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Hello, and welcome to the Culture Class- Holidays in Israel Series at HebrewPod101.com. In this series, we’re exploring the traditions behind Israeli holidays and observances. I’m Eric, and you're listening to Season 1, Lesson 23, Pride parade
The Gay Pride Parade - מצעד הגאווה (mitza’ad ha’gaava) in Tel Aviv is the largest gay pride parade in the State of Israel and the entire Asian continent. It is held at the beginning of the summer - קיץ (kayitz), and over 100,000 people participate every year.
Let’s learn about this colorful carnival that spreads happiness, love, and the message of equality.
Now, before we get into more detail, I've got a question for you-
Which event, occurring in 1998, profoundly affected the decision to run the first parade?
If you don't already know, keep listening! The answer will be revealed at the end of this lesson!
Every year in Israel, every major city holds a gay pride parade, but the largest of them all is in Tel Aviv, which became the gay capital of Israel long ago. Tel Aviv is a site that attracts the gay community - הקהילה הגאה (hakehila ha’ge’a) thanks to its pluralism, its youthful environment, its nightlife, and the extensive social activities that occur there. It’s home to many gay community organizations, which conduct activities for the public and engage in legal and social struggles on behalf of the community.
In 1998, the first gay pride parade took place in Tel Aviv, and since then, it has become one of the city’s symbols. The parade symbolizes the city’s pluralistic spirit, and it attracts hundreds of thousands of participants from Israel and other countries. The parade celebrates the beauty of human diversity, while it is also used to demonstrate against oppression and violence - אלימות (alimut) targeting gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender individuals, and those with non-heterosexual sexual or gender identities - זהות (ze’hut).
Currently, the parade is held permanently, every year, as part of Tel Aviv’s gay pride week events. Over 100,000 people take part in the parade, and of those, tens of thousands are tourists - תיירים (taiarim) who come to Israel specifically to take part in the parade. It begins with speeches delivered on the plaza of the “Gay Community Center”. Next, festival goers walk down to Tel Aviv beach - חוף הים (chof hayam), where the parade ends with a party - מסיבה (mesiba) featuring concerts with leading musicians, the awarding of the annual Tolerance Award - פרס הסובלנות Pras hasovlanut, and shows for children.
In 2011, official representatives of religious gay organizations, including “Chavruta” and “Bat Kol”, participated in the parade for the first time.
Now it's time to answer our quiz question-
Which event had a crucial impact on the existence of the first gay pride parade?
In 1998, Dana International, an Israeli transgender woman, won the Eurovision Song Contest, representing Israel. Her victory led to extensive press coverage of the gay community, and increased the public awareness of the community’s struggle for equality- המאבק לשוויון (ma’avak le’shivion). The supportive public atmosphere played a critical role in running the first gay pride parade.
How was this lesson? Did you learn something interesting? Is there a gay pride parade in your city?
Leave a comment letting us know at HebrewPod101.com, and we'll see you in the next lesson!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Is there a gay pride parade in your city?

Shelley
Monday at 05:40 AM
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Not understanding-Are you saying in the part of my sentence that finished with a parade should be ....שנגמר

Why does my sentence need a passive verb? If I said that the parade finished the week then I wouldn't need a passive verb but since the week was finished by the parade, then I need a passive verb. ok I think I understand this. Do I have it right?

If I may-your hopping should be hoping. The extra p changes the meaning.

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Sunday at 11:53 PM
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Hi Shelley,


The 'nifal' is indeed considered passive, and in this case the object 'parade' (he) is the one that's ending...


I'm hopping I understand you correctly, if not please clarify (:


Yours,

Roi

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Shelley
Tuesday at 05:34 AM
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Thank you, Roi- a politically correct correction to leave out "gay" .

Do you need the "nun" to represent "we" We finished or is it just part of the spelling? I looked it up-I think this usage is particular to the niphal verb group which takes the nun, but I don't understand why- Isn't niphal passive and I don't think my sentence is passive.??? Thank you for future clarification.

I see that I also left out an ayin in the word for parade.

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Monday at 11:19 PM
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Hi Shelley,


Thanks for commenting! good work on the translation, one note - שבוע גאווה גאה is redundant - we just say - שבוע גאווה - the "gay" part is obvious...


+ you forgot a נ on נגמר עם מצעד.


Yours,

Roi

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Shelley
Monday at 10:14 AM
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יש לנו שבוע גאווה גאה שגמר עם מצד. .הוא היה בשבוע שעבר We have a gay pride week that finished with a parade. It was last week.

Shelley
Monday at 10:02 AM
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Thank you again, Roi I see that I must insert "like this" and can leave out "yesh" and " echad". and I understand about the gender. Gotcha!

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Sunday at 09:12 PM
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Hi Shelley,


Thanks for posting.


Let me correct your phrase -

Gay parade is a masculine noun in Hebrew - מצעד גאווה


So - אם אין (מצעד) כזה בעיר שלי - צריך להיות


Yours,

Roi

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Shelley
Sunday at 04:33 AM
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If there isn't one in my city, there should be. אם אינם בעירי, יש צירכה להיות אחד