how to say “humanity” in Hebrew

how to say “humanity” in Hebrew

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Tonight and tomorrow being יוֹם הַשּׁוֹאָה – Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day – the Hebrew word for humanity comes to my mind: אֱנוֹשׁוּת.

אנושות derives from the name of Biblical Adam’s grandson, אֱנוֹשׁ, a word also sometimes used to refer to humanity.

אנושות is also related to the familiar word for people – אֲנָשִׁים.

Here’s an example of אנושות in context: 

הַשּׁוֹאָה הָיְתָה מַכָּה גְּדוֹלָה לָאֱנוֹשׁוּת.

The Holocaust was a big blow (hit) for humanity.

In adjective form, אנושות becomes אֱנוֹשִׁי, such as in the phrase, מַעֲנֶה אֱנוֹשִׁי – human response (such as when you’d call a hotline and ask to speak to a human being).

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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