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WEEKLY REVIEW – Make this Week’s Doses of Hebrew Your Own

חֹמֶר לְשִׁנּוּן Review Material Can’t read Hebrew yet? You spent time on your Hebrew this week. Use these review materials to make it yours to keep. Flashcards Game Test שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם, וְסוֹף שָׁבוּעַ נָעִים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a nice weekend!

By Ami Steinberger | March 27, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “passion” in Hebrew

תְּשׁוּקָה Like English, Hebrew has several words for to yearn, to long for: לְהִתְגַּעְגֵּעַ is to long for or to miss someone, so that גַּעְגוּעִים are longings. לְהִכָּסֵף the verb and כִּסּוּפִים the noun are more flowery terms for this. And then there’s לְהִשְׁתּוֹקֵק, from which is derived the word for passion – תְּשׁוּקָה. For […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 26, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to put on a belt” in Hebrew

לַחְגּוֹר חֲגוֹרָה English has a couple of generic words for donning any article of clothing – to put on, to dress oneself in, to wear. Hebrew has a special verb for many different articles, sometimes deriving from the name of the article itself. For example, to put on a belt is לַחְגּוֹר חֲגוֹרָה, as in: […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 25, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how to say “ritual” in Hebrew

רִיטוּאַל, פֻּלְחָן Describing a ritual, Israelis might use either the word borrowed from English – רִיטוּאַל, or the ancient Hebrew word borrowed from Aramaic – פֻּלְחָן. Here’s an example using the latter: הַמֶּחְקַָר עַל פֻּלְחָנִים פָּגָנִיִּם עָשׂוּי לִהְיוֹת מְרַתֵּק. Research about pagan rituals can be fascinating.

By Ami Steinberger | March 24, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “turtle” in Hebrew

צָב Strictly speaking, צָב refers to a tortoise – a land turtle – while צַב יָם – literally, sea tortoise – is a turtle that swims. But Israelis tend to use צב for both. For example: כְּשֶׁהָיִתִי יֶלֶד, מְאֹד אָהַבְתִּי אֶת צָבֵי הַנִּינְגָ’ה. When I was a boy, I really liked the Ninja Turtles.

By Ami Steinberger | March 23, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “it’s the thought that counts” in Hebrew

הָעִקָּר הַמַּחְשָׁבָה Your friend schleps all over town to find just the right movie poster with which to surprise you for your birthday. But he doesn’t know that you don’t like movie posters. When you open the gift, you might want to say it’s the thought that counts. In Hebrew, that’s הָעִקָּר הַמַּחְשָׁבָה – literally, the […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 22, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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WEEKLY REVIEW – Make this Week’s Doses of Hebrew Your Own

חֹמֶר לְשִׁנּוּן Review Material Can’t read Hebrew yet? You spent time on your Hebrew this week. Use these review materials to make it yours to keep. Flashcards Game Test שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם, וְסוֹף שָׁבוּעַ נָעִים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a nice weekend!

By Ami Steinberger | March 20, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to symbolize” in Hebrew

לְסַמֵּל Can’t yet read Hebrew? This Shabbat, Jews around the world will start reading the Book of Leviticus – סֵפֶר וַיִּקְרָא, the book in the Torah that spells out the ritual sacrifice in the Temple. In an age when animal sacrifice had become difficult to relate to, Rabbi Samson Rafael Hirsch of 19th-century Germany taught symbolic […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 19, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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2015

how to say “the day after” in Hebrew

הַיּוֹם שֶׁאַחֲרֵי  listen and repeat Can’t read Hebrew yet? Now that voting is over, we’ll start to see who will keep to their promises and who won’t. Israelis call this situation, the aftermath or the follow-up, הַיּוֹם שֶׁאַחֲרֵי  listen and repeat – literally, the day that is after. For example: הִגִּיעַ הַיּוֹם שֶׁאַחֲרֵי הַבְּחִירוֹת. The day after […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 18, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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17
2015

how to say “ballot box” in Hebrew

קַלְפִּי  listen and repeat Can’t read Hebrew yet? The Hebrew word for ballot box – that box with a slot for the votes taking place today in Israel – is קַלְפִּי  listen and repeat. The word, borrowed from the Greek κάλπη (kalpi), first appears in Mishnaic Hebrew.  What about the word for the ballot itself? That’s […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 17, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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16
2015

how to say “political party” in Hebrew

מִפְלָגָה  listen and repeat Can’t read Hebrew yet? Elections are taking place in Israel tomorrow, so here’s the word for political party: מִפְלָגָה  listen and repeat. For example: לְאֵיזוֹ מִפְלָגָה אַתְּ מַצְבִּיעָה? Which party are you (a female) voting for?  listen  Though the concept of political party is a modern one, the word existed in Bibical […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 16, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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15
2015

how to say “Medieval times” in Hebrew

יְמֵי הַבֵּינַיִם  listen and repeat Can’t read Hebrew yet? The Hebrew word for between is בֵּין  listen and repeat, so that in-between is בֵּינַיִם  listen and repeat. Medieval times, or the Middle Ages, are thus called יְמֵי הַבֵּינַיִם  listen and repeat – literally, the in-between days. For example: הָיוּ וִכּוּחִים פִילוֹסוֹפִיִּם גְּדוֹלִים בֵּין רַבָּנִים בִּימֵי הַבֵּינַיִם. There were great philosophical arguments […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 15, 2015 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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