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Names of Jerusalem Neighborhoods

Shoshana Damari's classic song שובי בת ירושלים  gives a melodic tour of many of Jerusalem's Jewish neighborhoods. This post sheds some light for English speakers on what the names of these neighborhoods mean. בית הכרם House of the Vineyard - בֵית is the construct “of” state of the word בַית meaning house or home. ניות [...]
By Ami Steinberger | May 21, 2019 | A Larger Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Trees and Children’s Names

Israelis tend to find a lot of meaning and inspiration in trees and plants. Just look at how they name their kids: אילן - Ilan - is perhaps the best known. It’s the literary word for tree, as opposed to the simple עץ . The name אילן is the name for boys, while אילנה or [...]
By Ami Steinberger | January 28, 2019 | A Larger Dose of Hebrew . Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Traveling in Israel – in Hebrew

In this video, we encounter a variety of words and expressions that are key to traveling like an Israeli. לטייל The first such word is לטייל. This means to travel, but it’s not travel in the utilitarian sense of getting from Point A to Point B. Rather, this is to travel leisurely. The noun form […]

By Ami Steinberger | August 7, 2016 | A Larger Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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Summer Vacation – in Hebrew

Strictly speaking, חוֹפֶשׁ means freedom, while חֻפְשָׁה means vacation. חופשה is used correctly in terms such as חֻפְשַׁת לֵדָה – maternity leave, and חופשת סֶמֶסְטֶר – semester break, but as for that vacation enjoyed every year by virtually all schoolchildren and teens, the term is הַחֹפֶשׁ הַגָּדוֹל – the Great Vacation, or literally, the Great Freedom. […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 8, 2015 | A Larger Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Heating Up – in Hebrew

 In the video I present the two Hebrew words for heat wave – חַמְסִין and שָׁרָב . A cognate of the Hebrew חֲמִשִּׁים , the word חמסין means fifty in Arabic spoken dialect, خمسين in Arabic characters. In the Egyptian dialect, it also refers to the devastating heat wave that often hits North Africa during the […]

By Ami Steinberger | May 28, 2015 | A Larger Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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