The word for husband in Hebrew, ba’al, also means owner. No wonder many women dislike its use. What do they say instead? And what word can guys use when speaking of their significant other?


​Here are the words we talked about:

בֵּן זוּג = partner (m)

בַּת זוּג = partner (f)

אִישָה = woman, wife

אִשְתִי = my wife

בַּעַל = husband, owner

בְּעָלִים = owners, husbands

ba’ali bemilu’im, my husband is in the reserve duty – “בַּעַלִי

Rov ha-zman at ishti (most of the time you’re my wife), Shlomo Artzi



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