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    • Stanley Cohen
    • 20.12.09 | 16:34 (IST)

    these individuals gently and persuasively guide us through and over the minefields that constitute the ever-changing field that is colloquial and academic Ivrit and for those of us sufficiently competent, to examine the richness of Israeli literature. It would be a gross understatement to say that we could have probably managed without them, more an insult to their dedication and efficacy. All the time this instruction proceeds we are painlessly and cheerfully introduced to the history and the Tarbut of Eretz Yisra'el. Short stories, newspaper articles, descriptions of life style from our former home countries compared and contrasted with our new homes. That an Israeli never replies to a received invitation to a simcha and expostulates if they are asked subsequenly whether they are indeed coming [since why would they not after being invited!] That it is unusual for teenagers to stand for the elderly in a crowded bus since they are the future and only pressing need will prompt an offer of a seat. That some of the language of newspapers and magazine articles is sometimes reserved just for the written page but never for speech [other than a real public speech]. All of this and much more are conveyed through the medium of the Ulpan system, set up by the founders of the State wisely and intelligently to shepherd the unwary through their early months and even their years in this wonderful Land of ours. The diminution or removal of such an essential service to Am Yisra'el would be nothing short of betrayal of the tenets of Am Yisra'el arevim zeh lazeh. Stanley Cohen Baka Jerusalem

    from the article: Israeli teacher's blog: I'd like to spray class with machine gun
    First published 01:12 20.12.09 | Last updated 11:31 20.12.09
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