אֲנִי צָרִיךְ מִמְּךָ טוֹבָה The Hebrew word for favor is טובה – literally, a good. This Biblical-Hebrew word is the original good deed, before מצווה – mitzvah usurped that title. (For the record, מצווה means literally commandment, not good deed.) For example, a man needing to borrow money might say to his friend: אני צריך ממך טובה. I need a favor from […]
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עָשָׁן Smoking, in Hebrew, is עישון. For example: העישון אסור. No smoking. (literally, the smoking is forbidden) עישון comes from לעשן, an active-intensive פיעל verb deriving from the word עשן – smoke. For example: יש פה ריח של עשן. It smells like smoke here.
לִמְשׁוֹךְ To pull might include pulling something physical, such as a door with a sign on it: משוך! Pull! …or something non-physical such as attention – to attract. For example: היא מושכת את תשומת הלב של כולם. She attracts everyone’s attention. Thus attraction is משיכה… as in gravity, as in: כוח המשיכה הוא אחד הכוחות העיקריים בפיזיקה. […]
לְשַׁחְרֵר The word לשחרר is all about freedom and liberation, deriving from the root ח.ו.ר as in בן חורין – free person. לשחרר means to release, to liberate, to let go. Here’s an illustration of the concept (in English) from the 1991 version of Father of the Bride. It’s also used colloquially in lieu of to relax, as in: שחרר, אחי. […]
מִכְסֶה, כִּסּוּי No, this is not about a cover song – that’s קאוור (also called by the rare academician, גרסת כיסוי). This post is about the cover of a pot or a car – otherwise known as a lid or a hood. The word for these is מכסה. For example: צריך להרים את מכסה המנוע. (You) need to lift the […]
מָנוֹעַ Though in English an engine and engineering come from the same root, in Hebrew this is not the case. While the profession of egineering is הנדסה and an engineer is a מהנדס (a male) or מהנדסת (a female), an engine or a motor is a מנוע. While the הנדסה probably derives from Persian, מנוע derives from the authentic Hebrew root […]
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הָלוֹך וָשׁוֹב, הָלוֹך חָזוֹר When you get on the bus in Israel and want to ask for a round-trip ticket, you should say: כרטיס הלוך ושוב, בבקשה. A round-trip ticket, please. “בבקשה” is optional. הלוך means going, and ושוב means and returning. But you could also use a less formal term, and the driver will understand you just […]
בֶּגֶד יָם Summer is upon us here in the northern hemisphere. One of the most important summer items is variably called a swimsuit, a bathing suit or swim trunks. All these terms focus on the action taken while donning the garment. Hebrew’s term focuses not on the action, but on the place where the suit might be worn: the term […]
צֵל Though physically speaking they are more or less the same, shade and shadow can mean very different things in English: shade is cool and pleasant, while shadow can be frightening, a place where monsters lurk. Hebrew has one word for both: צל, which in Biblical has either a neutral or positive connotation, as it usually does in Modern Hebrew as well. For example: היום […]