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with God’s help

Today’s expression, ‘be•ez•rat ha•Shem,’ sounds similar to ‘ba•ruch ha•Shem’, but it has a different meaning and use. Literally, it means ‘with God’s help.’ It is said when we say something that includes a wish, expectation or any projection to the future. For...

Blessed is the Lord

Hebrew is a language that carries a deep reverence to God. The frequently used phrase, ba•ruch ha•Shem, attests to this dramatically. Literally, the phrase ba•ruch ha•Shem says: ‘blessed be God.’ As such, it is actually a blessing. However, the use of this phrase has...

name, noun, reputation, Shem

The important names in the Bible were not given in random. As the story concerning each character unfolds, we learn how connected it is to the narrative, provided that we focus on the Hebrew name. English, Spanish, Greek and Latin, along with all other world...

don’t worry, it will be alright

Today’s first expression yi•hi•ye be•se•der is made up of two words: yi•hi•ye – will be, and be•se•der – fine, in order. The expression means many things that introduce an optimistic outlook at life that show self-confidence and even reliance on God’s miracles. It is...

excuse me, forgive me, pardon

‘S’lach li’ are the polite words you say to someone before asking a question or requesting something. This is the way you speak to a man. Unlike in English, where any request or command (the imperative form we discussed yesterday) is identical to all pronouns, in...