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Shabbat (ืฉื‘ืช) in Hebrew means Sabbath. In a religious context, itโ€™s the time span between Friday afternoon and Saturday evening. In secular terms, it’s Saturday, the day of the week.

So how do we tell them apart? It depends whether you’ve been invited Le-Shabbat or Be-Shabbat. And let’s not forget the words we derive from the same root, like sabbatical, paralyzed, and strike. On this episode, Guy takes a closer lookย at ืฉื‘ืช.


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New Words and Expressions:

Bo elai le-shabbat – Come to me for a Shabbat – ื‘ื•ื ืืœื™ื™ ืœืฉื‘ืช

Bo nipagesh be-shabbat – Letโ€™s meet on Saturday – ื‘ื•ื ื ื™ืคื’ืฉ ื‘ืฉื‘ืช

Motsaโ€™ei shabbat, motsash – Saturday night – ืžื•ืฆืื™ ืฉื‘ืช, ืžื•ืฆโ€ืฉ

Mahar, omnam, ze nehlash – Indeed, tomorrow it (the rain) will weaken – ืžื—ืจ, ืืžื ื, ื–ื” ื ื—ืœืฉ

Aval be-shabat hu shuv mithazek – But on Saturday it will intensify again – ืื‘ืœ ื‘ืฉื‘ืช ื”ื•ื ืฉื•ื‘ ืžืชื—ื–ืง

Datiyim lo yodu she-hem mehubarim be-shabbat – Religious people will not admit that they are connected on Shabbat – ื“ืชื™ื™ื ืœื ื™ื•ื“ื• ืฉื”ื ืžื—ื•ื‘ืจื™ื ื‘ืฉื‘ืช

Shabbat shalom – Have a nice Shabbat – ืฉื‘ืช ืฉืœื•ื

Sofash naโ€™im – Have a great weekend – ืกื•ืคโ€ืฉ ื ืขื™ื

Achla sofash – Have a great weekend – ืื—ืœื” ืกื•ืคโ€ืฉ

Shabbat, shabbatot – Saturdays – ืฉื‘ืช, ืฉื‘ืชื•ืช

Levad al ha-gag – Alone on the rooftop terrace – ืœื‘ื“ ืขืœ ื”ื’ื’

Yom shabbaton – A day of holiday – ื™ื•ื ืฉื‘ืชื•ืŸ

Ha-bchirot ba-aaretz hen yom shabbaton – Elections in Israel are a holiday day – ื”ื‘ื—ื™ืจื•ืช ื‘ืืจืฅ ื”ืŸ ื™ื•ื ืฉื‘ืชื•ืŸ

Latset le-shnat shabbaton – To go on a sabbatical – ืœืฆืืช ืœืฉื ืช ืฉื‘ืชื•ืŸ

Ha-rofโ€™im shovtim me-ha-boker – The doctors have been striking since this morning – ื”ืจื•ืคืื™ื ืฉื•ื‘ืชื™ื ืžื”ื‘ื•ืงืจ

Lishbot – To be on strike – ืœืฉื‘ื•ืช

Ha-talmidim yashbitu mahar et ha-limudim – The students will stop school – ื”ืชืœืžื™ื“ื™ื ื™ืฉื‘ื™ืชื• ืžื—ืจ ืืช ื”ืœื™ืžื•ื“ื™ื

Hashbata – โ€˜Causing strikeโ€™ – ื”ืฉื‘ืชื”

Mashbit smachot – Ruins the fun – ืžืฉื‘ื™ืช ืฉืžื—ื•ืช

Me-ha-yom she-bat ha-rosh mushbat – From the day you arrived, my head stopped working – ืžื”ื™ื•ื ืฉื‘ืืช ื”ืจืืฉ ืžื•ืฉื‘ืช

Ha-mahshev mushbat – The computer is not working – ื”ืžื—ืฉื‘ ืžื•ืฉื‘ืช

Hu mushbat – Heโ€™s sick at home – ื”ื•ื ืžื•ืฉื‘ืช

Maโ€™alit mushbetet – Non functioning elevator – ืžืขืœื™ืช ืžื•ืฉื‘ืชืช

Emdat meida mushbetet – Unmanned information desk – ืขืžื“ืช ืžื™ื“ืข ืžื•ืฉื‘ืชืช

Shvitat raโ€™av – Hunger strike – ืฉื‘ื™ืชืช ืจืขื‘

Shovetet raโ€™av – She is on hunger strike – ืฉื•ื‘ืชืช ืจืขื‘


Playlist and Clips:

Tahazit le-Shabbat – Weather forecast for Saturday

Smartphone be-shabbat

Yehudit Ravitz – Shabatot ve-chagim (lyrics)

Yom Shabbaton – Omri Engel

Ha-rofโ€™im shovtim me-haboker


Mashbit smachot

Itsik Kala – Esh Be-einayich (lyrics)

Shvitat raโ€™av – Hunger strike

Yehudit Ravitz – Shabatot ve-chagim (lyrics)

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