how do you say “I beg of you!” in Hebrew?

אֲנִי מִתְחַנֵּן!

The Hebrew word for to beg or to plead – להתחנן – goes all the way back to Biblical times. In fact, it appears in the title of last week’s Torah portion – ואתחנן – and I pleaded.

Here’s an example in Modern Hebrew:

אמא, אני מתחננת, תקני לנו כלב!

Mom, I (a daughter) beg (of you), buy us a dog!

The word’s root is ח.ו.נ , meaning grace or favor. In the reflexive-intensive verb form, להתחנן implies that the person doing the begging or pleading hopes that the other finds them favorable.

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