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8 Expressions of Light for Hanukkah

During this חנוכה (Hanukkah) we feel the struggle between חושך and אור – darkness and light – more acutely than in most years. May we see victory of אור over חושך!In the meantime, here are some אור-related Hebrew expressions. 1. מְעַט מִן הָאוֹר דּוֹחֶה הַרְבֵּה מִן הַחוֹשֶׁךְ – a bit of light pushes away a lot of darkness This expression coined by Rabenu Bahya of 12th-century Spain speaks for itself.

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10 Words for the Rainy Season

Though Israel does have four seasons, Israelis tend talk about only two of them – קיץ וחורף – summer and winter, where קיץ refers to the dry months and חורף to the rainy ones. חורף בריא לכולם – a healthy winter to all! 1. גֶּשֶׁם – rain The basic Hebrew word for rain is גשם, as in the prayer משיב הרוח ומוריד הגשם – (the One who) makes the wind

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10 Hebrew Words for Education

The average Jewish educator knows at least some of these words. But what about the linguistic stories behind them – where they come from, how they connect to other words? Let’s unpack ten Hebrew words about education.  1. חִינּוּךְ – education Whereas in English there’s upbringing and there’s education, in Hebrew there’s one word for both – חינוך. That’s because in Jewish culture, education begins in the home and entails

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10 Dried-Fruit Words for Tu Bishvat

1. תָּמָרים – dates These delicious fruits are rarely eaten fresh, though their juice is what gives us the biblical דבש – honey, today called date syrup in English or סילאן in Hebrew. A single date is תמר, also a very popular name for girls, starting with the daughter of King David. 2. צִמּוּקִים – raisins Take grapes – ענבים – and dry them, you get צימוקים – raisins. For

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8 Words of Light for Hanukkah

In honor of the 8 days of Hanukkah, here are 7 terms using the word אור – light… as well as an 8th bonus item. חנוכה שמח – Happy Hanukkah! 1. אוֹר – light The Hebrew word for light is אור. For example: תדליקו את האור! Turn on the lights (guys)! and עכשיו זמן כיבוי אורות. Now it’s time (for) lights out. 2. חַג אוּרִים – Festival of Lights One

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10 Hebrew Words for Sukkot

1. סוּכָּה – Sukkah A סוכה is not only a ceremonial greenery-covered hut Jews live in during the festival of סוכות, but a functional one as well: סוכת מצילים is a lifeguard’s hut, for example. סוכה comes from the root ס.כ.כ meaning covering over. These three letters also form the word סכך, the ceremonial covering for a holiday סוכה. A similar structure is a חושה, inhabited in abundance by Israeils

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10 Hebrew Color Words

1.אדום – red Colors describe something, so they’re adjectives. Which means that in Hebrew there are two versions – masculine and feminine. Red in the masculine is אדום, as in הים האדום – the Red Sea. In the feminine it’s אדומה, as in: כיפה אדומה  – Little Red Riding Hood (red hood). 2. כתום – orange כתום is the masculine form of orange, while כתומה is the feminine.For example: הוא

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