how to say “addiction” in Hebrew

how to say “addiction” in Hebrew

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הִתְמַכְּרוּת

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Before I moved back to Israel in 2007 and opened up Ulpan La-Inyan a year later, I was training as a psychotherapist in Los Angeles. My first post was to Beit T’shuva, a Jewish center for addiction recovery on Venice Blvd.

The Hebrew word for addiction is הִתְמַכְּרוּת, of the root מ.כ.ר (m.k.r) meaning sale – since one sells him/herself, in a way, to the object of addiction.

In context:


“בֵּית תְּשׁוּבָה” הוּא מֶרְכַּז יְהוּדִי לִגְמִילָה מֵהִתְמַכְּרוּת.
Beit T’shuva (literally, House of Return) is a Jewish center for recovery (literally, weaning) from addiction.

התמכרות comes from the reflexive-intensive הִתְפַעֵל verb, לְהִתְמַכֵּר.

For example:

לֹא קָשֶׁה לְהִתְמַכֵּר לְעִשּׁוּן.
It’s not difficult to become addicted to smoking.

Someone addicted is מָכוּרif a male and מְכוּרָהif a female.

For example:

הִיא מְכוּרָה לְפֵייסְבּוּק.
She is addicted to Facebook.

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.

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