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Jul
21
2010

how to say “landing” in Hebrew…

נחיתה for a larger font… No, not the landing at the top of the staircase… I’m talking about the landing of a plane at an airport… or, for that matter, the landing of a bird on the roof.  The Hebrew word is נְחִיתָה (ne-khee-TAH). It comes from the root נ.ח.ת (n.kh.t). The verb to land is לִנְחוֹת (leen-KHOHT), as […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 21, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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Jul
21
2010

thinking about learning Hebrew this summer? our classes start Sunday!

Ulpan La-Inyan  Midsummer Courses… …start this Sunday, July 25. The course lasts for six weeks; class meets 4-5 times a week for an hour or an hour and a quarter, depending on the level. We’ve got all the levels (1-5) offered in Jerusalem, and Levels 1, 3 and 5 offered in Tel Aviv – both at the local AACI.Here’s the schedule. Here’s […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 21, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “takeoff” in Hebrew

המראה If you’d prefer a larger font… I just came back from Ben Gurion International Airport, where I saw off my parents who are returning to the US tonight from a trip to Israel. I’m proud of our super-cool airport. The word for takeoff is הַמְרָאָה (hahm-rah-AH), which comes from the verb לְהַמְרִיא (le-hahm-REE) – to […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 21, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 5 Comments
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how to say “foundation” in Hebrew…

תשתית If you’d prefer a larger font…  Perhaps you know the word for basis or foundation, in the more abstract sense: יְסוֹד (yeh-SOHD). There’s another word, however, for the foundation or infrastructure of a house, a city, a state, etc: תַּשְׁתִּית (tahsh-TEET), such that Israel’s Ministry of Infrastructure(s) is מִשְׂרַד הַתַּשְׁתִּיוֹת (mees-RAHD hah-tahsh-tee-YOHT). Over the past […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 19, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how to say “to mourn” in Hebrew…

להתאבל If you’re familiar with Rabbinic law and literature, you probably know the word for mourner – אָבֵל/אָבֵלָה (ah-VEHL – m; ah-veh-LAH – f), as well as the word for mourning: אָבֵלוּת (ah-veh-LOOT). Here’s how to say to mourn: לְהִתְאַבֵּל (le-heet-ah-BEHL). Why this word today?  I wish אבלות on no one. But today is the […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 18, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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Jul
17
2010

one week till Hebrew classes begin…

Ulpan La-Inyan  Midsummer Courses… …start next Sunday, July 25. The course lasts for six weeks; class meets 4-5 times a week for an hour or an hour and a quarter, depending on the level. We’ve got all the levels (1-5) offered in Jerusalem, and Levels 1, 3 and 5 offered in Tel Aviv – both […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 17, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to unite” in Hebrew…

להתאחד If you live in Israel, surely you’ve heard of the health care provider, מְאוּחֶדֶת (meh-oo-KHEH-deht). In English, it would be called United – like the airline. The word is feminine since it refers to קוּפַּת חוֹלִים (koo-PAHT khoh-LEEM) – health care provider (literally, “sick people’s register” – we could also use some health care reform, […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 17, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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how to say “to internalize” in Hebrew…

להפנים With some basic Hebrew you’d know how to say inside, as in I’d rather sit inside – בִּפְנִים (beef-NEEM). Here’s how to say to internalize: לְהַפְנִים (le-hahf-NEEM). For example, הִפְנַמְנוּ אֶת הַמֶּסֶר (heef-NAHM-noo et hah-MEH-sehr) – we’ve internalized the message. Today’s “three-weeks” call to action This Shabbat, I’m going to work on להפנים the idea […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 15, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how to say “to lack” in Hebrew…

לחסור If you know some Hebrew (about Level 3 in Ulpan La-Inyan), you probably know the word for it’s missing – חָסִר (khah-SEHR). Here’s how to say to lack: לַחֲסוֹר (lah-khah-SOHR) or לַחְסוֹר (lahkh-SOHR). This word appears conjugated in Psalms 23: הַשֵּׁם רֹעִי לֹא אֶחְסָר (hah-SHEM roh-EE loh ekh-SAHR) – the Name (God) is my Shepherd, I […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 14, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 2 Comments
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how to say “penetrating” in Hebrew…

חודר A room of a house or a building can be thought of as a part of the structure that has been penetrated. It is called, in Hebrew, a חֶדֶר (KHEH-dehr). To penetrate is לַחֲדוֹר (lah-khah-DOHR) or לַחְדּוֹר (lahkh-DOHR). That which is penetrating is חוֹדֵר (khoh-DEHR). Today’s “three-weeks” call to action I’ve had experiences where someone says somethings […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 13, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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how to say “to experience”… in Hebrew

לחוות For those who have attended the Mayanot Birthright trip, you may recall the name of the tour operator – הַחֲוָיָה הַיִּשְׂרָאֵלִית (hah-hah-vah-YAH hah-yees-rah-eh-LEET) – the Israel (more accurately, “the Israeli”) Experience. To experience is לַחֲווֹת (lah-hah-VOHT). What happens to us happens to us. But how we respond to what happens to us – much of […]

By Ami Steinberger | July 12, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 3 Comments
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