how to say “to make someone happy” in Hebrew
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My professor of Bible and Aramaic at Yeshiva University, Dr. Moshe Bernstein, taught me that 18th-century philosopher Immanuel Kant declared that it’s worth studying Hebrew for ten years just to read תְּהִלִּים ק”ד– Psalm 104. Jews all over the world read that psalm today and yesterday in honor of רֹאשׁ חֹדֶשׁ, the “head” of the (Jewish) month.
ֹשָׂמַחְתִּי לִרְאוֹת אֹתו.
But then there’s to make someone else happy. That’s לְשַׂמֵּחַ, an active-intensive פִּעֵל verb.
An example from תהילים ק”ד:
וְיַיִן יְשַׂמַּח לְבַב אֱנוֹשׁ
מִצְוָה לְשַׂמֵּחַ חָתָן וְכַלָּה.