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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ExplanationTransliterationHebrew
Miscellaneous Words
Conversationseecha
Don’t worryahl tid’ag
No problem!ain b’aya
Okayb’seder
Everything is okayha’kol’ b’seder
One day at a timeyom yom
So, sokacha, kacha
Quietsheket
This is, that’s itzeh’hoo
Best wishes for successb’hatzlacha
Thank G-dbaruch Hashem
100%may’ah ah’chooz
Lovely, fine, wonderful, very niceyoh’fee
It will be goodyeeh’yeh tohv
Certainly, of courseb’vah’die
It’s a pleasure, it was pleasantna’eem m’ohd
Peace, goodbye, helloshalom
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)
Reallyb’emet
Maybeoo’lie
May it be at a good timeb’sha’ah tovah
Welcomeb’roochim ha’ba’im
Thank you very muchtodah rabbah
Please, you’re welcome, don’t mention itb’vakasha
Excuse me, forgivenesss’licha
It’s nothingahl lo davar
One more time, againohd pa’am
Togetherb’yachadבְּיַחַד
Patience, tolerancesavla’noot
See you again, goodbyel’hitra’oht
What’s doing?mah nishma?
How much does this cost?kah’mah zeh oleh
There is nothing that can be doneayn mah la’asoht
Nerve (What nerve!)chutz’pah
Have a good trip, bon voyage
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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)livree’oot
Marriage
Weddingchah’too’nah
Bride
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kallah
Groom
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chatan
Celebration, happiness, joysimcha
Ketuba – Jewish marriage contract
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k’toovah
Chupah – marriage canopychupah
Rav – Rabbi
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Rav
Chazzan – CantorChazzan
Good luck, congratulationsmazal tov
To your health, cheers, to life (lit.)
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l’chayim
Joyous Occasions
Familymishpacha
Daughter
Related Jewish TreatRelated Jewish Treat
bat
Sonbayn
Circumcision
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b’rit meelah
Circumciser, Mohel
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mohel
Religious duty, obligation, colloquial – good deedmitzvah/mitzvot (pl.)
Bat Mitzvah
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bat mitzvah
Bar Mitzvah
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bar mitzvah
Skullcap, yarmulkahkeepah
Tefillin, phylacteries
Related Jewish Treat
te’fillin
Seudah – festive meal
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se’oodah
Happy Birthday
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Yom Hooledet Sameach
Death
Kaddish (prayer said by mourner daily or on YahrzeitKaddish
Yizkor – remember (memorial prayer)Yizkor
FuneralRelated Jewish Treatl’vaya
Seven (days of mourning)Related Jewish TreatRelated Jewish Treatshiv’a
State of mourningah’vay’loot
Yahrzeit (Yiddish for the annual memorial of the day of passing)Yom Hashana
Shabbat
Shabbat – SabbathRelated Twebrew School PostRelated Twebrew School Postshabbat
Bracha – blessingb’racha
CandlesRelated Twebrew School PostRelated Twebrew School PostRelated Twebrew School Postnay’roht
Kabbalat Shabbat – inauguration of the SabbathKabbalat Shabbat
WineRelated Twebrew School Postyah’yin
Kiddush – blessing said over wine
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Kee’doosh
Challah – loaf of bread eaten on ShabbatRelated Twebrew School Postchallah
Ha’motzee – the blessing on breadRelated Twebrew School PostHa’motzee
AmenRelated Jewish Treatah’main
Zemirot – religious songs (sung at Shabbat table)Related Twebrew School PostZ’mee’roht
Grace After MealsRelated Jewish TreatBeerchat Ha’mahzone
Peaceful Shabbat (greeting)shabbat shalom
Havdalah – prayer at the end of ShabbatRelated Jewish TreatHavdallah
Have a good weekRelated Jewish Treatshavoo’ah tov
Synagogue
SynagogueRelated Jewish Treatbayt k’nesset
Tefilah – prayert’feelah
The Holy ArkRelated Jewish TreatAron Ha’kohdesh
TorahRelated Jewish TreatTorah
Siddur – prayer bookRelated Jewish TreatSee’doohr
Aliya – being called up to the Torah * see Israel section for another translation of AliyaRelated Jewish TreatAh’lee’ah
Parsha – portion of the Torah (scripture)Related Jewish Treatparashahפָּרָשַׁת הַשָּׁבוּעַ
Minyan – group of ten adults needed for prayerRelated Jewish Treatminyahn
Talit – Jewish prayer shawltalit
Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah – head of the year, Jewish New YearRelated Jewish TreatRosh hashanah
Tashlich – prayer associated with casting away one’s sinsTashlich
Return, repentanceRelated Jewish TreatRelated Jewish Treatt’shuvah
Tzedakah – charityRelated Jewish TreatRelated Jewish Treattzedakah
Shofar – ram’s hornRelated Jewish Treatshofar
(A blessing for) a good and sweet yearRelated Jewish Treatshana tova
oo’m’too’kah
Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur – Day of AtonementRelated Jewish TreatYom Kippur
Kol Nidrei prayer – a prayer about nullifying vows – all vows (lit.)Related Jewish TreatKol Nidrei
High Holidays – Days of AweYamin No’rah’im
Sukkot
Sukkot – TabernaclesRelated Jewish TreatSoo’coat
Lulav – palm branchRelated Jewish TreatLoolav
Etrog – citronRelated Jewish TreatEtrohgאתרוג
Dancing in a circle with the Torah on the holiday of Simchat Torah (le’ha’keef – to surround)Related Jewish TreatHakafotהקפות
Sukkah – hutRelated Jewish TreatSoo’kahסוּכָּה
Chanukah
Chanukah – Festival of LightsRelated Jewish TreatChanukah
Donutssoof’gahnee’oat
Dreidel – spinning topRelated Jewish Treats’vee’vohn
Menorah – lampRelated Jewish TreatMenorah
Latkes – potato pancakesL’vee’voat
Purim
PurimRelated Jewish TreatPoorim
Mishloach Manot – gifts of food given on PurimRelated Jewish TreatMishloach Ma’noat
The book of EstherRelated Jewish TreatMegillat Esther
Passover
PassoverRelated Jewish TreatPeh’sach
Seder – order, name of special meal and proceedings for the first and second nights of PassoverRelated Jewish TreatSay’dehr
Haggadah – Telling (of the story)Related Jewish TreatHaggadah
Mah Nishtana – Why is this different?, song sung at the sederRelated Jewish TreatMah Nishtana
Dayeinu – enough – song sung at the sederda’yay’noo
Bitter herbsRelated Jewish TreatMaror
Afikoman – piece of matzah eaten as dessert at the sederAhfee’ko’man
Elijah’s CupRelated Jewish TreatKos Shel Ay’lee’yahoo
Shavuot
Shavuot, Pentacost, weeks(lit.)Related Jewish TreatSha’voo’oat
The Book of RuthRelated Jewish TreatMegillat Root
Mt. SinaiRelated Jewish TreatRelated Jewish TreatHahr Sinai
The Ten CommandmentsRelated Jewish TreatAseret Ha’dib’roat
Israel
IsraelYisrael
Land of IsraelEh’retz Yisrael
State of IsraelRelated Jewish TreatM’deenat Yisrael
“*Aliya – immigration to Israel see “sanctuary” section for another translation of Aliya”Ah’lee’ah
JerusalemRelated Jewish TreatY’roo’sha’lah’yim
Kotel – The Wall, The Western WallRelated Jewish TreatHa’koh’tel
Hatikvah – The Hope, Israel’s National AnthemRelated Jewish TreatHa’tikvah

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