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Apr 30, 2013

how to say "justice" in Hebrew


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צֶדֶק

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After today's events, one of the things on people's minds in this part of the world is justice - צֶדֶק.

Here's an example of צדק used in the context of a different series of events, from the summer of 2011:


הָעַם דּוֹרֵשׁ צֶדֶק חֶבְרָתִי!
The people demand social justice!

This three-letter word forms the root for other words such as the active-causative הִפְעִיל verb, לְהַצְדִיק- to justify, the word for righteous person - צַדִּיקin the masculine and צַדִּיקָהin the feminine - and the Hebrew equivalent for charity - צְדָקָה(in Biblical Hebrew צדקה means righteousness), among others.

It's also part of the name of an upscale neighborhood in Tel Aviv, נְוֵה צֶדֶק- literally, abode or home of justice.

צדק is also the Hebrew name for the planet Jupiter.




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