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how to say “universal” in Hebrew

אוּנִיבֶרְסָלִי, כְּלָל עוֹלָמִי Like many words that didn’t exist in Biblical or Mishnaic times, Hebrew’s version of universal has the transliterated version – אוניברסלי – as well as a proper Semitic version: כלל עולמי – literally, general-worldwide. For example: זאת לא תופעה מקומית, זאת תופעה כלל-עולמית. This is not a local phenomenon, this is a universal phenomenon. […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 23, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 3 Comments
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how to say “to disappear” in Hebrew

לְהֵעָלֵם The Hebrew word עולם means world, but it also means eternity, and carries with it all the mystery that eternity has to offer. Thus it’s no surprise that the word for to disappear – להיעלם – comes from the same root. For example: לאן נעלמת? Where did you disappear to? You may have noticed that there’s a נ […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 22, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 3 Comments
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Weekly YDDH Review

חֹמֶר לְשִׁנּוּן Review Material You spent time on your Hebrew this week. Use these review materials to make it yours to keep.      To take full advantage of the review material, click on “Choose a study mode” in the bottom right corner of the box above. שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 19, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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A Lion King Passover



By Ami Steinberger | April 19, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to pet” in Hebrew

לְלַטֵּף The Hebrew word for to pet or to caress (a human being as well) is ללטף. For example: איזה כלב חמוד שם בפתח, בא לי ללטף אותו. What a cute dog there in the doorway, I feel like petting it. ללטף is a פיעל verb whose root is ל.ט.פ. The root does not appear in Biblical Hebrew, […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 18, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “doorway” in Hebrew

פֶּתַח With the Ashkenazic pronunciation, this word sounds just like the one for Passover – פסח. But Modern Hebrew renders it with a t sound – פתח. It means doorway or opening, and is related to the word for to open – לפתוח. For example: הכלב עומד שם בפתח עם פרצוף כזה עצוב… The dog is standing there in the doorway with […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 17, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “face” in Hebrew

פָּנִים, פַּרְצוּף You may know the Yiddish expression א שיינע פנים – a pretty face, with פנים pronounced POH-nim. Modern Hebrew renders the word pah-NEEM, and this is likely closer to how the Israelites of the Bible pronounced the word. It means face and can be masculine or feminine but always plural as in: יש לה פנים יפים. She has […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 16, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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8 Hebrew Words That Show You’re Over-Cleaning for Passover

The momentous holiday of פסח (Passover) can bring with it lots of joy, bonding and a sense of liberation. But along with all the fun it can also bring aggravation and a sense of bondage... especially if cleaning for it gets overdone. Here are a few handy Hebrew terms that you can use as a [...]
By Ami Steinberger | April 15, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “well known” in Hebrew

יָדוּעַ, מֻכָּר Hebrew has two words for to know. לדעת, at least in Modern Hebrew, is to know information, such as history or a language, while להכיר is to know someone or be familiar with something – in Biblical Hebrew, to recognize. However, someone who is known can be either ידוע if he’s a male, ידועה if she’s a female, as […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 15, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “actor” in Hebrew

שַׂחְקָן You may know the Hebrew word for to play – לשחק. This is a פיעל verb of the root שׂ.ח.ק. A player is a שחקן if he’s a male and שחקנית if she’s a female, for example: הוא שחקן כדורגל מפורסם. He’s a famous soccer player. But שחקן and שחקנית also refer to an actor or actress: מאז […]

By Ami Steinberger | April 14, 2019 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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