If you ask any Israeli about a single item he/she cannot live without besides water air and food, you’ll get a straight answer: cha•da•shot, news.
Without a doubt, Israel is a new addict nation. Israelis are ‘religiously’ conditioned to listen to news every hour, every day, since their childhood. Every TV channel in Israel broadcasts ‘cha•da•shot’ every hour with a short news break every 30 minutes. It is the same with radio, including music, religious and music stations.
Besides hourly news, news magazines captures a large part of morning, mid-day and evening programming on national and private stations. The listeners are saturated with indepth, detailed information and it well aware of world event, perhaps more than any other nation in the world.
During Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, all radio and TV stations stop completely all broadcasting but they still keep al microphones and transmitters live, creating a broadcast of silence called ‘gal sha•ket,’ ‘a quiet wave. This practice has been in place after the experience of the Yom Kippur War of 1973, where a surprise war was waged on Israel and found it completely unprepared. To save time and to be immediately ready at time of emergency, most national broadcast stations implemented the ‘gal sha•ket.’ It was vital last summer, during the war against the Hamas that was shooting rockets at Israeli cities in various times during the day and night. With the ‘gal shaket’ people turn the radio on while going to sleep, but hear only the broadcasts that break in at emergency.
Here are a few expressions with the word ‘cha•dash,’ new.
The Hebrew equivalent of ‘what’s up’ is ‘ma cha•dash?’ ‘what’s new?’ ‘cha•da•shot to•vot’ is ‘good news.’ If you have started some Hebrew studies, see how the noun rhymes with the adjective that describes it (to•vot).