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Ayin means eye in Hebrew. How do we say ‘eyes’? What happens in Arabic? What do you call the evil eye? And how do you say ‘The apple of my eye’ in Hebrew?


Words and expression discussed:

עַיִן – עֵינַיִים; Ayin – einayim

עֵינַיִים שֶלִי, עֵינַיי; Einayim sheli, einai

אַל תִּכְעַסִי עֵינַיִים שֶלִי; Al tich’asi einayim sheli

עָיוּן, עוּיוּן (ערבית); Ayoon, Uyoon (Arabic)

עָיוּנִי Ayooni

בְּעֵינַיי, בְּעֵינֵיהָ; Be’einay, be’eineha

זֶה מָצָא חֵן בְּעֵינַיי; Ze matsa chen be’einay

עַיִן הָרַע / עַיִן רָעָה; Ayin ha’ra, ayin ra’a

בְּלִי עַיִן הָרַע; Bli ayin ha’ra




Einayim sheli – Yehuda Poliker

Lyrics here.


Mi mou thimonis matia mou, Original Greek version by Stavros Kouyioumtzis


El Bosta, Fairouz


Mishaela, Achinoam Nini

Lyrics here.


Chamsa, Ben Snof

Lyrics here.



Photo by Guy Sharett


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