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Streetwise Hebrew has just reached 700,000 downloads, and host Guy Sharettย thinks this is a greatย reason to talk about the root of number seven in Hebrew – shin beit ayin – and get to learn its other meanings.

New words & expressions:

Sheva (f.), shiv’ah (m.) โ€“ Seven โ€“ ืฉื‘ืข, ืฉื‘ืขื”

Sheva banot, shiv’aa banim โ€“ Seven girls, seven boys โ€“ ืฉื‘ืข ื‘ื ื•ืช, ืฉื‘ืขื” ื‘ื ื™ื

Shiv’ah โ€“ Seven days of mourning (Judaism) โ€“ ืฉื‘ืขื”

Ani holech le-shiv’ah โ€“ I am going to a shiv’ah โ€“ ืื ื™ ื”ื•ืœืš ืœืฉื‘ืขื”

Yesh li shivaa shel aba shel haver โ€“ I have a shiv’ah for a friendโ€™s father โ€“ ื™ืฉ ืœื™ ืฉื‘ืขื” ืฉืœ ืื‘ื ืฉืœ ื—ื‘ืจ

Efo ha-shiv’ah? โ€“ Where is the shiv’ah? โ€“ ?ืื™ืคื” ื”ืฉื‘ืขื”

Lashevet shiv’ah โ€“ To sit shiv’ah โ€“ ืœืฉื‘ืช ืฉื‘ืขื”

Efo hem yoshvim shivaa? โ€“ Where do they sit shiv’ah? โ€“ ?ืื™ืคื” ื”ื ื™ื•ืฉื‘ื™ื ืฉื‘ืขื”

Shavuโ€™a (m.), shavu’ot โ€“ Week/s โ€“ ืฉื‘ื•ืข, ืฉื‘ื•ืขื•ืช

Shavu’a tov โ€“ (Have a) good week โ€“ ืฉื‘ื•ืข ื˜ื•ื‘

Shvu’ayim โ€“ Two weeks โ€“ ืฉื‘ื•ืขื™ื™ื

Shvuโ€™a ha-sefer hitchil โ€“ The book week has started โ€“ ืฉื‘ื•ืข ื”ืกืคืจ ื”ืชื—ื™ืœ

Sofshavu’a โ€“ Weekend โ€“ ืกื•ืคืฉื‘ื•ืข

Shvu’a avoda โ€“ Work week โ€“ ืฉื‘ื•ืข ืขื‘ื•ื“ื”

Shavua-Shavua โ€“ A week of work, then a week of holiday โ€“ ืฉื‘ื•ืข-ืฉื‘ื•ืข

Ani nishba lach โ€“ I swear to you โ€“ ืื ื™ ื ืฉื‘ืข ืœืš

Shvuโ€™a โ€“ Oath, pledge โ€“ ืฉื‘ื•ืขื”

Lehishava โ€“ To swear โ€“ ืœื”ื™ืฉื‘ืข

Lehashbi’a โ€“ To swear in someone โ€“ ืœื”ืฉื‘ื™ืข

Hashba’a โ€“ Swearing in โ€“ ื”ืฉื‘ืขื”

Saveโ€™a โ€“ ย Full (food), sated โ€“ ืฉื‘ืข

Lisboโ€™a โ€“ To become full after eating โ€“ ืœืฉื‘ื•ืข


Looking for the monologue text? It’s available to our patrons atย


Playlist and clips:
Oshik Levy โ€“ Ze Mi-Kvarย (lyrics)
Efraiym Di Zahav โ€“ Shavuโ€™a Tovย (lyrics)
Ariel Zilber โ€“ Shvuโ€™ayim Be-Ir Zaraย (lyrics)
TV2 Shvuโ€™a Ha-sefer
Moshe Peretz โ€“ Nishba Lachย (lyrics)


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