Six Is a Beautiful Number

Photo: Zipa Kempinsky

This week we celebrate our podcast’s sixth anniversary. Can you believe it? Six years, שש שנים. It’s a good excuse to talk about שש, six, and its family of Hebrew words.


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New Words and Expressions:

Kvish shesh – Highway six – כביש שש

Kvish hotse Israel – Cross Israel highway – כביש חוצה ישראל

Kav shesh – Bus no. 6 – קו שש

Hayinu shisha – We were six (pl. m.) – היינו שישה

Shisha chaverim – Six friends (m.) – שישה חברים

Shisha yeladim – Six kids (m.) – שישה ילדים

Shisha banim – Six boys – שישה בנים

Hayinu shesh – We were six (pl. f.) – היינו שש

Shesh chaverot – Six friends (pl. f.) – שש חברות

Shesh nashim – Six women – שש נשים

Six girls – Shesh banot – שש בנות

Adom, aduma, adumim – Red (m., f., pl.) – אדום, אדומה, אדומים

Ez/Izim – Goat/goats – עז, עיזים

The six friends – Sheshet ha-chaverim – ששת החברים

Milchemet sheshet hayamim – The 6 Day War – מלחמת ששת הימים

Shesh ha-chaverot – The six friends (f.) – שש החברות

Shesh ha-nashim – The six women – שש הנשים

Shesh ha-banot – The six girls – שש הבנות

Shesh va-hetsi ba-boker – 6.30am – שש וחצי בבוקר

Shesh ba-erev – 6pm – שש בערב

Re’iya shesh-shesh – 6 over 6 vision (US: 20 20) – ראייה שש-שש

Shnot ha-shishim – The sixties – שנות השישים

Shnot ha-shloshim – The thirties – שנות השלושים

Shnot ha-shmonim – The eighties – שנות השמונים

600 – Shesh me’ot – שש מאות

6,000 – Sheshet alafim – ששת אלפים

60,000 – Shishim elef – שישים אלף

600,000 – Shesh me’ot elef – שש מאות אלף

6,000,000 – Shisha milion – שישה מיליון

6,000,000,000 – Shisha miliard – שישה מיליארד


Playlist and Clips:

Kvish 6

Ha-tikva 6 – Ha-ivrit Ha-chadasha (lyrics)

Shlomo Artzi – Shisha (lyrics)

Milchemet Sheshet Ha-yamim – 6 Day War

Yehuda Poliker – Boker Yom Rishon (lyrics)


Shlomo Artzi – Lev Shavur Li-resisim (lyrics)

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