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Apr 23, 2013

how to say "addiction" in Hebrew


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הִתְמַכְּרוּת
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Before I moved back to Israel in 2007 and opened up Ulpan La-Inyan a year later, I was training as a psychotherapist in Los Angeles. My first post was to Beit T'shuva, a Jewish center for addiction recovery on Venice Blvd.

The Hebrew word for addiction is הִתְמַכְּרוּת, of the root מ.כ.ר (m.k.r) meaning sale - since one sells him/herself, in a way, to the object of addiction.

In context:


"בֵּית תְּשׁוּבָה" הוּא מֶרְכַּז יְהוּדִי לִגְמִילָה מֵהִתְמַכְּרוּת.
Beit T'shuva (literally, House of Return) is a Jewish center for recovery (literally, weaning) from addiction.

התמכרות comes from the reflexive-intensive הִתְפַעֵל verb, לְהִתְמַכֵּר.

For example:

לֹא קָשֶׁה לְהִתְמַכֵּר לְעִשּׁוּן.
It's not difficult to become addicted to smoking.

Someone addicted is מָכוּרif a male and מְכוּרָהif a female.

For example:

הִיא מְכוּרָה לְפֵייסְבּוּק.
She is addicted to Facebook.


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