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how to say “mute” and other disabilities in Hebrew

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how to say “mute” and other disabilities in Hebrew

 

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אִלֵּם

 

 

The Torah portion to be read this Shabbat by Jews around the world depicts the great leader Moses… who was also hard of speaking. 
 
אלם
 
 
The Hebrew word for a mute is אִלֵּם listen and repeat when referring to a male, and אִלֶּמֶת listen and repeat when referring to a female.

For example:
 
אָמְנָם הָיָה קָשֶׁה לוֹ לְדַבֵּר, אָבָל מֹשֶׁה לֹא הָיָה אִלֵּם.
Although it was difficult for him to speak, Moses was not mute.
 
 
 
Some other disabilities:
 
עִוֵּר, עִוֶּרֶתblind person  listen and repeat
חֵרֵשׁ, חֵרֶשֶׁתdeaf person  listen and repeat
נָכֶה, נָכָהdisabled person (generic term)  listen and repeat
 

 

 
by Ami SteinbergerFounder and Director, Ulpan La-Inyan

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