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A fancy way to say “to look” in Hebrew

לְהַבִּיט If you’ve got some basic Hebrew, you probably know the word for to look – להסתכל. For example: אל תסתכלו עליו. Don’t look at him. (spoken to more than one person) A higher-register word for to look is להביט – in English, this might be to gaze. For example: כשאת מביטה בי ככה יש […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 15, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “attack of conscience” in Hebrew

יִסּוּרֵי מַצְפּוּן The Hebrew word for conscience is מצפון, of the root צ.פ.נ meaning north: someone who has lost their conscience has also lost their “north.” And if you’ve got some background in Jewish philosophy, you almost certainly know the word for tribulations – ייסורים. Putting these two words together, we get ייסורי מצפון – […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 14, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “feelings of remorse” in Hebrew

מוּסַר כְּלָיוֹת You may know the Hebrew word that means literally regret or remorse: חרטה. Likewise, to regret is להתחרט, as in: אני מתחרטת שקניתי את המכשיר הזה. I (a female) regret that I bought this device. A more striking expression for feelings of remorse is מוסר כליות – literally, castigation of (the) kidneys. For […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 13, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “kidney” in Hebrew

כִּלְיָה You may know the word for kidney from the Jewish High Holiday prayers: בוחן כליות ולב – (the One who) sees the inner workings (literally, kidneys) and the heart. כליות are kidneys, while a single kidney is a כליה. In another context: היא צריכה לעבור ניתוח השתלת כליות. She needs to undergo a kidney-transplant […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 12, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “heart transplant” in Hebrew

הַשְׁתָּלַת לֵב While the heart transplant is a modern activity, the idea of planting certainly appears in Biblical Hebrew under the root ש.ת.ל, as in the simple פעל verb לשתול – to plant. For example: הילדה שתלה שתיל. The girl planted a sapling. What about a transplant? That’s the causative הפעיל verb להשתיל, for example: […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 11, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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Weekly Hebrew Review – quiet, artificial islands… awakening

חֹמֶר לְשִׁנּוּן Review Material Can’t read Hebrew yet? You spent time on your Hebrew this week. Use these review materials to make it yours to keep.  Flashcards . Scatter . Gravity . Test שבת שלום, וסוף שבוע נעים! Shabbat Shalom, and have a nice weekend!

By Ami Steinberger | March 9, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “to arouse” in Hebrew

לְעוֹרֵר The Hebrew verb for to arouse is לעורר. For example: בינה מלאכותית מעוררת רגשות מעורבים. Artificial intelligence arouses mixed feelings. לעורר is related to other verbs such as להעיר – to wake (someone) up and להתעורר – to wake up. In noun form, להתעורר becomes התעוררות – arousal or awakening.

By Ami Steinberger | March 8, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “artificial intelligence” in Hebrew

בִּינָה מְלָאכוּתִית We’ve seen the word for artificial – מלאכותי. What about artificial intelligence? That’s בינה מלאכותית. For example: בינה מלאכותית היא תחום מרתק ביותר. Artificial intelligence is a most fascinating field. Perhaps they chose בינה as intelligence in this case instead of the more common חכמה, since חכמה tends to be used as smartness […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 7, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “artificial” in Hebrew

מְלָאכוּתִי The Hebrew word for artificial – מלאכותי – comes from the word for craft – מלאכה. The root of these words is ל.א.כ, whose meaning has something to do with transmitting. ל.א.כ is also the root of מלאך – angel, in Biblical-Hebrew terms also a messenger. מלאכותי comes מלאכה – craft, because something artificial […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 6, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “island” in Hebrew

אִי Oftentimes words in English use many more letters to spell than their Hebrew counterparts. One example is the word for island – אי. Here’s the word in context, in the plural: מדינת הוואי היא בעצם קבוצת איים באוקיינוס השקט. The State of Hawaii is actually a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean. Note […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 5, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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How to say “quiet” in Hebrew

שֶׁקֶט, שָׁקֵט If you went to Jewish school in the States, you may know the patient exhortation of Hebrew teachers, in sing-song form: שקט, בבקשה – quiet, please! Or from the less patient teachers (or the more demanding students), simply: !שקט – quiet! In any case, שקט means quiet when referring to the thing “quiet”, […]

By Ami Steinberger | March 4, 2018 | Your Daily Dose of Hebrew | 0 Comments
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