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Jan 11, 2013

how to say "snowball fight" in Hebrew

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מִלְחֶמֶת (כַּדּוּרֵי) שֶׁלֶג

The Torah portion to be read this Shabbat by Jews around the world launches the ten plagues - G-d's war with the ancient Egyptians, one of which involves hail - בָּרָד.

In Jerusalem this week, we saw not only ברד, but snow - שֶׁלֶג - as well.

So putting together the themes of war and cold stuff coming from the sky, I think it appropriate to introduce the Hebrew term for snowball fight.

The proper term is מִלְחֶמֶת כַּדּוּרֵי שֶׁלֶג, where מלחמת is the construct-סְמִיכוּת (of-relationship) form of the word מִלְחָמָה - war, and כַּדּוּרֵי is the construct form of כַּדּוּרִים - balls.

But more often, you're likely to hear Israeli kids calling the activity simply מִלְחֶמֶת שֶׁלֶג - a war of snow - as featured in this week's video.

שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם וְסוֹף שָׁבוּעַ נָעִים לְכֻלָּם!
Shabbat Shalom, and a pleasant weekend to all!

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