Why did the teacher at a vocal school in Tel Aviv choose the words ‘no’ and ‘yes’?
The words ‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘yes and’ are used by people of all ages in the Hebrew language, but rarely by people who are not Jewish.
The teacher in question, Khedron Avi, used them to address the students, who were listening to the school’s new musical, ‘Shirah.’
Avi, a vocal teacher at Shirah Academy, was not immediately available for comment, but a translation of the conversation on Facebook suggests that the teachers’ question was aimed at the students.
“What does the word ‘yes” mean in Hebrew?
It means ‘yes,’ and ‘no,’ it means ‘no,'” he said, according to a translation posted by the school on Facebook.
Avi went on to ask: “Do you know how to say ‘yes’?
“At that point, the students in the classroom, who are all male, responded in unison.”
I’m saying ‘yes.’
You know the answer,” he said.”
It means ‘I’ and it means “yes,” the students responded in a collective chorus.
A teacher in a vocal training school in Jerusalem, April 26, 2019.
In the video, Avi is heard saying: “We are the ‘yes,'” as the students continue to chant, with the words “yes” repeated.
In response to the video that went viral on social media, the head of the Hebrew Language Academy of Tel Aviv, Shlomo Shor, called the students’ response to Avi’s question “absolutely absurd.”
“We cannot teach people to answer questions in Hebrew,” he wrote on Facebook, adding that he was also concerned about the students who “could be affected.”
“The teacher of the vocal school was a very good teacher,” Shor said, “and this is an incident that should not happen in a school.”
Shirach Academy, a public school in the city of Haifa, said the incident occurred on the first day of school.
It said it was reviewing the video and will take appropriate action.
Ariel, a 16-year-old student at the school, told Haaretz that she was the one who asked the question.
“If I ask him a question in Hebrew, then I’ll say ‘no.'”
“He’s a good teacher, he’s not an evil teacher,” she added.
At a previous vocal school for children in Haifa known for its intensive vocal training, a teacher in the vocal training program, called “Beth” was the subject of a similar viral video when she asked students, “Who is Beth?”
When one student said, she said: “She’s my teacher, she’s my mentor,” she was overheard laughing.
The video has been viewed more than 3 million times.