How Do You Say Thanksgiving in Hebrew?

Americans living in Israel are well-placed to celebrate this year's Thanksgiving-meets-Hanukkah. For us, everyday life is an encounter between these two languages and cultures.

Every immigrant experiences the same communication disorder; at first you can’t say what you want to say, then, for what-seems-like-forever, you can approximate what you intend but never say precisely what you mean.

If your Hebrew, like mine, was cultivated in Jewish summer camps where American Jews speak Hebrew primarily to other American Jews, English syntax becomes embedded, like reporters riding...