how to say “objects” in Hebrew

חֲפָצִים

The word for Hebrew word for object is חפץ , though that three-letter root originally meant desire, as in:

…כי חפץ בבת יעקב… (בראשית ל”ד, י”ט)

…for he desired the daughter of Jacob… (Genesis 34:19)

So the object of desire came to be known as a physical object or simply a thing. Thus in Modern Hebrew we have:

אני צריך לארוז את כל החפצים.

I (a male) need to pack all my (the) things.

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.

2 Comments

  • Is this equal to דבר? Higher or lower register perhaps?

    Shaun Reply
    • חפץ means object, also simply thing.

      דבר means thing, though it originally meant word. From word it came to mean matter, which eventually came to mean just thing.

      Ami Steinberger Reply

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