Canned Goods and the Preservation of Historic Buildings

Photo: Zipa Kempinsky

The Hebrew word שימור (shimur) is an interesting one. We use שימור to say canned goods, the preservation of historic buildings, and even customer retention. Guy explains.

Bonus: A rare Yemenite song for Hanukkah.

New Words and Expressions:

Galut – Exile, diaspora – גלות

Shimur ha-tarbut ha-teimanit – Conservation of the Yemenite culture – שימור התרבות התימנית

Meshamer – Conserving – משמר

Meshamer et avodat ha-tsorfut ha-atika shel yehudei teiman – He conserves the ancient goldsmith craft of the Yemenite Jews – משמר את עבודת הצורפות העתיקה של יהודי תימן

Leshamer et ha-tarbut ha-teimanit – To conserve the Yemenite culture – לשמר את התרבות התימנית

Shimur mivnim – The conservation of historic buildings – שימור מבנים

Mivne le-shimur – A building for conservation – מבנה לשימור

Kufsaot shimurim (‘Shimurim’) – Canned food – קופסאות שימורים

“Shimurei nun, re’uyim le-emun” – “The Noon preserved foods deserve your trust” – שימורי נון, ראויים לאמון

Shimurei tiras – Canned corn – שימורי תירס

Kufsat shimurei tiras – A tin of preserved corn – קופסת שימורי תירס

Slicha, efo ha-shimurim? – Excuse me, where is the row with the preserved food? – ?סליחה, איפה השימורים

Homer meshamer – Preservative – חומר משמר

Lelo homer meshamer – Without preservatives – ללא חומר משמר

Shimur lakochot – Client retention – שימור לקוחות

Hem menasim leshamer lakochot be-chol mechir – They try to retain customers at all costs – הם מנסים לשמר לקוחות בכל מחיר

Playlist and Clips:

Zot Ha-moreshet Sheli – Yemen

Shimur mivnim in TLV

Pirsomet – Shimurim (1963)

Pirsomet – Le-lo homer meshamer

A Yemenite song for Hanukkah

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2 comments on “Canned Goods and the Preservation of Historic Buildings

  1. Philip Greenberg says:

    Thank-you, Guy.
    Both my wife, Tamara and I listen to your plus version every week.

    Montreal, Canada

    1. Guy Sharett says:

      Toda raba, thanks for listening!

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