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Apr 10, 2013

how to say "sunset" in Hebrew


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Fast cars and great ice cream can definitely be exciting, but there's nothing like a sunset to help calm the mind and soul.

The Hebrew word for sunset is הַשְּׁקִיעָה - literally, the setting. In Rabbinic literature, sunset is termed שְׁקִיעַת הַחַמַּה- the setting of the sun, where החמהrefers to the sun (literally, that which is hot).

שקיעהis the noun form of the active-simple פָּעַל verb לִשְׁקוֹעַ, meaning to sink or to settle in a low place.


As for an example of השקיעה in context, I'll quote from Danny Sanderson's beloved song:


הַבִּיטִי לַשְּׁקִיעָה, עֲדַיִן לֹא עָבַר זְמַנָּהּ.
Look at the sunset. It's not over yet (literally, its time has not yet passed).

And as for sunrise, well, here's an earlier entry.

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