Everyone’s talking about the hafsakat-esh, or ‘ceasefire.’ Let’s meet hafsaka (‘break’) and its family: all the words of the ‘P.S.K’ root. In Hebrew, it’s worth getting to know the whole family of a root, not just isolated words in a long list.


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Words and expressions discussed:

Hafsaka – הַפְסָקָה

Hafsakat-esh – הַפְסַקַת-אֵש

Hafsakat-esh humanitarit –הַפְסַקַת-אֵש הוּמָנִיטָרִית

Maga’im intensiviyim le-hafsakat esh, ach ha-esh lo poseket – מַגָּעִים אִינטֵנסִיבִיים לְהַפְסַקַת-אֵש, אַךְ הָאֵש לֹא פּוֹסֶקֶת

Ha-hafsaka ha-gdola – הַהַפְסָקָה הַגְּדוֹלָה

Hifsakti lenasot – הִפְסַקְתִּי לְנַסּוֹת

Hifsakti le’ashen lifnei shavu’a – הִפְסַקְתִי לְעַשֵּן לִפְנֵי שָׁבוּעַ

Choshev lehafsik le’ashen? Eize yofi – חוֹשֵב לְהַפְסִיק לְעַשֵּן? אֵיזֶה יוֹפִי

Kshe’at nogaat bi ani mafsik lachshov – כְּשֶאַת נוֹגַעַת בִּי אֲנִי מַפְסִיק לַחְשוֹב

Lo tafsiki lekavot – לֹא תַּפְסִיקִי לְקַווֹת

Ha-sherut hufsak – הַשֵׁירוּת הוּפְסַק

Piska – פִּיסְקָה

Psik – פְּסִיק

Pisuk – פִּיסוּק

Pasuk – פָּסוּק

Pesek zman – פֶּסֶק זְמָן

Kach pesek zman – קַח פֶּסֶק זְמָן



Roi Tal – Hifsakti lenasot

Adi Dayan – How to stop smoking

Boaz Shar’abi – Kshe’at Nogaat Bi (Lyrics)

Gali Attari – Shir She-yavi Lach Ahava (Lyrics)

Pesek Zman commercial

Arik Einstein – Pesek Zman (Lyrics)


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