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how to say “new year’s resolution” in Hebrew

Mon | Sep 18

how to say “new year’s resolution” in Hebrew

 

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הַחְלָטָה לְשָׁנָה חֲדָשָׁה

 

 

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Those of you who received yesterday’s marketing email know why I’m introducing this phrase today.

Resolution is a word of a high register in English, but it in the case of new year’s resolutions, it means, essentially, decision.

Hebrew preserves this simplicity by translating new year’s resolution into הַחְלָטָה לְשָׁנָה חֲדָשָׁה – literally, a decision for a new year (hahkh-lah-TAH leh-shah-NAH khah-dah-SHAH).


And unlike in English, where new year’s resolution is a staple of the yearly cycle and therefore a phrase that doesn’t tolerate much modification or conjugation, החלטה לשנה חדשה is not quite as rigid, allowing for variations such as:

קַבַּלַת הַחְלָטָה לַשָּׁנָה הַחֲדָשָׁה
Making (literally, receiving) a decision for the new year
and, in context:
 
אֵלּוּ הַחְלָטוֹת קִבַּלְתְּ לַשָּׁנָה הַחֲדָשָׁה?
What resolutions have you made (which decisions have you received) for the new year?
Make this word yours by using it in a sentence. You can write your sentence on the wall of our Facebook page, and we’ll correct it for you if it’s got errors. 



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