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the Golan… Height(s) – in Hebrew

רמה   In English, we call it the Golan Heights. In Hebrew, however, it’s רָמַת הַגּוֹלָן (rah-MAHT hah-goh-LAHN) – the Golan Height. Geographically, the Golan is a single plateau.   Zevitan Wadi, a really cool place The Golan is one of Israel’s most popular hiking and tourist spots, and a most important military strategic point.   […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 20, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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to “pick someone up” (from school or something)… in Hebrew

לאסוף   לֶאֱסוֹף (leh-eh-SOHF) means, literally, to gather. In Hebrew, it’s also to mean to pick someone up (i.e. from work, not on a date – that’s לְהַתְחִיל עִם… – le-haht-HEEL eem… – to start with…).   An American mother might say I need to pick up the kids.   An Israeli mother would say אֲנִי […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 19, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how do you say “to wear” in Hebrew?

ללבוש, לחבוש, לנעול, לגרוב, וכו   Actually, it’s not so simple – Hebrew has specific verbs for wearing many different types of clothing.   The most common word is לִלְבּוֹש (leel-BOHSH). For example, אֲנִי אוֹהֵב לִלְבּוֹש חוּלְצוֹת יָפוֹת (ah-NEE oh-HEV leel-BOHSH hool-TSOHT yah-FOHT) – I like to wear nice shirts. But there are other terms: […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 18, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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saying “human being” in Hebrew

בן אדם   The full term for human being in Hebrew is בֶּן אָדָם (ben ah-DAHM) – literally, son of Adam. The term refers to males and females alike, such that you might correctly say הִיא בֶּן אָדָם טוֹב (hee ben ah-DAHM tohv) – she is a good person.   Oftentimes, בן אדם gets shortened to simply […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 16, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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“entertainment” in Hebrew

בידור   Though Israel is now my home, I’m proud of my roots in LA, the entertainment capital of the world.   How do you say entertainment in Hebrew? בִּדּוּר (bee-DOOR).   The word is the noun form of the verb לְבַדֵּר (le-vah-DEHR), which means, to entertain.   Here’s a video that is מְבַדֵּר (me-vah-DEHR – entertaining) for […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 16, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Hebrew for wisdom

חכמה   This one’s to my friend Mark Whelan from… England, LA, Germany, etc. Thanks for the request (the rest of you can request words as well!)   הוּא אִישׁ חָכָם (hoo eesh hah-KHAHM) means he is a wise man. It’s used also to mean he is a smart man. So, for instance, if a […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 14, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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the C word (commitment) in Hebrew

מחויבות, התחייבות   So there’s Commitment with an upper-case C, and commitment with a lower-case c.   The upper-case one (i.e. the one men are accused of not being prepared to make) is מְחֻיָּבוּת (me-khoo-yah-VOOT). For example, יֵשׁ לִי מחויבות כְּלַפֵּי בֵּיתַ”ר יְרוּשָׁלַיִם (yesh lee me-khoo-yah-VOOT klah-PAY bay-TAHR yeh-roo-shah-LAH-yeem) – I have a commitment to(wards) […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 12, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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the sun also (?) over Jerusalem

זריחה   When I was fourteen, I spent the school year with my family in Raanana, Israel. On יוֹם הַזִּכָּרוֹן (yohm hah-zee-kah-ROHN – Memorial Day), I was hooked on the country. A few weeks later, on יוֹם יְרוּשָׁלַים (yohm yeh-roo-shah-LAH-yeem –Jerusalem Day), I traveled with my youth movement to Jerusalem, where, at one in the […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 11, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How do you say “Jerusalem”?

ירושלים   The letter J makes the j sound in English. But in most other languages using the Latin alphabet, J makes the y sound.   That’s how יְרוּשָׁלַיִם (ye-roo-shah-LAH-yeem) became Jerusalem.   So what does ירושלים actually mean? Well, the most likely explanation (according to Wikipedia) is that the name combines two Semitic roots: […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 10, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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what would you call a “nice person” in Hebrew?

סימפתי   A conventional way of saying “she’s a nice person” is הִיא אָדָם נֶחְמָד (hee ah-DAHM nekh-MAHD). Note that אדם is used to mean person and stays masculine even though we’re talking about a woman.   Another way of saying it that taps into the person’s nature more deeply, is היא אדם סִמְפָּתִי (hee ah-DAHM […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 9, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “value” in Hebrew

ערך The Hebrew word for value, as in “Ulpan La-Inyan courses are an excellent value”, is עֶרֶך (EH-rekh).    To express that you respect a person – that you evaluate this person positively – you’d use the word לְהַעֲרִיך (le-hah-ah-REEKH). For example, you might say מְנַחֵם בֶּגִין הָיָה קָל לְהַעֲרִיך (meh-NAH-khem BEH-gheen hah-yah kahl le-hah-ah-REEKH) – Menachem Begin […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 8, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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