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After the terrible tragedy in Har Meron, public calls to find those responsible, האשמים, grow louder. In order to better understand what’s going on in Israeli media, Guy felt it was necessary to cover the word אשמה and its shoresh אשמ. This episode is all about blame, guilt, charges and allegations.

New Words and Expressions:

“Ani achrai, aval achrayut ein perusha ashma” – I am responsible, but responsibility does not mean blame – אני אחראי, אבל אחריות אין פירושה אשמה

Ashma – Blame, fault, charge – אשמה

Rigshot ashma – Feelings of guilt – רגשות אשמה

Ze be-ashmatech – It’s your fault – זה באשמתך

Ha-sar omer she-ze lo be-ashmato – The minister says it’s not his fault – השר אומר שזה לא באשמתו

Be-ashmat mi ze – Whose fault is it? – ?באשמת מי זה

“Ze lo ashmati!” – It’s not my fault! – זה לא אשמתי

Mode ba-ashma – Guilty as charged – מודה באשמה

Lehodot ba-ashma – To plead guilty – להודות באשמה

“Achra’im, lo ashemim” – Responsible, not guilty – אחראים, לא אשמים

Ashem, ashema – Guilty – אשם, אשמה

Ne’esham, ne’eshemet – Defendant – נאשם, נאשמת

Hu ne’esham be- – He’s accused of… – הוא נאשם ב

Ani ma’ashim – I accuse (J’accuse) – אני מאשים

Leha’ashim – to accuse – להאשים

“Ha-psicholog he’eshim et ha-horim” – The psychologist blamed the parents – הפסיכולוג האשים את ההורים

“Ha-tichon he’eshim et ha-horim” – The highschool blamed the parents – התיכון האשים את ההורים

“Ha-horim he’eshimu oti kacha be-kol minei dvarim” – The parents blamed me for all sorts of things – ההורים האשימו אותי ככה בכל מיני דברים

Hu he’eshim – He accused – הוא האשים

Hu he’echil – He fed – הוא האכיל

Hu he’ezin la-radio – He listened to the radio – הוא האזין לרדיו

Ha’ashama – Accusation, allegation – האשמה

Ha’ashamot chamurot – Severe allegations – האשמות חמורות

Playlist and Clips:

Noam Kleinstein – Be-ashmatech

Dani Sanderson – Mode Ba-ashma (lyrics)

Ani ma’ashim – J’accuse

Gil Vain – Lo Maspik Tov (lyrics)

Israeli front pages – May 2nd 2021

Episode no. 247

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