Word of the Day Soragei Beten: Keeping Baddies Out and Kiddies In

The flowerpot-holding variety of burglar-bars is commonly seen in Israel- as is its etymological cousin, the kippah.

In Israel, where space is at a premium and apartment buildings are the norm, burglar bars – soragim (so-rah-GEEM, literally “latticework,” “grids” or “grilles”) – are a common sight, whether they are on a low floor to keep out the bad guys or on a high floor to keep in the kiddies.