Large spray-painted portraits on shutters of shops made by British born artist Solomon Souza at the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem, May 16, 2016. The Shuk Gallery is an independant project started in 2015 and aiming at bringing art and colours in the heart of the market through portraits of famous people or biblical figures. Photo by Mendy Hechtman/Flash90

“Lo ichpat li” — I don’t care — is a very useful expression. It is used for all things caring, like: “Do you even care?” and “You don’t care about me?” It is especially useful with drama queens of all sorts.

New words and expressions:
Ichpat – care – אכפת
Li ze lo ichpat – I don’t care – לי זה לא אכפת
Lo ichpat li ma omrim alai – I don’t care what they say about me – לא אכפת לי מה אומרים עליי
Lo ichpat li ma hoshvim alai – I don’t care what they think about me – לא אכפת לי מה חושבים עליי
Lo ichpat lecha – You don’t care (m.) – לא אכפת לךָ
Lo ichpat lach – You don’t care (f.) – לא אכפת לךְ
Ichpat lecha / Ichpat lecha + Inf. – Do you mind / Could you – אכפת לך / אכפת לך + שם פועל
Ichpat lecha? Ken, ha-emet ichpat li – Do you mind? Yes, actually I do mind – אכפת לך? כן, האמת אכפת לי
Ichpat lecha lifto’ach et ha-halon vaksha – Do you mind opening the window please? – אכפת לך לפתוח את החלון בבקשה?
Az im ichpat lachem – So if you (pl.) care – אז אם אכפת לכם
Atem muzmanim lizom, lehitnadev, litrom ulehashpia – You’re invited to initiate, to volunteer, to contribute and to influence – אתם מוזמנים ליזום להתנדב, לתרום ולהשפיע
Ma ichpat la-tsipor – What does the bird care – מה אכפת לציפור
She-ha-etz hu yarok – That the tree is green – שהעץ הוא ירוק
Ma’chpat’cha (coll.) – Ma ichpat lecha – Why would you (m.) care? – מה’כפתך – מה אכפת לך
Ma’chpat lach (coll) – Ma ichpat lach – מה’כפת לך – מה אכפת לך
Bichlal lo ichpat lecha mimeni – You don’t care about me at all – בכלל לא אכפת לך ממני
Ichpat lecha bichlal? – Do you even care? – אכפת לך בכלל?
Lo ichpat lach mi-klum – You don’t care about anything – לא אכפת לך מכלום
Ichpat lecha me-ha’acherim yoter me-asher mimeni – You care more about the others than you care about me. – אכפת לך מהאחרים יותר מאשר ממני
Lo ichpat li me-hem – I don’t care about them – לא אכפת לי מהם
Ichpat li mimcha – I care about you – אכפת לי ממך
Nu, ma’chpat’cha – Come on, would you mind? – נו, מה’כפת לך
Lo ichpat lo mi-klum – He doesn’t care about anything – לא אכפת לו מכלום
Le-mi ichpat – Who cares? – למי אכפת
Ma she-haya, haya – Whatever happened, happened – מה שהיה, היה
Haya kol kach yafe – It was so beautiful – היה כל כך יפה
Le-mi ichpat bichlal – Who cares anyway – למי אכפת בכלל
Ma she-yihye – About the future – מה שיהיה
Ichpati – Caring, involved – אכפתי
Ichpatiut – Concern, consideration – אכפתיוּת

Playlist and clips:
Poliana Frank – Ziva (lyrics)
Noa Kirel – Lo ichpat li (Lyrics below clip on youtube)
Hevra ezrahait (Civil Society)
Aharit Ha-yamim – Ha-etz Hu Gavo’ha (lyrics)
Mati Caspi – Ein Shalva (lyrics)
Ha-gevatron – Ve-im Yavo Ha-yom (lyrics)
У нас под Куйбышевом (Original Russian song)

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2 comments on “Do You Even Care?

  1. Karla Berman says:

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