּוז‬ ".‫יקה‬ ָ ‫יט‬ ִ ‫ּפֹול‬ ִ ‫ֹלא ֻמ ְׁש ַּפ ַעת ִמ‬

"If the global market does not change…"

"Im hashuk ha'olami lo yishtane…"

‫עֹול ִמי ֹלא‬ ָ ‫"אם ַהׁשּוק ָה‬ ִ "...‫יִ ְׁש ַתנֶ ה‬

To recognize


‫ְלזַ הֹות‬


Sisma (Slogen)

)‫(סלֹוגֶ ן‬ ְ ‫יס ָמה‬ ְ ‫ִס‬



‫ָע ִדין‬

Mixed (reviews)


‫ְמע ָֹר ִבים‬





"Ase zot be'atsmekha"

"‫"ע ֵׂשה זֹאת ְּב ַע ְצ ְמָך‬ ֲ



‫יקט‬ ְ ‫קֹונְ ְפ ִל‬



‫זֶ הּות‬




J’aime Paris

A cyber world sensation, Tel Aviv singer Riff Cohen is primed for the big time with her Frenchhip hop hybrid. By David Brinn

Hip Israel

If there’s anyone who epitomizes the vibrant musical multiculturalism emanating from Tel Aviv, it’s Riff Cohen. But rather than providing a dry textbook course in ethnomusicology, the 28-year-old cute-as-a-pixie singer exudes electricity when she performs her boundlessly energetic blend of North African rhythms, urban hip hop and French pop, all fueled by reckless Israeli abandon. Propelled by an infectious beat, Cohen’s childlike sweetness and a good dose of her wild hair hula hoop motions and gyrating belly dancing moves, her first single, “A Paris”, became an indie club hit in Tel Aviv and Paris. The smile-inducing, body-swaying clip garnered more than 300,000 views since its debut a year ago. And it’s all been without the benefit of an official release or being signed to a record company.




The video, featuring a buoyant Cohen dancing along the streets of Paris and playfully singing with bystanders, hints at a star in the making in the Shakira mold, but Cohen is taking her time in achieving her goals of spreading her music around the globe. If she does hit the big time, it won’t be because of hype or business connections but due to authentic musical connections filtering down from her paternal grandmother, who immigrated to Palestine from Tunis when she was 14, and from her mother who made aliya from Algeria.

“I’m 100% North African,” Cohen laughed during a phone conversation. “My grandmother was from the island of Djerba, and just before the Nazis invaded in 1942 her mother arranged for her to marry my grandfather and move to Palestine. The logo I use for my music is her passport photo when she was 14, just before she left.” Growing up in a bilingual (Hebrew and French) household in Tel Aviv, Cohen was an urban girl, hooked on the music of trip hop artists like Massive Attack and Tricky, and the dreamy experimentalism of Bjork and Radiohead. But she also learned about her North African heritage and its music from her grandmother and mother. “It was only when I would sit with her and listen to her great stories about her youth was I able to understand my roots,” she said. “And I’ve tried to pass that on through my music.” Cohen began playing the piano as a child and studied classical piano and voice development at a performing arts high school before attending Tel Aviv University, where she studied musicology and delved into the Jewish roots of North African music. She also began to write songs, many of them unpublished poems by her mother that she set to music. In 2007, she was accepted to a prestigious three-year program in Paris that nurtures young artists and lets them expend all their energies on creating their art. “They gave me a beautiful apartment with a piano in it, and I just worked there every day,” said Cohen. “I was trying to write songs for an album, and ‘A Paris’ came out of there. But I also wrote songs in a different style from that kind of ethnic hip hop – very piano-heavy singersongwriter stuff like Adele, even though at that time nobody knew it was like Adele.”

EMI heard “A Paris”, and there were murmurings of a record contract. But according to Cohen, a number of timing factors stymied the deal. However, “A Paris” took on a life of its own. “It was surprising, but in a way I wasn’t surprised,” said Cohen of the song’s popularity in cyber circles. “It’s a really international song. Everyone can understand it, sing along and laugh a bit. I think it does a good job at making people happy. It’s fresh and it’s different, and that’s why it became popular.” The album features a diverse yet small cast of Parisians dancing to the lively song. Watching them move and smile with such joy, it’s difficult not to at least tap your feet along with the cheerful beat. Cohen doesn’t see the near record deal as a botched opportunity but as a welcome chance to devote extra time to her music and make the kind of album that won’t have any outside interference. Upon her return from her three years in France, she took up residence in Jerusalem and has been working on the album at her own pace. “I’m able to decide when to proceed and take my time if I want to,” she said.

Since her time in Paris, Cohen has married and relocated to Jerusalem where she not only works on her music but enjoys studying Torah and Kabbalah. She says she loves the philosophy of it, particularly the mathematical patterns. There is musical progress too, though, with Cohen recently releasing her second single, “J’aime”, which is proving to be as vivacious as “A Paris”. Unlike that song, the video clip for “J’aime” was shot in Jaffa, and the world music Tunisian vibe in her music is clearly present. To celebrate the single’s release, Cohen performed at Zappa Tel Aviv. It might have been one of her last concerts before the album containing “A Paris” and “J’aime” is released, and who knows which performance stages that will lead the singer to. Not that Riff Cohen needs something as conventional as an album to announce her arrival. “I have some friends in Paris who’ve heard ‘A Paris’ on the radio, and others have heard it in restaurants and clubs. People even know my name. It’s really funny because I don’t even have a record contract – It’s so indie!”

How did you become a cyber world sensation?

Ekh hafakhta lihyot hatslakha be'olam ha'internet?

‫ֵאיְך ָה ַפ ְכ ָת ִל ְהיֹות ַה ְצ ָל ָחה‬ ?‫עֹולם ָה ִאינְ ֶט ְרנֶ ט‬ ַ ‫דֹולה ְּב‬ ָ ְ‫ג‬

"In a way I wasn't surprised."

"Be'ofen mesuyam lo hayiti mufta."

‫יתי‬ ִ ִ‫"ּבא ֶֹפן ְמ ֻסיָ ם ֹלא ָהי‬ ְ ".‫ֻמ ְפ ָתע‬

"I don't even have a record contract – It's so indie!'

"Ein li afilu khoze haklata – ze kol kakh indi!"

– ‫"אין ִלי ֲא ִפלּו חֹוזֵ ה ַה ְק ָל ָטה‬ ֵ "!‫זֶ ה ָּכל ָּכְך ִאינְ ִדי‬


Ben kil'ayim

‫ֶּבן ִּכ ְל ַאיִ ם‬



‫ּבּותיּות‬ ִ ‫ת ְר‬-‫ב‬ ַ ‫ַר‬

Hit (musical)


‫ָל ִהיט‬



‫ִר ְׁש ִמי‬

Release (music)


‫ִׁש ְחרּור‬



‫ִסינְ גֶ ל‬



‫ְׁש ַל ִּבים‬



‫ַהגָ ָעה‬




A Stage for Culture

An informal jam session in Acre that blossomed into a series of live concerts is livening up the formerly sleepy town. By Barbara Bamberger

Community Israel

Talk about a dream come true: A series of jam sessions among friends grows into a full-blown music venue, complete with financial backing, aimed at building a community among the area’s young people who share a desire to participate in music and art. This active participation is what makes The Jam: A Home for Shared Creativity unique. “We were a bunch of friends who got together to play music in our spare time,” says Koby Davider, 30, a member of the DrorIsrael Movement. For the past seven years he has lived in Acre, in an “Educators’ Kibbutz,” one of the movement’s many urban kibbutzim scattered around Israel.


“I got to be friends with some of the people in Dror-Israel and I’d go to the jam evenings at the kibbutz. About four years ago we had the idea: ‘Let’s bring events and performers. Let’s make it inexpensive so that anyone who wants to can participate.’”

“We got to know people through work and if they had any musical interest we invited them to join us. At some point we thought maybe the jam sessions could be something bigger – something we could do for the city of Acre and for people our age who live in the periphery,” he says

The Acre Municipality has been supportive from the start. According to Galit Perry, project coordinator for the Acre Economic Corporation, a branch of the municipality, Acre Mayor Shimon Lankri is very supportive of the whole idea. The city is not known as a place to go for entertainment and Lankri wants to change that.

Singer Noa Tene, 31, was involved from the beginning.

“We wanted to open The Jam up



to everyone so we only charged NIS 15 per ticket for the very first shows,” Tene remembers. Early performers included Shem-Tov Levy, Rona Keinan, Noam Rotem and Eran Tzur. “They played in the Knights’ Hall or in Acre Theater.” The Economic Corporation, which contributes a good-sized budget toward the project, has recently given them a home. This past January, The Jam moved into the basement space of the MED Center, a building on the city’s northern beachfront promenade, in an area with plenty of free parking. The performance space is comfortable and attractive. Attending a concert there is like going to a concert at a friend’s house – a friend with a huge living room, a nice bar, good lighting, and a fantastic sound system. Dror-Israel, organized as a nonprofit, donates the sound system, mans the bar and takes care of ticket sales, hosts The Jam’s website and Facebook site and more, all on a voluntary basis, along with a core of about 10 people like Tene, who aren’t members of the kibbutz. Others pitch in to help as needed. “It should feel like family,” Perry explains. “The artist and the audience – anyone who wants to participate – provide the soul and the spirit of the place.” This spirit of volunteerism is what sets The Jam apart from other music venues, and what makes it successful. “For me, one of the best moments came at the end of Shem-Tov Levy’s concert, when he invited the audience onto the stage to jam with him,” Davider recalls. “There was such an open feeling. Since then, it’s become standard. At the end of every concert the audience is invited to jam with the artist. That’s what we’re all about: the shared experience in making music and art. Culture is for everyone.”

In an effort to widen the audience base among both Arabs and Jews, The Jam is making an effort to move beyond the usual offering of rock-and-roll. Billed as “Between Cultures – Meeting on the Road of Live Music” the first such concert featured violinist and oud player Yair Dalal, performing with percussionist Avi Agababa. An Israeli of Iraqi descent, Dalal is influenced by Jewish and Arab musical traditions. “We also have themed jam sessions,” Tene explains. “For instance, in June there was a ‘Poets’ Evening’ in honor of Hebrew Book Week. It’s a type of ‘open mike.’ People sign up ahead of time; a band will form for that specific event.” “I don’t play a musical instrument but I come every couple of weeks. I like the music and the atmosphere,” says Eyal Tarchitzky, 29, from Kibbutz Hanaton in the Western Galilee. Perry, who worked in various media capacities before she joined the Economic Corporation, was born in

Acre and is a firm believer in the project. “Acre is a very beautiful and a very complicated city. When I was growing up there was no nightlife, no clubs or pubs – no culture. Right now The Jam is at the very beginning. If you ask me how I see the future: In three years I see us as a central body with the goal of supporting developing artists. We will give them a stage. And not just musicians. A painter or a photographer who is looking for a place to showcase his or her work, for instance, would come to us. “I’m happy with the way The Jam is developing. It fits in with the ideology of Dror-Israel. Culture should be open and available to everyone… Anyone who wants should be able to participate. So far, that’s exactly what is happening. I’d like to see us branch into other areas – offer workshops in art and music, open an art gallery, a coffee shop, sports clubs. We love Acre and we want to do something positive in the city. Our goal is to encourage people to meet; and to provide a fun and productive context for them to meet. I think we’re moving in that direction.”

You want to jam some time?

Rotse lenagen yakhad matayshehu?

?‫רֹוצה ְלנַ גֵ ן יַ ַחד ָמ ַתיְ ֶׁשהּו‬ ֶ

I really like the vibe of the place.

Ani ohev et ha'avira shel hamakom.

‫ירה ֶׁשל‬ ָ ִ‫אֹוהב ֶאת ָה ֲאו‬ ֵ ‫ֲאנִ י‬ .‫ַה ָמקֹום‬

"Anyone who wants should be able to participate."

Kol mi sherotse yakhol lehishtatef.

‫רֹוצה יָ כֹול‬ ֶ ‫"ּכל ִמי ֶׁש‬ ָ ".‫ְל ִה ְׁש ַת ֵתף‬



‫מֹוׁשב‬ ָ

Financial backing

Gibuy finansi

‫גִ ּבּוי ִפינַ נְ ִסי‬



‫ִה ְׁש ַת ְתפּות‬



‫נּועה‬ ָ ‫ְת‬



‫נְ ָׁש ָמה‬



‫רּוח‬ ַ

Open mic

Mikrofon patu'akh

‫תּוח‬ ַ ‫יקרֹופֹון ָּפ‬ ְ ‫ִמ‬

Branch into (to)

Lehistanef el…

...‫ְל ִה ְס ַתנֵ ף ֶאל‬




At His Peak

An interview with the glam rock king of Israeli pop – Svika Pik.

Classic Israel

By Tal Lado No music issue would be complete without some blast from the past. For this reason, we were very pleased to get a chance to talk to Svika Pik, a legend in his own right and an important presence in Israel’s current music scene. Known to some as Israel’s David Bowie, Svika Pik has been a prominent pop singer and songwriter since the 1970s. Part glam rock, part hippie, and part cult icon, Svika Pik played a lead part in the Hebrew version of the musical Hair in the early 1970s. The movie is still so beloved that you can see showings of it today. During this period, he was also voted “Israeli Male Singer of the Year.” Then, he became a prominent pop songwriter for many




famous Israeli singers. In 1998, he wrote the song that Dana International sang and won at Eurovision, “Diva”. He also wrote songs for several other Israeli Eurovision contestants, including Sarit Hadad and Harel Skaat. In 2002, Svika Pik received an usual form of flattery: A musical based on his old hits. The national theater of Israel, Habima Theater, staged the musical, called Mary Lou. Eytan Fox, one of Israel’s leading film directors, even adapted it for a

television version in 2011. After this, flamboyant Pik started to show up all over Israeli TV. He’s had a top spot in the Kochav Nolad judging panel, a reality show (Ha’Maestro) and a TV series (Tamid Oto Chalom). Now, ten years after his last album came out, Pik is finally working on a new album for himself. With two new singles, “Roni Sheli” and “Eyna’aim Kchoolot”, rocking up the radio stations, a hit chart of all of his songs in Reshet Gimel, and a shiny new title from Variety under his belt, we thought it was a good time to talk to the maestro himself and hear what he has to say: It’s your first album after almost ten years. Why now? I finished all of my other jobs, in Kochav Nolad, in Ha’Maestro and in the Eurovisions. I’m done with all these other things, and it just felt like the right time. Sometimes you want to do something, and sometimes you don’t, and now I feel like doing it. Now it’s the time to do something for me. What is the new album going to sound like? It is very diverse. It was recorded in five different studios, with five musical producers, with a lot of talented musicians. It’s a fun pop album, and the songs are quite different from one another. Where do you feel you express yourself the most? There are two places that I feel comfortable in. The first place is on stage, in front of the crowd. There are so many different kinds of people coming to the shows, and to stand on stage in front of them, and hear them sing every word and know every sound – it feels like home to me. The other place is when I’m writing. It’s like two different careers to me. I love writing for other people, I’m really happy

for them, I like to go with them to recordings, to see them work. It’s a great experience for me, and it makes me happy when they do well. Who would you like to work with? I worked with almost every artist in Israel. I wrote lyrics and composed, and my dream now is to work with Madonna or Lady Gaga. I really hope it will work out. I hope to write good enough songs to work with artists at their level. You got great reviews on your work all over the world. The reviews are incredible, and it feels amazing. I do want to make it internationally, and get to a wider audience; it’s only a matter of whether they’d like to work with me. It’s very hard to succeed abroad. It’s hard to get to them. You got the title of “Variety International Celebrity Ambassador” from the world president of Variety. How was the connection made? I’m active in a lot of places. I’m doing a lot of volunteer work, which is not talked about. The world president of Variety made me an ambassador, and it is very flattering. It’s a huge honor to be in the same list together with people like Sean Connery and Michael Caine.

Which do you prefer, singing new songs, or doing your more known and famous ones? I like singing my new songs on stage, but still, most of the songs I sing in shows are the old ones. The audience sings, I sing, and it’s amazing. I really enjoy the fact that my songs can relate to so many people and to such a diverse crowd with people from all age groups. I’m never tired of singing the same known songs. It’s never boring. From your experience, what would you say to a starting artist who wants to make it? There are no tips in these things. There are no magic solutions, no high way. You need a lot of luck, and brains, and you need to work hard all the time. It’s not easy. And now, a few quick ones: What inspires you? Life in general. What makes you mad? Liars. What makes you happy? My family. Being on stage. How do you relax? Sitting and resting at home. Laura Rosbrow contributed reporting.

"What inspires you?"

"Ma hahashra'a shelkha?"

"?‫"מה ַה ַה ְׁש ָר ָאה ֶׁש ְלָך‬ ָ

"What makes you mad?"

"Ma margiz otkha?"

"?‫אֹותָך‬ ְ ‫"מה ַמ ְרגִ יז‬ ָ

"How do you relax?"

"Ekh ata nirga?"

"?‫"איְך ַא ָתה נִ ְרגָ ע‬ ֵ



‫ַאגָ ָדה‬



‫ּבֹולט‬ ֵ

Lead part

Sakhkan movil

‫מֹוביל‬ ִ ‫ַׂש ְח ָקן‬



‫ֲח ֻנ ָּפה‬



‫ַמ ֲחזֶ ֶמר‬



‫ְמצֻ ֲע ָצע‬



‫יקים‬ ִ ‫ְמ ִפ‬



‫מ ַֹח‬




Israeli Concerts and Festivals A. Match the correct description to the picture. B. Circle the wrong part in every description



‫ זֶ ה ֶס ֶרט‬.‫ירּוׁש ַליִ ם‬ ָ ‫תּוח ִּב‬ ַ ‫ זֹו ְתמּונָ ה ֶׁשל ַה ְק ָרנַ ת ֶס ֶרט ָּב ֲאוִ יר ַה ָּפ‬.1 .‫יקה‬ ָ ‫ ָּב ֶר ַקע ֶא ְפ ָׁשר ִל ְראֹות ֶאת חֹומֹות ָה ִעיר ָה ַע ִת‬.‫ְמצֻ יָ ר‬

Zo tmuna shel hakranat seret bakhuts bi’Yerushalaim. Haseret meuyar. Efshar lirot et khomot hair ha’atika bareka. This is a photo of an outdoor movie screening in Jerusalem. The movie is animated. You can see the walls of Jerusalem’s old city in the background.



‫יקה ֶׁשל‬ ָ ‫ יֵׁש נַ ַער ֶׁשנִ ְת ֶלה ַעל ֵעץ ִמחּוץ ְלחֹומֹות ָה ִעיר ָה ַע ִת‬.2 ‫ֹומד‬ ֵ ‫ ַאף ֶא ָחד ֹלא ע‬.‫יִׂש ְר ֵא ִלי ַּב ְתמּונָ ה‬ ְ ‫ ֶא ְפ ָׁשר ִל ְראֹות ַחיָל‬.‫ּוׁש ַליִם‬ ָ ‫יְ ר‬ .‫ֹומה‬ ָ ‫ְליַד ַהח‬

Yesh na’ar shenitla al ets mikhuts lekhomot hair ha’atika shel Yerushalaim. Efshar lirot khayal Israeli batmuna. Af ekhad lo omed leyad hakhoma. There is a boy hanging on to a tree outside the walls of the old city of Jerusalem. You can see an Israeli soldier in the photo. There is nobody standing near the wall.



‫ ָּכל‬.‫יקה‬ ָ ‫יבל ָהאֹורֹות ָּב ִעיר ָה ַע ִת‬ ַ ‫רֹואים ֵח ֶלק ִמ ֶפ ְס ִט‬ ִ ‫ ַּב ְתמּונָ ה‬.3 ‫ ַּב ְתמּונָ ה ֶא ְפ ָׁשר ִל ְראֹות גַ ם‬.‫יבל‬ ָ ‫מּוא ֶרת ִּבזְ ַמן ַה ֶפ ְס ִט‬ ֶ ‫ָה ִעיר ָהיְ ָתה‬ .‫זֹוהרֹות‬ ֲ ‫ָּפרֹות‬

Batmuna roim khelek mefestival ha’orot bair ha’atika. Kol hair haita mueret bizman hafestival. Efshar lirot gam parot muarot batmuna.


‫ ְל ֶא ָחד ֵמ ֶהם יֵ ׁש ֶדגֶ ל‬.‫ּפֹור ִחים‬ ְ ‫דּורים‬ ִ ‫רֹואים ַּכ‬ ִ ‫ ַּב ְתמּונָ ה‬.4 ‫ּפֹור ַח ַה ֵׁשנִ י ִמ ְׂשמֹאל יֵ ׁש לֹוגֹו ֶׁשל‬ ֵ ‫ ַעל ַה ַּכדּור ַה‬.‫יִ ְׂש ָר ֵאל ַּב ַצד‬ .‫ִקּבּוץ יָ ְט ָב ָתה‬

Batmuna roim kadurim porkhim. Le’ekhad mehem yesh degel Israel batsad. Al hakadur haporeakh hasheni mismol yesh logo shel kibuts Yotvata. This is a picture of hot air balloons. One of the balloons has an Israeli flag on the side. The second balloon from the left has the logo for kibbutz Yotvata.


Answers: .‫יִׂש ָר ֵאל ַּב ַצד‬ ְ ‫ ְל ֶא ָחד ֵמ ֶהם יֵׁש ֶדגֶ ל‬A – 4 / .‫ ֶא ְפ ָׁשר ִל ְראֹות גַ ם ָּפרֹות ז ֲֹוהרֹות‬C – 3 / .‫ ַאף ֶא ָחד ֹלא ע ֵֹומד ְליַד ַהח ָֹומה‬D – 2 / .‫ זֶ ה ֶס ֶרט ְמצֻ יָר‬B –1

Israel in pictures

Here you can see part of the Old City Light Festival. The whole city was lit up during the festival. You can see glowing cows in the picture as well.






Tu B’Av is a holiday that celebrates love and is known as the happiest Jewish holiday. It is a popular date for proposals, weddings, and romantic dates with your sweetheart. Tell your special someone how you feel about them with these lovely Hebrew phrases.

At/ah rotseh/ah latset iti m’taishehu? ?‫רֹוצה ָל ֵצאת ִא ִתי ָמ ַתיְ ֶׁשהּו‬/‫ה‬ ֶ ‫רֹוצ‬ ָ ‫א ָתה‬/ ַ ‫ַא ְת‬

Do you want to go out with me sometime?

At/ah hakochav hachi bahir bashamayim. .‫א ָתה ַהּכ ָֹוכב ֲה ִכי ָּב ִהיר ַּב ָׁש ַמיִם‬/ ַ ‫ַא ְת‬

You are the brightest star in the sky. For when you want your beloved to know how special they are and how they brighten your life.

Af echad lo mevin/ah oti kmo sh’at/ah mevin/ ah oti.

Ani rotseh/ah lihiyot itach/cha kol hachayim sheli.

‫מ ִבין א ִֹותי‬/‫ה‬ ֵ ָ‫א ָחד ֹלא ְמ ִבינ‬/‫ת‬ ֶ ‫ַאף ַא ַח‬ .‫מ ִבין א ִֹותי‬/‫ה‬ ֵ ָ‫א ָתה ְמ ִבינ‬/ ַ ‫ְּכמֹו ֶׁש ַא ְת‬

‫א ְתָך‬/‫ְך‬ ִ ‫רֹוצה ִל ְהיֹות ִא ָת‬/‫ה‬ ָ ‫רֹוצ‬ ֶ ‫ֲאנִ י‬ .‫ָּכל ַה ַחיִ ים ֶׁש ִלי‬

When you have a special connection with somebody, you just understand each other.

Nothing says love like lifelong commitment. This is how you tell someone that you want to be with them forever.

Nobody understands me like you do.

I want to be with you for the rest of my life.




Helpful Hebrew

Everlasting love has to start somewhere. Use this phrase to ask someone out on a date.










‫ת‬ ‫ח‬ ‫ נ‬- Numbers ‫ר‬ ‫מ‬ ‫ ו‬More ‫ש‬ Crossword & Across





1. Schooling / Studies 4. Juggler 6. In the heat…/ Heatedly 9. Navel / from the sea 10. Tooth 11. Move / Stroke / Gear 13. Guard 14. Contentment or He landed


1. To get dressed 2. College 3. Thorough / Primary 5. Breathings 7. Slept 8. Purity 11. The thirteenth letter 12. Yes or Honest 14









‫נ‬ ‫כ‬

‫ר‬ ‫ל‬

‫ה‬ ‫ו‬





‫י‬ ‫ד‬




‫ט‬ ‫מ‬






‫נ‬ ‫ה‬




‫ש‬ ‫ב‬ ‫ל‬



‫כ‬ ‫ד‬


‫מ‬ ‫ל‬




‫ה‬ ‫י‬



















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