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The Hebrew intensifier (מַמָשׁ) mamash is an Israeli favorite. While it does not have a direct translation to English, it is often compared to “really,” “actually,” or “literally” because of its use to emphasize one’s point. I tell you this because I want you to understand what I am saying when I say that Petach Tikvah is mamash Israeli. I’m not speaking from a place of American naivety—this statement has been verified by several real-life Israelis.
Here are some reasons that Petach Tikvah is Mamash Israeli, and some other fun facts about the city I call home.
The reaction I received when speaking to Israelis about my decision to spend a year in the Israeli school system was shocking. Their descriptions led me to believe that it would look something like the mall and cafeteria scenes from Mean Girls. I saw a reality in which human children had completely abandoned domestication in favor of assuming the untamed characteristics of our primate cousins and other land mammals.
You loved your Birthright trip, but there’s still so much more to see…