It is basic human nature to want and need both autonomy and acceptance – we are at once individuals as well members of a tribe. Thus while children and teens must accomplish tasks in order to develop a healthy sense of self, they must also experience themselves as accepted and loved in order to do so.
Modern Hebrew calls upon the Biblical root שׁ.ל.ב (sh.l.b), meaning arrangement or piece within a structure to create a beautiful word that means to fit in – לְהִשְׁתַּלֵּב (leh-heesh-tah-LEV). This reflexive-intensive הִתְפָּעֵל verb is also one of the words for to merge onto a road.
סָבִיר לְהַנִּיחַ כִּי אוּרִי יִשְׁתַּלֵּב טוֹב בְּבֵית הַסֵּפֶר הֶחָדָשׁ.
It’s safe (reasonable) to assume that Uri will fit in well in his (the) new school.
חָשׁוּב לָשִׂים לֵב לַתְּנוּעָה הַזּוֹרֶמֶת כְּשֶׁמִּשְׁתַּלְּבִים בַּכְּבִישׁ הַמָּהִיר.
It’s important to pay attention to the flow (the flowing) traffic when merging on the highway.
Since להשתלב means to fit in, it is also used when describing the prospect of fitting into or joining a company as an employee:
אֶשְׂמַח לְהִשְׁתַּלֵּב אֶצְלְכֶם בַּחֶבְרָה.
I would like (I’ll be happy) to join (fit in to) your company (at the company with you).
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