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Jan 17, 2013

how to say "right-wing" and "left-wing" in Hebrew

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יְמָנִי, שְׂמֹאלָנִי

With the Israel elections coming up in less than a week, you'll be seeing some handy election-related Daily Doses over the next few days.

The Hebrew word for right as in on the right is יָמִין, while the word for left is שְׂמֹאל.

For example:

הוּא מְחַכֶּה לָךְ בַּכְּבִישׁ בְּצַד יְמִין, לֹא בְּצַד שְׂמֹאל.
He is waiting for you on the road on the right side, not on the left side.

When describing someone as rightist/leftist or right-wing/left-wing on the political spectrum, use:

יְמָנִי/יְמָנִית - rightist male/rightist female 
שְׂמֹאלָנִי/שְׂמֹאלָנִית - leftist male/leftist female

(Remember that Hebrew reads מִיָּמִין לִשְׂמֹאל - from right to left - so ימני refers to a male, etc.)

For example:

מֶרֶצ הִיא מִפְלָגָה שְׂמֹאלָנִית.
Meretz is a leftist party. (מפלגה - political party - is a feminine noun)

מִי שְׁמַּצְבִּיעַ לְ"עוֹצְמָה לִישְׂרָאֵל" הוּא יְמָנִי.
Whoever votes for Otzmah LeYisrael (he) is a rightist.

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