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In Hebrew, שירה means singing. It can also be used to mean poetry. It depends on the context. On this episode, Guy reviews the words that stem from the root ש/י/ר and several well-known phrases that make use of them.

New Words and Expressions:

Nurit – Buttercup – נורית

Agav – Speaking of, apropos – אגב

Shira – Singing, Poetry – שירה

Shira be-tsibur – Singalong – שירה בציבור

Ha-cohenet ha-gdola – The high priestess – הכוהנת הגדולה

Meshorer, meshoreret – Poet – משורר, משוררת

Le-ma Hitkaven Ha-meshorer? – What did the poet mean? – ?למה התכוון המשורר

Festival Ha-Zemer Ve-ha-pizmon Ha-israeli – The Israel song festival – פסטיבל הזמר והפזמון הישראלי

Zemer – A song – זמר

Pizmon – The chorus section of a song – פזמון

“Ve-ha-zamar yezamer” – And the singer will sing – והזמר יזמר

Zamar, zameret – Singer – זמר, זמרת

Hu yezamer ba-chakira – He’s going to sing like a bird in the interrogation – הוא יזמר בחקירה

Machazemer (pl. machazot zemer) – A musical (machaze+zemer) – מחזמר

Mizmor – Hymn, chant – מזמור

Zamrir – Jingle – זמריר

Playlist and Clips:

Nurit Galron – Ma Yihye Be-sofenu (lyrics)

Sarale Sharon – Shira be-tsibur

Eliyahu Ha-cohen’s post

Einat Saruf – Shira be-tsibur

Leah Goldberg – Mechora Sheli

Le-ma Hitkaven Ha-meshorer

Festival Ha-Zemer Ve-ha-pizmon Ha-israeli

The Israel Song Festival (Wikipedia)

The Revivo Project – Od Yom Yavo (lyrics)

Hanny Nahmias – Dvarim She-oti Mesamchim (lyrics)  

Shlishiyat Af-Ozen-Garon – Sarah shara shir same’ach (lyrics)

Guy’s playlists

Ep. 219 (negina)

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3 comments on “Sarah Sings a Blissful Song

  1. michele says:

    fed up with 2020!!!

  2. Bill Martin says:

    I listen to your podcasts every Sunday morning. I particularly like Streetwize Hebrew which keeps me updated with Hebrew since we visit our children every year except 2020.

    1. Guy Sharett says:

      Toda raba, thanks for listening, Bill!

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