Aug 22, 2014
Aug 21, 2014
I have a Hungarian-Israeli grandmother. She makes delicious goulash, paprika chicken and other signature Hungarian dishes.
But the best of her kitchen is her neighborhood-famous yeast cake - עוּגַת שְׁמָרִים listen and repeat.
שְׁמָרִים listen and repeat means yeast
So עוגת שמרים means literally, cake of yeast.
סַבְתָּא שֶׁלִּי מֵכִינָה אֶת עוּגַת הַשְּׁמָרִים הַטּוֹבָה בָּאָרֶץ.
My grandmother makes the best yeast cake in the country.
Aug 20, 2014
Yesterday, we saw that the ah-EE vowel pattern makes a Hebrew concept “-able” or “-ible”, as in the word for edible (“eat-able”) - אָכִיל listen and repeat.
Another word of the same structure is the one for tasty, or worthy of being tasted, able to be be tasted with pleasure: טָעִים listen and repeat.
הָאֹכֶל שֶׁהֵכַנְתָּ מְאֹד טָעִים!
The food you (a male) prepared is very tasty!listen
Aug 19, 2014
In English, to express that an object or concept is capable of doing something, we usually add the suffix -able or -ible, as in reasonable and edible. Sometimes we add -ous as a suffix to express the same, as in poisonous - something that is capable of poisoning.
For the most part, Hebrew accomplishes such expression by taking a root and plugging it into a certain vowel structure - ah-EE.
reasonable is סָבִיר listen and repeat, of the root ס.ב.ר (s.b.r) meaning reason or thought
poisonous is רָעִיל listen and repeat, of the root ר.ע.ל (r.a.l) meaning poison
and edible is אָכִיל listen and repeat, of the root א.כ.ל (a.k.l) meaning eating
Here’s a sentence example of the latter:
הֲאִם הַגְּבִינָה הַזֹּאת עֲדַיִן אֲכִילָה?
Is this cheese still edible?
Aug 18, 2014
Some words are good to learn in pairs. The Hebrew words for mushroom and noodles are a great example.
אֲנִי אוֹהֵב לֶאֱכוֹל אִטְרִיּוֹת עִם רוֹטֶב פִּטְרִיּוֹת.
I (a male) like eating noodles with mushroom sauce.
Aug 17, 2014
Since the topics in this week’s Torah portion tend to revolve around food, I’ll dedicate this week’s entries to that favorite pastime - eating.
Plugging that root into the causative verb form, we get, to feed - or to cause someone to eat: לְהַאֲכִיל listen and repeat.
הֶאֱכַלְתְּ אֶת הַדָּגִים הַיּוֹם?
Have you (a female) fed the fish today?