Select Jewish-Israeli non-English Movies

List of many excellent Jewish- or Israeli-related movies that do not have English-Language-Audio (regardless of SubTitles). Also see:

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1.
Ushpizin (2004)
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An Orthodox Jewish couple's faith is tested after praying to the Lord for a child on the Succoth holiday. (90 mins.)
Director: Giddi Dar
 
2.
Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg (1990)
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Swedish national Raoul Wallenberg, newcomer to politics and international machinations, travels to German-occupied... (118 mins.)
Director: Kjell Grede
 
3.
The Golem (1920)
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In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates a giant creature from clay, called the Golem, and using sorcery, brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution. (91 mins.)
 
4.
Jacob the Liar (1974)
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A Jewish ghetto in the east of Europe, 1944. By coincidence, Jakob Heym eavesdrops on a German radio... (100 mins.)
Director: Frank Beyer
 
5.
Kadosh (1999)
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Two sisters become victims of the patriarchal, ultra-orthodox society. (110 mins.)
Director: Amos Gitai
 
6.
Ajami (2009)
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Ajami is the religiously mixed community of Muslims and Christians in Tel Aviv. These are five stories about the everyday life in Ajami. (124 mins.)
 
7.
Beaufort (2007)
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The story of a group of Israeli soldiers stationed in an outpost prior to the withdrawal of forces of 2000. (131 mins.)
Director: Joseph Cedar
 
8.
Broken Wings (2002)
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Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of husband/father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their 'broken wings'. (87 mins.)
Director: Nir Bergman
 
9.
Eyes Wide Open (2009)
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A married, Orthodox, Jerusalem butcher and Jewish father of four falls in love with his handsome, 22-year-old male apprentice, triggering the suspicions of his wife and the disapproval of his Orthodox community. (91 mins.)
Director: Haim Tabakman
 
10.
I Shot My Love (2009 Documentary)
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Seventy years after his grandfather escapes from Nazi Germany to Palestine, Israeli documentary director... (56 mins.)
Director: Tomer Heymann
 
11.
James' Journey to Jerusalem (2003)
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During his journey to Jerusalem young James learns the meaning of being Israeli. (91 mins.)
 
12.
Tehilim (2007)
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A family in Jerusalem is torn apart by the mysterious disappearance of their father after a tragic car accident. (96 mins.)
 
13.
Walk on Water (2004)
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Following the suicide of his wife, an Israeli intelligence agent is assigned to befriend the grandchildren of a Nazi war criminal. (103 mins.)
Director: Eytan Fox
 
14.
Waltz with Bashir (2008 Documentary)
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An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict. (90 mins.)
Director: Ari Folman
 
15.
Yossi & Jagger (2002)
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Romance blooms between two soldiers (Knoller, Levi) stationed in an Israeli outpost on the Lebanese border. (65 mins.)
Director: Eytan Fox
 
16.
Noodle (2007)
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At thirty-seven, Miri is a twice-widowed, El Al flight attendant. Her well-regulated existence is suddenly... (90 mins.)
Director: Ayelet Menahemi
 
17.
Close to Home (2005)
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Rebellious and outgoing Smadar can't stand types like Mirit. Mirit, introverted and frightened, keeps away from the likes of Smadar... (98 mins.)
 
18.
Life in Stills (2011 Documentary)
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A photo shop owner and her grandson join forces to save the shop and the nearly one million negatives that document Israel's defining moments. (60 mins.)
Director: Tamar Tal
 
19.
The Shop on Main Street (1965)
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Slovakia during WW2. Tono lives a poor life, but the authorities offer him to take over the Jewish widow Lautman's little shop for sewing material... (128 mins.)
 
20.
Madame Rosa (1977)
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Madame Rosa lives in a sixth-floor walkup in the Pigalle; she's a retired prostitute, Jewish and an Auschwitz survivor... (105 mins.)
Director: Moshé Mizrahi
 
21.
I Love You Rosa (1972)
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This story centers on the Jewish practice that requires an unmarried brother to marry the childless widow of his dead brother... (72 mins.)
Director: Moshé Mizrahi
 
22.
Mivtsa Yonatan (1977)
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In July 1976, an Air France flight from Tel-Aviv to Paris via Athens was hijacked and forced to land in Entebbe... (124 mins.)
Director: Menahem Golan
 
23.
Halfon Hill Doesn't Answer (1976)
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Sergio Konstanza, a Swindler, owes money to Mr. Hasson. He escapes to the desert where he joins a wacky... (92 mins.)
Director: Assi Dayan
 
24.
Late Marriage (2001)
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Zaza is a 31-year old Israeli bachelor, handsome and intelligent, and his family wants to see him married... (102 mins.)
 
25.
Meduzot (2007)
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Meduzot (the Hebrew word for Jellyfish) tells the story of three very different Israeli women living... (78 mins.)
 
26.
A Matter of Size (2009)
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A comedy about a 'coming out' of a different kind - overweight people learning to accept themselves. (90 mins.)
 
27.
Surrogate (2008)
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Eli is a 32 year old man who has problems with relationships with women. Hagar is a surrogate, an alternative partner for practical... (57 mins.)
 
28.
The Tin Drum (1979)
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Danzig in the 1920s/1930s. Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with... (142 mins.)
 
29.
Yossi (2012)
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This sequel to Yossi and Jagger finds Dr. Yossi Gutmann reminiscing about his love ten years after his death; however, as he encounters a group of young soldiers, one of them, Tom, reignites his romantic feelings. (84 mins.)
Director: Eytan Fox
 
30.
Live and Become (2005)
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In 1980 the black Falashas in Ethiopia are recognised as genuine Jews. In turn they are secretly carried to Israel... (140 mins.)
Director: Radu Mihaileanu
 
31.
Footnote (2011)
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Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak. (107 mins.)
Director: Joseph Cedar
 
32.
Lemon Popsicle (1978)
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Three friends live their lives in the 1950's each searching for someone to love. (95 mins.)
Director: Boaz Davidson
 
33.
Kippur (2000)
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The film takes place in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War in which Egypt and Syria launched attacks in Sinai and the Golan Heights... (117 mins.)
Director: Amos Gitai
 
34.
The Secrets (2007)
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In The Secrets, two brilliant young women discover their own voices in a repressive orthodox culture where females are forbidden to sing... (127 mins.)
Director: Avi Nesher
 
35.
The Last Train (2006)
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A group of people are imprisoned in a rail car bound from Berlin to a concentration camp in 1945. (123 mins.)
 
36.
A Secret (2007)
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A 15-year-old boy unearths a shocking family secret. (105 mins.)
Director: Claude Miller
 
37.
Jaffa (2009)
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In the city of Jaffa; a young girl plans to run away with her secret lover, when a tragedy forever changes the course of their lives. (106 mins.)
Director: Keren Yedaya
 
38.
Only Human (2004)
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Leni takes Rafi to meet her family in Madrid. Leni's family is Jewish - mother, father, older sister and daughter... (93 mins.)
 
39.
Protektor (2009)
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A Czech journalist joins a Prague radio station that broadcasts Nazi propaganda in order to protect his Jewish wife... (98 mins.)
Director: Marek Najbrt
 
40.
The House on Chelouche Street (1973)
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A fatherless family immigrates to Israel from Egypt during the British Mandate period. The film traces the hardships the family suffers in the politically unstable country. (110 mins.)
Director: Moshé Mizrahi
 
41.
Time of Favor (2000)
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Is today's fanaticism tomorrow's policy? In a West Bank settlement, Rabbi Meltzer has a grand design:... (102 mins.)
Director: Joseph Cedar
 
42.
Jób lázadása (1983)
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Hungary, 1943. An elderly Jewish couple, Job and Roza, adopt an unruly non-Jewish child to whom they... (105 mins.)
 
43.
Angry Harvest (1985)
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In the winter of 1942-43, a Jewish family leaps from a train going through Silesia. They are separated in the woods... (104 mins.)
 
44.
'38 - Vienna Before the Fall (1986)
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In 1938, Austria is about to become a part of the Third Reich. A theater actress and a Jewish journalist fall in love and spend time together completely ignoring the political turmoil of the time despite friendly warnings. (97 mins.)
Director: Wolfgang Glück
 
45.
Jews in Space or Why Is this Night Different from All Other Nights? (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Sixteen years after she gave him a farewell kiss. Santiago is reunited with his cousin Luciana, when she returns home to Buenos Aires from New York... (89 mins.)
 
46.
Call Me a Jew (2012 Documentary)
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The involvement of large parts of the Austrian population in the Nazi extermination machine remains tangible to this day...
 
47.
Night and Fog (1955 Documentary)
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The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside. (32 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
48.
Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
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A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret. (104 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
49.
Hitler's Holocaust (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Under the guidance of Simon Wiesenthal, documents the year-long process leading up to 'the Final Solution' using newly accessible Eastern European archives, first-hand eyewitness accounts and world renowned historians. (270 mins.)
 
50.
Restoration (2011)
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A drama about a family's effort to save their antique restoration business. (102 mins.)
Director: Yossi Madmoni
 
51.
The Human Resources Manager (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A tragi-comedy centered on the HR manager of Israel's largest industrial bakery, who sets out to save the reputation of his business and prevent the publication of a defamatory article. (103 mins.)
Director: Eran Riklis
 
52.
Turn Left at the End of the World (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
As a family from India moves in to a desert neighborhood in Southern Israel in the 1960's, the family's eldest... (110 mins.)
Director: Avi Nesher
 
53.
The Flood (2010)
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Everything is complicated in Yoni's life. He's almost 13, real gifted, but physically undeveloped and... (100 mins.)
Director: Guy Nattiv
“ "The Flood," an Israeli family-in-crisis drama in which the older autistic son returns home from an institution just before his little brother's bar mitzvah and with their parents on the brink of divorce. ” - Mav Ven
 
54.
Campfire (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The story of one woman's personal battle for acceptance, but also a portrait of a political movement that has forever affected millions of lives in the Middle East. (96 mins.)
Director: Joseph Cedar
 
55.
Divine Intervention (2002)
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Separated by a checkpoint, Palestinian lovers from Jerusalem and Ramallah arrange clandestine meetings. (92 mins.)
Director: Elia Suleiman
 
56.
My Father My Lord (2007)
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A respected rabbi is forced to come to terms with the demands of his faith and the welfare of his own family. (72 mins.)
Director: David Volach
 
57.
Five Broken Cameras (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army. (94 mins.)
 
58.
Life According to Agfa (1992)
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The film takes place in Tel Aviv, much of it in a fictitious local pub called Barbie, a satirical nickname... (100 mins.)
Director: Assi Dayan
 
59.
Nina's Tragedies (2003)
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The taboo relationship between young Nadav and his Aunt Nina transcends definition on its way to odd highs and lows. (106 mins.)
Director: Savi Gavison
 
60.
Sweet Mud (2006)
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Set in mid-70's, 12-year old Dvir Avni navigates between the equality values of his home-born Kibbutz and the relationship with his undermined mother, whom the Kibbutz members will to denounce. (90 mins.)
Director: Dror Shaul
 
61.
Sallah (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The sharp, often hilarious satire that became the most successful film in Israeli history is about new immigrants Sallah and his family... (110 mins.)
Director: Ephraim Kishon
 
62.
Yana's Friends (1999)
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Three parallel strories of immigrants in Tel Aviv during the Gulf War and about coming together while sealed in a room during the Scud attacks. (90 mins.)
Director: Arik Kaplun
 
63.
Ha-Kayitz Shel Aviya (1988)
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(95 mins.)
Director: Eli Cohen
 
64.
Saint Clara (1996)
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The year is 1999 and the storyline is actually a number of sub-plots all revolving around the 13-year old Clara... (85 mins.)
 
65.
The Policeman (1971)
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Azulai is a policeman in Jaffa, whose incompetence is only matched by his soft-heartedness. His superiors want to send him to early retirement... (87 mins.)
Director: Ephraim Kishon
 
66.
Afula Express (1997)
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David is a garage electrician, who dreamt all of his life of becoming a magician, but had no luck in it... (95 mins.)
Director: Julie Shles
 
67.
Sh'Chur (1994)
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A Westernized teenager struggles to come to terms with the white magic practiced by members of her family. (100 mins.)
Director: Shmuel Hasfari
 
68.
Michael Sheli (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Based on a novel by Amos Oz. A couple in Jerusalem before the six day war in 1967, fall in love, get married... (95 mins.)
Director: Dan Wolman
 
69.
Ehad Mishelanu (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A few Palestinian guerilla's break into an Israeli camp in the occupied territories. They kill a few Israeli soldiers before they are killed... (110 mins.)
Director: Uri Barbash
 
70.
Every Bastard a King (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An American reporter and his girl-friend are visiting Israel to get a "sense of the people", in the... (100 mins.)
Director: Uri Zohar
 
71.
The Flying Matchmaker (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Reb Kalman, the matchmaker comes home on Shabbat to find out that Reb Pinchas has been there. He learns... (120 mins.)
Director: Israel Becker
 
72.
Lovesick on Nana Street (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The touching story of Victor, who lives with his mother in the REALLY bad part of town and runs an illegal TV cable station... (94 mins.)
Director: Savi Gavison
 
73.
Hamsin (1982)
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Named after the hot desert wind that periodically blows through the Middle East sending temperatures... (88 mins.)
 
74.
Matzor (1969)
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Story of a war-widow pressured by her friends to behave in the role of the heroic widow, and the journey she takes in a country of people under siege. (100 mins.)
Director: Gilberto Tofano
 
75.
I Remember (2002 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)
Director: Marcel Lozinski
 
76.
The Wave (2008)
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A high school teacher's experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own. (107 mins.)
Director: Dennis Gansel
 
77.
Hello, Goodbye (2008)
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When they move to Israel to explore their Jewish heritage and revive their flagging marriage, fifty... (99 mins.)
Director: Graham Guit
 
78.
Alle Juden raus! (1991 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
This film traces the story of the German-Jewish Auerbach family of oppingen, Germany from 1933 through 1945... (82 mins.)
Director: Emanuel Rund
 
79.
Lacombe, Lucien (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A small town in the south-west of France, summer of 1944. Having failed to join the resistance, the 18 year old Lucien Lacombe... (138 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
80.
Murmur of the Heart (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
This is a jolly coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old boy named Laurent Chevalier who is growing up in bourgeois surroundings in Dijon... (118 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
81.
Waiting for the Messiah (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In 1999, Argentina's peso craters. Ariel, a young man from Buenos Aires' Jewish community, deals with his mother's fatal illness... (98 mins.)
Director: Daniel Burman
 
82.
Lost Embrace (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In Buenos Aires, the twenty and something year old Jewish-Argentinean Ariel Makaroff has left the University... (99 mins.)
Director: Daniel Burman
 
83.
The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (2006)
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A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in the year of 1970, where both world cup and dictatorship happen in Brazil. (110 mins.)
Director: Cao Hamburger
 
84.
Kuni Leml B'Kahir (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Rabbi Kuni Lemle has just finished a Torah and is going to donate it to a congregation in Cairo. In exchange for the Torah scroll... (90 mins.)
Director: Joel Silberg
 
85.
To Take a Wife (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story takes place in Haifa, Israel, in 1979, during three days before the Shabbat. A young woman trying to raise three children... (97 mins.)
 
86.
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce. Only rabbis can legitimize a marriage or its dissolution... (115 mins.)
 
87.
Zero Motivation (2014)
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A unit of female Israeli soldiers at a remote desert base bide their time as they count down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. (97 mins.)
Director: Talya Lavie