how do you say “identity” in Hebrew?

זהות

If you’ve lived in Israel or have taken Level 2 of Ulpan La-Inyan, you’re familiar with the term for ID card – תְּעוּדַת זְהוּת (teh-oo-DAHT zeh-HOOT).

The word זהות itself means identity. Its root is זֶה (zeh), which means this. Identity is “this-ness.”

Today, perhaps more so than ever, it’s critical that Jews align themselves with their זהות – because if we don’t, there are those who will tell us how to align ourselves, such as Helen Thomas who thinks the Jews should abandon “occupied Palestine” (by the way, there never was an Arab Palestine) and go back to our home – Poland and Germany (the “home” that slaughtered six million of us).

We need to know who we are – where we are from and what defines us as a people.

After having studied literature and linguistics on the bachelors level and psychology on the masters, Ami decided to draw upon his hobby of learning languages, his understanding of human thought processes and his skill of explaining complex ideas in simple terms, to found a program that enables people to speak Hebrew with confidence.

3 Comments

  • hi
    that’s really a good one, the root of the word for “identity”. much easier now to remember.
    daktari

    Anonymous Reply
  • But what’s the actual meaning???

    Anonymous Reply

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