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This episode is about the Hebrew root פקח. We call parking enforcement officers פקחי חניה. What might you say to one to get out of a parking ticket? And what does this root have to do with kosher certificates?

New Words and Expressions:

Pikuach – Supervision, regulation – פיקוח

Be-fikuach/be-pikuach – Under supervision – בפיקוח

Gaz beiti – Domestic gas – גז ביתי

“Batuach kshe-ze be-fikuach” – It’s safe when it’s under supervision – בטוח כשזה בפיקוח

Be-fikuach ha-oom – Under supervision of the UN – בפיקוח האו”ם

Ha-mehir be-fikuach – The price is regulated, under government supervision – המחיר בפיקוח

Mutsarim be-fikuach – Products under supervision – מוצרים בפיקוח

Befikuach ha-rabanoot X – Under the supervision of the rabbinate of X – בפיקוח הרבנות 

“Mis’ada zo nimtset tahat pikuhenu ve-hashgachatenu” – This restaurant is under our supervision – מסעדה זו נמצאת תחת פיקוחנו והשגחתנו

Piku’ach nefesh – See link below

Lefakeach al mashehu – To supervise something – לפקח על משהו

Mefakeach – Supervisor, inspector – מפקח

“Yom be-hayav shel mefakeach bniya” – A day in the life of a construction supervisor – יום בחייו של מפקח בנייה

Mefakeach – Supervisor, inspector – מפקח

Pakach/pakachit hanaya – Parking inspector – פקח/פקחית חניה

“Pakach, ani porek schora” – Dear inspector, I am unloading merchandise – פקח, אני פורק סחורה

Pakachei hanaya – Parking inspectors – פקחי חניה

Pakach, pakachit, pakachim, pakachiyot – Inspector/s – פקחים

“Lo roshmim et hayeladim le-maon lo mefukach” – We don’t register the kids to an unsupervised daycare – לא רושמים את הילדים למעון לא מפוקח

Ha-ganim mefukachim – The daycare centers are supervised – הגנים מפוקחים

Ha-mutsarim ha-mefukachim – The supervised products – המוצרים המפוקחים

Pakachti et einai – I opened my eyes – פקחתי את עיניי

Lifkoach einaim – To open the eyes – לפקוח עיניים

La’atsom einayim – To close the eyes – לעצום עיניים

Einai pkuchot – My eyes are open – עיניי פקוחות 

Pike’ach, pik’chit – Sharp, bright person – פיקח

Playlist and Clips:

Batuach kshe-ze be-fikuach

Pikuach nefesh – Wikipedia 

Mefake’ach bniya

Assi Cohen & Guri Alfi – Pakach Ani Porek S’chora (lyrics)

Lo roshmim et ha-yeladim le-maon lo mefukach

Ruhama Raz – Ha-har ha-yarok (lyrics)

Arik Einstein – Yeladim shel Ha-hayim (lyrics)

Shiri Maimon – Ha-har ha-yarok tamid (lyrics)

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Ep. no. 212 about lefarek

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