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Mar 29, 2012

how to say "materialism" in Hebrew...

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If חֹמֶר לְמַחְשָׁבָה (KHOH-mehr leh-mahkh-shah-VAH) means food (material) for thought, and the word חומר itself means material, it follows that חָמְרִיּוּת (khohm-ree-YOOT) means materialism, where the וּת- ending functions in a way similar to that of the English -ism.

For example, one might pose a philosophical-religious question, הַאִם הַחָמְרִיּוּת הִיא דָּבָר טוֹב לָעֹלָם? (hah-EEM hah-khohm-ree-YOOT hee dah-VAHR tohv lah-oh-LAHM?) - Is (the) materialism a good thing for the world?

Note that the  ָ(kah-MAHTS) vowel signifies the oh sound in this case, not the ah sound.

Regardless of what you think of it, make the word חומריות your own by listening and repeating it... and then repeating it again a few times throughout your day.

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