As we approach Thanksgiving, when families are gathered along with close friends and guests, when the spirit of this special holiday is filling us with relaxation and with sentiments of joy and love, we’ll introduce in this coming month words and phrases that concur with these fine sentiments of kindness, joy and love as we received requests to present such words for some time.
Today we’ll learn the word brother and how to introduce our own brother to others.
The Hebrew word for brother is ‘ach’. If it sound difficult to pronounce, please practice with the recording a few times until you feel comfortable to say the word.
Unlike father and mother, brother ‘ach’ is the same word both in modern and biblical Hebrew. The word ‘achi’, my brother, is the word ‘ach’ connected to the pronominal suffix ‘ee’ (or ‘i’) which means my. Therefore ‘achi’ means ‘my brother’.
Old Testament example of ‘achi’:
‘Save me, I beseech you, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, lest he will come and strike me, and the mother with the children’.
New Testament example of ‘achi’:
‘For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother’.
Note: The word ‘avi’, my Father, is capitalized because the reference is not to an earthy father but to God, the heavenly Father.
‘Na le•ha•kir’ literally means ‘please meet’, and after saying this you pause, present your brother before the people who are present, and then say: ‘achi’, ‘my brother’.
The reply to this, and to any other introduction is: ‘na•eem me•od’, ‘nice to meet you’.