how to say “awareness” in Hebrew

how to say “awareness” in Hebrew

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מוּדָעוּת
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Many would argue that modernity brought with it an increase in self awareness among individuals. Others would say that such awareness has been lessened in our time (maybe we’ll debate it in the advanced conversation group I’m starting to teach tonight in Jerusalem).

In any case, the Hebrew word for awareness is a Modern one –
מִי אֲנִי?

Who am I?

מוּדָעוּת – though it comes from a verb root introduced in the very first portion of the Torah: י.ד.ע (y.d.a), meaning knowledge.

For example:

בִּישְׂרָאֵל יֵשׁ מוּדָעוּת מֻגְבֶּרֶת לְחֲפָצִים חֲשׁוּדִים.

In Israel there is increased awareness of suspicious objects.

And self awareness is מוּדָעוּת עַצְמִית.

If you wish to say, this person is self-aware or aware of himself, you’d say:

הָאָדָם הַזֶּה מוּדָע לְעַצְמוֹ.


Note that מודעis followed by …לְmeaning to.

Here’s an example in the feminine:

הָאִשָּׁה הַזֹּאת מוּדַעַת לְעַצְמָהּ.

This woman is self-aware.

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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