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May 29, 2013

how to say "institution" in Hebrew

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The Mossad - Israel's premier intelligence agency - is famous for conducting some of the most daring and surprising undercover missions in the world.

The word Mossad in Hebrew - מוֹסָד- means institution or institute. Referring to the intelligence agency, we say literally, The Institute - הַמּוֹסָד.
מוֹסַד הָרַב קוּקThe Rav Kook Institute

For example, educational institutions are מוֹסְדוֹת חִנּוּכִיִּם(though מוסד is a masculine noun, it takes on a feminine suffix when used in the plural).

מוסד comes from the root י.ס.ד (y.s.d) meaning foundation - an institution has been instituted or founded

To institute is לְמַסֵּד, an active-intensive פִּעֵל verb

For example:

בַּמֶּמֶשָׁלָה מִשְׁתַּדְּלִים לְמַסֵּד גִּיּוּס חוֹבָה לְכֻלָּם.
In the government (people are) trying to institute a mandatory draft for everyone.

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