Hamsa Hamsa: Streetwise Hebrew Celebrates 5 Years of Podcasting

By Viktoria Lerner

The Hamsa symbol, a hand with five fingers, is believed to bring good luck and keep away the evil eye. In Arabic, hamsa is the number five,ย which just happens to be the number of years we’ve been making our Streetwise Hebrew podcast!

We celebrate this grand occasion with a special episode on all thingsย hamesh (ื—ืžืฉ). Pssstttt… have a listen to how you too can keep away the evil eye!


Listen to the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode


New Words and Expressions:

Yomuledet hamesh – 5th birthday – ื™ื•ืžื•ืœื“ืช ื—ืžืฉ

Hamesh shanim – Five years – ื—ืžืฉ ืฉื ื™ื

Shana, shanim – Year, years – ืฉื ื”, ืฉื ื™ื

Hamisha gvarim ve-isha – โ€œFive men and a womanโ€ – ื—ืžื™ืฉื” ื’ื‘ืจื™ื ื•ืื™ืฉื”

Hameshet ha-rochvim – The five riders – ื—ืžืฉืช ื”ืจื•ื›ื‘ื™ื

Hameshet ha-gvarim – The five men – ื—ืžืฉืช ื”ื’ื‘ืจื™ื

Hameshet ha-hushim – The five senses – ื—ืžืฉืช ื”ื—ื•ืฉื™ื

Hamisha kilogramim/kilo – Five kg. – ื—ืžื™ืฉื” ืงื™ืœื•ื’ืจืžื™ื, ื—ืžื™ืฉื” ืงื™ืœื•

โ€œHamesh kiloโ€ – Five kg. (slang) – โ€œื—ืžืฉ ืงื™ืœื•โ€

Hamisha shkalim (โ€œHamesh shekelโ€ in slang) – 5 shekel – ื—ืžื™ืฉื” ืฉืงืœื™ื (ื—ืžืฉ ืฉืงืœ, ืกืœื ื’)

Pi hamisha (โ€œpi hameshโ€, slang) – Fivefold – ืคื™ ื—ืžื™ืฉื” (ืคื™ ื—ืžืฉ, ืกืœื ื’)

Hamisha kochavim – Five stars – ื—ืžื™ืฉื” ื›ื•ื›ื‘ื™ื

Malon hamisha kochavim, melonot hamisha kochavim – Five star hotel/s – ืžืœื•ืŸ ื—ืžื™ืฉื” ื›ื•ื›ื‘ื™ื, ืžืœื•ื ื•ืช ื—ืžื™ืฉื” ื›ื•ื›ื‘ื™ื

Hamsin – Heatwave – ื—ืžืกื™ืŸ

Hamishim – Fifty – ื—ืžื™ืฉื™ื – Arabic: Hamsin

Hamishim Gvanim shel Afor – 50 shades of grey – ื—ืžื™ืฉื™ื ื’ื•ื•ื ื™ื ืฉืœ ืืคื•ืจ

Hamsa – Five (arabic) – ื—ืžืกื”

Hamsa aleicha – May you be protected from any harm – ื—ืžืกื” ืขืœื™ืš

Hamsa-hamsa – โ€œTouch woodโ€ – ื—ืžืกื”-ื—ืžืกื”

Emuna tfela – Superstition – ืืžื•ื ื” ื˜ืคืœื”

Hu poteโ€™ach alai ayin – He brings the evil eye – ื”ื•ื ืคื•ืชื— ืขืœื™ื™ ืขื™ืŸ


Playlist and Clips:

Yafa Yarkoni – Hamesh Shanim al Michael (lyrics)

Hamisha Gvarim Ve-isha (telenovela)

Arik Einstein – Ha-balada al Moshe Yoel Salomon (lyrics)

Couscous in NY (Kan TV)

Lahakat Pikud Merkaz – Hamsinim Ba-mishlat (lyrics)

Hamishim Gvanim shel Afor (Kan TV)

Sarit Hadad – Hamsa (lyrics)

Hummus Hamsa commercial

Hamesh-Hamesh movie soundtrack (lyrics)

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3 comments on Hamsa Hamsa: Streetwise Hebrew Celebrates 5 Years of Podcasting

  1. Myra Newman says:

    I need an English translation of the Hebrew paragraph which is spoken and printed at the end of each lesson. Can you provide this? I hope you are enjoying Shanghai. It was a pleasure to meet you when you visited Newport Beach.

  2. Mazal Tov,
    and keep up these interesting episodes.

  3. Jo Alex SG says:

    Aw, todah rabah for this, ahava rabah from Brazil!

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