Learning to read the writing on the wall

Students learn Hebrew through street drawings of Theodor Herzl, graffiti that invokes Martin Buber, impromptu chats with the neighborhood barber.

October 14, 2011 16:41
Childen learn languages from graffiti.

graffiti 521. (photo credit: DEBORAH SINAI)


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‘Niva – bartender or whore?” read the Hebrew graffiti on the side of a run-down apartment building on Kishon Street, which cuts through the heart of the gritty south Tel Aviv neighborhood of Florentin.

“It looks like Niva broke some guy’s heart,” Guy Sharett said, as a group of new immigrants stood by trying to decipher the spray-painted Hebrew.


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