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 sister and how to introduce our own sister to others.
The Hebrew word for sister is ‘a•chot’. 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, sister ‘a•chot’ is the same word both in modern and biblical Hebrew. The word ‘a•cho•ti’, my sister, is the word ‘a•chot’ connected to the pronominal suffix ‘ee’ (or ‘i’) which means my. Therefore ‘a•cho•ti’ means ‘my sister’.
Old Testament example of ‘achoti’:
‘Say, I beg you, that you are my sister; that it may be well with me for your sake; and my soul shall live because of you’.
New Testament example of ‘achoti’:
‘But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she came up to him, and said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister left me to serve alone? Ask her therefore to help me’.
Note: The word ‘a•cho•ti’, my sister, may also mean ‘my beloved’ in biblical Hebrew, and ‘my dear friend’ (only to a female), in modern Hebrew.
Old Testament example of ‘achoti’ as ‘beloved’:
‘You have ravished my heart, my sister, my bride;’
New Testament example of ‘achoti’ as ‘beloved’:
‘to the beloved Apphia, to Archippus, our fellow soldier, and to the assembly in your house’.
‘Na le•ha•kir’ literally means ‘please meet’, and after saying this you pause, present your sister before the people who are present, and then say: ‘a•cho•ti’, ‘my sister’.
The reply to this, and to any other introduction is: ‘na•eem me•od’, ‘nice to meet you’.