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Prolonged Heat Wave Causing Numerous Forest Fires Across Israel

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

The heavy heat wave, now in its second day, continues to cause fires around Israel. A forest fire broke out Sunday morning in Daliyat al-Karmel, a Druze town onn Mount Carmel, some 13 miles southeast of Haifa, News 0404 reported. Firefighters are at the burning forest, assisted by two firefighting planes.

Open area fires have broken out Sunday in Tel Mond, a suburb of Netanya, as well as near Route 85, between Acre and Jadeidi-Makr.

Firefighters have also been at work putting out a brush fire near Palmachim in Rishon Letzion, as well as another, similar fire near the Kesem Interchange on Toll Highway 6.

Residents have been evacuated from their homes as large firefighting forces—eight teams—are trying to overcome a major forest fire near Moshav Luzit south of Beit Shemesh. The fire has damaged local chicken coops. Four planes are involved in the operation.

Seven firefighting teams are fighting a fire in Mata, also near Beit Shemesh. Route 435 was closed to traffic. Another fire broke out near Abu Gosh, on the main highway to Jerusalem, and the wind is causing the fire to spread fast.

A natural forest in the neighborhood of Naveh Sha’anan in Haifa has been on fire on Monday, with six teams laboring to put it out. Yeshiva children nearby have been evacuated.

David Israel

In Hebrew: ‘Air Conditioner’

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

מַזְגָן I stayed once in a Paris hotel for a few days in July. It was sweltering hot, and there was no air conditioner in the room. When I inquired why, the hotel staff told that it only gets that hot a few days in the year, so there’s no real need.

In Israel, air conditioners are already blowing lots of cold air on those escaping from the heat (which I don’t mind so much).

The Hebrew term for air conditioner is מַזְגָן. Its root is מ.ז.ג meaning blending or merging – the air is blended inside the machine and blown out, also blendingconditioning the air in the room. So a מזגן is literally that which blends.

An example:

בְּתֵל אָבִיב, יֵשׁ אֲנָשִׁים שֶׁמְּבַלִּים אֶת כָּל הַקַּיִץ עִם הַמַּזְגָן. In Tel Aviv, there are people who spend the whole summer with the air conditioner. I don’t live in Tel Aviv, but if I did, I wouldn’t be one of those people.

You might also hear Israelis using the term מִזּוּג אֲוִיר. This means, literally,air conditioning, as מיזוגis the noun form of the active-intensive פִּעֵל verb, לְמַזֵּג– to blendto merge.

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Ami Steinberger

One Thing I Wouldn’t Blame on Obama

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

During my thirteen 13 years as Shiloh’s Girls Gym Teacher, I was careful to obey the rule that said it’s forbidden to have outdoor lessons when the temperature is over 30 degrees Centigrade.

This past Friday was a hot  spring day.  In Tel Aviv, where they were having their Half Marathon, it was up to 36 degrees centigrade.  One runner died and others were hospitalized.
Tel Aviv Half-Marathon Ends in Tragedy After Runner Dies
Man in his early 30s collapses from heat stroke, medical crews unable to save him • Over 50 runners hospitalized, 12 in critical condition • Tel Aviv mayor: Obama’s visit made event impossible to postpone [emphasis added] • “Writing was on the wall,” says health expert. (Yisrael HaYom)

They didn’t expect such summer weather.  Looking at the Christian calendar, people were surprised that we had such hot weather in the middle of March, but if you look at the Jewish Calendar, and it’s very common for there to be summer weather early in the month of Nissan, just over a week before Passover.  We almost always have some very hot weather this time of the Jewish Year.

The organizers should have thought of what’s best for the runners and cancelled the race.  And from now on, they should schedule according to the Jewish Calendar and have it before Purim.  Yes, it may rain, but it doesn’t snow in Tel Aviv.
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Batya Medad

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