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how to say “behind us” in Hebrew

Tue | Oct 06

how to say “behind us” in Hebrew

מֵאֲחוֹרֵינוּ

In Israel, the Jewish holiday season is behind us (outside of Israel there’s one more day).

So you might hear Israelis say:

החגים מאחורינו, חוזרים לשגרה.

The holidays are behind us, (we’re) going back to the routine.

מאחורינו

comes from the root א.ח.ר
, which means behind both in time and in space, yielding words such לאחר
– to be late and our word מאחורינו, literally, from our backside (even more literally, from our backsides).

אחר

meaning other also comes from the same root. This rather abstract word probably (BDB) originated with the very visible situation of the other coming from behind.

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