I finally finished my Harry Potter book in Hebrew, after 587 pages and 8 months of hard work! I suppose I’ll start on my book report for Ivrit (Hebrew) class soon (see this post for reference). I am elated! We have done some searching for another book last night, and found two possibilities. So on Friday, before we go to the dentist (for a checkup, luckily, and hopefully there will be no cavities. But then, I have been eating an awful lot of candy lately. Uh-oh!), we might possibly go to a bookstore in Encino, which is about half an hour away from where we live, and find the next book in Hebrew. The shipping from Israel is just a bit more than it is from inside the US, you know.

So chazak chazak v’nischazek (“be strong, be strong, and may we be strengthened”) to me! It really does make sense in this context – I have been reading more and more each time. I started at about a page a day, then three, then five, then ten, then twenty, and then thirty! I have built up my strength, and hopefully will get even better!

I encourage anyone wishing to advance in their understanding of Hebrew to read a lot. It can even just be החתול תעלול – The Cat in the Hat! Hmm, I seem to be mentioning cats a lot these days. Oh, that reminds me:

  1. For those who asked, no, my brother did not allow me to post the story   אני חתול (I Am a Cat), even in English.
  2. For those who live in Israel, or anyone who knows, how common are cats in Israel? Is there just the occasional cat, or tons of them? I just want to know because we have a dog (who is the most adorable thing in the world, by the way, and we call her Silly J. That was not an intentional rhyme. We call her “J” just for short, and she might try to chase them. Here is a picture of J:

Happy Punim


So, that’s all for now, folks, and have a lovely week.