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Re: Discussion Group for General Hebrew Questions

Postby Drink » 2018-10-09, 0:37

Though they wrote the letter vav instead of some of the yuds for some reason.
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Re: Discussion Group for General Hebrew Questions

Postby Mikey93 » 2018-10-09, 9:14

Drink wrote:Though they wrote the letter vav instead of some of the yuds for some reason.


If you zoom in you'll notice the difference between the yuds and waws. In the lower part of the letters the difference is apparent.
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Re: Discussion Group for General Hebrew Questions

Postby Drink » 2018-10-09, 12:02

Mikey93 wrote:If you zoom in you'll notice the difference between the yuds and waws. In the lower part of the letters the difference is apparent.

I zoomed into the first two (rightmost) words and do not see any difference between the two yuds and one vav.

I didn't realize there was a higher resolution image available by clicking. I was looking at the much grainier image. Now I do see a difference.
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Dating system

Postby caleteu » 2018-10-19, 6:20

I have a text here which uses the Jewish calendar to date the Jewish revolt in the Warsaw Ghetto and the Gregorian calendard to date a Polish revolt. Are there any rules about which calendar to use or is this just a stylistic decision?
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Re: Dating system

Postby Drink » 2018-10-19, 15:07

Is it a Hebrew text? I don't think there are any formal rules. The author probably prefers the Jewish calendar in general but did not find it applicable to an event that didn't directly involve Jews (if I understood correctly what you meant by Polish revolt). Or perhaps it was a more practical consideration, that maybe he used whichever dates for the events were recorded in his own sources.
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Re: Dating system

Postby caleteu » 2018-10-19, 18:20

As a matter of fact it is a Hebrew text by Moshe Prager about Jewish partisans in WWII. I suspected that he used the Jewish calendar to date an event the Jews would recognise and the Gregorian calendar for an event more familiar to the rest of us.

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Re: Dating system

Postby Golv » 2018-10-29, 20:09

Only events that involve Jews and belong in their personal history are remembered by their Hebrew date.
The motivation is mainly commemorative and lacks any practical considerations.

This is why you will see Wikipedia mention the Hebrew date for Kristallnacht, but not the Beer-Hall Putsch, despite their taking place on the same day of the year.*

I doubt either the author or his intended audience used the Jewish calendar in their everyday life and thought ניסן is more recognizable than April.


*) though they probably don't share a Hebrew date

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Which root?

Postby caleteu » 2018-11-11, 13:26

I am reading a religious text in modern Hebrew and have run across a word I can't find in the dictionary יהא or תהא seem to be jussive and is used in the sense of "may it be" but what is the root? ?הוה where does the aleph come from?

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Re: Discussion Group for General Hebrew Questions

Postby księżycowy » 2018-11-11, 15:52

Can we please start using the question thread for short questions, instead of opening up new threads? Thanks. :)

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Re: Which root?

Postby Drink » 2018-11-13, 22:02

caleteu wrote:I am reading a religious text in modern Hebrew and have run across a word I can't find in the dictionary יהא or תהא seem to be jussive and is used in the sense of "may it be" but what is the root? ?הוה where does the aleph come from?

יְהֵא and תְּהֵא (and plural יְהוּ) are the Mishnaic Hebrew forms of the jussive, and are commonly used in religious texts. The Biblical Hebrew equivalents are יְהִי and תְּהִי (and plural יִהְיוּ), which are of the root היה. The spelling with א is probably under influence of Aramaic, but I'm not sure whether the forms themselves were influenced by Aramaic or a Mishnaic Hebrew innovation. The vocalization seems to indicate a reanalysis of the root היה as a biconsonantal root הה. And also note that in Aramaic the root is הוה. Hope this helps.
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Re: Discussion Group for General Hebrew Questions

Postby caleteu » 2018-11-14, 6:30

księżycowy wrote:Can we please start using the question thread for short questions, instead of opening up new threads? Thanks. :)

will do. Your welcome!

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Re: Discussion Group for General Hebrew Questions

Postby Saim » 2018-12-12, 14:37

Mikey93 wrote:
מי שמתחתיי לא יכול לסבול אנשים שמתגפפים בפרהסיא.


יש הבדל בן "בפרהסיא" לבן "בפומבי"?

(תענו בעברית בבקשה).


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