It's not just Americans who have trouble pronouncing the name of this winter holiday. Israelis get it wrong too.
As editor of the Haaretz English Edition style guide, Shoshana Kordova is responsible for setting the newspaper's style and attempting to induce staff members to adhere to it. She also edits and translates news and feature articles, opinion pieces and book reviews for the English edition.
Shoshana writes a column on political language for The Faster Times and is a former contributing writer for the (now defunct) Chicago-based monthly World Jewish Digest. She has also written for media outlets including the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Religion News Service, Women's Feature Service, The Jerusalem Post and, of course, Haaretz, where she has been working in various capacities since 2002.
Shoshana has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and has taught journalistic translation at Beit Berl College in Kfar Sava. Her online home is www.shoshanakordova.com.
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Israelis can do more than just deny something happened. They can deny the very premise of its existence.
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Israelis don’t just find out more when the information starts rolling in; they get smarter.
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Hebrew candy makes no bones about what it really is - sugar with sugar on top.
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