Hebrew Reading Crash Course

Bonus Class

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We’ve included a list of more than 100 words and phrases that every Jew should know. You will find the female version of the word or phrases in parenthesis.

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Explanation Transliteration Hebrew
Miscellaneous Words
Conversation seecha
Don’t worry ahl tid’ag
No problem! ain b’aya
Okay b’seder
Everything is okay ha’kol’ b’seder
One day at a time yom yom
So, so kacha, kacha
Quiet sheket
This is, that’s it zeh’hoo
Best wishes for success b’hatzlacha
Thank G-d baruch Hashem
100% may’ah ah’chooz
Lovely, fine, wonderful, very nice yoh’fee
It will be good yeeh’yeh tohv
Certainly, of course b’vah’die
It’s a pleasure, it was pleasant na’eem m’ohd
Peace, goodbye, hello shalom
How are you? mah sh’lohm’cha
(sh’loh’maych)
What is your name? aych kohrim
lecha (lach)
Where are you from? may’ayin atah (aht)
Really b’emet
Maybe oo’lie
May it be at a good time b’sha’ah tovah
Welcome b’roochim ha’ba’im
Thank you very much todah rabbah
Please, you’re welcome, don’t mention it b’vakasha
Excuse me, forgiveness s’licha
It’s nothing ahl lo davar
One more time, again ohd pa’am
Together b’yachad בְּיַחַד
Patience, tolerance savla’noot
See you again, goodbye l’hitra’oht
What’s doing? mah nishma?
How much does this cost? kah’mah zeh oleh
There is nothing that can be done ayn mah la’asoht
Nerve (What nerve!) chutz’pah
Have a good trip, bon voyage
Related Jewish Treat
n’siyah tovah
Best wishes for a speedy recovery, complete recovery (lit.) refu’ah shelaymah
G-d bless you – To your health (said after a sneeze)
Related Jewish Treat
livree’oot
Marriage
Wedding chah’too’nah
Bride
Related Jewish Treat
kallah
Groom
Related Jewish Treat
chatan
Celebration, happiness, joy simcha
Ketuba – Jewish marriage contract
Related Jewish Treat
k’toovah
Chupah – marriage canopy chupah
Rav – Rabbi
Related Jewish Treat
Rav
Chazzan – Cantor Chazzan
Good luck, congratulations mazal tov
To your health, cheers, to life (lit.)
Related Jewish Treat
l’chayim
Joyous Occasions
Family mishpacha
Daughter
Related Jewish TreatRelated Jewish Treat
bat
Son bayn
Circumcision
Related Jewish Treat
b’rit meelah
Circumciser, Mohel
Related Jewish Treat
mohel
Religious duty, obligation, colloquial – good deed mitzvah/mitzvot (pl.)
Bat Mitzvah
Related Jewish Treat
bat mitzvah
Bar Mitzvah
Related Jewish Treat
bar mitzvah
Skullcap, yarmulkah
Related Jewish Treat
keepah
Tefillin, phylacteries
Related Jewish Treat
te’fillin
Seudah – festive meal
Related Jewish Treat
se’oodah
Happy Birthday
Related Jewish Treat
Yom Hooledet Sameach
Death
Kaddish (prayer said by mourner daily or on Yahrzeit Kaddish
Yizkor – remember (memorial prayer) Yizkor
FuneralRelated Jewish Treat l’vaya
Seven (days of mourning)Related Jewish TreatRelated Jewish Treat shiv’a
State of mourning ah’vay’loot
Yahrzeit (Yiddish for the annual memorial of the day of passing) Yom Hashana
Shabbat
Shabbat – SabbathRelated Twebrew School PostRelated Twebrew School Post shabbat
Bracha – blessing b’racha
CandlesRelated Twebrew School PostRelated Twebrew School PostRelated Twebrew School Post nay’roht
Kabbalat Shabbat – inauguration of the Sabbath Kabbalat Shabbat
WineRelated Twebrew School Post yah’yin
Kiddush – blessing said over wine
Related Twebrew School Post
Kee’doosh
Challah – loaf of bread eaten on ShabbatRelated Twebrew School Post challah
Ha’motzee – the blessing on breadRelated Twebrew School Post Ha’motzee
AmenRelated Jewish Treat ah’main
Zemirot – religious songs (sung at Shabbat table)Related Twebrew School Post Z’mee’roht
Grace After MealsRelated Jewish Treat Beerchat Ha’mahzone
Peaceful Shabbat (greeting) shabbat shalom
Havdalah – prayer at the end of ShabbatRelated Jewish Treat Havdallah
Have a good weekRelated Jewish Treat shavoo’ah tov
Synagogue
SynagogueRelated Jewish Treat bayt k’nesset
Tefilah – prayer t’feelah
The Holy ArkRelated Jewish Treat Aron Ha’kohdesh
TorahRelated Jewish Treat Torah
Siddur – prayer bookRelated Jewish Treat See’doohr
Aliya – being called up to the Torah * see Israel section for another translation of AliyaRelated Jewish Treat Ah’lee’ah
Parsha – portion of the Torah (scripture)Related Jewish Treat parashah פָּרָשַׁת הַשָּׁבוּעַ
Minyan – group of ten adults needed for prayerRelated Jewish Treat minyahn
Talit – Jewish prayer shawl talit
Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah – head of the year, Jewish New YearRelated Jewish Treat Rosh hashanah
Tashlich – prayer associated with casting away one’s sins Tashlich
Return, repentanceRelated Jewish TreatRelated Jewish Treat t’shuvah
Tzedakah – charityRelated Jewish TreatRelated Jewish Treat tzedakah
Shofar – ram’s hornRelated Jewish Treat shofar
(A blessing for) a good and sweet yearRelated Jewish Treat shana tova
oo’m’too’kah
Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur – Day of AtonementRelated Jewish Treat Yom Kippur
Kol Nidrei prayer – a prayer about nullifying vows – all vows (lit.)Related Jewish Treat Kol Nidrei
High Holidays – Days of Awe Yamin No’rah’im
Sukkot
Sukkot – TabernaclesRelated Jewish Treat Soo’coat
Lulav – palm branchRelated Jewish Treat Loolav
Etrog – citronRelated Jewish Treat Etrohg אתרוג
Dancing in a circle with the Torah on the holiday of Simchat Torah (le’ha’keef – to surround)Related Jewish Treat Hakafot הקפות
Sukkah – hutRelated Jewish Treat Soo’kah סוּכָּה
Chanukah
Chanukah – Festival of LightsRelated Jewish Treat Chanukah
Donuts soof’gahnee’oat
Dreidel – spinning topRelated Jewish Treat s’vee’vohn
Menorah – lampRelated Jewish Treat Menorah
Latkes – potato pancakes L’vee’voat
Purim
PurimRelated Jewish Treat Poorim
Mishloach Manot – gifts of food given on PurimRelated Jewish Treat Mishloach Ma’noat
The book of EstherRelated Jewish Treat Megillat Esther
Passover
PassoverRelated Jewish Treat Peh’sach
Seder – order, name of special meal and proceedings for the first and second nights of PassoverRelated Jewish Treat Say’dehr
Haggadah – Telling (of the story)Related Jewish Treat Haggadah
Mah Nishtana – Why is this different?, song sung at the sederRelated Jewish Treat Mah Nishtana
Dayeinu – enough – song sung at the seder da’yay’noo
Bitter herbsRelated Jewish Treat Maror
Afikoman – piece of matzah eaten as dessert at the seder Ahfee’ko’man
Elijah’s CupRelated Jewish Treat Kos Shel Ay’lee’yahoo
Shavuot
Shavuot, Pentacost, weeks(lit.)Related Jewish Treat Sha’voo’oat
The Book of RuthRelated Jewish Treat Megillat Root
Mt. SinaiRelated Jewish TreatRelated Jewish Treat Hahr Sinai
The Ten CommandmentsRelated Jewish Treat Aseret Ha’dib’roat
Israel
Israel Yisrael
Land of Israel Eh’retz Yisrael
State of IsraelRelated Jewish Treat M’deenat Yisrael
“*Aliya – immigration to Israel see “sanctuary” section for another translation of Aliya” Ah’lee’ah
JerusalemRelated Jewish Treat Y’roo’sha’lah’yim
Kotel – The Wall, The Western WallRelated Jewish Treat Ha’koh’tel
Hatikvah – The Hope, Israel’s National AnthemRelated Jewish Treat Ha’tikvah

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