After living in Israel for 18 years, my Hebrew is pretty good, but I am still learning things every day.
Last week, for instance, I finally solved a mystery that I have been wondering about for a long time. In English, we use the expression “at the last minute” to describe something done in the “nick of time”. In Hebrew, they use the expression “hadaka hatishim” – literally “the ninetieth minute”. I couldn’t understand where the ninety came from, until I watched my son play his five millionth game of computerized soccer. I happened to look at the clock, and I suddenly realized that a game goes for ninety minutes.
I know, I know, I am hopelessly “sport challenged”. Zeh ma yesh – that’s just the way it is!