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Dec 22, 2011

how to say "souvenir" in Hebrew

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Lots of Jewish families in predominantly-Christian countries have adopted the custom of giving gifts during חֲנֻכָּה (khah-noo-KAH) - Hanukkah. For those of you traveling during these special days - Jewish or Christian (or otherwise) - and wish to pick something up on your journey for your loved ones at home, you'll find this entry particularly enlightening.

A souvenir is a מַזְכֶּרֶת (mahz-KEH-ret). It derives from the root ז.כ.ר (z.k.r), meaning memory, since a souvenir is something that calls up the memory of a place or time. מזכרת also means memento.

The word מזכרת appears on the map of Israel. Among the first Jewish settlements dotting the barren Land of Israel in the late 19th century was a place originally named after the Biblical Philistine city, עֶקְרוֹן (ek-ROHN), but was soon renamed מַזְכֶּרֶת בַּתְיָה (mahz-KEH-ret baht-YAH) - memento of Batya - after the mother of the town's major benefactor, Edmund de Rothschild.

A great חנוכה-Hanukkah present...

...with a special discount for Ulpan La-Inyan enthusiasts (enter code "ULI" to get the discount).

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