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Israel is at war. There are a few words that we hear on the news all the time — words you should absolutely know.

New Words and Expressions:

Retsu’at aza – The Gaza Strip – רצועת עזה

Retsua la-kelev – Leash for a dog – רצועה לכלב

Otef aza (Ha-otef) – The area bordering with the Gaza Strip – עוטף עזה, העוטף

Yeshuvey otef aza – Villages near the Gaza Strip, inside Israel – ישובי עוטף עזה

Matach kaved shel raketot – Heavy barrage of rockets – מטח כבד של רקטות

Az’aka, az’akot – Sirens – אזעקה, אזעקות

Mamad (merchav mugan dirati) – Protected space within the apartment – מרחב מוגן דירתי

Miklat, miklatim – Bomb shelters – מקלט

Pikud ha-oref – Home Front Command – פיקוד העורף

Harugim – The killed – הרוגים

Ptsoo’im – The injured – פצועים

Hatufim – Kidnapped – חטופים

Bnei aruba – Hostages – בני ערובה

Mehablim – Terrorists – מחבלים

Ne’edar, ne’edarim – Missing – נעדר, נעדרים

Hamal – Tactical Operations Center, War room – חדר מלחמה, חמ”ל

Tarchish – Scenario – תרחיש

Ha-tarchish ha-garua be-yoter – The worst possible scenario – התרחיש הגרוע ביותר

Playlist and Clips:

Otef aza

Matach shel raketot



Rachel from Ofakim

Hamal ne’edarim

Daniela Spector – Ha-kochav Ha-ze Met (lyrics)

Ep. #277 about ptsatsa, bomb

Can We Talk? the podcast of the Jewish Women’s Archive

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