Cultures, Customs, and Celebrations in Israel, 1st Edition

  • Gil Zohar
  • Published By: Mitchell Lane
  • ISBN-10: 1612286933
  • ISBN-13: 9781612286938
  • DDC: 956.94
  • Grade Level Range: 6th Grade - 9th Grade
  • 64 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2016 | Published/Released December 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2016

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This volume introduces young readers to Israel’s customs and culture. It is interesting to note that many people carry guns and serve in the army yet gun crimes are nearly nonexistent in Israel. Why do some people go to the beach on Saturday while others head off to synagogue? How do you revive a "dead" language? What holidays do Israelis celebrate? What clothes do Israelis wear, and what do they eat? Is Israel a Jewish state, or a country with many Jewish citizens? These questions and more reveal the inner tension, and the great love of life, that characterize life in modern Israel.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Copyright Page.
1: The Israel Defense Forces—A People's Army.
2: When the Underground goes Mainstream.
3: A Kulturkampf Over Religion Divides Society.
4: Shabbat Shalom.
5: A Bilingual State—Russian and Hebrew.
6: Hebrew—A Language Reborn.
7: Song and Dance at Work and Play.
8: Hora, Debka, and Rave.
9: Lifecycle Events.
10: After 120.
11: A Calendar Filled with Holidays and Holy Days.
12: Purim Craft Project.
13: Desert Factory Revives the Lost Commandment of Snail Dyeing.
14: Fashion? What Fashion?.
15: Every Day is a Feast Day in the Holy City.
16: Purim Hamantaschen.
Chapter Notes.
Works Consulted.
Further Reading.
On the Internet.
Glossary of Foreign Vocabulary.
Photo Credits.
About the Author.