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how to say “relatives” in Hebrew

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how to say “relatives” in Hebrew

 

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קְרוֹבֵי מִשְׁפָּחָה

 

 

 
סֵפֶר בְּרֵאשִׁית listen and repeat, the book of Genesis, is to a great extent about family. As Jews around the world are reading the final chapters of ספר בראשית this week, here’s a dose about various family members or relatives.
 
The term for relatives in Hebrew is קְרוֹבֵי מִשְׁפָּחָה listen and repeat – literally, close ones of family. One male relative is a קְרוֹב מִשְׁפָּחָה listen and repeat , while one female relative is a קְרוֹבַת מִשְׁפָּחָה listen and repeat (the word for relative in the theory of relativity sense is a different word).
 
 
 
Here’s the immediate family:
אֵם, אִמָּהוֹת mother, mothers (אִמָּא means mom) listen and repeat
אָב, אָבוֹתfather, fathers (אַבָּא means dad) listen and repeat
אָחוֹת, אַחֲיוֹתsister, sisters listen and repeat
אָח, אַחִיםbrother, brothers listen and repeat
 
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Here’s the extended genetically- related family:
 
סָבָה, סָבוֹתgrandmother, grandmothers (סַבְתָּא means grandma) listen and repeat
סָב, סָבִיםgrandfather, grandfathers (סַבָּא means grandpa) listen and repeat
דּוֹדָה, דּוֹדוֹתaunt, aunts listen and repeat
דּוֹד, דּוֹדִיםuncle, uncles listen and repeat
אַחְיָנִית, אַחְיָנִיּוֹתniece, nieces listen and repeat
אַחְיָן, אַחְיָנִיםnephew, nephews listen and repeat
בַּת דּוֹדָה, בְּנוֹת דּוֹדוֹת(female) cousins, cousins listen and repeat
בֵּן דּוֹד, בְּנֵי דּוֹדִים(male) cousin, cousins listen and repeat
 
טבעות
 
 
And here’s family through matrimony:
 
אִשָּׁה wife listen and repeat
בַּעַל husband listen and repeat
חַמּוֹת mother in law listen and repeat
חָם father in law listen and repeat
גִּיסָה sister in law listen and repeat
גִּיס brother in law listen and repeat
אֵם חוֹרֶגֶתstepmother listen and repeat
אָב חוֹרֵגstepfather listen and repeat
בַּת חוֹרֶגֶתstepdaughter listen and repeat
בֵּן חוֹרֵגstepson listen and repeat
אָחוֹת חוֹרֶגֶתstepsister listen and repeat
אָח חוֹרֵגstepbrother listen and repeat
 
by Ami SteinbergerFounder and Director, Ulpan La-Inyan
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