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The Middle East – in Hebrew: http://ktzat-ivrit.ulpan.com

המזרח התיכון The word תִּכוֹן appears in the Bible as the middle-beam crossing the מִשְׁכָּן (meesh-KAHN – the holy tabernacle).  The word מִזְרַח (meez-RAH), also appearing in the Bible, comes from the root ז.ר.ח. (z.r.h.). This root represents the sun rising, which occurs in the east. Placed in sequence, הַמזרח הַתיכון (ha-meez-RAH ha-tee-KHOHN) means “The […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 3, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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איום קיומי (existential threat) ?!?! http://ktzat-ivrit.ulpan.com

There are those who think that Iran poses an existential threat to Israel. In Hebrew, we call this אִיוּם קִיּוּמִי (ee-YOOM kee-yoo-MEE). The truth is, it does. Modern-day Haman (Achmawhatshisname) may have the capacity to blast us out of the Middle East (and thus destroy the world). But the G-d of Israel has more to […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 1, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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Two sounds to the letter ח (het) – http://ktzat-ivrit.ulpan.com

ח The letter ח”ת (het) is pronounced by most Hebrew speakers today the same way the כ is pronounced – like a kh sound (not found in Modern English). In some Jewish communities (North African, Yemenite), however, it is still pronounced just above the throat, with no voice – like a scratchy “h” sound. This […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 1, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Got Purim joy? Maybe Purim blues? If so, here’s a remedy: http://ktzat-ivrit.ulpan.com

Putting it together… Give gifts of food to your friends. It’s a great conversation starter… and it’s a win-win situation, making everyone feel warm and fuzzy. This is one of the mitzvahs of Purim day. So if you’ve been following the blog throughout this past week, here’s a useful sentence that puts it all together: […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 28, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Purim’s in the air… http://ktzat-ivrit.ulpan.com

פורים The Hebrew name for the upcoming Festival of Lots is פּוּרִים (poo-REEM, more commonly pronounced in Israel as POO-reem). The name comes from the ancient Persian word for lots, puru. Lots of words in the Megillah come from ancient Persian and Babylonian, such as the names of the main characters. Play today’s dose of […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 26, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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I get by with a little help from my… – http://ktzat-ivrit.ulpan.com

חברים Friends are good to have. Attachment is what makes the world go ‘round. The Hebrew word for friend is חָבֵר (hah-VEHR – referring to a male) or חָבֵרָה (hah-veh-RAH – referring to a female). The plurals are חֲבֵרִים (hah-veh-REEM) and חֲבֵרוֹת (hah-veh-ROHT). Use the term to refer to a friend of the same sex […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 25, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Getting and making others happy… in Hebrew – http://ktzat-ivrit.ulpan.com

לשמח The Hebrew word for happy is שָׂמֵחַ (sah-MEH-ah), or שְׂמֵחָה (smeh-HAH) for a female who is happy. To make someone else happy is לְשַׂמֵּחַ (le-sah-MEH-ah). For example, it’s a mitzvah לְשַׂמֵּחַ חָתָן וְכַלָּה (le-sah-MEH-ah hah-TAHN ve-khah-LAH) – to cause a groom and bride to be happy. Play today’s dose of Hebrew below! Be sure […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 24, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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What do the IDF and mitzvahs have in common? http://ktzat-ivrit.ulpan.com

מצווה When an Israeli teen gets a letter from the military to show up, s/he receives a צַו גִּיּוּס (tsahv g-ee-YOOS) – literally, this is an order of recruitment. A mitzvah (in Hebrew it’s מִצְוָה – meets-VAH), in the purest sense of the word, is a commandment. See the connection between the words צו and […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 23, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Feb
22
2010

משלוח מנות

If there’s ever a day on the Jewish calendar to show brotherly love, it’s Purim. One of the expressions of this love is giving gifts of food to one another. The Hebrew term for this practice is מִשְׁלוֹחַ מָנוֹת (mee-SHLOW-ah mah-NOHT), or literally, delivery of (food) portions. Play today’s dose of Hebrew below! Be sure […]

By Ami Steinberger | February 22, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 4 Comments
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Jan
21
2010

how to say “appropriate” or “befitting” in Hebrew…

הוֹלֵם הוֹלֵם (hoh-LEHM) means appropriate in the same ways as the English word.  There’s בִּגּוּד הוֹלֵם (bee-GOOD hoh-LEM) – appropriate attire, both in the social sense and in response to the weather.  And there’s הִתְנַהֲגוּת הוֹלֶמֶת (heet-nah-hah-GOOT hoh-LEH-met) – appropriate behavior.  And, of course, there’s מַשְׂכּוֹרֶת הוֹלֶמֶת לְפִי הָעֲבוֹדָה (mahs-KOH-ret hoh-LEH-met le-FEE hah-ah-voh-DAH) – An appropriate salary […]

By Ami Steinberger | January 21, 2010 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 1 Comment
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