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Happy Holiday (greeting)

Today we’ll present the most common greeting we say in Hebrew during every holiday. The word holiday is ‘chag’, and happy is ‘sa•me•ach’. Both words are biblical and so is the commandment (yes, a request from God to rejoice in His holidays and feasts): ‘And you shall...

the delight of my eyes

Today’s word, ‘mach•mad ey•nai’, is identical to the biblical word, except for the references in Bible which relate to plural while we use the first person reference, my. ‘mach•mad ey•nai’ is then, the delight of my eyes. This ‘ai’ sound ending indicates first person...

wedding ring

Our subject today is the symbolic jewel, ‘ta•ba•at nisuin’ the wedding ring, by which the marriage is sanctified. The act of putting this ring is very significant in Judaism and it said with a special blessing: ‘Behold, you are consecrated to me with this ring...

wedding, marriage ceremony

Our main interest today is marriage, ‘ni•su•in’. Much has changed since the biblical time regarding marriage, especially the abolishment of polygamy. This major change was established by Gershom ben Judah, (c. 960-1040) who was known by the title Rabbeinu Gershom...

Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing

Today’s phrase is the biblical way to praise marriage as a way of life for a man. Let’s check the phrase word-for-word. ‘Ma•tza’ is the verb ‘found’ for masculine, ‘ee•sha’ is either ‘wife’ or ‘woman’, once again the word ‘ma•tza’, and at the end, the word ‘tov’ which...