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how to say “mute” and other disabilities in Hebrew

  having trouble seeing the print? אִלֵּם  listen and repeat     The Torah portion to be read this Shabbat by Jews around the world depicts the great leader Moses… who was also hard of speaking.        The Hebrew word for a mute is אִלֵּם listen and repeat when referring to a male, and אִלֶּמֶת listen and repeat when referring to a female. For example:   אָמְנָם הָיָה קָשֶׁה לוֹ לְדַבֵּר, אָבָל מֹשֶׁה לֹא הָיָה אִלֵּם.

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how to say “worldwide” in Hebrew

  having trouble seeing the print? עוֹלָמִי  listen and repeat     Today, Christians around the world are celebrating the well-known and beloved holiday, Christmas.       one Jew’s answer to the popularity of Christmas   One gift that Christianity has delivered to the world is an emphasis on kindness. Here’s how to say global kindness in Hebrew: חֶסֶד עוֹלָמִי listen and repeat.   Broken down:   חסד listen and repeat is the word for kindness

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how to say “the one and only” in Hebrew

  having trouble seeing the print? הָאֶחָד וְהַיָּחִיד  listen and repeat   The English expression the one and only translates to Hebrew literally – הָאֶחָד וְהַיָּחִיד listen and repeat when referring to a male, and הָאַחַת וְהַיְּחִידָה listen and repeat when referring to a female.       For example:   אֲנִי שָׂמֵחַ לְהַצִּיג אֶת הָאַחַת וְהַיְּחִידָה, רִיטָה. I’m happy to present (to you), the one and only, Rita.  listen    Here’s one of my favorite songs, sung by

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a slang usage of the Hebrew word for “neighborhood”

  having trouble seeing the print? שְׁכוּנָה  listen and repeat On the streets of Israel you’ll hear people using the word שְׁכוּנָה listen and repeat– literally, neighborhood (related words discussed here) – to refer to something disappointingly amateurish.        How did this expression come to be? Einat Kedem explains that the source lies in contrasting two levels of soccer (football) games: professional and neighborhood (less than professional).  For example: אֵיךְ שֶׁמְּנַהֲלִים אֶת הַמְּדִינָה הַזֹּאת, זֶה פָּשׁוּט שְׁכוּנָה. The way they’re

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how to say “salvation” in Hebrew

יְשׁוּעָה, גְּאֻלָּה, הַצָּלָה  listen and repeat   With the Torah portion to be read this week by Jews around the world being the first of סֵפֶר שְׁמוֹת listen and repeat (Exodus), and with the heroics displayed by many during the snowstorm in Israel this past week, now’s a good time to introduce the terms for salvation.   ישועה יְשׁוּעָה listen and repeat is the best translation of the English salvation. It carries with it

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how to say “to pay” and some related words in Hebrew

  having trouble seeing the print? לְשַׁלֵּם  listen and repeat     Don’t yet read Hebrew?  Learn now, for free!       The Hebrew word for to pay – לְשַׁלֵּם listen and repeat– comes from the same root as that of the word שָׁלוֹם listen and repeat – hello, goodbye and, more famously, peace. The root is שׁ.ל.מ (sh.l.m), and the unifying concept is completion: payment is the completion of a transaction, while peace involves a sense of completion or settlement.

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how to say “relatively speaking” in Hebrew

  having trouble seeing the print? יַחֲסִית, בְּאֹפֶן יַחֲסִי  listen and repeat   Don’t yet read Hebrew?  Learn now, for free!       Last week I posted a dose on relatives, so here’s a dose on a related word – relatively.   אַלְבֶּרְט אַיינְשְׁטַיין, אָבִיהָ שֶׁל תּוֹרַת הַיַּחֲסוּת Albert Einstein, father of the theory of relativity  listen and repeat Hebrew has two words for relatively. These are mostly interchangeable, with subtle distinctions.

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how to say “nightmare” in Hebrew

  having trouble seeing the print? סִיּוּט, חֲלוֹם בַּלָּהוֹת  listen and repeat   Don’t yet read Hebrew?  Learn now, for free!   In English, we use the word nightmare in both the literal sense of a bad dream, and in the figurative, emphatic sense of a difficult event or series of events.   So too in Hebrew, where the word used in the figurative, emphatic sense is סִיּוּט listen and repeat.       

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how to say “snow-covered city” in Hebrew

  having trouble seeing the print? עִיר מֻשְׁלֶגֶת  listen and repeat Don’t yet read Hebrew?  Learn now, for free!     As you may have heard – or perhaps you’ve been experiencing it yourself – Jerusalem has been covered in snow since Thursday. For this city unprepared, such a snowstorm means limited electricity, no school, jolly kids, no public transportation, thousands of people stranded on the highway (for a time) and a shortage of

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how to say “mummy” in Hebrew

  having trouble seeing the print? מוּמְיָה, חָנוּט, אִמָּא’לֶה  listen and repeat The Torah portion to be read this Shabbat by Jews around the world features that staple of ancient-Egyptian culture and a main character in horror films, the mummy. In the Torah’s case, the mummies happen to be יַעֲקֹב listen and repeat – Jacob, the forefather – and יוֹסֵף listen and repeat – his son Joseph.   The most widely-used Hebrew word for mummy is a transliteration of English (whose source is the ancient-Persian word for wax)

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