how to say “fate” in Hebrew


Today we use the word גורל to mean destiny or fate. But the original meaning of the word was lot as in a lottery, the way the Land of Israel was divided among the tribes of Israel:

אֶל אֲשֶׁר-יֵצֵא לוֹ שָׁמָּה הַגּוֹרָל, לוֹ יִהְיֶה (במדבר ל”ג, נ”ד)

Whatever falls to them by lot will be theirs. (Numbers 33:54)

But since a lot is left to chance, it’s only natural that גורל would mean fate as well (a lottery today – also a raffle – is הגרלה ).

Here’s an example of גורל in Modern Hebrew:

הגורל הביא אותנו הנה.

Fate (literally, the fate) brought us here.


After having studied literature and linguistics on the bachelors level and psychology on the masters, Ami decided to draw upon his hobby of learning languages, his understanding of human thought processes and his skill of explaining complex ideas in simple terms, to found a program that enables people to speak Hebrew with confidence.

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